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Anyone have informed opinions about this gun?

I like my 75B a lot. Reliable and strong as an ox.

I imagine the 97B would have the same traits. It holds 10 rounds of .45 ACP and, like the 75B, can be carried C&L or DA/SA. Good features on paper, but don't hear much about it on this forum compared with Sig P220, P245 or various HKs, none of which allow C&L.

Just curious.


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I've been eyeing one for a while. Try CZ Forum for lots of information but I'll sum up for you.

They like round nose ammo. Some will feed anything, other need work to. Extremely accurate out of the box. My friend's CZ-97B is the most accurate out-of-box centerfire pistol I've ever shot. For people who have shot/own both they are considered comperable to the SIG 220 for accuracy.

I'm still kicking myself for not buying one when I could get it for $455
 

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A shooting buddy of mine has one and he just loves his. It's very accurate and very realible with anything he put through his. I even like it! Great pistol to have!
 

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I love my CZ97b.
I have heard a few odd complaints about the feeding of some HP's and SWC's,but most correspondence with other owners I've had indicates they break in fine-mine runs fine with HP's.
Complaints;
1)big grip girth and DA trigger reach.
2)they come undersprung and it's recommmended moving up to at least 14-16lb spring.
3)finding holsters and grips a little difficult.

Likes;

1)yup,it's damn accurate.:cool:
2)a high cap .45 with similar dimensions to the 1911
3)DA or cocked and locked option
4)it's pretty damn accurate.

I managed to coerce Hakan out of a set of grips and if you go to the CZ forum-www.czforum.com and you'll find HBE (holsters by Eric) offers some very nice carry options for the gun.:)
 

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Ah, another chance to sing the praises of the CZ 97. It ia just a real nice shooter, no question. The grip is a bit fat, but I can manage it and I've got short fingers. I shoot mine in IDPA and it works well for me. It's a hefty hunk of steel, soaks up recoil nicely.
I smoothed out my grips to make them a bit slimmer, but I mostly did it cause the checkering was a bit too sharp for my taste.
So far mine has eaten whatever ammo I've fed it without a problem.
I like it!
 

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Yes , the CZ 97B is very accurate out of the box. Mine is a tack driver too.
Installed a full length guide rod (SS) , LPA adjustable sight for CZ & a wolff 16lbs. recoil spring. I use an Uncle Mike holster to carry my piece.
Just polished my barrel feed ramp (mirror like finish) + the added recoil spring weight , feeds all kinds of ammo now flawlessly.
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I've held plenty of them and think they're incredible. But make sure you're ready for such a big gun. It really is huge.
 

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Thanks for the complement, it's not real hard, just have to go slow and only take off a bit at a time and keep it even all over.
The dimensions of the CZ 97 vs a 1911 are not really that different, mostly in the grip frame. I don't have the measurements handy, but you'd be surprised how close it is overall. Of course, the long DA trigger reach throws alot of folks off when they first handle one, but once you shoot it, it's much more ergonomic.
 

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I have a CZ40B .40SW. this was designed to mirror the 1911 and it is close. But the grip is alot wider than a single stack 1911. I would then conclude that the 97 would be even wider.

On the plus side
Dead on accurate.
2000+ trouble free rounds, 0 malfunctions.
very light aluminininel frame

CZ's are a fine weapon, if you like the way it feels in your hand get it. Don't worry about quality, it will be very good.
 

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Thanks for the pics Allie and Automatic. Those are pretty guns. I've used up my budget for the year and probably won't buy anything soon. Plus I'm not looking outside the 1911 fold for a .45. I like my Colts, thank you.

But it just seems that whenever a thread comes up that somehow, someway involves .45 cal. alternatives to the 1911, the CZ is seldom mentioned. Given the quality of my 75B, I figured this was an oversight as often happens with CZ. But then I thought maybe 1911 afficianados might simply dislike the gun for some reason.

Thanks for setting me straight.
 
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