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I was shooting at an indoor range today near Atlanta when a line of thunderstorms turned nasty and spawned a few tornadoes. Civil Defense sirens went off and a few minutes later the power went off and we had to exit the range (which was probably about the safest place) because the ventilation system failed. Anyway, the power was restored in a few minutes and I was talking to the store owner and he showed me a CZ VZ-58 Tactical Sporter in 7.62x39. It was the only AK "style" rifle I've held that wasn't an immediate turnoff. I know it's not an AK as it's a very different design, even the mags are different. But it seemed well made and solid. Mag went in and released reasonably and it had a bolt hold open. The stock was a skeleton Zytel stock. I didn't get a chance to shoot it because I ran out of time due to the storm. For ~$600 it seem like a good value. Does anyone have any experience with them?
 

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I have a fair bit of contact with the CZ line and I can say that they are quality products, with the exception of some of their triggers on their cheaper models. If this rifle is a good as their other products, it should be a winner.

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I own a VZ-58, they are actually fairly common up here in Canada. It is a light and solid little rifle, very fun to shoot. They are accurate enough that I have seen good shooters win service rifle competitions with them, besting all sorts or AR's, M-14's, etc. As far as construction it is all steel with a milled receiver; the only stamped part on the rifle is the rear top cover. The mags are not standard AK mags and are made of aluminum, and they do have a bolt hold-open. I have heard from guys who have used them in the sandbox that hard use of the mags can cause the body to separate from the top, but have never seen this in civilian use. It should be noted that these rifles are intended to digest military FMJ/steel cased ammo and *can* run into problems with soft point or soft brass cases hanging up on feeding. Thankfully though clearing a jam is simple due to the fact that opening the bolt gives access to the entire top of the action. This rifle is easier to break-down than an XCR.
 
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