New Forged Reciver Line From ZMF

About a year and a half after its first participation at the IWA 2014, the company ZMF appears increasingly intentioned to make a name for itself on the market of components for weapons.
There has been considerable interest by both Italian and foreign producers, and the number of important companies in the sector that use ZMF products is starting to be quite large. Continue reading “New Forged Reciver Line From ZMF”

Frommer Stop Pisztoly 12M

Frommer Stop Pisztoly 12M

A lucky finding

A couple of years back I had to spend all the Easter holidays helping my father in law refurbishing the house up in the Alps where he grew up. Needless to say I wasn’t enthusiastic at all about it, especially because before doing any actual work we had to get rid of tons of old rotten furniture that was stored in the lower floor, uninhabited for decades. Half way through the second day I was so fed up with the stench of mildew and rotten wood and fabric that I was about to quit when, emptying yet another wardrobe, I came across something quite heavy, wrapped in oily rags. For some strange reason, the wrap caught my attention and I started undoing it. After removing the first layer the wrap started to get a familiar shape and my heart started beating faster and faster, with each rag I removed. The when I unwrapped the last one I found myself staring at leather pistol holster that,by its weight ,had to be full! I opened it and it contained one of the most odd looking side-arms I have ever seen a 7,65mm Frommer Stop Model 1912, compete with a second magazine and a bore brush. The wrap didn’t contain any ammo, but I knew I would have found some, so I went back to the wardrobe and after a few minutes I dug out a small box whose original content were businesses cards, but that was too heavy for such content, and it actually contained 25 rounds of very old looking 7,65mm ammunition. Bingo! I had the full lot: pistol, two mags, 25 original rounds, a holster and even a bore brush. I reported the finding to the “old man”, and he told me that that must have been his father’s pistol from WW1. Despite being of Italian ethnicity, he was born in an Austrian controlled area so at the outbreak of WW1 he had to serve in the Austrian Army as an officer in the 3rd Tiroler Kaiserjager Regiment. As the only one in the family with a gun permit I was allowed to keep it, but before that I needed to get the weapon cleared by the Police Authorities. I took the gun to the local Carabinieri station, (Gendarmerie), where it remained until the routine check were completed and the gun cleared.

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VZ-52 – 7.62mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52

Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52

Text: Michele Schiavo
Translator: Francesco Cortellini

A bit of history

Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52, detail of bayonet.
Ceska Zbrojovka Vzor 52, detail of bayonet.

Even if with a certain delay, the Czechoslovak Army, felt the need to adopt a new ammunition of intermediate power, that could be used in a new semi automatic weapon, abandoning the obsolete Mauser VZ-24 in 7,92×57 mm. From 1952 the study on a new 7,5 x 45 mm ammunition and a weapon that could fire it, started in the early 40s, received new interest and drive, In 1947 two new prototypes were designed: a carbine, that later become the VZ-52, and the ZB-530 assault rifle. The design was finalised only in 1952 and the weapon was finally adopted. The Carbine was manufactured in two arsenals: Povaska Bystrica, factory stamp “SHE” from 1952 to 1956, and Uhersky Brod, factory stamp “AYM”, from 1952 to 1957. Continue reading “VZ-52 – 7.62mm Samonabíjecí puška vzor 52”