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How Many Can You ID?

Check out this layout of Warsaw Pact and WWII Allied small arms captured by U.S. Marines of the 22nd MAU from Cuban stores of the Grenadan People’s Revolutionary Army in that briefly-Marxist British Commonwealth nation in October 1983:

Note the Marine in the top left corner in ERDL camo with a slung M16A1, M1 helmet, smoke grenade, and early PASGIT kevlar vest. Notably, the Army’s 82nd Airborne and Ranger units in the same op had kevlar helmets. DOD Photo 330-CFD-DN-ST-85-0202 by PH2 D. Wujcik, USN, via the National Archives. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6395935

Give up?

Official caption: Seized weapons on display are: (clockwise from the back) Soviet-made 82 mm M-36 mortars, 5 Soviet 7.62 mm PK general-purpose machine guns, two Bren light machine guns, 7.62 mm ammunition, two AK-47 assault rifles, an RPG-2 portable rocket launcher, a 7.62 mm Mosin-Nagant rifle, a Czechoslovakian made Model-52 7.62 mm rifle and a US-made .45 cal. M-3A1 submarine gun

The CZ 52 Pistol: A 1950s Czech Hotrod

Americans have some sort of weird fascination with oddball European handguns. There are collectors who gush over Russian Nagants, Polish Vis (often called the Radom), and Spanish made Astras and Ruby pistols to the point of obsession. One of the latest additions to this list of hot collector’s pistols from European lands is the CZ 52. Its looks like a Walther PPK on steroids, but it’s one interesting, deadly effective, and affordable pistol.

And like the Statue of Liberty says, “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”…Americans have opened their homes to yet another cast off gun in need of a forever home.  No questions asked.

Read the rest in my column at GUNS.com

cz52 with accesories