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Offline rdcinhou

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Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« on: April 17, 2016, 06:37:12 AM »
I've been a forum member for almost 2 years now but hadn't posted in the New Member area.
I guess I overlooked it because I was more interested in researching particular guns or solving problems than socializing.
My first CZ was a P-09 (9 mm) after watching a Hickok45 video and getting interested in his comments regarding lack of recoil, accuracy and the ability to hold 19 rds.
Luckily my local gun store had an owner who stocked a few CZs and had admiration for them.
With P-09 I was able to win 2nd place in a Bowling Pin shootout!

After researching CZs I found that they were being manufactured in the town that my maternal grandmother was born in!
Technically she was born in Havřice which was a village just outside of Uhersky Brod and less than a mile from the current factory.
Both of my grandparents on my mother's side emigrated to the U.S. from what would become Czechoslovakia.
In 1979, my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to get a visa to visit Czechoslovakia and drove through Uhersky Brod.

Since then I've gotten interested in CZs and have collected a few of them.

I have added (in chronological order)...
CZ97B (.45 ACP) - which I had CGW do the "E" conversion on--turning it into a real tack-driver, my favorite to shoot in competition!
Vzor 70 (.32 ACP) - my only CZ which hurts my hand to shoot (wide plastic piece on the back of the grip where a ducktail should have been)
CZ75B Omega (9 mm) - factory new
CZ 550 UCS (Urban Counter Sniper Rifle - .308 Win) - still trying to find the right scope, bipod, etc.
CZ75 P07 (.40 S&W) - used, had to switch back to RH mag release and from safety to decock as a leftie had owned it
CZ83 (.380 ACP) - factory new, a sweet shooter
CZ82 (9 mm Makarov) - very used but shoots well
CZ52 (7.62 Tokarev) - original finish but in good condition, a little fix-up on the slide catch, impressive to shoot
CZ45 (.25 ACP) - haven't taken it to the range yet, but expect good performance

So far I've found good and helpful information here on the site and look forward to expanding my collection further.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2017, 07:32:25 AM by rdcinhou »
CZ 24, CZ 27, CZ 38, CZ 45, CZ 52, Vzor 70, CZ75BΩ, CZ75D PCR Compact, CZ 75 P07 Duty, CZ75 SP-01 Phantom, CZ P09 DUTY, P10C, CZ 82, CZ 83, CZ 97BE, CZ 452 American. CZ 550 UCS (Urban Counter Sniper), CZ 805 Bren, DUO  & Z

Offline Wiley39

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2016, 07:15:55 AM »
Hello from Minnesota
I'd rather be fishing.

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2016, 07:44:20 AM »
Awesome post.  So much to comment on here.  First, thank you for coming out of lurk-mode to join the conversation!

When a gun shop proclaims to 'know nothing' about CZ's...or says, 'we can't sell them so we don't stock them' I keep looking until I find one that doesn't have its head up its butt.  CZ's are more popular than they've ever been.  People realize they don't have to spend $1000+ to get a pistol that's accurate, dependable and well-built.  Smart gun shops know that.  I think it's more of a matter of profit than anything else?  CZ's don't have the same kind of mark-up that either a SIG or HK has.  Why stock a CZ that only makes you $60 when you can stock a SIG that makes you $150, right?  It seems easier for a gun shop to BS customers than be honest with them about why they don't keep more CZ's on their shelves.  Fortunately, my LGS is very straightforward and in spite of that fact, they strive to keep a good selection of 75's, Compacts, and P-09/07's at all times.

I'd take pride in my Czech roots.  Unfortunately, I'm pure-Limey on both sides of my family but, that takes nothing away from the respect and admiration I have for people who have been thru so much BS in their history and contributed so much to the rest of the world in spite of it.  I've been a Skoda fanboy for longer than I can remember.  The only reason people say German beer is the 'best' is because they've never had a real Czech beer.  I knew all about CZ motorcycles long before I knew anything about CZ guns.   Things have changed significantly since the last time you were there.  Hopefully, you make it back someday and take a CZ factory tour?  It's on my bucket list, too.

Welcome from Maryland!             
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Offline czsuby

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2016, 08:25:53 AM »
Nice family!  Welcome to the forum from South Carolina.

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2016, 08:54:04 AM »
WOW!  Nice examples of Czech mill work.  I have never been to Europe, but, I live 45 miles or so from New Prague, MN.  When I was a kid when you went up there most of the people at the bakery and restaurant were speaking Czech ... I thought it was so cool!  Also, when I was a kid and my Grandmother was still with us she would regularly make Kolache and we were in heaven.  There is a bakery in Montgomery, MN that makes Kolache very much like Grandma's and regular trips up there are made.

I put the CZ75 up there with the Browning High Power, 1911 Colt, etc., on the great pistol list.  Glad you could join in the fun!

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2016, 09:07:56 AM »
it's great to hear about your family heritage and your ties to Czechoslovakia. You've got a great collection of CZs! Welcome to the forum.
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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2016, 05:24:30 PM »
Welcome from South Florida.
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Offline eastman

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2016, 06:43:19 PM »
I may not have any Czech heritage, but a lot of my little metal friends do   ;D
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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2016, 11:22:06 PM »
Welcome from Virginia. - Bodene

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2016, 11:50:04 PM »
Welcome to to the forum!
We look forward to your posts.

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2016, 10:12:31 PM »
Welcome!

Offline 406shark

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2016, 11:51:40 PM »
Welcome from Minnesota.



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Offline rdcinhou

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2016, 07:09:04 PM »
An update...just added a CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom (9x19).

I'd always wondered what the fuss was about for this model, but had not held one until today.  Now I see!
If you could only own ONE (1) CZ, I would recommend the SP-01 Phantom.
CZ 24, CZ 27, CZ 38, CZ 45, CZ 52, Vzor 70, CZ75BΩ, CZ75D PCR Compact, CZ 75 P07 Duty, CZ75 SP-01 Phantom, CZ P09 DUTY, P10C, CZ 82, CZ 83, CZ 97BE, CZ 452 American. CZ 550 UCS (Urban Counter Sniper), CZ 805 Bren, DUO  & Z

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2016, 06:38:17 AM »
Okay...up to 12 now.  CZ 452 .17 HMR left-hand version. Got it for my wife and she loves it!
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CZ 24, CZ 27, CZ 38, CZ 45, CZ 52, Vzor 70, CZ75BΩ, CZ75D PCR Compact, CZ 75 P07 Duty, CZ75 SP-01 Phantom, CZ P09 DUTY, P10C, CZ 82, CZ 83, CZ 97BE, CZ 452 American. CZ 550 UCS (Urban Counter Sniper), CZ 805 Bren, DUO  & Z

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Re: Getting back to my Czech Heritage
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2016, 09:25:39 AM »
Because of your Czechoslovakian heritage, you probably need to own one of every model that CZ has ever manufactured :)
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CZ SP-01 Tactical, CZ P-07, Canik TP9V2, Webley Mark IV, Saiga AK-47, S&W Shield