My first handgun was a 1954 CZ52 czech military pistol chambered for 7.62x25mm. The handgun itself is weird looking, but interesting, factory bakelite grooved grips, single action, tiny military sights and topped off with a holster, 3 mags and cleaning rod. The magazine holds 8 rounds of the bottleneck .30caliber cartridge and this thing is such a blast to shoot. The action is a roller-type lockup as used on german MG42 machine guns. exact barrel length i do not know (4.82" i think) but the pistol and round together are a very accurate, flat shooting platform. most available ammo (surplus) is composed of an 86grain .30 bullet traveling at about 1400-1700fps. i believe the actual case is a 9x19mm necked down to .30 caliber. My cz52 has the original grey (parkerizing? maybe phosphate) coating and still retains about 98% of that. the sights are a pain and my firearm shoots about 1 1/2ft low (i have to aim RRREEAAALL high) but man i can easily explode water bottles at 30yds. modern production ammo is pretty hard to come by but when you do find it, its pretty cheap. as is surplus ammo. so for a cheap, fun old military pistol i highly recommend a cz52 as a target/range gun. P.S -a while ago i found a custom ammo maker and ordered a box of heavy 100gr hornady xtp hollow points going 1500fps for just $27.00 a box of 50! this was only a year ago so prices should still be right around there. helluva deal i think Wanna kill these ads? We can help!