I know it’s been a while since the las CZ gunsmithing post but, as many of you know, I’ve had a lot going on.
I’m still caring for the wife following her surgery last Friday, but she is doing surprisingly well and isn’t requiring as much waiting-on as I’d anticipated.
This weekend is the 2A Blog Bash so I’ll be leaving for Louisville via Indianapolis on Thursday morning so I don’t know when I’ll get the next one up. It may be a while again.
In any case, without further ado:
In the first post of the series, we Introduced the CZ-82 to our collection and identified the areas that needed work.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 1, we discussed the loose grips issue and disassembled the slide components.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 2, we disassembled the magazine catch and lightened the magazine catch spring tension.
In this edition, we’re going to remove the safety and disassemble the slide.
As usual, click all pix to make bigger.
Also as usual, this post takes up where the last one left off so it assumes the pistol is already partially disassembled. If you are starting from a complete pistol, please remove the magazine and ensure that the chamber is empty before beginning.
Just drive out the pin…
The silver “safety latch” seen in this picture is what provides positive locking in the safe or fire positions. It is spring loaded and presses against a steel ball that is swaged into a recess in the frame.
The only trouble I had was getting the pin moving to remove it. I had to use a starter punch to break it loose, but once it started moving, it came right out with a pin punch. The rest was cake.
I decided to add disassembling the slide to this post as well just because neither the slide nor safety were very complicated and made for fairly short posts. If you haven’t removed the slide from the pistol yet, see Post One for field stripping instructions.
The firing pin is spring loaded and is held in by the firing pin stop. To remove the stop, press in on the rear of the firing pin and then slide the stop down and out of the slide.
Next is the rear sight. It is peened in place and shouldn’t move easily but can be drifted out of the dovetail in the slide. I’ve since heard that it should be removed from left to right but I didn’t know that at the time and I did it the opposite. I’ve experienced no ill effects from doing it the “wrong” way so take it for what its worth.
I clamped the slide in padded vise jaws to do this in order to keep the slightly rounded slide from shifting while trying to drift off the sight.
The front sight is held in by a single pin but I didn’t remove it because I had broken the pin punch that I needed to do it and hadn’t replaced it yet. There is really no reason to remove the front sight anyway unless it’s being replaced.
Next is the extractor. It is held in by a pin that runs from top to bottom through the slide. I drove the pin out from the bottom and, as you can see, I clamped the slide in the vise again. This served the purpose of holding the slide stable while driving out the pin, but it also served another purpose as well. The extractor is under spring tension and using the vise to hold the slide compresses the spring, removing the tension and preventing it from being ejected from the slide once the pin is free.
I should also mention that this pin was pretty tough to get out. I ended up having to use a starter punch to get it out as far as I could and I still ended up breaking a pin punch driving it the rest of the way out. I don’t like having to beat on itty-bitty gun parts that hard to get them out…but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
That’s all there is to it.
In the next CZ post, we’ll remove the slide stop and the trigger, trigger spring and trigger bar. I may try to get that one in before leaving on Thursday but I can’t make any promises.