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    Finding a needle in a haystack

    Every now and then it pays to be diligent and a little bit lucky,

    Many years ago I purchased a Czechicon VZ54 sniper rifle from Dennis Kroh @ Empire Arms. It was mismatched ( as most are) with the barreled action and bolt being one S/N and the other 3 S/N's ( trigger guard, magazine cover, stock) being another, but it was complete with scope and was a very clean rifle. Fast forward 4 years and while cruising Gunbroker I notice a Scope less VZ54 for sale and after opening the auction I noticed the S/N, which looked very familiar. I pulled up the pics of the auction and of my sniper and what do I find but the rifle on the auction has all my parts to go with my action, and I have all it's parts for it's action.



    So after checking and rechecking the pics a dozen times, and e-mail a collector friend of mine to verify what I was seeing was not a figment of my imagination , I did what any collector would do, I placed a healthy bid on the rifle and sweated out the next 10 days until the auction closed !


    Well after the rifle arrived and after getting a healthy dose of pics to document the story I returned both rifle back to there former glory, and in the process learned something new about the VZ54.
    1st there are not 5 but 7 serial numbered parts on them, they are the

    1- barreled action
    2-bolt
    3-trigger guard
    4-magazine cover
    5-stock
    6-bolt head
    7-underside of hand guard

    My 1956 rifle is now all matching with a mismatched scope, and my scope less 57 has 6 of it's 7 matched parts with the bolt head being replaced at some point by the Czechs.

    So here the are in all there glory

    1957 VZ54 as received

















    My 56 VZ54 as received














    My now my 56 & 57 VZ54's returned to there former glory !







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    Amazing find. Thanks for sharing



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    Just curious, how does that laser-etched number (549000031) figure in with a 1950's rifle?

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    Just curious, how does that laser-etched number (549000031) figure in with a 1950's rifle?

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    Importers S/N

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    That's some serious good fortune. They look fantastic. PAX

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    Great pair. That's what I love about collecting. Thanks for posting!


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