Friday, May 31, 2013

I recently spent some time with a fine european lady....... a CZ 452 trainer.


Sometimes things just happen. Not long ago, a CZ 452 happened to me.

I was browsing a local gun shop I had stopped at on a whim. Not my favorite place, but occasionally has something decent or interesting. Usually overpriced, which is why I under-buy when I am there. That day, they had the usual assortment of new and used, with little turnover in their stock. Did I mention they price high?

I noticed a very pretty .22 rifle at the front of a rack, and asked to see it. A CZ 452 American in .22 magnum. Nice, but not a caliber I am enamored to since I bought a .17HMR. The CZ 452 American comes sans sights, fitted to an American style stock with a medium comb, meant for a scope mounted rifle.
When the clerk put it back on the rack he mentioned he had another one, but not as nice. I was noncommittal, but he still reached to the back of the rack and hauled out what is shown here in the photographs.

It's a CZ 452 Trainer, unusual and not often seen around here. It differs from
the American in many ways, being styled for the European market. The Trainer, and it's fancy brother the Lux, come with excellent quality open sights. The rear sight is a military style tangent that is graduated from 25 meters out to 200 meters. It's also adjustable for windage via two small screws.

The front sight is a hooded blade that is also adjustable for elevation via a ramp and a small lock screw. The idea is to use the adjustable front sight to set the point of
impact for the ammo being used with the rear tangent set at the range being fired. Then the rear sight can be adjusted via a slider to whatever range is desired. It's a nice system, and allows the military style tangent rear sight to be used with most standard velocity .22 LR ammunition.

The stock on both the Trainer and the Lux have a hump back style perfectly suited to shooting offhand with open sights. The Lux has fine grade Walnut, while the Trainer has birch.
It was the sights and stock that sold me on this CZ452, helped along by the reputation they have for startling accuracy. I have been looking at old .22 rifles for the last year or so, hoping to find something set up for offhand shooting with open sights. I'd like to practice for the High Power military rifle matches, and a properly set up .22 would be a valuable practice tool. (and cheap to shoot). I turned to elderly used .22s as no American company seems to service the market for quality open sighted .22 rifles meant to be fired fired from positions. Such shooting seems to be from a bygone era.Apparently the Europeans still shoot their small bore the way it was meant to be. Open sights, standing up, working on real old time shooting skills. Well, at least as much as they are allowed to by their governments.To sweeten the pot, this CZ 452 comes with an adjustable trigger and a safety that completely locks the firing pin and bolt. In addition, the barrel is a graceful 25 inches long, giving a nice feel and excellent sight radius.
They test fire each rifle at the factory, then clean and pack it for shipping. The test target is included in the box, and signed by the man who fired it. I like that touch; Shows pride in their work.

At the gun shop, this nice little rifle seemed to fit me well. The stock allowed good fit for shooting with open sights, and the trigger has an excellent feel. Best of all, the sights are serious business and do the job they were meant for. Not an afterthought on a rifle designed to be fitted with a scope.

This one had a few small scratches from rack time, even if it was new. Dickering happened, feelings were slightly impinged, a box of ammunition sweetened the pot, and I walked away with this CZ 452 Trainer for slightly less than wholesale price plus tax. Yes, I was (and am) a happy camper. My shooting club being only a few miles from the shop, I hustled over to try out my new purchase. Settling in to a bench rest and sandbag, the first group at 25 yards could have fit under my thumbnail. Happy dance time!

Another shooter was watching as I set up at fifty yards, and I noticed he was also shooting a CX 452, only an American in .17 HMR with a scope. It took him no time at all to notice the groups from my open sight .22 matched the size of his scoped .17HMR groups. Envy abounded...

Yup..... I'm glad this one followed me home. I've come to realize good firearms are not an expense, they are an investment that always appreciates. The value goes up while we get the enjoyment of owning and using them at the same time.


David aka True Blue Sam said...

You just made my gun itch flare up.

Roger said...

I've had a CZ 452 Full Stock for about 6 years. It is, next to my Anschutz target rifle, my most accurate .22 rimfire rifle. Smooth & slick action, excellent iron sights (the same tangent sights as on your Trainer).
The trigger can be further improved with a Yo Dave kit to reduce overtravel, pull weight and take -up. It's cheap too.
IMnvHO the 452 is a better rifle than the newer 455.

Darrell said...

I have the 452 Lux in .22 lr, and the 452 American in .22 wmr. Both are beautiful, and both are tackdrivers. My old eyes can't take advantage of the Lux's sights, so both rifles are scoped.

Anonymous said...

LOL at the visual of you doing a happy dance on the firing line.
Video next time!

Carteach said...

'Happy dance' is all relative. For me, it's more of an actual smile... instead of my usual glare of doom.

PresterSean said...

I've been debating one of these for years. Maybe I'll wait no longer.

Carteach said...


I'm more than happy with mine. The quality is excellent, and it seems to be a rifle designed by SHOOTERS. Good fit, good sights, good trigger, and outstanding accuracy.

I would not hesitate to buy another CZ rifle.

Anonymous said...

FYI, Williams Gunsight has a clamp-on micrometer peep sight for the 452s, fits on the 11MM rail. One has to raise the front sight all the way up on the ramp for it to work well, but left at the bottom adjustment the CZ rear sight stays in place and isn't noticeably in the way. Williams also has different screw-in apertures for the rear sight, from ghost ring to nickle-size small aperture target.

Carteach said...


I like the options available for the CZ452, and have indeed scoped while exploring it's full accuracy potential. I still come back to one of the reasons I bought it.... the fine military style sights.

I shoot Military Rifle matches when able, and often have a rifle on the line with sights the CZ mimics very nicely. That gives me a .22 trainer to practice with, and I suppose that's how the rifle earned it's name.... 'CZ452 Trainer'.

Farm.Dad said...

I have a couple of the little guns , a pre Ultra Lux with the 29" barrel and a 16" threaded barreled american . Just love both of them even though my eyes are not really up to the iron sights at any real range any more .

dagamore said...

thats a cool proof target, will have to make some of them up for me the shoot on.