My needle in a haystack

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My needle in a haystack

Postby Miller Tyme » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:26 pm

Every now and then it pays to be diligent and a little bit lucky,

4 years ago I purchased a Czech VZ54 sniper rifle from Dennis Kroh @ Empire Arms. It was mismatched ( as most are) with the barreled action and bolt being one S/N and the other 3 S/N's ( trigger guard, magazine cover, stock) being another, but it was complete with scope and was a very clean rifle. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago and while cruising Gunbroker I notice a Scope less VZ54 for sale and after opening the auction I noticed the S/N, which looked very familiar. I pulled up the pics of the auction and of my sniper and what do I find but the rifle on the auction has all my parts to go with my action, and I have all it's parts for it's action.

So after checking and rechecking the pics a dozen times I did what any collector would do, I placed a healthy bid on the rifle and sweated out the next 10 days until the auction closed !


Well today the rifle arrived and after getting a healthy dose of pics to document the story I returned both rifle back to there former glory, and in the process learned something new about the VZ54.
1st there are not 5 but 7 serial numbered parts on them, they are the

1- barreled action
2-bolt
3-trigger guard
4-magazine cover
5-stock
6-bolt head
7-underside of hand guard

My 1956 rifle is now all matching with a mismatched scope, and my scope less 57 has 6 of it's 7 matched parts with the bolt head being replaced at some point by the Czechs.

So here the are in all there glory

1957 VZ54 as received

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My 56 VZ54

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My now my 56 & 57 VZ54's returned to there former glory !


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Re: My needle in a haystack

Postby Niner » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:39 pm

What are the odds of that happening again? Congrats on that deal. A one in a million chance happening.

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