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Offline ogre01

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CZ 70, aftermarket options?
« on: November 18, 2007, 02:54:08 AM »
I was looking at my VZ 70 today and thinking.. it wouldn't take much to turn this into a pocket pistol. True its  a little heavy for its size, but still slimmer and smaller than my P-01 and slimmer than my RAMI. Be a great coat pocket pistol. But it needs a set of grips that will fill my big hands a lot better. Anywhere someone can recommend? And I'm thinking a trigger job and a set of better sights would make a world of difference too. Has anyone ever done something similar?
Paul

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CZ 70, aftermarket options?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 06:19:44 AM »

Never seen any.  Period.  I don't think you're likely, too, either.  The caliber is arguably too small to be taken seriously for self-defense.  (I know the Germans had a fetish for the .32 round for several decades, but that was a legislated fetish, required be law, and not stimulated by the free market.)

For the money you'd have to spend, you'd probably be better off getting a Kel-Tec P3AT, which is much smaller, lighter, and which uses the .380 round.     Just shoot the CZ-70 and enjoy it as a piece of CZ history.  


Offline tf34mech

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007, 01:29:59 PM »
Check the cz83 forum for the debate on whether the .32 round is an effective defensive round.  Try a Hogue  HandAll to improve the grip, the one made for the PPK should fit. I'm currently looking for sights that will work with a minimum amount of modifications to the slide.  As soon as I find them I will post the information.  IMO the .32 is the absolute minimum caliber for self defense.  But I agree with the last post that there are better choices, Kel Tec, North American, etc. for size and weight.  Having said all that I hope you press on with the mods I would really like to see the results.

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 08:40:08 AM »
I had a CZ-50 for a couple of years -- one of my first C&R guns.  It was a pretty good shooter, and out-shot a friend's similar Walther PPK (which cost 6 times more than the $75 I paid for my CZ-50 at the time.)  He was not happy about his gun.

Ammo is expensive.  9mm is generally cheaper.  Parts are easily found and replaced, but its a relatively big gun for a relatively small caliber.  Suprisingly more recoil than you'd expect, too, given its heft.

If plinking is your intent, .22s are far cheaper.  If self-defense is a goal, look elsewhere.  If you just want a piece of CZ history, get one and shoot it.  The 50s and 70's aren't graced with th best metallurgy, and with a lot of use, the slide may degrade where it pushes back against the hammer when cycling.  (I've heard of several having to have the slide replaced due to the sloughing of the metail in that area.  I saw SOME in my CZ-50.)

I carried a Beretta Tomcat for a while, and while it was also .32, I liked it better.... but eventually came to believe that the .32 isn't a good self-defense round.   I now tend to shift between a Kel-tec P3AT,  like a Kahr P-9, and a Sphinx Compact.  The smaller the gun the more brutal the shooting experience -- but you've got the small ones for the oddball situations when nothing else is suitable.