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 Post subject: VZ 24--New Pictures
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:24 pm 
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Not sure what year this is. Were some VZ 24's arsenal refurb? Stock has been sanded. Note number on stock is almost gone.
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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:32 pm 
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There should be a Czech acceptance mark on the left front receiver below the Rampant Lion. That will give you the date.

She sure is nice condition! It's possible it could have been arsenal refurb, either by Czechoslovakia, or some other arsenal if the rifle left Czechoslovakia during WW II. It still having the rampant lion alludes to that it probably stayed in or around Czechoslovakia and wasn't an export, they would normally have polished off the Lion for export.

If it was a capture, it could have been refurbed as well, not all gaining countries scrubbed the markings.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 12:57 pm 
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Thanks Ed. Is the acceptance mark under the woodline? The serial number is four numbers, an X, and another number. 1111x1. Next to that is a very lightly stamped number.


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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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joffo wrote:
Thanks Ed. Is the acceptance mark under the woodline? The serial number is four numbers, an X, and another number. 1111x1. Next to that is a very lightly stamped number.


The year will only be a two digit number usually on the right of the "x"

brain fart either to the right or in your rifles case you have an E3(small lion) followed by some numbers. From playing with the photo, I got a hunch its a 1938 but can be certain without better pics of the left hand front side of the receiver.

The large rampany lion (Crest) according to my reference material started being after (or late) 1935 till 1938 when the Germans took over.
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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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All the really nice condition refurbs that I have seen have been Romanian contract rifles reburbished by the Russians. AIM and several others were selling these a few years ago. Some had the crest and some had been scrubbed.


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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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There are no sacred rules with captured firearms. But Romanian Contract rifles would not have the large Rampant lion. Which is why with captured firearms which were refurbished you see all types of examples. Some intact some scrubbed and some inbetween.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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I don't thinks it's RC as the bolt matches and it has a cleaning rod. It is CAI marked under the muzzle. I'll take a closer look when I get home at the side of the receiver.


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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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Great rifle and lion. I like it.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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I've got one that I would definitly call RC as the crest and date were all scrubbed from on top of the receiver. I can barely make out the two edges as the lion of Czhechlosovakia(spelling), the left side shows E3(lion)38 the serial no.92xxY4(the x"s are numbers that I do not want to divulge). Can anyone help with the dates etc.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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There should be an E with a number beside it..That E with the 38 tells the year..Yours is 1938.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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Thanks, it helps.

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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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Nice one joffo... I have three vz24's but none have crests or markings other than the serial number.

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 Post subject: VZ 24 TWIN
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Seems like I have a twin to your VZ-24. Mine is exactly the same in a unmarred tiger stripe stock, exc unissued condition, like just out of the factory. Has the same Lion and is also marked 38E small lion then SN # 83XT4. also a bayonet and leather clip pouch, oiler, pull through and cleaning rod extension.
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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
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Almost all the VZ24's with crest that I have seen have a dark reddish color to their stocks (and in rough shape). Yours is a different color - perhaps an indication of a refurb?


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 Post subject: Re: VZ 24
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:27 am 
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Kissatargazer: Well looks like you see two 24's that arn't beat up, rough, deep red stained stocks. I have no idea if mine is a refurb or not, Just that it is all matching #'s and looks near unissued and excellent. If it's a refurb it was done in a state run arsenal, by some poor soul who had to meet his daily quota to get a few potatoes for the family and he did a damn fine job on it.


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