View Full Version : Just how much can you spend on a CZ 52?

April 19, 2011, 13:54
Sometimes it is easy get carried away when sprucing up a firearm. I bought this one back when they were first being brought in in bulk, think I paid around a hundred for it back then. Since then I have added 10 extra magazines, Novak fiber optic sights, the purty grips, a Harrington competition firing pin and hardened rollers. I have probably tripled my original investment in this fun gun but to me it is worth it. It is a superbly accurate handgun and very flat shooting making hitting the steel B-27 target at 100 yards almost routine. It's bark always garners attention at the range and cheap ammo means letting the range monster munch all that non-reloadable brass. I do gather up the reloadable brass however, one day I may start loading for it. The difference the Harrington firing pin makes in the trigger pull is huge, makes it much friendlier to shoot.


It also is the perfect companion piece for my Papashaw...


April 19, 2011, 17:54
Very cool! I just passed on one at a gunshow priced at $200, but now you have me thinking...

April 19, 2011, 18:42
From what I have seen in the past few months $200 is a decent price on these right now. They are fun guns...high velocity with very little recoil. And the penetration is tremendous with FMJ. With the Wold Gold (PRVI) JHP penetration is excellent as is expansion with my test rounds averaging .46 caliber expanded.


April 19, 2011, 22:56
I have one of these myself, from about the same era. If you don't mind my asking, where did you get the parts, grips, ect? I broke the tip on the fireing pin not long after I got it, and have not been able to find a replacment, much less custom parts. It would be fun to shoot it again.

April 20, 2011, 14:40
The original pins have a rep for breaking, they are cast metal and not very strong. They are easy to replace if you possess very minimum skills however.

I ordered my replacement pin from http://www.harringtonproducts.com/firing-pins/ . You can get original pins but as you noted they break. The Harrington pin is machined from bar stock. As it also uses a firing pin return spring. This spring eliminates the need for the firing pin block so you also get a much improved trigger pull as well. As before however do not trust the hammer drop safety, these have been known to fail creating an AD.

Wood panels are available from several sources...


These magazines are not original but the they do work perfectly unlike the Triple K junk and are cheaper than trying to find oriiginals.


Sights are from Novak.


April 20, 2011, 19:46
I had Novak install them as it requires milling the dovetails and I no longer have access to an end mill. Just sent the the slide and got it back in about 10 days.

I use a military M-9 holster as well as a this El Paso Saddlery holster made for a Glock 17L. My dad uses a 1911 tanker shoulder holster for his. Most 1911 leather works fine.


April 20, 2011, 21:53
Thanks 451, I appreciate the info! Now maybe I can get this pistol running again, and looking good to boot.

April 21, 2011, 12:08
I also appreciate your mentioning the mags from keepshooting. I've wondered if they were any good.

My Dad, brother, and I all have the CZ 52's and I order 30 of the mags. I know at least 20 of them have been proofed in guns without and issues. They all fit without binding and function perfectly. Here are some comparison pics...



April 21, 2011, 13:18
I really like the round as well and I the Papashaw is a fav also. My brother has the 43 and it is fun too but the wood on the 41 is just friendlier to the cheek. I am seriously considering building an AR to shoot the round next.

April 22, 2011, 12:52
I odered a fireing pin today 451! Thanks for your post and info!

April 22, 2011, 15:47
Great, be good to get the gun back in shooting condition. Better order a case of ammo while the price is cheap!

And look! My CZ 52 has a baby brother!


April 24, 2011, 08:02
Schweet, leetle copy there! Izzat an original CZ promo piece ; or some enterprising machinist's project?? Looks smallish ta be a .22..mebbe one of the odd, Euro sub cals?

April 29, 2011, 07:56
That is just a small non-firing replica, source unknown. Magazine comes out, hammer cocks and the trigger releases it but that is about is. Very well detailed however.