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    Need insight on CZ 75

    OK so here is where I am at... I started looking at 1911's and Hi Powers in 9mm... since then my eye has been drawn to SIGs which from what I read have almost bullet proof reliability. BUT what about CZ pistols? I found this one on Armslist but have a few concerns...

    http://www.armslist.com/p/2757?retur...e--cz75b---9mm

    My concerns are as follow:
    Are they as reliable as a SIG?
    Does the low profile slide make it harder to rack?
    How easy are parts to find?
    Any type of warranty?
    Is this a good price are should I keep looking?

    Reason I am interested is they kinda look like a Hi Power and I hear they are good pistols. I don't know... just saw this one posted and it sparked my interest so please give me some insight so I have something to ponder on.

    Thanks

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    Need insight on cz 75

    I've owned a CZ75-b for several years, plus a CZ 2075 (Rami). Both are excellent handguns and I've put several thousand rounds down range in each with never a problem. Parts are easy to obtain from several sources. Of the 60+ handguns I've owned over the years, I'd rate the CZs' amoung the very best.
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    60+? sounds like you know firearms... I did just find that I can buy a new one for $483.00 from Buds... so the price is a little under what a new one would cost... think I may be able to do better...

    Whats the difference between the CZ and EAA Witness if anyone knows? They appear to be the same pistol, assuming the Witness is a clone of some sorts.
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    The EAA Witness is a semi-faithful clone made in Italy by Tanfoglio.

    I have owned several Tanfoglios including one of the more faithful clones, a Springfield Armory P9. (It's still going strong after almost two decades and a bazillion rounds of 9mm.) Most parts are not interchangeable. The design has one weakness: the slide stop pin tends to break. I've also broken a couple extractors, but I don't know if genuine CZs do that, too.

    Yes, it's more difficult to get a purchase on the slide with the slide-rails-in-frame design leaving less slide exposed to grasp. But it's not a problem. I've used my P9s in USPSA competitions with unloaded starts where you have to grab the gun and chamber a round on the timer. It only becomes a problem with an Open division gun with a scope mount above the slide and a stiff recoil spring.

    If you like Hi-Powers you will like CZ-75s/clones.
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    While it may look like a hi-power, it neither feels like nor operates like a hi-power. I've practiced with a 9mm hi-power on several occasions, yet my CZ-85B feels like a natural extension of myself, while the hi-power does not. The CZ-85 is an updated version of the CZ-75, and the B simply means it's ambidextrous, which I like, as one never knows when one might have to shoot with either hand.

    CZ has a reputation for making reliable guns capable of firing tens of thousands of rounds without a problem. Many have fired over one hundred thousand rounds without incident.

    The point isn't to buy a firearm capable of firing such volume, but to buy a firearm capable of firing the next several rounds with very high reliability.

    Bottom line, though, find one, shoot it, and if you feel it's a natural extension of yourself, go for it, as you can't go wrong. If not, keep looking.

    Asking how it compares to other esoteric makes and models may be a bit of a stretch, though, as one can over-think the gun-buying process the same as they can over-think any process.
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