I finally got around to firing my recently acquired surplus CZ-82.
The indoor range only had Brown Bear FMJ, which wouldn't have been my first choice, but you gotta go with what they've got.
While loading the 12-round mags isn't near as difficult as some make it out to be, a speed loader would make it easier, considering the little cartridges.
First mag: ten single-action shots, all a bit low, which I've heard is a tendency of this gun. The gun cycled and fired flawlessly. The SA trigger is very smooth and resetes well. Compared to my Glock 30, ot's smmother but the reset is a bit longer--but no problem. it's basically just different.
Having never fired a handgun round less than ,357 Mag, .45 ACP and .41 Mag, I found the 9x18 Makarov very pleasant to shoot. It has quite a pop to it, but the all-steel frame makes it very manageable. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for SD with a good SD round.
Second mag: Ten more rounds; all low again, but a nice group. In fact, it's shooting better than my G30 (Sorry, Glock). I'm no deadeye with a handgun, but this pistol has great potential.
Third mag: Still shooting SA, I had what I first thought was a misfire. Then I realized the hammer had not locked back. I could have limp-wristed it, but I suspect one of the Brown Bear rounds may not have had enough oomph to lock the hammer back. So one DA pull of the trigger and Bang! Nice to have that option. All the rest cycled and fired without a hitch.
Fourth Mag: Still low, no hiccups. Obviously I'll have to do a sight adjustment in the future.
Finished up with 2 5-rd rapid fires with both mags at @ ten feet. No problems and (for me) a respectable group.
I would have liked to put more rounds through it, but my mission of finding out if the gun was mechanically sound was complete. Besides, it was the last box of 9mm Mak.
In a nutshell, I'm more than pleased with my $169 surplus Commie Gun. The mag release needs a bit of work but other than that it's great. The trigger is smoother than most pistols I pick up, so no concerns there.
Anyone who's looking for a project gun as I was, this may be the ticket.
Next I'm ging to disassemble it, strip it, and DuraCoat it. I'm torn between S/S slide and frame with matte black sights, and controls; or all matte black.
Anyone who has used DuraCoat, I'd appreciate a PM with some tips on prep, etc. and any "gotchas" to look out for.
Will post pics once the refurb is done.