Friday, February 26, 2010


I picked up a CZ-82 from AIM a while back, and was pleasantly surprised when it showed up. For being a "surplus" gun, the finish was immaculate, and the import stamp is easily the best I've ever seen on a surplus piece. It's tucked up under the frame on the bottom of the slide.

It also came with a spare mag and a pretty nice leather holster and magazine pouch, and unlike the normal issue holster that most of them shipped with, this one is quite a bit more usable.

Recoil is a bit sharp, even with the little 9x18Mak cartridge, but there's not much muzzle flip with the low bore and beaver tail. Speaking of bores, the CZ-82 features polygonal rifling, so it's a bit alarming looking through it if you're not expecting it. It'll eat FMJ all day long, and I picked up some 94gr. hollow points from Silver Bear a while ago and they went through without a hitch. The grip is a bit wide for the overall size, a trade off for having a double stack 12 round magazine. The CZ-82 wasone of the first service pistols around with a double stack magazine and the first to feature ambidextrous magazine release and safety levers.

Take down is quite simple, simply drop the mag, pull down on the trigger guard, and pull the slide back and up to unlock the slide and allow it to slide off the barrel, which is pinned to the frame. Operation is conventional blowback with the recoil spring surrounding the barrel, allowing for the low bore axis.


Mattexian said...

Yours certainly looks a lot better than mine, the importer's scribbling is on the left side of the slide, and it chipped up the finish a lot. Apparently I have Czech hands or something(which could be true, I'm almost half from my mom's side), because this one and my CZ-52 both fit my hands easily and naturally point, while my old Taurus PT-92AF felt boxy. Since I bought mine in January of last year (on MLK Day, before That One was sworn at, er, in), I had a devil of a time finding ammo for it right off, the gunn shoppe had only a couple of boxes of 9mmMak on hand, and I took both! I had to wait almost 6 months before another shipment of Monarch or Silver Bear came in of that caliber.

Cool blog you've got; blame it on a comment at Tam's place.

Fred said...

Heh. It happens. She's probably responsible for half the people who read my blog at this point.

My dad's has the giant import marks and is kinda chipped up too, and his came with the "all in one" holster, which is kind of cool. Unfortunately the only store/shop around here I've seen 9x18 at has been Gander Mountain, and I'm not willing to pay how much they tend to ask for ammo, so I'm stuck with tracking it down online. I think I've still got a couple boxes around somewhere, should take it out next time I hit the range.