45 Comparison - CZ 97B Vs. Para GI Expert 1911




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Jeremy D: Enjoy it my man! It's a great gun, maybe the best automatic 45 I've ever shot. Puts the 1911s to shame, in real-world usability. :) 1911s are great, but they hadn't really discovered ergonomics yet. This one has all those beautiful curves, and the slide that rides inside the frame is a thing of beauty.

citizen6185: Great video!! I just picked me up a CZ 97b just last week and I've only been to the range once with it... put about 75+ rounds through it and I love it. The problem that I'm having with it is I can't find any accessories for it and the grips are impossible to find (don't like the wooden ones), but other than that the pistol is one Bad Mother Fu... Shut yo Mouth!!!

jmsmikey: Ok ~good. The only other .45 I was interested in is the FN45, but I picked it up at a gun show and it felt like a water gun~ just a piece of plastic, although I like it's high capacity. I'm also wondering if the wraparound hogue grip that fits on the CZ-75 will fit on the 97~ the 97's grip must be wider~

Jeremy D: Don't get the BD model. The deroosterer kind of ruins the action on CZ. It's time to man-up and get the safety model. Having the roostered 'n locked AND DA options is half the reason to choose this gun. Precious few 45s have that combo going for them.

NetNinja01: I own both and love them equally. The grips on both pistols are awesome and fit most peoples hands fine. Medium to large hands can handle both pistols acurately. Handle before you buy and if it fits well in your hand then you will be confident in your shooting.

51Dss: My Para GI expert does indeed have a half rooster - I don't believe there are any 1911 pistols that don't have half rooster...just my 2 cents...otherwise, very good informative video.

mammoth321: You talked about sight radius but you didn't show off the sight picture. What kind of sight does CZ-97B have? I see CZ's web site says "Fixed" is it 3 dot? Night Sight?

scrapinbuy: Good job.

Jeremy D: @Gabja I just checked out your channel. How about a vid on the SP01?

CZ Frame: I'll spell it out more directly: The CZ has a recoil more like a 22 than a 9mm. It is a very mild recoil for a 45. Does that explain it clearly enough? If you want a 45 with really mild recoil, get a CZ. IF you can't find a CZ now, are you sure you can find the Sig? What does that Sig cost?

43mark431: Hey Jeremy, Many say the CZ97 is the lowest recoiling 45 out there. Can you give your thoughts on how it recoils next to a 9mm? And is it the most accurate pistol you have ever shot? By the way great video - very informative.

Jeremy D: Yes, 3 dot, fixed. The dots are kind of green, but don't seem to glow in the dark. With just about every load I've shot with this gun, it shoots way high at 10-15 yards. like 6-8" high. So consider them adjusted for longer distances, or for a 6:00 hold on a larger target.

GordonTurnerpark: Also, if you pull your thumb back on the 1911 ALL the way back so you engage the grip safety, you can lower the hammer without using your other hand.

armoredinnerjacket: Black rubber grips available on the CZ website. Don't like brown wood.

MavHunter20XX: @jzorns That, I didn't know (trigger pull).

Jeremy D: The felt recoil on the CZ-97b is less than on the 1911. It is probably due to the 97b being wider in the backstrap, so that it distributes the felt recoil across a wider area. The 97b is a better gun, all-around, until you get north of $1500.

Bigger Tank: I see that the CZ97's magazine slipped out smoothly, did you flatten the magazine break?

arch068: Very informative video, probably the best I have seen on the CZ 97B.

Eric Desjardins: the CZ97b does not shot reloads very well you can brake your mag release

Alberto Laporte: Thanks for posting this review. I'm in the market for my first .45 and I have been looking at some 1911s and I remember back when I started shooting handguns the CZ-75 did me well, so decided to look at other users review on the CZ 97 and glad I found this. Still have not completely decided which but this was rather very honest and unbiased review on seemly great handgun choices.

Jeremy D: @citizen6185 Hehe, check in with me in a couple of months. You will have sworn off 1911s. 1911s can be very good, but only after you spend upwards of $1k on them. Below $1k, they're not in the same league as a CZ97. ;) Just my humble opinion. I'm not sure about other grips. Yes, compared to 1911s, CZ97s are harder to find accessories for. But I guess we could say that about any other pistol, compared to a 1911, right?

Gabja: That was an excellent video comparison. I've got a CZ SP01 and am considering getting a CZ 97 instead of a 1911.

David Bartz: Should be a half rooster on the 1911, at least colt/springfield do

totti1177: I LOVE the cz and i think 10 rounds with a mag loader its ok, becasue without it, it get pretty annoying loading mags, good vid tho, very informative

Jeremy D: @Gabja : If you like the SP01, go for the CZ97. It wasn't me who said it, but I believe it: "CZ97s are the most accurate 45 south of $1500" Not as slim as a 1911, but loads more comfortable, in my opinion.

xhoggerx129: Two questions... Do they offer a single-action version of the CZ97? Also, how much thicker is the CZ97 than a 1911?

Lee Ful: What kind of watch are you wearing in this video

Jeremy D: @51Dss Yep, you're right. An earlier person replied and corrected me, but I didn't edit the video. In my defense, it is not as firm of a half-rooster as the CZ97b, hehehe.

Cooper: How much do you think the grips contribute to the "wide" grip? I want one of these but can't find them anywhere to see if I'll have any issues with the size. I was planning to throw on a pair thin grips, probably aluminum.

Jeremy D: @MavHunter20XX Then, you lose the capability of Condition 1 carry, and the trigger's worse on the BD models. (I've got a buddy with the 75BD, says it is not a good trigger at all) Deroostering a gun with a live round in the chamber isn't really ever necessary. If you're worried, just drop the mag and rack the slide, then derooster any way you wish.

GordonTurnerpark: There is a half rooster on both of my 1911's. I have never heard of one without one. Is you pistol defective?

Viribad: Excellent video, you pretty much covered it all. Being familiar with the 1911 but not the 97, this has convinced me to buy one.

rec0n1: I don't have any idea about Finland but in Turkey the pistol (97B) alone costs well over $2500 and permit is also another $500. Fun part is that after paying those fees, you are not allowed to take the gun outside the house for range, you will need another daily permit for that (Btw getting the range permit takes about a week or more)...

Jeremy D: @BigTankDriver101 : No mods were done for the mags to drop free. I will add here that one should be careful with magazines with this gun. I've got 6 mags for it, and only 3 are reliable. One of the unreliable ones is a Mec-Gar, which have a good reputation otherwise. I might do a follow-up to this video after I get them marked and sorted.

thehotsixer: Do they all shoot that high or just yours?

haussemann deter: Just got mine today,cz97 bd,so happy!!! I love it.

MavHunter20XX: I was told by someone that the DA trigger sucks, but I don't know if he half roostered it like you would if you use the derooster lever to check the DA trigger travel.

werre2: 97B mag holds 10 rounds. Glock holds 13. Some HKs hold 15.

schubidubap: I'm in the market for another .45 and was looking at the CZ. Thanks for the overview on the 97B, very informative vid. I think I'll add one to the collection.

Lee Ful: Thank you

Jeremy D: After I shot the CZ, I immediately lost interest in 1911s. Why should I spend $1500 on a 1911 that shoots this well, when I can have it in the CZ for $600, and doesn't require any funny business to carry 13 rounds?

Cooper: @jzorns Thanks for the feedback! Really appreciate it. This might be a silly question, but are you measuring to where the end of your finger meets palm, the nuckle or to where your finger and thumb meet? I want this gun soooo bad but need for it to fit me!

jmsmikey: Hugh??? I was talking about the CZ97~ which is .45. What differance does it make at this point~ you can't find them anywhere. I did go to Shot Show this year and saw the new Sig 227~ 14 rounds of .45~ that will be the lucky winner if I can ever find one.

Anton Chiseliov: Nice watch , is it russian commander model made by Vostok , right ?

Jeremy D: I can't say, as I've only ever shot mine. But it is way high, with all ammo. I need to file down that rear sight and cut a new notch, apparently.

George Mercado: Just picked up a CZ 97b and simply loved it. I was almost going to trade it in for a 1911, but the owner of the store, my friend told me He would do the trade in a heartbeat but because I am his friend he would not. He said the CZ is too awesome of a gun for me to get rid of, and I should keep it. If I decided I would get rid of it then he would do the trade, but he told me to shoot it first and I did. Screw the 1911, the CZ is bigger in my small hands but this thing is like an blissful orgasm.

werre2: I have since purchaced a Ruger 1911. I still think the CZ is more accurate, even with its (compared to the ruger) long trigger pull and worse sights. Maybe my hands just like thick grips.

Jeremy D: The CZ-97 is much more accurate than a bare bones 1911. I think one would have to spend well over $1,000 to beat a $630 CZ-97 in accuracy. The shape is also more elegant and functional, if not as classic. It feels probably 20% bigger in the hand than a CZ-75, and the slide is MUCH easier to grab on the '97.

stickpeeky: i dont allways drink when i do a gun review. but when i do.....

CZ Frame: I agree, but the newer ones have finally been improved (although it took CZ execs too long to listen to customers - hell they don't even listen to their employees). Do any Europeans EVER listen to Americans, or are they all so superior they'd prefer not to market their products in America?

Rating:
45 Comparison - CZ 97B vs. Para GI Expert 1911 4.9 out of 5

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