I found this 9 mm pistol in a local pawn shop – it came with the papers, but no owner’s manual, three mags, brush and allen wrench for the rear sight. Though they were selling them separately, I also bought the Action Express .41 barrel, .41 AE mag, and six boxes of ammo that the original owner traded in.
I had been looking for a decent High Power that I could afford, but all the examples I ran across were too spendy or looked as if they had been kicked across a parking lot. I really like the fit and finish of the old CZ75s, and this Swiss made clone showed very minimal use and it’s smooth and tight. It even had the original grease in the action, with lots of dust. I suspect the owner fired it a few times and parked it in his safe for a couple of decades. I now know why
I bought it to shoot a little, so after a good cleaning and lube, I took it to the range where I encountered ejection problems using S&B 115 gr FMJ. The extractor slips and I get a double feed jam every now and then. It happens much more often with a full mag. It’s not mag related since I tested all three. I tried some Hornady Critical Defense JHP and it did not hang, from the slicker plated case surface, I think.
The extractor is in fine shape and moves freely, but I plan to remove it and check for burrs. But what has me scratching my head is the marks on the brass and the chamber – there are definite spiral grooves in both, and I think as the gun gets dirty they are causing the brass to hang. The machine work on the gun is very nice, but the barrel leaves a lot to be desired:
This shot shows the grooves on both the chamber walls and the fired brass.
Has anyone seen these “rifling” marks in an old CZ chamber?
I hope to smooth the chamber roughness and reduce the grooves a little by lapping with a fired case and fine lapping compound. Good idea or not?
Can someone please summarize for me parts availability and what fits, what doesn’t? I have read a lot of conflicting info and just don’t know what to do. I would like to get extra main and extractor springs for tuning.
I plan to sell the AE41 stuff at a later date – should I wait until I get 25 posts and do it here, or just use Gunbroker?
Thanks for your help.
Spokane WA USA