CZ-85 is appealing.


Jim NE
May 7, 2011, 12:19 AM
I'm thinking I should have more than just my one 9mm pistol. I'm really really liking the idea of the CZ-85, but I've never shot one, or any CZ pistol. The ambidexterous safety is appealing to me, though I'm staunchly right handed. The steel frame is appealing to me. The reasonable price is appealing to me. The almost legendary reputation is appealing to me, as are the great looks.

Still, I've never shot one. Is there any disadvantage the cz-85 has when compared to the cz-75B? I guess I wish the capacity was more than just one round higher than my P-95. I looked at the great XDM pistols that hold 19 rounds in the mag, and I like them and that high cap., but I just don't think they're the gun for me.

Any other downsides to CZ-85's? I'm in the "thinking":rolleyes: stage right now, and starting to save my money.

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May 7, 2011, 01:29 AM
The 85 Combat doesn't have the firing pin safety so triggers come in better than those on the 75B. The 85 Combat is very appealing, more so than the 85.;)

May 7, 2011, 02:11 AM
You can get 19 rd mecgar mags for cz's

May 7, 2011, 03:08 AM
what's wrong with the CZ-75 SP-01?

the CZ-75 SP-01 tactical?

the CZ-75 SP-01 shadow?

the CZ-75 SP-01 phantom?

May 7, 2011, 09:44 AM
FWIW, The CZ 75 SA also has the ambi-safety and you get that nice single action trigger.

May 7, 2011, 10:16 AM
Here is a good CZ85 read for those interested.

Jim NE
May 7, 2011, 10:20 AM
what's wrong with the CZ-75 SP-01?

the CZ-75 SP-01 tactical?

the CZ-75 SP-01 shadow?

the CZ-75 SP-01 phantom?

Absolutely nothing. That's why I'm asking for opinions. :) want to make informed purchase decision. Thanks everybody for your input.

Wil Terry
May 7, 2011, 12:08 PM
MY CZ 85 COMBAT has been a wonderful pistol from the gitgo. it has never malfed so much as a single round and is damn near as accurate as my SIG P210-5. There is literally nothing that irritates me about my CZ 85 COMBAT. What with it's adjustable sights, full ambi controls, nickle frame, blue slide, and DEElightful trigger what is there not to like ??
NOW, why in the world anyone would not like it because of it's magazine capacity is beyond me !!! COL Cooper was most correct in my opinion when he noted that the desiring of hi-cap magazines was showing your plans to miss a LOT.

May 7, 2011, 01:03 PM
the cz85b is the same gun as the 75b except it has ambi controls. it's for left handed shooters and ambi shooters vs, right handers only. the 85 combat has some differences....but i assume you are asking about the 85b, not the combat?

the stainless cz75b have an ambi safety and i had bought a 85 combat before i realized this and later bought the cz75b stainless with ambi safety. since i am a lefthanded shooters, but right hander for about everything else.

i prefer my stainless as i don't use the ambi slide release on the 85 combat or the normal sided slide release either. so unless you are a lefty shooter and want the ambi slide release...take a hard look at the cz75 stainless, unless you dislike stainless?

Jim NE
May 7, 2011, 04:41 PM
Wil, I really didn't say I didn't like it because of it's capacity, just saying that if I'm going to spend a lot on a new gun, it might be nice to get something with a higher capacity than what I've got, but it isn't a big deal. 16 is plenty. My only real motive for higher capacity is that the powers that be may decide to to make high cap. illegal again in the future.

Anyway, I looked at a CZ-75B at Cabela's today and it was really fine. Loved the way it felt in my hand. After looking at it, I don't know that an ambi-safety is that big a deal to me. Just seemed like a good feature if it didn't cost much more, and my gun loving brother is left handed. I saw a new CZ-85 on line for $519, The CZ-75B at Cabela's was $549. They didn't have an 85.

On line prices are fine, but it's about an extra $50 to shipp and ffl transfer. But than of course, there's sales tax for local purchases...

May 7, 2011, 09:12 PM
I think my CZ85 Combat is one of the finest pistols made. I can't find fault with one thing about, unless it is the plastic grips that it comes from the factory with.

Mine has a great trigger, reliability, accuracy and ergonomics. For a full sized gun it is easily concealed and has great capacity.

May 7, 2011, 10:13 PM
Might as well take a look at an armalite AR-24 too.

May 8, 2011, 12:46 AM
I love my CZ85b. I took it to the range today and fed it Ranger SXT, Tulammo, WWB, and Bitterrooot Valley reloads, and it didnt have 1 single problem with ~ 400 rounds. I would say that this thing is reliable.

May 10, 2011, 02:33 PM
I chose a Model 85b over the 75b only because, at the time of purchase, it was considerably cheaper. I wouldn't pay very much more, if any, to get the 85b's ambidextrous safety. I just don't think it's all that useful and I'd rather not have the extra appendage hanging over the starboard side.

May 10, 2011, 02:45 PM
I used an older-model CZ-85 as my standard competition pistol for a few years.

It was an older model, and as such, it had problems with locking the slide open prematurely. Grinding down the slide stop by quite a bit, plus replacing magazine followers with the modern ones solved that problem.

The newer versions have the updated slide stop and magazine followers, and I would presume they run fine.

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