7.62×45mm vz. 52
Type Rifle
Place of origin22x20px Czechoslovakia
Service history
In service1952–1957
Used byCzechoslovakia
Production history
DesignerAlois Farlík
Designed1940s [1]
Case typeRimless, bottleneck
Bullet diameter7.85 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Neck diameter8.48 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Shoulder diameter10.46 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Base diameter11.20 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Rim diameter11.18 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Case length45 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Overall length60 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Primer typeBerdan rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
130 gr (Script error g) 760 m/s (Bad rounding hereScript error ft/s) 2,455 J (Bad rounding hereScript error ft·lbf)
Test barrel length: 520 mm (20.472 in)

The 7.62×45mm vz. 52 cartridge is fired by the Czech vz. 52 rifle, vz. 52 and ZB-530 light machine gun. The round was later dropped from use when the Czech converted to the standard Warsaw Pact round, the 7.62×39mm (fired by vz. 52/57 rifle and vz. 52/57 light machine gun). Its ballistics and energy are slightly higher than that of the 7.62×39mm M43 cartridge.


There are definite differences in reported dimensions for this cartridge. Some of this may be accounted for by small errors in conversion from metric to inches, while others such as loaded length may additionally be attributed to different lengths of bullets being measured in loaded rounds. A sample list of various measurements is in the table below.

Various reported dimensions for the 7.62×45mm vz. 52
Source Case length Overall (loaded) length Bullet weight Loaded weight
Cartridges of the World [1] 44.958 mm (1.77 in) 59.94 mm (2.36 in) - -
Cartridge Corner [2] 44.958 mm (1.77 in) 57.40 mm (2.26 in) - -
Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions [3] 44.80 mm (1.764 in) 62.23 mm (2.45 in) - -
40 let konstruktérem zbraní 1946–1986 [4] 45 mm (1.772 in) 60 mm (2.362 in) 8.5 g 18.9 g
Československé automatické zbraně a jejich tvůrci [5] 44.9 mm (1.768 in) 60 mm (2.362 in) 8.5 g 18.9 g


See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Script error
  3. Script error
  4. Script error
  5. Script error

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.