In a world of tactical ninja rifles rated for an assault on Bin Laden’s compound, complete with Crye Precision Multi-cam optional stocks, it is nice to have something that is just fun once in a while. Who am I kidding? Multi-cam is so 2008. New ninja rifles come in ATACR or Kryptek if they are cool. At any rate, it is nice to have a fun gun sometimes. And maybe one that is more suited to bumping around in your truck and being carried in the field with no concern for its ability to break an L shaped ambush. Well, this week I got my hands on one, and it is a winner. Spending time with the CZ 527 reminded me of hunting with a rimfire when I was a kid, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
The 527 is a workhorse, you aren’t going to find many Instagram pages dedicated to it. It is so unremarkable I can’t even tell you the date it went into production. To me, it seems to capture the spirit I saw in the Czech Republic years ago. It does a job, exceedingly well, with no flash or nonsense. The 527 is all business. It doesn’t have an aftermarket because it doesn’t need an aftermarket. You aren’t going to repurpose this gun to win at F-class. It will never make the cover of SWAT magazine. What job does this rifle do? It is everything you need in a lightweight hunting rifle, capable of killing anything up to deer size, and nothing you don’t. And in the modern marketplace, that really makes it stand out.
The action is a miniaturized Mauser action, something CZ does exceedingly well. There are a lot of Mauser’s in a huge variety of calibers floating the Earth, and last I heard they tend to work. The “micro action” is based on a 223 length, though it is available in several calibers. My test sample of the CZ 527 Carbine Rustic is chambered in 7.62×39, and also available in 223. The bolt runs smoothly, with a solid lock up at the end. The trigger has a small bit of take-up but broke consistently at 4 pounds. The stock is a beautifully aged beech wood with a straight comb. For care and feeding, the 527 takes a single column 5 round detachable magazine. The 527 Carbine is intended to be a brush gun and comes equipped with fixed sights. It has been many moons since I saw a gun with fixed sights, but I liked them. The front sight has a protective hood around the sight post and a small gold bead on top. The rear is a way overbuilt chunk of iron with a suitable notch cut in. Front and rear sling swivels round out the package.
The 527 is a very simple gun, and that may cause many people to overlook it. In my opinion, that would be a mistake. I was at first unsure how to do this review. I have been spoiled by years of 1/1000th MOA uber magnum rifles, taking advantage of the space we have out West. But walking around in the sagebrush plinking at random gophers, it dawned on me why you would want this. Same reason I want this. It is a superbly balanced, lightweight, do the job gun.
How was my accuracy? 1.5 inches at 50 meters with Hornady Black. But do I care if my average target is 5 inches at 50 meters? Hog hunters will care even less. Sporting just a 5 round magazine, I can carry this thing all day, over any terrain. 7.62×39 recoil is mild out of this platform, meaning I can also shoot it all day if I like. Not to mention it is cheap to feed. If you do a lot more shooting with your gun than putting pictures of it on the internet, this one was built for you. At an MSRP of $733 , it isn’t going to break the bank either.
- Product Name: CZ 527 Carbine, 7.62X39
- Firearm Type: Rifle
- Purpose: Hunting
- MSRP: $733.00
- Chambering: 62×39
- Rate Of Twist: 1:9.5 in
- Magazine Capacity: 5
- Magazine Type: Detachable
- Stock: Turkish Walnut, Carbine-Style
- Length Of Pull: 46 in
- Sights: Fixed, Integrated 16mm Scope Bases
- Barrel: Cold Hammer Forged
- Barrel Length: 5 in
- Overall Length: 4 in
- Weight: 5.94 lbs
- Trigger Mech: Single Set Trigger
- Safety: Two-Position
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