When I first started collecting C&R firearms, tons of CZ-52s were on the market for around $100-125. The price has risen but they are still cool – and very powerful – handguns. They are also somewhat complicated and unusual compared to more modern like the Glock.
The American Gunsmithing Institute has recently released another in their series of technical manuals and armorer’s course and it is devoted to the CZ-52.
Originally produced between 1952 and 1954 in Czechoslovakia for the Czech military, the CZ-52 Pistol has become increasingly popular on American soil in recent years. Now, the American Gunsmithing Institute has a new Technical Manual & Armorer’s Course: CZ-52 Pistols.
This course is taught by Master Gunsmith and Certified Gunsmithing Instructor Bob Dunlap. Dunlap is a renowned expert on most of todays and yesterday’s important AND obscure firearms. He has been a warranty station for most manufacturers, both large and small. His understanding of the design, functionality and repair of firearms in general is unsurpassed, and his appreciation of European and exotic arms is legendary among his students.
The CZ-52 was an extremely successful Soviet Bloc service pistol, and its hot .30 caliber (7.62×25) cartridge is an amazingly entertaining jack rabbit motivator. The guns have been imported to the U.S. in big numbers since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. and this course is designed to help the fans of this gun who may be a little mystified by its workings. AGI uses a rare factory cut-away gun that allows the viewer to actually see how the various parts work and interact.
Among the items covered are:
Design & Function
Arsenal Identification of “Most Accurate” models
Cleaning & Lubrication
This video is a valuable addition to the knowledge base of any person who wants to know more about this former Soviet Bloc service pistol. It provides detailed explanations and demonstrations and is a must have for any CZ-52 owner. The AGI Technical Manual & Armorer’s Course: CZ-52 Pistols is available at www.americangunsmith.com for only $39.95 (Product ID# 145DVD).
If you own a CZ-52, you may well want to get a copy of this DVD. I haven’t watched the full DVD yet but have watched other of their DVDs featuring Bob Dunlap. He’s good. In the meantime, here are some excerpts from the CZ-52 DVD.