Why doesn't CZ just make a 357 barrel and allow us to buy it?
My Sig 226 came as a 40 S&W but they sold me a second barrel for the 357 SIG for only $175. I use the same mags. If you intrested, the 357 round is a fair bit snappier than the 40 S&W, even in a full-sized pistol.
Or is that too easy?
Seconded. Why, for the price of doing what Sig and Springfield do for under $200, is it twice that amount for CZ USA?
I'll add my voice to this one! There is no reason that CZ can't put out a .357SIG barrel to purchase as a swap out part, except that they seem to be very closed off to customer input. I'm not talking about CZC(Angus's Shop), but CZUB proper. There is a sizable, not huge but sizable, market here in the US for those that own a .40 solely to have the ability to easily swap out to .357SIG and back again! Currently that market is dominated by Glock and SIG Sauer, but as fast as CZ is growing here (the lack of availability for many models being proof of that) there is no reason that they should not be able to offer what their competitors have for a long time now.
I LOVE CZ's and have definitely been bitten by the bug, but some of their decision making on products baffles me.
Also, they need a US plant to make their product more available and so that they can compete in the Army's new Pistol trials! Perhaps with a more ergonomic CZ 97D Compact with 12+1 capacity?