Sorry for the delay answering, had cataract surgery/lens transplant, and had to avoid the computer.
Go to an automotive store and get some of the Dielectric grease (pure silcone gel) for distributor/ computer hook-ups. About $2.50 US, in any auto parts store. mix it with your neetsfoot oil around 50/50...
The old ZVP's are built like tanks!
They can shoot more accurate thanthe primeviel sights make them appear to be capable of! Velocity ranges from approx 320-345 fps, but it is very consistant and therefore predictable. Learn to use a little finesse with your grip, and allow the big piston to recoil and do it's job. the pell is long gone out of the short bbl, before the reciol cycle ends. Just hold your sight picture as long as possible, cause this will triple your chances for accurate shooting!
My ZVP, likes a totally surrounded hand-hold, but just before I fire, I found that relaxing the grip, while being sure of total hand contact, produces the best accuracy for me.
Set your sights to, say, 10m and for long shots, use the Elmer Keith method of holding your front sight picture, while lowering the rear of the gun (thus the rear sight notch) down front the post. This way you stay centered on target with a clena view, and compensate for holdover at the same time. ('Ol Elmer used to ring a 200 yd "Steel Gong" with a 2" S&W Chief, by doing it that way!) Works on rifle or pistol too!
Benchrested with the old ZVP, place your hands ahead of the rest, with the heel of the trigger hand just touching the rest(Works with 2 hand hold the same). This allows the pistol to "atillery style", recoil and gives the best preformance.
Honestlly, now you need to find a CZ TEX Pistol, to see how this springer handgun design has evolved! The ZVP is somewhat of a "clone" of the old Diana Model-5 from the early 1900's. The TEX is very much more refined, has better sights, adjustable trigger, an anitomical grip, and is very well made! It is one of the quietest of springer pisto;s ever made!I have had two and my current TEX is a fine 10m target pistol, and doubles as a good plinker out to about 25 yards. Again the TEX is a lower velocity pistol like the ZVP, but is very accurate.
Yea I am really hooked BAD on these CZ's! I just completed a 4 rifle purchase/trade, and got one freebie, of the little model 618's. I now have 5 different versions of the model, and really can't find out just how many variants there really are? Sure is a cute little rifle tho! One, a Raven-18 version, shoots cloverleafs @ 20m, benchrested and equipped with a simple Daisy #5899 reciever sight! This is a Starter-class, or so called Boys rifle? I have some Meduim priced Greman and Spanish rifles that can't hold that consistantlly... Then there is my CZ 631, which can shoot alongside my better German rifles, and only cost $82 delivered!
Yep CZ makes good guns, seems like the old ZVP pistol shows that this has been a tradition for their airguns for a while, too!