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Colt-CZ built pistol??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glockster35, May 27, 2005.

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  1. Glockster35

    Glockster35 Member

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    Anyone remember the name of the pistol that Colt and CZ partnered on building? I recall Colt backing out soon after it hit the streets, but did CZ continue building it?

    Anyone have first hand experience with this handgun?

    I saw one once that had been customized by a local gunsmith when I lived in the Bay Area, however I have not seen one since.

    Thanks
     
  2. Psssniper

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    Czolt ?
    Coltz ? ;)
     
  3. DnPRK

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    Colt 2000 All American?
     
  4. LiquidTension

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    I think you're talking about the CZ40. No idea if Colt actually had anything to do with it, but the grip was designed to be more like a 1911. CDNN has some for $250 in their most recent catalogue.
     
  5. W Turner

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    It was the CZ40. It was a collaboration between Colt and CZ but there were two different versions produced.
    The Colt version was a DAO, the CZ version has the unique CZ action where you can either carry it cocked'n'locked or you can manually lower the hammer for a DA first shot.

    The grip looks like a double-stack 1911 and the front end looks similar to a Sig, IMO. All of the reviews I have ever read suggest that it is a pretty nice weapon, especially when CDNN was selling them as a closeout for $299. I think they are compatible with the mags from the other CZ's in .40.

    W
     
  6. petrel800

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    CZ40B

    I actually purchased one of these. Nice little pistols. DA/SA with the CZ-75 action. The grip angle is equal to that of the 1911. Safety will allow for cocked and locked carry (No decocker). Not sure why thats necessary on a DA pistol.

    I've shot mine a few times. I got mine for about $318 out the door. Overall its a nice pistol, except .40 s&w does very little for me. Its recoil seems much stouter that a .45 acp to me.

    Unfortunatly, it seems CDNN has run out. Someone on the CZ board seemed to know of another distributer, but I never really looked into it. If you like the .40 round, these are a great deal.
     
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    Nope, the CZ40 is NOT the one. The CZ40 was what CZ made out of the parts left over from the DA only, "Colt" marked Z-40, 800 made. Colt dropped out of the deal after the first run was built.
    I actually handled one when they hit the market, and will kick myself for a long time for not buying it. It had the slickest, best DAO trigger i ever felt. The last time I saw one for sale was at West O The Pecos Guns in Tucson, for $800. They were going for $1500 in California...
     
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    Dave/Armoredman got it right.....the Colt gun is the Z40, DAO trigger with nice nice trigger pull.......850-900 of the guns were recieved by Colt. The CZ40B is CZ using the left over parts that were the Colt design. Basically you have a 1911 style (not clone) gun thats a double stack 40, same trigger guard and grip shape as the Gobt model. The internals are all CZ, barrel is a Sig lockup style and the triggers are some of the best CZ ever made.
    The sights are even Colt Defender drop ins.......They are a stellar gun.
    Heres my Semi Custom......its pretty much done as it appears here.[​IMG]
    Shoot well
     
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    Nice grips on that CZ40! will standard 1911 grips fit or did you have to get them special made? Local gun store has a Colt Z40 available for $699! I looked it over 2 or 3 times but have passed! :banghead:
     
  11. Walt Sherrill

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    Grips are not standard 1911.

    The only thing 1911-like is the grip angle. Its a double-stack mag. The internals, as PCRCCW indicated, are pure CZ-75.

    Had once once, may get one again, one of these days.

    I've not encountered a Z-40, but they're supposed to have a VERY NICE DAO trigger.

    Standard CZ-75B 40 mags will work, but the 40B has a slightly different baseplate; without it, there's an ugly gap at the bottom of the grip frame.
     
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    Z-40 has INCREDIBLE double action only trigger.....butter smooth. I passed because it was a full size 40 with a 10 round mag....I had no idea how rare they were, and my range/shop had 6 of them....
     
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    I have one, I have one!!!

    :) :)
    ' paid $450 (used) for it back in '02. Its marked Colt Z40. No box or papers though.
    I have no idea its that rare. I almost traded it for a SIG 220. She'll be a safe queen now!
     
  14. Walt Sherrill

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    Its pretty rare, but most serious collectors want the works: box (in unused condition), manuals, etc., and the gun in NIB condition.

    Yours MIGHT be more valuable, over time, than what you paid -- but don't expect it to go way up.

    Interestingly, the "COLT" enthusiasts turned their backs on the Z-40; most of them were snapped up by folks who saw an opportunity, but I don't know how many were experienced collectors.

    If I get one, it'll be used, and I'll shoot it.
     
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    And if you notice, the Colt Z-40 is stamped in such a way as to be both CZ and Colt. The C in Colt is much larger and more sylized, to match the Z. It is, IMO, an amalgamation of both names. The inititals of Colt Z-40 is, after all, CZ-40.

    Ash
     
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