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Czech VZ54/91

#1 Post by Miller Tyme » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:43 pm

Even lesser known than the Czech VZ54 sniper rifle is the VZ54/91. The VZ54/91 was a Czech program to update the aging VZ54 platform in the early 90's. The replaced the stocks with a stock that can be adjusted to the shooter both in length and height of the comb for better check weld. An adjustable bi-pod was also added, as was a PSO IR 4x scope like the type used on the Russian SVD Dragunov's.

This particular VZ54/91 was built on the action from a 1957 VZ54 and has several stickers from various shooting competitions .
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Re: Czech VZ54/91

#2 Post by Miller Tyme » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:44 pm

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Re: Czech VZ54/91

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Re: Czech VZ54/91

#4 Post by Miller Tyme » Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:45 pm

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Re: Czech VZ54/91

#5 Post by EdHoffer » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:31 pm

I've searched and searched. I see many similarities with the this sample and the Romanian I believe SVD knockoff. I had of of those and it definitely wasn't sniper grade. Other than my initial searches couldn't find an example similar to yours, I don't doubt the 54 version might have existed, just haven't found a reliable source. The SHE stamping definitely adds credibility.

Your rifle other than the scope and stock which I've owned separately and installed on different rifles. Just scratching my head to be honest. The stock looks civilian competition to me. I've also seen Barska clone scope similar to yours and have one.

Do your research reflect there was a military model 54 and or 54/91. I only did a quick search sorry to say could not find a difinitive source to reflect either as military, by innuendo perhaps the 54 so I'd, would love to see these models explored more.
Knowing Czech/Czechoslovakian history the way I do, and the models I have, is there any possibility this was a civilian market competition shooter? During this period 60-90's I believe there was a LOT of sport and competition shooting in Europe. Look at the CG63 and others out of Sweden.

Since I don't know, it's worth stimulating discussion to learn more.

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Re: Czech VZ54/91

#6 Post by EdHoffer » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:37 pm

Saw your other post, regarding the 54 model, guess I need to do some research.

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Re: Czech VZ54/91

#7 Post by Miller Tyme » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:42 am

Some more info on the VZ54/91 from Mosin-Nagant.net
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"The Vz54 served in the Czech Army from its adoption in 1954 to the 1970’s where the weapon was finally replaced with the Russian semi automatic snipers rifle, the SVD-63. The Vz54 was then removed to serve in secondary units like the SNB which was the initial name of the National Security Corps. This unit would later be renamed the URN. The Vz54 would serve 14 more years alongside the SVD-63 in such service before an updated design was required. In the early 1990’s some refinements and improvements to the rifle were done to improve its performance and update its abilities. A new wooden stock was designed and fit to the rifle which incorporated an adjustable cheekpiece for a proper sight picture and the addition of a removable adjustable bipod to provide stability in the firing position. The rifle was also reequipped with the scope (4x25) and mount of the SVD-63 rifle. This optical package added a range finding reticule and an illuminated reticule for low light conditions. The optical sight could be safely removed as well without losing its zero. This new rifle was designated the Vz54/91 and would continue to serve in the URN and other provincial police and security agencies until its eventual replacement a few years later by the SSG-3000 rifle."

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