Hands On With the CZ 527 Carbine Rustic

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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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Brett April 22, 2018, 11:54 am

    I own a 527 in x39. There is no comparing this to a modern production plastic stocked $300 rifle. While i am constantly amazed by production capabilities of our time, all I can say is that this rifle OOZES quality. Everyone who holds or fires it loves it. Yes a Ruger American will be as accurate for 1/2 price, but it’s like saying a Kia is as good as a Acura at half the price. In the most practical terms, absolutely. Sitting in the seat and driving tells nearly anyone different story. Also down the road…. resale and desire for a higher quality rifle will remain stronger. Also, I second the steel ammo comment. Euro spec chamber so Russian ammo will perform better. Extremely accurate rifle in my experience.

  • Dan April 17, 2018, 7:28 am

    It occurred to me the reason CZ is going with this new beechwood stock. All the walnut stock on the 7.62 version crack by the screw on top of pistol grip. Mine did and a shit load of other peoples did. Check YouTube. Cz knows the design coupled with the 7.62 just keeps cracking their stocks. Hence, the beechwood- which is much hardier. They make good on the issue, but it’s a fkn pain to mail to them and all that other BS. So, if you’re getting the 527 in 7.62, hold out for the beechwood.

  • Dan April 17, 2018, 6:56 am

    I own the Turkish walnut version in 7.62 for about 5 years. These can be scored for $600 – $650. Definitely shoots Russian steel better than quality brass. Chambered for 311 casings, not .308. Go for shit Russian on this rifle. The Ruger American is a good alternative but no iron sights. That’s a Ruger mistake. This is a fine rifle that I love. If you’re on the fence, get off, and buy this 527 in 7.62. Forget the 223. Great looking piece too.

  • August Bender April 16, 2018, 10:38 am

    The $733. MSRP seems a little high for this very plain, ordinary bolt action rifle. Also, the stock appears to be straight grained beech wood as described in the text of the article and not “Turkish Walnut” as listed in the Specs. But, the Specs are obviously wrong as they list: “Chambering: 62×39”, “Length Of Pull: 46 in”, “Barrel Length: 5 in” and “Overall Length: 4 in”. We know the caliber is actually 7.62×39, and looking at the CZ-USA website I think the correct LOP is 13.46 in., the barrel length is 18.5 in. and the overall length is 37.4 in. It appears that some digits were omitted in the specs. I like the hooded front sight, but the notch rear sight, forward of the action, while certainly simple and rugged, isn’t very effective. A much better rear sight would be an aperture, either adjustable or fixed, at the rear of the action.

  • Jerry S. April 16, 2018, 9:55 am

    I was contemplating this in.223 until I came across the Thompson Center Compass 5.56/.223, post recall. I found one for $299.99, no CC fees, free shipping. I couldn’t pass it up. I also got a $75.00 debit card back from Smith-Wesson when I bought it. I have yet to try it out, but am confident it will do what I need. I am a budget conscious guy now that I am retired. Would love to have one of these for the coming civil war…haha

  • JHR April 16, 2018, 9:32 am

    I’m kinda partial to CZ. My first semi auto pistol was a CZ 75, my wife got a CZ 75 compact for Christmas and I finally found a CZ 82 chambered in 9×18 Makarov. I also own two CZ 527’s, one in 7.62×39 and one in .222 (not a typo).
    I also own a Howa Mini Action chambered in 7.62×39. Comparting apples to apples the Howa is far more accurate than the CZ. Both are great rifles, but what would you rather see, a nice clover leaf at 100 yards or kinda in the zone at 100 yards?

  • hillhunter April 16, 2018, 9:16 am

    Excellent rifle that doesn’t show caving to so much of the lower quality production techniques that are being marketed currently. I really wish more rifles were made like this with nice wood, polished and blued metal. My 527 in 7.62×39 is accurate, reliable and balances like a cobra. I’m picking up the youth model 527 for my son when he turns 11. It’s nice to know that we still have an option to pass on quality to our next generation in lieu of the all plastic “fat bolt” guns with no soul.

  • Dwight April 16, 2018, 9:14 am

    I like the reviews on bolt action rifles and revolvers, I have little interest in the Black Rifles or Pistols with high capacity mags. I am a fan of highly accurate rifles which bolts action rifles are known for. I reload and develop loads for accuracy for every rifle I purchase which is my passion. Just saying that I would like to see more reviews like this covering all the price ranges.

  • Marc Mitchell April 16, 2018, 9:04 am

    Ive had CZ 527 carbine with a walnut stock for about 15 years and shot everything from armadillos to deer, and pretty much everything in between. I even shot a nice buck with a Barnes X bullet reload I made up and actually recovered the perfectly expended solid copper bullet. For me ive always loved the simplicity of the Mauser action and the way those old rifles were built. This gun absolutely nails that simplicity and reliability. The set trigger is a wonderful thing too and mine shoots a lot more accurately than I am capable of. This is one of those guns that you can use for years then leave to your son or daughter when you leave this world and they in turn will pass it on to their children. For the money you cannot beat the value. What more can you ask of ANY gun.

  • Nita Fisher April 16, 2018, 7:46 am

    Did the proofreader forget to check the specs list? Or was someone playing a delayed April Fool’s joke?

    LOP 46″
    Barrel length 5″
    Weight 94 lbs

    • Z April 16, 2018, 10:08 am

      Overall length: 4 in. Lol

  • Rwb April 16, 2018, 6:18 am

    I have a cz 527 in .204 ruger,european walnut stock.its a fine rifle for varmit shooting.and with decent optics it shoots those tight little clover leafs at 300+ yards.ive owned it a year and many coyotes has had their lites shut off with my 527.
    I load for it and it likes 39 grain pills pushed with cfe 223.feeds nice,never a problem. It replaced an early ruger american that never was right.ruger was returned to ruger 2 times.last ruger american for me.
    I like the simplicity ,lack of read manual before using n all that safety billboard stuff.really nice finish on wood ,very deepblueing no machine marks. I like the rate of twist on it ,thats more important than all that safety writi g.if it needs that maybe you dont need to use a firearm.
    The double set trigger is a nice feature too.i got mine set light on the push foreward setting and about 4 pounds regular trigger.

  • Jamin April 16, 2018, 6:04 am

    Scoped mine with a Leupold VX 6 2×7 illuminated reticle. Getting 1/2″ groups at 100yds with Silver Bear and Hornady steel match. The chamber was designed to handle steel case. This is a very capable little carbine that was scarcewhen I was looking for one. Well worth the eait , though.

  • Mark Kiernan April 16, 2018, 4:36 am

    My Century Arms 60’s Sporter 7.62×39 shoots better than 1.5″ at 50 M with iron sights so does my Bushmaster 5.56 and my other 5.56 with a Double Star stock upper also shoot about the same, I would expect much better with a bolt gun, heck my Remington 50th Anniversary 700 in 7mm mag shoots 1.5″ at 300 yds with Remington Factory Premier Accutip and it’s had many rounds from the bench and hunted antlered animals all over the western states. 1.5″ at 50 Meters in my mind is nothing to be proud of for a gun that costs over $500.00, my sons Savage .270 @ appx $ 400.00 shoots under .75″ at 100yds out of the box with Winchester Silver Tips.

  • Rich April 15, 2018, 8:35 pm

    Forgot to mention the set trigger…but I like the Ruger American in that caliber more. The Ruger’s accuracy is amazing.

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