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Offline cm

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Is this CZ-26?
« on: March 24, 2011, 06:13:19 AM »
I got one pistol marked "CZ26" and the SN is 26407. Is it CZ-26 or CZ-24?
Could it be identified just by the looking? pls help, thanks.



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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2011, 07:56:22 AM »
I'm no expert, but from the images I can find on line it looks like a 26.

What caliber is it?

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http://czechpistols82792.yuku.com/topic/16482

might give you more insight.
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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2011, 12:12:47 PM »
It's a Czech army pistol vz. 24, probably made in 1926. It is 9mm army pistol, the difference between vz. 27 and vz. 24 is in the ammo (vz. 27 has 7.65mm). About  180 000 of these pistols were made since 1924 to 1938.

I think there was no vz. 26. In 1928, some amount of modernised Vz. 24 were made for Poland, with slightly different height, due to the higher capacity of magazine. Vz. 28 is very rare (hundreds of pieces).

 

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011, 05:51:13 PM »
It's a Czech army pistol vz. 24, probably made in 1926. It is 9mm army pistol, the difference between vz. 27 and vz. 24 is in the ammo (vz. 27 has 7.65mm). About  180 000 of these pistols were made since 1924 to 1938.

I think there was no vz. 26. In 1928, some amount of modernised Vz. 24 were made for Poland, with slightly different height, due to the higher capacity of magazine. Vz. 28 is very rare (hundreds of pieces).

 
From the article I linked to...

Notable handguns of this period included the vz-26 and vz-27 series. The vz-26 is incredibly rare; it is essentially a locked, rotating barrel version of the vz-22/vz-24 series pistol. The vz-26 was also chambered in .380 ACP., but it did not enter regular production. Apparently, all known vz-26s were made at the Prague plant.
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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011, 09:44:41 PM »
I just measured, the calibre is 7.65mm.   ::) Odd...
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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011, 01:15:01 AM »
Well, 7.65mm, in this case it will be better to see stripped pistol and detail of markings to solve this problem.

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011, 01:28:10 AM »
Looks like a CZ 24, especially in .32 ACP.

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011, 11:32:25 AM »
skucera, cz24 not all in .38?

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 01:15:05 AM »
Maybe my reply was a bit terse.  Sorry. :)

CZ 24's were made in several calibers.  The most common were 7.65mm (a.k.a. .32 ACP) and 9mm Kurz (a.k.a. .380 or 9 Short or lots of other names).  I saw one on a web site once in .22 rimfire.  The differentiating design details are a rounded contour to the slide cross-section (instead of the CZ 27's slab-sided slide) and a gentler curve to the underside of the slide where it transitions into the trigger guard than the earlier pistols had, like the CZ 22.  CZ 22's are really rare, and I've never actually seen one with my own eyes.

CZ 27's often have names other than "CZ" on them, and often have Nazi acceptance stamps on them.  They often have white paint in the stampings, which makes an odd contrast with the gray or black finish on the pistols.  That white paint seems to last better than the original parkerizing or bluing.

Someday, after I get the kids through college, I want to start collecting all these old CZ pistols.  I envy you folks who can do it now.

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 04:33:50 AM »
The vz-26 is incredibly rare; it is essentially a locked, rotating barrel version of the vz-22/vz-24 series pistol.

I own two vz.24 pistols, both are locked breach, rotating barrels.  The precursor to the vz.22 was designed by a mauser employee named Josef Nickl, it was originally designed to fire 9mm Parabellum, hence the locked breach.

http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg/chex/cz-vz22-vz24-e.html

I think the author of Overview of Ceska Zbrojovka History and Handgun Production got it backwards, vz.26 is a blowback, fixed barrel version of the vz.24 pistol.  I'd also be willing to bet the vz.26 was more than likely a prototype for the vz.27
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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 08:18:00 PM »
Here's a pic of my CZ 24 (heaven only knows who chrome plated it back in the day)



Yours appears identical to this one.

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2011, 12:28:31 AM »
I'd also be willing to bet the vz.26 was more than likely a prototype for the vz.27

That would make a lot of sense.  I hadn't read anything like that, but it is very logical.

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Re: Is this CZ-26?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2011, 01:02:59 PM »
I believe what you have is a model 24.  I also have a Cz 24 that has the "C 'up arrow' 26" on the slide.  The '26' is not the model designation as they didn't put model numbers on their pistols back then.  I believe it's the production year.

Also a letter followed by a 'Lion' followed by a number(E LION 26) would be the year it was accepted into military service.

Look for a copy of 'Know your Czechoslovakian Pistols'.  Lots of good info there.  You can also Google Cz 24 for more.