I have always wanted a CZ-75 in .45, but CZ doesn't make one. I have a CZ-97 and love it, but I'm lucky enough to have hands big enough to comfortably grip the 97. I feel my CZ-75 series pistols have the most ergonomic grip of any pistol I have ever owned and although I love my CZ-75/40 and my SP-01, I still longed for a .45.
On a whim, I bought a new Witness .45, stock number EA45WON, the standard pistol with the "wonder" finish. The grip size is nearly identical to the CZ 75 series. On top of this, the magazine holds 10 rounds, which makes me wonder why CZ couldn't do the same thing. As popular as the .45 is in the USA, and considering the CZ-97 has never been overly popular in the US, a CZ-75 in .45 makes sense, at least to me.
Upon initial examination of the Witness, a problem, at least for me, cropped up quickly; it would not feed 200 gn LSWC hard cast bullets, my favorite bullet that I have thousands of on hand. I noticed the mouth of the barrel had a sharp edge on the circumference. I gently contoured this sharp edge into a gentle radius using 1,000 grit wet/dry sandpaper coated with light oil. I followed this with a fine polishing compound until the barrel throat had a mirror finish. On the first try after this radiusing, the pistol chambered my 200 gn LSWC's smoothly.
On the first range outing, I was amazed at how accurate and "shootable" this Witness was. I was shooting some very tight groups and decided to try a 25 yard target at the indoor range I frequent. I fired 12 rounds from a seated position with a rest and put 8 rounds into 2"; I am confident I "pulled" the other 4 shots that opened the group up to 3.5" I was impressed, since my eyesight at this range is compromised by my +.75 glasses I have to use to see the sights.
I am in the process of installing a Fiber Optic front sight set-up; the factory front sight is non-replaceable, so I'll have to modify the current sight.
Looks like a keeper!!