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Spotted one of these rifles for sale recently, and the tag indicated it was 7.62x39. I did not see anything on the rifle to indicate that is was not the 7.62x45. How do you tell the difference?

Is there a difference in value between the two if condition is comparable?
 

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I believe on the 7.62x39,there is a little pin on the outside of the chamber end.On the 762x45 there is not.There is a big price difference.The '45 is going around $200-300.The '39 between $500-600.The '39 is a lot scarcer.Had a missmatched '39 years ago.Traded it(one of those wish I hadn't done that trade!).
 

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Vz52 = 7.62x45mm

Vz52/57 = 7.62x39mm

One of the above will be marked on the outside of the receiver. Vz is Vazor in Czech for "Model".
In the Combloc small arms production the first year of mfg designates the model number.

AK-47 was first mfg'd in 1947. The Vz52 rifle was first mfg'd in 1952. The caliber change to 7.62x39mm took place in 1957 thus the Vz52/57 marking.
 

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it might also be a vz52 with a chamber insert. quite a few seem to have had those installed at some point to shoot 7.62x39. never saw one myself, but hear that they don't work too well.
if you can't see into the chamber, see if a 7.62x45 will chamber. y'all have a good day, Keith
 

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You can spot a 7.62x39 Vz52/57 from several feet away.....

Vz52.... NO Barrel Cross Pin
Vz52/57.....Barrel Cross Pin

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Buddy is correct.One exception.A friend of mine bought a Vz-52 from a dealer for $200.Had the cross pin under the rear site,but was stamped"VZ 52".After a lot of research,come to find out it was a bring back from Granada(no there wasn't a insert).The dealer almost had a heart attack when he was told.A VZ-52 in 7.62x39 from the Granada conflick!
 

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Its pretty easy as shown and the 52/57 is marked on the right side of the receiver-the 52 is not.
 
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