Recent EAA Witness purchasers- opinions?


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Sarge
April 1, 2004, 10:17 PM
My son is looking at one of these in .40, full size, and I'd like to hear from any of you who have bought/shot one of these extensively, in calibers bigger than nine. QC? Reliability? I know I could search it and will but quality control changes like the wind these days, so fresh info is always the best for my money- and his.

So, if you can take a minute and tell us your tales of woe or bliss with these guns, we'd like to hear 'em. Thanks in advance for any replies-

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wally
April 1, 2004, 11:19 PM
I looked at the Witness .40 S&W, bought the CZ75B in .40 S&W. Much better build. I got the nickel for ~$30 more than the Witness would have been and its got a black front sight, the Witness "wonder finish" had plated the front sight!

I was intrested in the Witness because of the caliber conversion kits, but I never could get a straight answer about what caliber conversions fit which model frames. I'm skeptical of caliber conversions but looked into it a bit, not a real factor for me, but in one potential advantage for the Witness.

IMHO it'd be foolish to buy the Witness without taking a look at the CZ75B first.
The Witness is basically a CZ clone, the real thing is not priced much more.

--wally.

edit:
Forgot to mention the CZ75B is a fantastic shooter, 100% straight from the box, the only gun I have that can beat it is my much pricier Kimber TLE II.

jem375
April 2, 2004, 12:21 AM
I have 2 witness 10MM's, standard size and a compact and they are very well built handguns, 2 of my favorites.......they are built like tanks, and reliable, do not be afraid to buy them...........for the money, a best buy...CZ doesn't make 10MM, so no choice between them to make............

M2 Carbine
April 2, 2004, 12:50 AM
I had a (steel) Witness Compact 45.
Nice all around gun.
I gave it to a friend (with 4 young kids, who can buy guns).

I liked the steel compact so well I bought the "plastic" Compact.
Poor designed, dangerous gun.

The people at EAA I delt with were the worst I've ever seen in the industry.

Because of the gun and their attitude I'll never own anything from EAA again.

Josey
April 2, 2004, 12:54 AM
Full size in 45 ACP for me. I would go ahead and buy CZ. The CZ-75 is a great pistol. The EAA customer service is handled by Helen Wait. If you need customer service from EAA Go to Helen Wait.

stans
April 2, 2004, 08:45 AM
Go to Helen Wait

:D :D :D

wingman
April 2, 2004, 09:16 AM
The people at EAA I delt with were the worst I've ever seen in the industry.

second that.!

Lobotomy Boy
April 2, 2004, 09:32 AM
While shopping for a .45 (bought a Glock 21 on Tuesday) I looked into EAA. The customer service horror stories scared me off. I seriously wanted a CZ97B, but couldn't find a single one for sale in the Minneapolis metro area, though I found some sweet deals on CZ75s. I found NIB CZs at lower prices than Witnesses. From the research I did, I would go with the CZ over the Witness every time.

clipse
April 2, 2004, 11:46 AM
I have been looking really hard at the EAA witness 10mm. I have a CZ75B and CZ75 P-01. I really like the idea of a 10mm. Mainly for fun and hunting. I don't like the idea of the Glock and don't care to spend $800 for a Delta Elite. Still kickin it around.


clipse

jem375
April 2, 2004, 12:04 PM
clipse........both of my witness 10MM's shoot great...........I also bought a CZ P01, and quite possibly it will take over as my main carry handgun instead of my G26, although the Glock conceals better..........Check out HBE leatherworks for your Witness and CZ holsters, Eric does a great job..

cratz2
April 2, 2004, 01:40 PM
I've owned several CZs and several EAAs... none of the EAAs were what I would call 'recent manufacture'. Overall, I was about equally happy with them both though at the prices I currently see in gunshops, combined with the difference in custome service, it would be hard to convince me to buy an EAA over a CZ.

Granted, if you can afford $320 but not $350 or $370, I'd go with a steel EAA rather than nothing... and I'd smile while I was doing it. But I'd really rather just save up another $50 or so and get the CZ.

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