Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by fyurstarter, Jul 26, 2011.
I'd really like to get another pistol in 45 ACP. but I'm open to suggestions.
http://www.cz-usa.com/products/by-category/handguns/. They are all-steel pistols.
The 97B has a sear blocking safety like the 1911 and can be carried cocked-and-locked or regular hammer-down DA carry. The 97BD has a decocker instead. They're big guns FYI.
The '97B is at http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_82/products_id/31189 for $639 which includes shipping.
The '97BD decoker version is at http://czcustom.com/cz97bd45pc.aspx for $694 and it doesn't say anything about shipping.
The nice part about the CZ pistols is that there is plenty of owner experience about them at http://www.czforumsite.info/ and also on AR15.com. So you can read up on them from actual owner experience. The CZ 97B Club at the czforumsite has over 6,000 posts in it.
Hope this helps.
My second coice: XDM
I hate the Glock grips too.
In my opinion, going from a Glock to a 1911 is a big jump, especially for a new shooter. You're heading towards a low capacity, single action pistol with multiple safeties, but it's not an impossible move. I would suggest renting or borrowing a 1911 and putting several hundred rounds down range before making a purchase. If you do go the 1911 route, take a serious look at the Ruger SR1911.
Try them out and see what fits you best.
I agree with forindooruseonly about trying before buying, but to answer your question about the CZ's reset, I consider it second only to the Smith and Wesson third generation DA/SA autos, but only by a skosh. Trigger reach has been a problem with some of the CZ pistols, but new triggers have been designed and I have read posts saying that new CZ's come with the newly recurved triggers. But if size is an issue for you, try out a CZ 97B before buying one. They are BIG.
I think I'll follow the advice of forindooruseonly and look for somewhere I can shoot a few pistols before I dump anymore money into a firearm that I just simply don't like.
If you don't want a glock, then the M&P or XD/XDM are good choices.
The CZ 97 is HUGE with a long trigger reach to match.
The FNP feels far worse than any glock, but some like it.
The latter are pragmatists.
1. Older W. German or 100% German made Sig P220
2. H&K USP
3. New P220 with US made slide
4. Glock 21SF but M&P, XD,FNP,...., are solid choices
Of course I prefer a good 1911 to all those though
My buddy had a CZ-97 and I can see why people like them but the CZ design just isn't for me. That said I still wish I'd picked up a few back when they were cheap and less popular.
A Glock is what it is. Cheap, durable, reliable, combat accurate and I can work on them myself. Would I only own Glocks? Heck no. Do I mind having a few around? Certainly not.
Since I've been a rifle shooter for a long time I've never had much of a desire to purchase many pistols when I could get more gear or ammo for my rifles, but now I'm starting to think I'd like to have at least one decent pistol to get some practice in....maybe even try 3 gun competition someday.
I'm really leaning toward getting a 1911 (more than likely a SA loaded) just because it's a solid all around pistol and almost every firearms enthusiast has to have at least one in his or her private collection just to have one.
Dan Wesson Valor, Vbob, CCO
Glock 23, 22, 19, 17
What do you think the honest advantage is between a Colt made 1911 and a SA? I'm a fan of Colt, just because everything I've ever shot that they've made (like the Diamondback) has been great to shoot, but the price tag is always higher than other "comparable" weapons.
Zerodefect- The Les Baers are pretty slick, but I'm really hoping to just buy something that I can shoot as is (a nice rack grade weapon) and then add on some of the extra bells and whistles as I decide what I really want to change.
easyg- Had some less than pleasing experiences with larger bore Ruger pistols, but I'll check out the p345 and see how it fits.
Saw the full size "Pimp Daddy" Gold Plated version in 50AE once, but alas...my need for a gold plated, tiger stripe, 50 cal semi auto handgun has come and gone.
I know IMI makes some pretty interesting weapons...if I can find a baby eagle I'd like to put my hands on it and see how it fits.
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