balbahut0g: you mean break
Eric Desjardins: the CZ97b does not shot reloads very well
you can brake your mag release
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.
haussemann deter: Just got mine today,cz97 bd,so happy!!! I love it.
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?
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.
CZ Frame: Wrong comparison. Compare the CZ to a 22. Not fair to compare it to a 9mm as someone requested, or to a 1911, although the 1911 doesn't have a lot of recoil.
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?
CZ Frame: The CZ 97B is a heavy gun with a steel frame. If weight bothers you, it is probably not for you. It's pluses are the internal slide rails and it's weight combine to reduce recoil a lot. Even women love to shoot it, except that it has a wide grip because of the double-stack mag and for small handed men and women it can be a bit hard to reach the trigger for that first double-action shot. I have small hands and removed the grips to see what that felt like, and it seems thin grips would be better.
Chris Callaghan: A very well done review. Could you please comment on the sights of the CZ? How do they compare with tritium?
TietLung: My springfield loaded 1911 had half rooster position
werre2: Or, rather, to quote a great thinker on youtube, I just 'shoot the CZ more accurately'.
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.
matt curci: I carry the Witness(Clone CZ)in condition 2.Round chambered,hammer down.Im hearing CZ's line up next yr will have some models discontinued.I think the 97 as well.
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
CASTRO45ACP: I have fnx-45 and it is accurate in my hands more so than an HK usp 45, dunno if that helps on your opinion of it accuracy, I definitely want to get a cz-97 jus kinda sucks that its not ambi but I'll figure it out
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.
TwistedRhetoric: Any CZ can be converted to SA only or DA only with minor modifications/parts changes.
xhoggerx129: Two questions... Do they offer a single-action version of the CZ97? Also, how much thicker is the CZ97 than a 1911?
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)...
silverhorder1969: You forgot to say " stay thirsty my friends''.
werre2: 97B mag holds 10 rounds. Glock holds 13. Some HKs hold 15.
Anton Chiseliov: Nice watch , is it russian commander model made by Vostok , right ?
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?
werre2: Why not get both. The CZ is more beefy but everyone needs at least one 1911 - and I'm from Finland where it's both time-consuming and expensive to get permits for guns at all.
werre2: CZ-75 is a grand design - CZ-97 is so-so. It needs some tuning: the magazines sit too low (you may have to MIG weld more metal to the mag catch) and the feed ramp may be turd. It clearly has quality issues.
That said, it's VERY accuracte and comfortable to shoot.
werre2: I have both 97B and 1911. Recoil in both is smooth push, not angry quick strike like in blowback .380s. My 97B is more accurate than my low-end 1911. A 10-round double stack magazine is a mighty disappointment, a glock double stack .45 holds 13 rounds and an HK holds 15, but you suck and HK hates you.
Jeremy D: The Hogue wrap-around for the 75 doesn't fit the 97. Some folks MAKE it fit by stretching it out with the heat of a hair dryer. You don't need to though; it is a great grip shape.
I wouldn't turn my nose up at an FNP45 though, they get great reviews, even if they feel plasticky, compared to a CZ. I think they come with 3 mags. Not sure if they shoot as well as a CZ-97 though. The CZs have a better pedigree, in my opinion.
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: 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.
jmsmikey: How does the recoil of the CZ compare to the 1911~~~ thanks.
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.
GrandRiffAuto73: man, racking the slide on the CZ looks so smooth. I appreciate the review, I've been looking at handguns lately and the CZ 97 BD has caught my eye.
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.
VisalusTransform: 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.
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.
NetNinja01: Never keep ammo near your guns when doing a demonstration unless you are at a range. It's amazing to see how many AD's happen when people are speaking about Firearms.
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.
pzlehr777: Very nice review, especially for those of us considering buying one or the other! I am considering a CZ 97 and have nothing but good to say about their CZ 75, standard and compact. I was wondering how the accuracy compares between the two?? I have a couple of 1911's that are tack drivers. My CZ 75's are very accurate as well....just considering accuracy which do you think is better between those you reviewed??
Lee Ful: Thank you
Jeremy D: Vostok Komandirskie. Hand-wound. Bought from ebay, from a seller in the Ukraine, for about $50 shipped. The olive drab nylon strap is an "RAF strap" also from ebay. The watch comes with a cheap leather strap, or a terrible, terrible (hair-pulling) bracelet.
Lee Ful: What kind of watch are you wearing in this video
mammoth321: I got mine yesterday and your video is like the only one on YouTube that does field strip, thank you.
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.
thehotsixer: Do they all shoot that high or just yours?
armoredinnerjacket: Black rubber grips available on the CZ website. Don't like brown wood.
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.
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.