My uncle has been pushing me to do more posts about AKs. While I do have something in the works, I figured I’d do a post on the Vz. 58. Czechpoint sells a few versions of the Vz. 58 (including 5.56 x 45mm versions), and they even offer a fixed, restricted-magazine capacity version for sale in CA. Ironwood Designs has high-quality stock sets available.
Czechpoint is a Calguns supporter!
Each Sa vz. 58 California Military is supplied with one 10 round magazine, three 10 round stripper clips, sling, cleaning kit and CD.
Sa vz. 58 California Military Technical Specifications
Caliber 7.62 x 39 mm Muzzle velocity 771 yds/s Effective range – against individual targets up to 655 yds Effective range – against group targets up to 875 yds Maximum range 3,060 yds Practical rate of fire 40 shots/min. Weapon weight without magazine 6.72 lbs Weight of an empty magazine 0.22 lbs Weight of a full magazine 0.58 lbs Weapon length 34.06 in Weapon width 2.32 in Weapon height without magazine 6.00 in Weapon height with magazine 6.50 in Barrel length 16.14 in Number of grooves in the barrel 4 Length of the rifling 9.45 in Trigger pull 5.51 – 5.95 lbs (24.5-26.5 N)
Their sales pitch is pretty good:
Advantages of Sa vz. 58 over AK-47 rifles
- All vz. 58 rifles possess a milled receiver; the vast majority of AK-47s utilize stamped sheet metal receivers and are not as rigid as the vz.58 receiver.
- Even with the milled receiver it is almost one pound lighter than a stamped AK-47.
- The bolt of the vz. 58 stays open after the last round in the magazine has been fired – the shooter immediately knows the firearm is empty and allows for quicker reloads.
- The vz. 58 can be reloaded with stripper clips while the magazine is inserted in the rifle.
- The vz. 58 has a more natural point of aim and is faster handling.
- The safety is more ergonomic making a faster first shot possible with the vz. 58. Unlike the AK safety, the vz. 58 safety can be operated by just a forefinger with the hand remaining on the pistol grip.
- vz.58 has no need for an ejection port dust cover as the receiver is completely enclosed. A cover (on the safety lever) must be used on the AK-47 to prevent debris from entering the receiver through the reciprocating charging handle slot.
- The ejection port is HUGE. There is no chance of an empty case getting stuck in the action of the vz. 58.
- The vz. 58 gas piston can be removed or exchanged without tools.
- The alloy magazine of the vz. 58 is half the weight of the steel AK-47 magazine.
- The vz. 58 is striker fired unlike the hammer fired AK-47. This reduces the number of parts and possible points of failure.
Advantages of Sa vz. 58 over AR-15 / M16 rifles
- vz.58 provides greater reliability than the gas system AR-15 / M16
- vz.58 has no need for an ejection port cover as the receiver is completely enclosed. An ejection port cover must be used on the AR-15 / M16 to prevent debris from entering the receiver.
- vz.58 utilizes a short stroke gas piston and is much more cost effective than the short stroke gas piston AR-15 / M16
- vz.58 is easier to field strip and clean than AR-15 / M16
- vz.58 is more compact than AR-15 / M16