CZ-85 Combat Review


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dusty14u
February 13, 2010, 11:13 PM
I picked up my CZ-85 Combat today and immediately took it to the range to see if it was worth the wait and price. All I can say is wow, why didn't I get one sooner. The ergonomics are as good if not better than a 1911. Naturally points like it is an extension of the hand. The sights line up quickly and are easy to see and align. The Combat sights are rear adjustable for elevation and windage with nice clear markings. The Combat has an ambidexterous safety and slide release and it does not have the safety block on the firing pin. It also has a free fall mag release as it was designed for IDPA competition.

This pic shows it in comaprison to my Kimber 1911 Raptor II. It is as slim and about the same profile so it can be worn CCW with a little thought on dressing for it. The double stack mag has a capacity of 16 whick is twice of what I am used to with the 1911.

http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa119/dusty14u/shooter/GEDC0016.jpg



http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa119/dusty14u/shooter/GEDC0018.jpg



The only thing I will change right now are the grips. This gun just doesn't deserve cheap plastic grips although they do feel good when holding the gun. I have located some decently priced rosewood smooth grips on Gunbroker for under $30. I have found better looking grips made from more exotic wood but I have not been able to get in touch with seller due to a not so well made website.



The slide contacts on the inside of the rails and I have seen it said that this contributes greatly to its accuracy. I would not dispute that at all. Here is my first mag of 16 shots from 7 yards. This is one of the easiest pointing pistols I have operated, equal or better than my Raptor.



http://i201.photobucket.com/albums/aa119/dusty14u/shooter/GEDC0019.jpg



I will add some more pics of the slide detail and sight detail but my dial connection is killing me right now. Overall all I give this pistol a 10. The fit and finish is great, the ergonomics and features are good and the trigger is much better than I thought it would be. No creep, crisp clean break at aprox 5 lbs and there is an adj for over travel but I couldn't detect any now

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schmeky
February 13, 2010, 11:25 PM
dusty14u,

Bad news Dusty. This won't be the first/last CZ you buy. I guarantee it. I can't seem to stop :cool:

hanno
February 13, 2010, 11:39 PM
+1
Bought a SP01, then a 75 SA, then a Kadet Kit, then a 97. The latest is a 75 Omega. Darn things are like potato chips.

The Lone Haranguer
February 14, 2010, 12:05 AM
Stainless steel? Or is that a hard-chrome or nickel plating?

Zundfolge
February 14, 2010, 12:13 AM
I just picked up a CZ75 SA and am looking forward to putting some nice wood stocks on mine too.

Here's a couple of sources:
http://www.imageseek.com/hakan/
http://www.marschalgrips.com/
http://czcustom.com/

19-3Ben
February 14, 2010, 12:36 AM
What is a "free-fall mag release"?

Don't most pistols allow the mag to fall freely once you hit the release?

I know all my pistols do, with the exception of my Kahr where the mag rubs against the bottom of the mag-well and doesn't drop freely.

Zundfolge
February 14, 2010, 12:44 AM
Ben, most CZs don't allow the magazines to drop free when you hit the release ... the idea is that if you bump the mag release you don't lose the magazine.

Anyway, even if you get a CZ that doesn't drop free its a 10 minute fix (just remove the grips, bend the magazine brake straight, put the grips back on and you're done)

ClickClickD'oh
February 14, 2010, 12:56 AM
Here's the guy I use for grips for my CZs. All told I have a wee bit more than a half dozen examples of his work. Good stuff.

Marschal Grips (http://www.marschalgrips.com/?content=CZ-models)

beltjones
February 14, 2010, 02:09 AM
I bought a 75b after reading about a million recommendations, but without ever shooting one. I since installed cocobolo grips, a competition hammer, 15lb hammer spring, and fiber optic front sight. This was 100 rounds at about 25 to 30 feet. I've heard more than one person at the range wander over to check out my pistol, then report to their friends that's it's "some special competition gun" and that's why my groups are so small. lol.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/beltjones1/iphone010.jpg

Pilot
February 14, 2010, 09:18 AM
Great review. It echos my experience with both my 75B and 75D PCR.

Runningman
February 14, 2010, 01:47 PM
dusty14u excellent to read your review. The last gun I bought is a CZ 85 Combat Duel Tone. I really like the features on the CZ 85 Combat myself such as no mag brake (drop free magazine) and the extended mag release.

I mostly sought the CZ 85 Combat because of the good adjustable sights. For dialing in POI of my handloads. In typical CZ 75/85 fashion this thing shoots extremely well.

I'm almost positive CZ sprinkles Magic Pixie Dust on every CZ that leaves the factory to increase the accuracy of them. Because I've been more than please with the accuracy of every CZ I've bought.

dusty14u
February 14, 2010, 05:59 PM
Stainless steel? Or is that a hard-chrome or nickel plating?

Its the Satin Nickel finish

Bad news Dusty. This won't be the first/last CZ you buy. I guarantee it. I can't seem to stop

Bought a SP01, then a 75 SA, then a Kadet Kit, then a 97. The latest is a 75 Omega. Darn things are like potato chips

I can easily see this will be the case although I am partial to 1911's also. I still have a few others at the top of the list before I buy another CZ but it won't take me long to get them.

Paniolo55
February 14, 2010, 09:17 PM
Congrats on your CZ85. As evidenced by your review,you shoot it quite well. Stay away from the pre-B CZ 75s. I brought one home in the early 90s and can't seem to stop buying them. Enjoy your new CZ and good shooting to you.

CZF
February 14, 2010, 11:25 PM
Unless you want to wait a while for Hakan's or Marschal grips.

I think the coco-bolos from CZ-USA and the CZ Custom shop are the
way to go.

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/CZ%20PICS/pb.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/CZ%20PICS/CZ%20STUFF/grips.jpg

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb26/czrami/CZ%20PICS/CZ%20STUFF/grips-2010-2.jpg

whitedogone
February 17, 2010, 12:14 AM
Does these pistol have a reversible mag release as well as ambi safety and ambi slide release? How's the finish hold up? I've heard that CZ finishes don't (with the exception of gloss blue).

stevemis
February 17, 2010, 02:30 AM
I think the 85 (and stainless 75B's) have ambi safety.

Pilot
February 17, 2010, 09:09 AM
How's the finish hold up? I've heard that CZ finishes don't (with the exception of gloss blue).


The CZ's standard "polymer" black finish is very durable. Moreso than the blue.

dom1104
February 17, 2010, 10:56 AM
All I can say is wow, why didn't I get one sooner. The ergonomics are as good if not better than a 1911. Naturally points like it is an extension of the hand.

I hear this so often in relation to CZs, it almost gets boring. :)

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