Ruger is offering a compact carbine in 7.62×39 these days. This competes directly with the CZ 527. I’ve been wanting a compact carbine in 7.62×39 and was wanting the CZ but the Ruger makes it a horse race. I think the CZ is a better gun than the Ruger, but the Ruger has two main advanatge that I can see:
- an internal magazine as opposed to a detachable one..so no magazines to lose
- Easier parts availability (although, honestly, Ruger is known for being tricky about getting spare parts from)
I like the CZ for its accuracy, set trigger, good looks, and general quality. Ruger makes a quality product as well, but their trigger could be a lot better. On the other hand, spare parts from CZ means that if theyre American distribution network doesnt have it, its gotta come from Czechland.
Both guns feature integral bases, which is nice, and both feature Mauser style extractors.