Czech vz-52 Rifle
In the early 1950's the Russians and the Warsaw Pact countries adopted the SKS 7.62x39mm carbine. However, Czechoslovakia elected to field the vz.52 rifle in 7.62x45mm claiming that the 7.62x45mm has superior ballistics that the Soviet M43 cartridge.
This example is a surplus military issue rifle that shows signs of it's use. The wood stock has a repaired crack at the wrist and has plenty of character. More importantly, it escaped the sprayed on bedliner type coating that many were hit with by the importer. The original parkerized finish is thin and has a patina from age. Not surprisingly, the bore is dark, but it is not pitted. Typical of a rifle that had a steady diet of military corrosively primed ammunition. Mechanically, the action and trigger group function as they should by hand with the exception of the last-round hold-open. We recommend that an experienced armorer give this rifle a once over prior to any use with live ammunition.
REF number 8578