Fratelli Tanfoglio. any info welcome


April 11, 2007, 09:36 PM
Today i picked up a new to me gun, i know nothing about it except i liked the look of it.
It is a model BTA 90 - made in Italy 9mm para
Any information on this handgun would be very welcome, inc value.
thanks WIFF.

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April 11, 2007, 10:09 PM
Tanfoglio pistols are usually imported through EAA and renamed "Witness". Sounds like you got one that came through other channels. My experience with Tanfoglio pistols (especially those from the Custom Shop) are that they are dead on accurate, very well made pistols.

Here's their main site...

April 11, 2007, 11:05 PM
I once owned a CZ75 clone made by Tanfoglio - to give you an idea, my gunsmith cursed loudly when I gave it to him to drill the front sight for a tritium capsule. He said it was the toughest steel which he's ever had to work ;)

April 11, 2007, 11:09 PM
I've shot a 9mm Tanfoglio. Very nice gun. I almost preferred it over the Glock 17 and Sig p226!

You've come up on something very lucky.

April 11, 2007, 11:12 PM
There's an older thread on one here (

April 12, 2007, 11:54 AM
As a relative newcomer to the gun manufacturing scene (especially when one considers the location), Tanfoglio has definitely distinguished itself by imroving on and increasing the selection of CZ-75 style pistols.

FT guns have been imported by several companies over the years (I have guns marked Excam and Targa), but EAA is the only one bringing them in right now. Fortunately, EAA's customer service seems to have improved as of late.

The BTA 90 is an older version of the Witness Compact, but with a decocker (which actually makes it closer to the Baby Eagle). Excam was the importer when these were being made.

April 12, 2007, 12:00 PM
thankyou all for taking the time to reply to the post.

full metal
April 12, 2007, 11:34 PM
The tanfoglio is a italian made CZ-75 copy they were imported by FIE back in the 80's.the only difrence is insted of a thumb safty it has a decocker on the slide and the front trigger guard and the bottem front of slide have a angle on them.from what i hear there as good as the CZ-75's.
Well happy shooting.oh yea they also take regular CZ-75 clips and change the gun a little and name to EAA WITNESS.over and out

April 13, 2007, 08:40 PM
I have a Tanfoglio TZ75. It's the most accurate of the three 9mm pistols I own. Everyone who shoots it wants it. Not for sale.
I also have a Witness compact 40. Also quite accurate for a short barrelled pistol. Tanfoglio works for me!

November 18, 2008, 02:31 AM
I bought my gun in 1990 and it says Tanfoglio TZ75 Series 90. I got it $200 new from an FFL, selling out of his home. It has the frame-mounted safety, blue steel with the dark wood checkered grips, and came with one spare 15-round mag. I bought 9 extra Ram-Line 17-round mags for it back then. I believe they cost only $19.95 each, at the time.

I still have the bullets that I bought back then. Mag-Safe, Hydra-Shok, Corbon, Silvertip, Glaser, Gold Dot, Black Talon [and] Blitz Action Trauma rounds (at $1 a pop, back then).

December 10, 2008, 03:36 AM
I purchased a armi fratelli tanfoglio yesterday. a Mod bta -90 9mm. Its all steel/blue and has a slide mounted decocker .I t appears to be at least 90% and shot the first 50 rds perfectly. Are witness or other tanfoglio parts, ie:mags,grips interchangeable? someone suggested cz-75? any help would be appreciated.2245

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