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CZ 97B - .45 acp

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Walkalong, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Schmeky has been killing me for some time posting pics of his beautiful CZ 97B, along with some very impressive targets. Every time I saw it, it made me want one. I finally got to shoot a 97 a couple weeks back and decided I wanted one for sure. I got lucky and soon after than one went up for sale here at THR. As soon as I sent payment and FFL, I also ordered a Competition hammer, as recommended by Schmeky. Both arrived last Wednesday.

    With some helpful guidance from Schmeky I installed the hammer Sat morning. I also did a little smoothing and polishing on the double action surfaces. I used the stock hammer spring. It turned out well. DA is very smooth and SA is silky smooth. Very nice. The hammer is well worth it compared to the stock hammer.

    I hurriedly threw some reloads in the range bag and headed to the range. I shot a couple of groups on paper at 15 yards to see where it was shooting. I would put 5 or 6 of 10 in a good group with the rest hanging out. (Me being sloppy and hurried, not the gun) I also shot a plastic bottle at the bottom of the berm at around 40 yards. It was quite easy to bounce it around as long as I was careful and used good trigger control.

    I have a habit of stapling targets on top of one another, so all I have to show is my last six rounds at 10 yards. Black sights on a black target is really tough on my old eyes, even using 1X reading glasses. The one hanging out is definitely my fault. I felt it when it went off.

    Bottom line is this is one sweet shooting pistol, and I am very happy I bought it. :D



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  2. Mr.Revolverguy

    Mr.Revolverguy Well-Known Member

  3. docnyt

    docnyt Well-Known Member

    Glad to fuel your addiction. ;)
  4. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    That's a beautiful, rare, early model glossy blued 97. Congrats.

    Uhhh, er, I only see 4 holes in that 6 hole target :p Excellent shooting for a new-to-you pistol.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Yep, thanks doc. (docnyt is who let me shoot his 97B)
  6. candr44

    candr44 Well-Known Member

    Where did you get the competition hammer and how much was it? Also, was it easy to change the hammer?

    I have an RSR special 97B I bought a few years ago and it is my favorite .45 pistol.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator


    Not really. It's not for beginners anyway. Changing a 1911's hammer is much easier. If you are mechanically inclined, and used to working with small pins, parts, and springs, you can do it. If not, I would get a gunsmith to do it.

    Here are two threads that helped. There is also a trick Schmeky showed me to fit the sear to the safety that was extremely helpful.



    These are for a CZ 75, but the 97 is almost exactly the same, almost.

    If you do any smoothing or polishing remove very little metal, and keep all the surfaces flat and at the same angle. It takes very little to smooth things up. Use 400 and 600 sandpaper and a light application. Best to leave the hammer hooks and sear alone unless you are familiar with doing those things. Very easy to ruin parts or cut down through the hardened part. The sear on mine was nicely done and the competition hammer was very nicely done anyway.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  8. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    ^^^^^ What Walkalong said ^^^^^

    If folks would do what he said, instead of wandering off modifying, sanding, tweaking, and "tuning" on a gun they are not familiar with, the results be like Walkalongs, i.e. positive.

    I also agree that modifying a CZ is not for the novice. It's a modification that requires good mechanical aptitude and good tools, but done properly, yields impressive results.
  9. .375

    .375 Well-Known Member

    Can you change a 97B into a BD (decocker?)
  10. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I do not know, but de-cockers make me nervous. Pistols should fire when the hammer drops. Too old school I guess. Teethed on 1911's.

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