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Opinions on the CZ 97BD

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Bullseye_shooter, Mar 14, 2010.

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  1. Bullseye_shooter

    Bullseye_shooter Member

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    A friend of mine at my range wants to buy full-size non-1911 .45 for under $1000 with a decocker

    He is a big CZ fan, he had the 75B while in Marine Training and loved it
    he asked me to find some info on the 97BD and i cant find any reviews
    does anyone have significant range time with this gun,enough to give a detailed review
    your help will be much appreciated:cool:
     
  2. JTQ

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    I've never fired one, but handled them many times at gun shows/gun stores. The CZ 97 is a big pistol. I own a 1911 and S&W 4506 and it feels bigger than both.

    If it doesn't feel too outsized for you, I would guess it is a fine pistol.

    Sig P220, Ruger P90 and P345 are other possible options.
     
  3. Wishoot

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    Huge pistol. I have medium sized hands and I can barely hold it correctly. I love CZ's but this one just doesn't fint.
     
  4. Bullseye_shooter

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    Thanks for the info
    this guys hands are pretty big so i don't know how well it would fit
    this guy is a ex-marine so he knows about most of the guns you just pointed out i'll tell him about ur suggestions but thanks a lot
     
  5. Bullseye_shooter

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    btw as far as accuracy, and overall reliability how does it perform im not familiar with the big bore pistols form CZ im a 9mm man myself
     
  6. Wishoot

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    Can't speak to the accuracy of the 97BD, but every CZ I've ever fired has been ridiculously accurate.
     
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    Extremely accurate big gun. One of the most underrated 45 ACPs on the market. You used to be able to find them for under $400 all the time.
     
  8. Bullseye_shooter

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    What about the trigger is it decent enough that it wont hamper the ability to shoot well
     
  9. Fat Boy

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    I was able to shoot one a while back at the local range, and found it easy to shoot accurately. Fit, finish, and overall construction was what I would expect from CZ; excellent.

    It is a big gun, no question- but then I like big, heavy, steel guns- carries 10 rounds in the magazine, if I recall correctly-
     
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    Bullseye Shooter,

    I am a big CZ97 fan. I have a fairly high mileage 97 that is approaching 7,000 rounds. The pic below is a best group with my CZ before I accurized it; the accuracy is even better now. On a good day, I can keep 5 rounds under an inch @ 25 yards from a sandbag rest.
    [​IMG]

    On the CZ forum, I posted a hand size "how to" if you're considering a 97. Yes the 97 is big, to big for some folks. I recommend measuring your hand as follows: spread your shooting hand fingers as far apart as possible and measure the span from the tip of your thumb and little finger. The minimum comfortable measurement for the 97 seems to be around 8.75". My hand measures 9.25" and the 97 is perfect for my grasp. Hope this helps.
     
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    It is huge, and in double action mode I have to significantly alter my grip in order to get a good purchase on the trigger. That makes it a no-go for me, but otherwise they're supposed to be great shooters.

    He should also look at the FNH FNP45.
     
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    I would say I have medium sized hands and the gun fits me fine. I have had mine for 3 years and it is one of my favorites. VERY accurate and well built, like a CZ should be. Its a fantastic gun.
     
  14. Bullseye_shooter

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    thanks
    are there any reviews on the newer decocker version of this
     
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    Bullseye Shooter,

    The only difference between the B model and BD is the decocker. Everything else is exactly the same.
     
  17. Bullseye_shooter

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    thanks thought CZ would change things up because the BD came out almost 14 years after the B
    wow... the only thing they changed was they made the grips rubber
     
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    I love my 97B - accurate, reliable, and an easy shooter. I have medium-sized hands and I put a Hogue rubber wrap-around grip (about $15) on mine and the reach to DA and SA is fine for me. You can easily attach the grip by dropping it in boiling water for about 1 minute and then drying it quickly and attaching it to one side of the grip and stretching it quickly over the gun and attaching to the other side - a piece of cake and I like these grips much more than the standard wooden grips on the 97B.

    Kent
     
  19. Bullseye_shooter

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    thanks Kent
    i think the decocker verision comes wit rubber grips now lol
     
  20. CZF

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    I think the BD also comes with Nites.

    The BD is under the CZ-USA Law enforcement banner, but anyone
    can buy them.

    Like the P-01 and P-07 Duty.

    The big .45 would be great for a person who wanted to carry
    it on patrol.

    However, I've found the 97B to be too big and heavy for me to carry
    but others do it daily. I miss my MMCed 97B on some days.
    [​IMG]
    More 97B info:

    http://www.angelfire.com/id/projectsafestarsap/CZ97B.html

    I'd personally like to get a 97BD as a house gun, and to have a .45
    acp to shoot when my brother comes to town with his Ruger .45.
    [​IMG]
    Other than that, I'll stick to my 9mms for carry.

    Best of luck with your friends eventual purchase.
     
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    Other than handling one, I have no experience with the 97. I've always wanted one and came close to buying one more than once but the one thing holding me back is the numerous times I've read where it is "picky" about ammunition; especially non-hardball stuff. I insist on pistols working "out-of-the-box"; I'm not into fluffing, buffing and tweaking to get a gun to run right. But, it bears repeating: I have had no personal experience with this gun and am only reporting what I've seen on the (always accurate ;)) internet.
     
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    I have seen at least three or four threads on the Internet where people have sheared off the locking lugs from the barrel.

    Every other review I have seen is that they are great guns. I am thinking about buying one, but may go the FN route instead.
     
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    I too have read about a few barrel lower lugs having problems, but I have also read the slide stops break at around 1,500 rounds, that the polycoat is cheap paint, that the 97 will not feed anything other than ball ammo . . . . . .

    My 97, at nearly 7,000 rounds feeds LSWC's effortlessly, still has the original slide stop, the polycoat (which is actually a ceramic resin) is holding up extremely well, and will feed HP's if you don't use one with a cavity wider than the feed ramp.

    I have owned a boat load of .45's, and nothing, IMHO, is built any better, nor is there anything more solid and durable than a 97.
    [​IMG]
     
  24. CZechnological

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    I own a 97B (later model with front slide serrations - not the BD with decocker) that I got for less than $400 off of GunBroker. It was VERY lightly used and came as a stock factory setup. I also own a CZ75b SP-01 Tactical which is responsible for infecting me with the CZ virus. I have made some changes to the 97B to make it more to my liking - namely, I ordered the BD rubber grip panels from CZ (about $25 as I recall) since I liked the rubber on the SP-01 so much. They also effectively make the grip slightly thinner and more comfortable. I have med-lg. hands so getting a proper grip on the 97 is not a problem for me; but I don't recommend it for those with small hands. I also did not like the stock slide release on the 97B and ordered a SP-01 release from CZ after a local gunsmith said that he could do a very slight modification to it in order to make it fit the 97B. It works like a champ and I am now able to operate the slide without shifting my hand as I did before. The final modification I did was to put a custom Bedair stainless guide rod into the gun (incredible quality, great price, adds weight to the front to help limit muzzle rise).

    I have fired several .45's including 1911 types and I prefer the weight and feel of the 97B. I tend to like metal guns vs. polymer (I do own a S&W M&P40 and think it's a great gun) so the 97B feels great to me. Others might think it too massive and heavy. You have to try it yourself to make that determination. It is VERY accurate and, due to the mass, makes double-taps and follow-up shots as easy as possible for the .45 caliber. All in all I really like the 97B and I have had no reliability issues with it at all. I did send the barrel back to CZ and they polished the feed ramp and chamber for free which put an end to the occaisional hiccups using hollow point ammo. CZ has been great for customer service over the years. Their guns are an incredible value and can hold their own with big $ custom rigs for accuracy.
     
  25. ninja45

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    I owned one also and I have medium sized hands. Yes, it is a big pistol but that equates to less recoil and improved accuracy for a very forgiving round anyway.

    I can shoot it more accurately than my Glock, Colt 1911 and my Sig 220. Great gun, if you can hold it without dropping it, you can shoot it without dropping it. ;-)
     
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