CZ 75 Kadet and Desert Baby Eagle II


March 9, 2014, 04:52 PM
I'm looking to get a CZ 75 but also looking at the full size MR Baby Eagle II. Does anyone know if the .22 Kadet conversion kit works on the DE?

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Walt Sherrill
March 9, 2014, 08:35 PM
The Kadet Kit won't work on any of the guns based on the Tanfoglio pattern. The Baby Eagle is based on the Tanfoglio pattern, as are many (if not most) of the so-called CZ "clones."

Some Kadet Kits won't work on an older CZ-75, but should work on all 75B models. Pre-B CZ-75s (CZs that don't have the "B" designation) vary a bit, and if you go that route you may have to find a kit for the pre-B models. Good luck on that.

(I once had an early pre-B CZ-75, and it's hammer was too wide to work on a Kadet Kit designed for the 75B models.)


March 10, 2014, 08:17 PM
Thank you. I suspected that the Baby Eagle wasn't compatible. Looks like I'll get a CZ 75. Oh darn:)

Walt Sherrill
March 10, 2014, 08:41 PM
You have another option: the Witness line of guns, which are basically CZs in disguise, come with a slightly larger frame, but interchangeable top-ends, so that a single frame can give you a wide range of different calibers. Including .22. Some of their models are a bit more expensive, but have many NICE features.

I prefer CZs to Witnesses, because of EAA (the importer's) crappy reputation for bad customer service, but the Witness guns themselves (built by Tanfoglio, of Italy), tend to be trouble-free in the 9mm and .40 models, and are quite good. I think the slides for other calibers are probably about the same (or $less) than a Kadet Kit.

Note: CZ-75 refers to a much older version of the CZ. The current models are called CZ-75B, and are arguably a better bet. (Some folks call the older guns "pre-B"s meaning before the "B" model was introduced. The older CZ-75s have great triggers, but can be expensive to find, and there's not as wide a range of sights, etc. for these guns.) You won't go wrong with either, but the 75B accept the Kadet Kits now being made, etc. (There is no "A" model CZ...) The "B" designation indicates that the gun is equipped with a Firing Pin Block.

March 10, 2014, 08:52 PM
Sorry for any confusion. I am referring to the CZ 75B. I have a CM-9 for carry and looking for a larger 9mm for home defense and as a little better range gun. The Kadet would become a Christmas present from someone as I like the idea of being able to shoot. .22 with the same gun.

March 11, 2014, 04:44 AM
The 75B is an excellent range, and home defense gun. The Kadet Kit is a jewel, and goes with me to the range all the time. It only takes a few seconds to convert the 9MM 75B to a .22LR. It is a blast to shoot as well. The Kadet Kits aren't cheap though, but they are worth it.

March 11, 2014, 06:48 AM
I bought a Kadet kit when I picked up my P-01 a few years ago. Took a bit of fitting to get it on but well worth it.

March 11, 2014, 08:24 AM
Kadet kits very hard to find now.

March 11, 2014, 04:34 PM
Kadet kits very hard to find now.

Yep, but keep looking, they are worth every penny even at today's prices.

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