February 7th, 2012, 12:54 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Czech Vz.52 converted to 7.62X39mm
I picked up a Czech Vz.52 rifle on the weekend, given that the bore is in great shape and the price was not too bad. This particular rifle is one of those ones that was converted to 7.62X39mm by some sort of chamber sleeve (it is not one of the rare Vz.52/57 rifles converted by the Czechs to fire 7.62X39mm).
I probably won't get an opportunity to fire this rifle until this weekend, but I have looked around, and some people claim that the chamber sleeves can come out of these crudely converted rifles. I have heard others say they work just fine as well. Does anyone around here have any experience with Vz.52 rifles converted to 7.62X39mm via a chamber sleeve?
Admittedly, I got this rifle for under $300.00, so if the chamber sleeve somehow comes out on me, I may take the rifle to a gunsmith and have the barrel set back a bit and reamed so it can still take 7.62X39mm ammunition. I went on this cheap route instead of trying to find a Vz.52/57, given that I also spent a good portion of my tax returns on a CMP service grade M1 Garand (I am most pleased with this rifle, and it has completely exceeded my expectations).
I have heard that the original 7.62X45mm magazines can present some difficulties with feeding, but I will have to see how this works out (perhaps I could try to track down a less common Vz.52/57 magazine if this one proves to be problematic).
On the bright side, this rifle has its original wooden stock (I have seen some with an ugly stock that looks like it is coated with "Rhino Liner" or something of the sort). The bluing on the receiver cover and metal part of the handguard is rather worn, but I can easily remedy this with some cold blue solution or black engine enamel (I use black engine enamel on Saiga conversions).