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The 52 fires the 7.62 x 25 round and it's often referred to as the Tokarov round (as was the original designation for the round). As far as I know it's the only round the 52 fires unless it's been converted.

The 7.62 x 25 is, by no means, the 9 x 18 Mak!

Both the CZ52 and Mak 9 x 18 are fine guns. I have one of each. But the 52 is, by and large, the work horse of the two. When it was developed it was done so to penetrate various types of body protection and it would penetrate with ease. The 7.62 x 25 is a hyper fast projectile while the 9 x 18 is between a .380 and a 9mm in power.

The one major problem with a 7.62 x 25 is that if you use it at normal combat/self protection ranges of 7-10 meters the round is liable to strike it's target long before the perpetrator realizes he is incapacitated.

The 9 x 18, on the other hand is much less effective at the same range but will offer slightly more knock-down due to lower velocity.

The choice is yours.

Like I said both are good weapons. The 52 is awesome in a lot of respects (and anyone hearing the muzzle blast will have the look of 'holy bejeezus' in their eyes) but for self protection you might want to consider a .40 S/W round weapon or a .45 ACP.

The 7.62 x 25 is readily available now as is the 9 x 18 and both are fairly inexpensive, at least, here, where I live.
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