The CZ 452 is a bolt action, hand-fed, rimfire rifle manufactured by Ceska Zbrojovka Uhershy Brod, or CZ-UB for short. It features a walnut, beech wood, or synthetic stock, hammer-forged barrel, and a receiver made from a single billet of high-quality steel.
Basic Specifications (depends on calibre)
- Length – 32.76 to 42 inches
- Barrel length – 16.22 to 24.80 inches
- Weight – 4 to 6.6 pounds
- Rate of Twist – 16 inches
- Magazine Capacity – 5, 10, and single round, detachable magazine
CA-UB is a small firearms company based in the Czech Republic. The company is known for manufacturing guns with a classical construction, that are reliable, accurate, and safe. This is why CZ rifles are sought after by sports shooters and hunters alike.
The CZ 452 comes in a variety of models and calibres, too, perfect for a variety of uses:
- .22 LR
- .22 WMR
- .17 HMR
- .17 HM2
One of the features that make the CZ 452 Rifle, as well as other CZ rimfire models desirable, is the use of a hammer-forged barrel. This method is time consuming, therefore expensive. But this only serves to ensure that CZ barrels are built to last. Also, barrels of the CZ 452 are threaded, so users can attach either a Parker-Hale or Still suppressor.
The receiver is made of a single billet of steel, meaning it is made from a single chunk of high-quality metal capable of withstanding considerable use and beating. And like hammer forging, it is not easy to do because the billet part would need to be fully machined, which costs time and money. The receiver also features a milled dovetail for mounting scopes.
The CZ 452 is fitted with an adjustable trigger pull, which comes out of the box with a pull weight of about 5 pounds, something many users complain about. It is on the heavier side, and for most this is something of a hassle, having to adjust it relatively big to suit their tastes. Some even said that it had a noticeable amount of creep before breaking. Not good when you want to hunt and you need total silence.
As already mentioned, CZ designs its rifles with that classic style, so stocks of the main models are made of handsome Beech wood or walnut. Grip parts have checkering for better hold during wet conditions. Some models, such as the CZ 452 Style and Silhouette have plastic stock with textured grips, as well.
One of the best things about the CZ 452 Rifle is that it comes in a left-handed model. Its Scout version is made for young adults or even shorter adults because the stock dimensions are reduced, and the weight is also lighter. For younger shooters, the Scout has a single-round loading device for easy operation.
The detachable magazine of the 452 is made of a sturdy nylon polymer with a stainless follower. It comes in a 5-round capacity, but the gun can also can be fitted with a 10-round magazine, or single-shot adapters. Removal of the magazine is easy. Users just have to press the catch in a rearward direction to release.
Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks of the CZ 452 Rifle is its two-position safety. It operates very differently from most rifles in that to put the gun in safe mode, the user has to push the safety button forward. To put it in firing mode, the safety button is pushed back towards the shooter. Users who use multiple rifle brands would find this very frustrating, because they would need to train themselves to use this unnatural safety switch.
Despite negative reviews on its out-of-box trigger setting and the awkward 2-position safety switch, the CZ 452 Rifle is pretty accurate and reliable. The forging method on the barrel, the single billet receiver, adjustable trigger option, and variety of models and calibres to choose from, ensures users can enjoy the rifle for a very long time.