Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dougsboy, May 29, 2009.
My dealer just ordered one for me today. Any other CZ owners out there with thoughts on the 97?
CZ makes some fine pistols for the money. Don't know anything about the 97 though.
One of my favorite .45's. I have Kimber, Colt, Les Baer, Witness, S&W M&P, Norinco, and CZ in .45. Mine has been modified quite a bit and I am in the process of having the slide machined for a 1911 style bushing to further improve the very good out of the box accuracy. Mine has about 5,000 rounds through it and handles the .45 cartridge with ease. It's a large, heavy, robust design that should last a lifetime.
Join us on the CZ forum when you get yours.
As an accurate 45 acp as I have ever owned. it will shoot as good as my 70 Series Colt 1911 all day. It soaks up recoil completely, I love mine. I had Matt Mink do a trigger job and it is even better now. It is as good as 45 gets next to maybe high end 1911 models. i like the grip and size better as it fits my hand better. I have going on nearly 5000 rounds through mine with no roblems other than having to loctite the loaded chamber indicator screw back in place. It feeds all ammo fine and shoots great.
I was really surprised at just how accurate mine is ... shocked actually. First time I took it to the range I shot better with it then I did with my custom Springfield TRP. Mine is stock, got it dirt cheap, and have been very happy with it. I like it enough to put a few bucks into some custom work for it.
Several thousand rounds and it is still the best shooting 45acp I have held. Mine is bone stock. It was the first gun that I bought. At the time, I thought of it as a sort of investment. I wanted something that would last long enough to be able to give to my kids. Now, I'm thinking that I'll hold on to it until I am either dead or unable to shoot. If the wear on the gun now is any indication of its longevity, I shouldn't have to replace anything other than the springs.
A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune to meet a new friend at the range who allowed me to shoot a couple of his CZ pistols. One of them was a CZ97. I was absolutely astounded at how accurately I shot that gun! (So was he!) That experience was enough to convince me of the quality of CZ guns, and I have since purchased a CZ in .40 that I got a great deal on. I can definitely see a 97 for me out there in the not-so-distant future.
My impression in handling one of these at the gun shop was the size/weight. It ain't a Glock or S&W airweight...
on the other hand, it appears to be a very well made gun with (in the case of the one I saw) excellent, deep blue finish. Appears to be a high-quality gun with controls somewhat similar to the 1911.
Then there is CZ's reputation for quality- all around, seems like a great gun
I recently bought a CZ 75-SP01 and a Kadet Kit, am in the process of trading for another CZ 75, and will likely place an order for a 97 in the next week or so.
My only regret regarding CZ is I didn't buy one years ago. They are well built, reliable and accurate pistols.
Haven't shot one...but I think it is the best looking gun in CZ's lineup. Too bad it doesn't come in 9mm!
Big and heavy for some , but low recoil and astounding accuracy.
The prices on them have really went up since I bought mine
8 years ago.
Wish I still had it.
I'd like to get one also but I've heard on the CZ forums that the 97 can be finicky with non-ball ammo. I've never shot one myself nor do I know anyone personally who has. It seems that those who have posted in this thread have not experienced any problems with their 97s with shooting hp ammunition, which is encouraging.
The CZ97B was my first CZ and first .45ACP pistol. A winner all around for reliability, accuracy and good looks. I don't use if for SD so have never tried HP ammo in it. It eats my handloaded LSWC rounds with no trouble however.
I notice CZF is shooting an older model like mine with no slide serrations near the muzzle.
I later added a CZ75B in 9mm and a CZ83 in .380ACP and have not been disappointed.
Wonderful gun. I enjoy it very much.
If you ever do have any problems with the ammo, just polish the feedramp a little. Mine had some trouble with an HP round I use, but after five minutes with a dremel and some toothpaste the feed ramp shone bright and it ate anything.
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