Cold War Pistols of Czechoslovakia by James D Brown
This has to be one of the finest written firearm references in recent times. It basically covers the time period between the second world war and the end of Soviet rule of what is now the Czech Republic. However it starts in the 1930s so as to give some background of Czech pistol production under German domain and then Soviet rule.
One thing is made clear through the book, although a communist country under Kremlin control, they remained pretty defiant and in control of much of their firearms production, even with heavy pressure from Russia.
Models covered are: DUO, vz45, vz50, vz/52, vz70, CZ75, CZ85 and many other single shot small caliber pistols & target guns, along with signal pistols. Not only are the handgun models covered in depth, but also holsters, ammo and accessories.
The author goes into so much detail on model variations, it's hard to believe that there could actually be that many. Numerous color and b&w photos throughout the book take it to the next level. This book is a must for the military collector of handguns or Czech firearms in general. Most if not all models and many variations can be found at gun shows and on the internet and reasonable prices.
If I had to give this book a grade of 1 to 10, it would be a definite 10.
David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
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