VZ. 58 Reviewed: A lefty-friendly semi-auto

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Lefty’s Guns, a Youtube Channel that reviews left-handed shooter friendly products, has reviewed the Czech VZ. 58 aka. That Gun That Looks Like An AK But Isn’t.

I was once emailed by a newspaper journalist asking me to identify a rifle. I ID’d it as a VZ. 58. He then replied the following day that other experts had confirmed it was actually an “AK-47”. I almost replied that his “experts” would not be able to tell the difference between an AK-47 and a Ruger 10/22, but the insult would have gone over his head.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • gb7

    I was at the range yesterday and was invited by another shooter to try out his VZ. Nice weapon except for the wire stock and the trigger doesn’t always reset especially if you ride it forward. Like the straight up ejection.

    • FWIW

      That sounds like the infamous “gremlin” resident in some of the early Century Vz 2008 builds. That is NOT a “feature” of a normal Vz 58! If you see your buddy at the range again, you should tell him that there are a couple ways to fix that issue, after which he’ll have a smooth functioning rifle.

  • aweds1

    If only it used AK mags…

    • Dirt

      These mags are lighter and still pretty cheap ($20-$30).

      • aweds1

        My state banned the sale of magazines larger than 15 rounds two years ago. I can buy the gun in state, but not the magazines. I have AK mags and AR mags. It’s far easier to accommodate new rifles that use those magazines.

        • insertjjs

          they sell 5 round mag that just have a small rivet blocking the travel of the follower. You might buy one of them and have an “accident” with the rivet.

        • anonymous

          Colorado’s logic was that those boxes with springs in them lead to the massacre of children. Which is why only the police are allowed to have them.

          They then amended the magazine ban bill, so Magpul — which was based in Colorado at the time — could continue to produce those children-death-causing devices for sale in other states. Because, f*** those kids, the State of Colorado wanted revenue from Magpul.

          It was an incredibly principled stand on the part of Governor Bloomberglicker, being willing to export “gun violence” to the rest of the country. It was truly his finest hour.

  • Justin Low

    I’ve got one of these, I love it! You can load a magazine off of 3 stripper clips (saves on thumb pain) equally accurate to a high quality AK build. And the fact that as a lefty, I don’t catch brass in my right ear makes it a winner.

    • Justin Low

      Oh yeah, it’s also hard to beat the price, $399 shipped and $22 a magazine. Best purchase I’ve made in years.

      • FWIW

        Yeah, they really are an unbelievable deal right now. I bigger aftermarket would be nice but as they get more popular hopefully that’ll come.

    • anonymous

      You can load a magazine off of 3 stripper

      I was starting to get excited, until I read the next word in that sentence.

  • Ah, the Canadian Ak.

    • 1leggeddog

      You mean the ONLY AK we can get up here… short of that mythical “Valmet Hunter”…

      • There’s nothing mythical about the Valmet! There’s two in my neighborhood that see lots of love.

        • 1leggeddog

          It’s plenty mythical in the sense that it’s the only one thats legal for some reason.

          Oh wait… politicians who know nothing about guns.

          right…

          🙁

    • anonymous

      > Ah, the Canadian Ak.

      I thought that was the Kalashnicanuck.

    • janklow

      also known as the Maryland AK

  • Brian M

    Steve, that insult would have been too high caliber for him. I don’t think he’d get it, even if you gave his case a primer.

  • Bal256

    Did that “journalist” happen to be this guy?

    • Cattoo

      Yup. That’s them alright. They are orange to make it easier to find them for recycling.

  • MrEllis

    I want one of those!

  • FWIW

    Totally agree that the wire folder just completely sucks. I picked up a solid stock from Numrich for mine and it is SO. MUCH. BETTER. It took a day of soaking in liquid wrench, the biggest screw driver I own, and a wrench acting as a lever arm to crank that thing loose. Pretty much every Vz 58 owner who’s ever modified their gun has a story about that damn screw.

  • Richard

    Great rifle, pretty much perfect with the fixed stock.

  • anonymous

    I was once emailed by a newspaper journalist asking me to identify a rifle. I ID’d it as a VZ. 58. He then replied the following day that other experts had confirmed it was actually an “AK-47″. I almost replied that his “experts” would not be able to tell the difference between an AK-47 and a Ruger 10/22, but the insult would have gone over his head.

    If 0bama had a gun, it would look like an AK-47.

  • get a life and stop being stup

    I had two but traded one for a AK47..had to have both…love the vz and how well it is made…you can surely feel the difference when holding them ..the ammo is cheap to get ..looks like the 7.62×39 is getting harder to get..all from russia i do believe obama stopped .so not sure if we will get any more as cheap as the russian ammo…got 8 mags for each one and ammo on strips in bandoleers…