Bought a New CZ75B - Whoa Rust!


November 1, 2009, 09:47 PM
I took the plunge and finally picked up a brand new CZ-75B. I take it apart to clean and lube it before heading to the range...and discover what appears to be rust on the inside of the slide and on the ejector. The gun is brand new. Is this normal?

ETA - I was just trying to get input on this from CZ owners. It is not normal but is probably just a fluke. Nobody's bashing CZ and I'm sure they'll make it right. If not that's OK too I'll just make the dealer take it back with a little help from VISA.

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November 1, 2009, 10:06 PM
If that's truly rust, no it's not normal. And you need to have a word with your dealer and he/she need to either exchange a new one for you or need to ship it back to CZ USA on their dime.

Prince Yamato
November 2, 2009, 01:45 AM
If it comes off with a simple wipe, it's probably just the lubricating agent they put on the gun when it ships. I've had guns that look like they "rusted" on the inside, but it was really a copper compound or something like that.

November 2, 2009, 01:50 AM
Not normal. Just bought the same gun in satin nickel and there was no rust whatsoever.

November 2, 2009, 10:50 AM
Really not normal for CZ's as they usually come NIB just drenched in lubricant. Take it back and get a new one.

November 2, 2009, 11:23 AM
I am not sure its rust. Can't see from the pic. Some lubes will discolor the metal a bit.

November 2, 2009, 02:01 PM
You sure thats not cosmoline?

November 2, 2009, 03:02 PM
"Really not normal for CZ's as they usually come NIB just drenched in lubricant."

I thought CZ-75B's came in a plastic baggie floating in 3 tablespoons of oil. Maybe that was just how my Turkish Military model was warehoused since it was made in '96 and not sold until a handful of years later.


November 2, 2009, 04:40 PM
Clean it off with Gun Treatment. It removes rust is a good lubricant and will protect it. May have to use a little 000 steel wool.

It also smells great but try not to smell the fumes if you don't have to.

Should be OK.

November 2, 2009, 05:36 PM
I'm not so sure that the gun is brand new, but old stock. It may be unfired, but the grips look like those that were on a much older model year, maybe 2000 or 2001. I had the same grips on my CZ, which also came with a Fire Point red dot sight. Could this be a Turkish military version?

November 2, 2009, 06:13 PM
I bought a brand new STAINLESS CZ75 that had some kind of copperish coating on the inside of the slide and frame. It might be some kind of lubricant or coating that they apply at the factory. I have seen something similar on some European made guns on the springs, etc, I think, to retard rust......

November 2, 2009, 06:18 PM
The more I look at it I do not believe it is rust.

November 2, 2009, 06:50 PM
It looks like it might be dried factory grease/oil. Has the OP hit that with some cleaner & a brass brush?

November 2, 2009, 08:33 PM
I think Prince Yamato nailed it. Have seen the same thing on a couple of my new purchases. TYou can try scrubbing the stain away, but don't lose any sleep over it.

November 2, 2009, 08:47 PM
You sure thats not cosmoline?

+1. My 85B had some similar discoloration & it cleaned up fine with some Hoppe's #9.

Hey--maybe I should include obscure rhymes in all my posts...

November 2, 2009, 11:18 PM
It is rust and does not wipe off. The corrosion on the ejector was actually gritty. I know what cosmoline looks like and it comes off with solvent. It is only on the front part of the bottom of the slide - the frame is fine. The camera doesn't pick it up too good. CZ's don't come with red grease on them.

The gun is not old stock - they come with those grips occasionally. I called CZ-USA w/ the serial # and the gun arrived with them in March '09. It's going back to CZ.

November 2, 2009, 11:21 PM
Are they picking it up for warranty work?

November 2, 2009, 11:44 PM
Yes, showed them the pics, they said send it in on their dime.

November 2, 2009, 11:54 PM
rocketfish: Just curious, but what part of the country are you in, and where did you buy the CZ?

November 3, 2009, 04:56 PM
PM sent to rocketfish

November 3, 2009, 05:25 PM
Holy cow, that rust looks awful man. I haven't seen much worse. THat thing is beyond repair and the fine print of CZ's warranty does not include rust unfortunately. But luckily, I'm a generous man. Tell you what, I'll take it off your hands for $100. PM me for FFL info.


Just looks like a stain or residue from lubricant. Eastern European guns especially have some pretty intense chemicals used on 'em. The gun is fine just give it a good cleaning.

November 3, 2009, 05:46 PM
CZ-USA will make it right, that's for certain, but I wonder how that happened. Maybe the packing crate was opened while the ship was at sea, and sea salt air got inside. Highly unusual.

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