CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 11

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 CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 3, we removed and disassembled the safety and disassembled the slide.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 4, we removed the slide stop and spring, and then the trigger, trigger spring and trigger bar.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 5, we removed main spring, hammer, sear, and associated other fire control parts.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 6, we covered the basic trigger job.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 7, we reinstalled the hammer strut, hammer, sear, auto safety, ejector, and disconnector.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 8, we reinstalled the trigger, trigger bar and trigger spring.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 9, we reinstalled the mainspring and plug and the safety assembly.
In CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 10, we reinstalled the slide stop and trigger guard latch pin.

In this edition, we’re going to reinstall the magazine catch into the trigger guard and then reinstall the trigger guard onto the frame. As a reminder, in Part 2, we described how to lighten the magazine catch spring. Since doing that I’ve been very happy with the tension on the magazine catch which was very heavy to begin with.

The first step is to assemble the three components that make up the magazine catch.

The small “T” shaped part is the Magazine Catch Lever and goes on top of the larger part…the Magazine Catch…

…and then the spring goes over the plunger on the magazine catch.

On the trigger guard housing, the magazine catch push button is inserted from the side with the larger, oblog hole toward the flat face of the trigger guard housing (away from the trigger guard) and the notch on top.

Center it in from left to right.

Next, slide the catch assembly into the flat face of the trigger guard housing. The small magazine catch lever should be on top when installing. The base of the “T” of the lever will slide into the notch in the magazine catch button.

Next is the magazine catch lever pin. It has an indentation on one end forming sort of a “head”. The “head” should be down when installing.

You’ll have to push the magzaine catch in to get the pin to go through but it should be a loose fit. It should slide right in. Only insert the pin until it is flush with the bottom of the trigger guard housing. If you put it in too far, it will interfere with the trigger guard pin. Release the pressure on the magazine catch and the spring tension will hold the pin in place.

Next, install the trigger guard housing onto the frame.

And tap in the trigger guard housing pin.

Almost done. All that’s left is to reassemble and reinstall the slide, reinstall the grips and test it out at the range.

Next Post in the series.


4 thoughts on “CZ-82 Gunsmithing Part 11

  1. I ADORE the CZ 82!!!!!!! I have restored four of them and I could not have done it without this site. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I duracoated one that looked TERRIBLE. I re built the trigger guard per your instructions and it will be at the range this coming weekend. Thank you!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for a great guide. I had picked up a CZ83 (the .380 version of the 82) a few months ago in rough shape. Functionally great, but finish almost completely gone.

    I’d been wanting to duracoat it for a while but was nervous about detail stripping it, or more importantly putting it back together after.

    Getting it reassembled turned out to be not as tricky as I’d thought, much in part to having your guide in front of my the whole time.

    I was a bit surprised that it turns out there are a few small differences between the CZ82 and 83. I had always thought they were completely identical other than a different chambering. It may be that there were some design changes between when yours and mine was made, but a handful of my parts look a bit different then yours. Everything goes together about the same though, so all good.

    Well, my pistol now looks much better with a fresh coat of duracoat. Thanks SailorCurt. Well done

  3. I just finished replacing the trigger guard (switched out round for newer squared) . The guard fit perfectly but now the bottom on the mag doesn’t fit flush with the grip base. Did I screw something up when I put the old mag release into the newer guard? Note that all workings seem to function fine. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

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