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”