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Old July 18th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #1
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VZ58 or VZ2008?

I saw some of these at the Timonium show and read about them on the Silvarado gun show thread. Are they VZ58's or VZ2008's?

I have searched and read some information online and if I understand it correctly the VZ2008's are a Century Arms rifle and the VZ58's are Czech military and cost almost double the VZ2008.

Are the ends of the barrels threaded with a spot welded muzzle attachment?

Just looking for clarification and some more info on these neat rifles.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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I saw some of these at the Timonium show and read about them on the Silvarado gun show thread. Are they VZ58's or VZ2008's?

I have searched and read some information online and if I understand it correctly the VZ2008's are a Century Arms rifle and the VZ58's are Czech military and cost almost double the VZ2008.

Are the ends of the barrels threaded with a spot welded muzzle attachment?

Just looking for clarification and some more info on these neat rifles.
If you do a search you'll find several threads comparing the two. In a nutshell:
- VZ2008 is a Century build using surplus parts on a US, non-chromed barrel and a US receiver. The muzzle is threaded, but it's for an AK slant brake so you can't put the original Czech brake on it.
- The VZ58 is imported as a single-stack "sporter" and then converted to accept milsurp mags. It has otherwise about as close as you can get to a mil-spec Czech.

Whether the non-chromed US barrel bothers you or not, is up to you. My Century VZ has performed fine although it did come with canted sights. Most have been happy with theirs.

BUT, a "real" VZ is on my list. If you can afford one, get it instead. Chances are good if you like AKs you'll love this rifle.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #3
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Old July 19th, 2011, 04:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like from the price the rifles shooters discount had were the vz2008. Either that or they were vz58's at one heck of a deal.
Hopefully Lou or someone will chime in on what they had and if they have any left!


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Old July 19th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Buy one from Czechpoint USA. They are the main distributor for the US and their customer service is second to none. The price quoted on their website is the price you pay. There are no additional shipping or dealer costs. I'd lay money on it that Lou had century built rifles.


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Buy one from Czechpoint USA. They are the main distributor for the US and their customer service is second to none. The price quoted on their website is the price you pay. There are no additional shipping or dealer costs. I'd lay money on it that Lou had century built rifles.
$900 Definately a niche rifle.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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I would go with the century build. That will get you one to play with, generally they seem to have good reviews and its not the price of a quality AR.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #9
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I LOVE my VZ58. At 900 bucks it's not a cheap gun but definitely fun to shoot. It feels more "solid" than my AK and is really light weight and small compared to an SKS. I bought mine in VA so I got to go home with the 30 round mags.
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I got my Century VZ2008 side folder from Lou several months ago, and it's always worked like a charm. YMMV.

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