The CZ 527 Carbine is an interesting rifle. Continuing the Scout rifle theme, it has a removable 5-round magazine, iron sights, an can mount a scope in the rear location. It is chambered in either .223 Rem or 7.62×39, both widely available intermediate level rifle cartridges. It’s also very lightweight, coming in under 6 pounds without ammo or a scope.
However, it has some drawbacks as a ‘mini-Scout’. First, the capacity is very limited at only 5 rounds. That’s plenty for putting food on the table, but a Scout should be capable in any role, including self-defense. As far as I know, CZ doesn’t sell spare magazines, so reloading is very slow. Second, it doesn’t have a threaded barrel. While a threaded barrel is not strictly required on a Scout rifle, I strongly prefer threads on every firearm possible. I intend to eventually acquire sound suppressors in every major caliber. After becoming accustomed to suppressed firearms, many people find it difficult to enjoy shooting unsuppressed firearms anymore. I really like both calibers, but I would be even more impressed by a more modern cartridge such as 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 Spcl, or 300 BLK. The 7.62×39 is very similar to the new 300 BLK ballistically, but the 300 BLK is better for subsonic loads and suppressed shooting.
The CZ 452 is a good rifle, but it’s not quite my dream come true. However, it’s a good compromise between the Ruger Scout and the Ruger 357 Mag & 44 Mag carbines.