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Czech Strakonice Pistol

Two models of this pistol were brought over by returning GI's—the gray-finished pistol usually marked Model 27 and the blued prewar pistol marked Böhmische Waffenfabrik on the top of the slide. The operating mechanism of this gun bears a close resemblance to the 1910 Mauser. While far from the best .32 cal. automatics, they are interesting and serviceable guns. The main drawback is the fact that when the last shot has been fired, the magazine holds the slide open, making it necessary to withdraw the magazine against the force of the recoil Spring.

Firearm Magazine Follower

The magazine, too, resembles the 1910 Mauser, in that it has elongated observation slots instead of holes. The fioorplate will normally be stamped as shown, and is retained by a portion of the magazine follower spring.

Sps Firing Pin Assembly Lock

The Model 27 magazine has a pressed steel follower that again resembles the 1910 Mauser, but the offset notch that cuts through the follower and the back strap peg identify it as a Model 27.—E. J. H0FF-SCHM1DT.

Mauser 1910 Firing PinBohmische Waffenfabrik

CZ Model 50 Pistol


Parts Legend

1. Slide

2. Extractor pin

3. Cartridge indicator

4. Rear sight

5. Extractor spring

6. Extractor

7. Firing pin

8. Firing pin lock spring

9. Firing pin lock

10. Recoil spring

11. Hold-open latch spring

12. Hold-open latch and ejector

13. Hold-open hinge pin

14. Left grip

15. Grip screw

16. Safety

17. Safety plunger

18. Safety spring

19. Hammer bolt

20. Sear spring

21. Sear

22. Hammer strut pin

23. Hammer

24. Hammer strut

25. Hammer spring

26. Spring retainer

27. Right grip

28. Trigger bar

29. Trigger spring

30. Trigger

31. Trigger pin

32. Trigger bar pin

33. Takedown catch spring

34. Takedown catch screw

35. Takedown catch

36. Magazine catch

37. Magazine catch spring

38. Sear pin

39. Sideplate

40. Hammer bolt nut

41. Receiver

42. Magazine

43. Barrel

In 1948, the Czech arms factories were nationalized, and shortly thereafter various new Czech commercial arms were introduced. One of these new guns was the CZ Model 50 automatic pistol developed in 1947-48 by Jan and Jaroslav Kratochvil and produced by Ceska Zbrojovka — Narodni Podnik, Strakonice (Czech Arms Factory, National Corporation, in Strakonice). Besides being sold commercially, this pistol is used by Czech police. It is of blowback design, fires the universally-popular .32 Auto cartridge, and weighs 24'/2 ozs. In size, general appearance, and basic construction, it is similar to the German Walther Model PP pistol. However, these pistols differ from each other mechanically, especially in the lockwork.

Like several other modern automatic pistols, the CZ 50 has a double-action lock mechanism. This enables the pistol to be safely carried uncocked with the chamber loaded and safety disengaged, and quickly fired like a double-action revolver by a long pull on the trigger.

During firing, the exposed hammer is cocked by recoil, and a short pull on the trigger is required for the next shot.

Located on the left of the receiver in a position convenient for thumb operation, the safety is engaged when pivoted part way down. Lowering the cocked hammer is easily done by turning the safety downward past safe. It is not dangerous to do this even with a loaded round in the chamber because the firing pin is blocked. No grip safety is provided, but a cartridge indicator projects from the left of the slide when the chamber is loaded.

The 8-round magazine is removed for loading by depressing the magazine catch on the upper left of the receiver, and a takedown catch on the right side permits easy field-stripping. A combination hold-open latch and ejector holds the slide of the Model 50 open after the last shot is fired.

Most parts are blued steel. The grips are grooved black plastic, and the magazine has a plastic lower extension which serves as a finger rest.

Beretta Jetfire Take Down

1 To field-strip the CZ Model 50, first J- remove the magazine (42) and clear the chamber. While -pressing the takedown catch (35) to the left, pull the slide (1) back and lift it upward at the rear. Then ease the slide forward off the barrel (43) and remove the recoil spring (10).

32cal Silencer

catch screw (34). In doing this, a screwdriver with a thin shank is required to clear the barrel. After removing the screw, take out the catch and spring to the right. The hold-open latch and ejector (12) and latch spring (11) can be removed by driving out the hold-open hinge pin (13) to the left. Do not remove these unless necessary.

Small Pin Locking Mechanisms

5 Continue disassembly of the lock mechanism by driving out the trigger pin (31) and sear pin (38), and use a small wrench to remove the nut (40) from the hammer bolt (19). Then push out the hammer bolt, lift the sideplate (39) from the receiver, and remove the trigger bar (28), trigger (30), hammer (23), and other lock parts.

Bernardelli Trigger Bar

2 Hold the slide bottom side up in a vise. Depress the firing pin lock (9) with a punch and use a long thin punch from the front to push the firing pin (7) out. After the firing pin lock and spring are removed, drive out the extractor pin (2), and remove extractor (6), extractor spring (5), and cartridge indicator (3).

Grip Screw

A Before attempting disassembly of the ■ lock mechanism, remove the grip screw (15) and grips (14) (27). Then carefully clamp the receiver (41) in a vise with padded jaws. Place a thin metal bar against the bottom of the spring retainer (26), and push on the bar until the retainer is free of the receiver. Then ease the bar back to original position and remove the hammer spring (25) from the hammer strut (24).

Galesi Model

6After removing the hammer, push the safety (16) out to left without rotating. Take care not to lose the safety plunger (17) and safety spring (18). Reassemble in reverse. In replacing the safety, use a small punch to hold the safety plunger depressed. In replacing the hammer bolt nut do not use excessive force and strip the threads. ■

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