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Offline Earl Keese

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2017, 08:45:41 PM »
I would say the fit & finish on my 2016 97b was nicer and tighter than other standard CZ's I've had. Your best bet is to use Gunwatcher.com  or slickguns.com to search inventory and pricing. Otherwise, go to the different online seller that show out of stock and register for email notifications. Buying a 97b requires time and patience. I would expect some inventory to become available soon, it's cyclical. If you find one locally it's likely to cost you $100 or more extra before tax.

Offline robert1804

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #16 on: July 25, 2017, 09:48:50 PM »
The 97 I bought new last year from Buds was cosmetically good and had a surprisingly good trigger out of the box. There is a small, almost unnoticeable dull area in the finish on the frame. It cycles nearly any bullet style. As has been noted, the stock screw-in barrel bushing is a weak spot in the design. My original bushing wouldn't quite index to be tight in the slide so there was some play. I bought an extra bushing to try which was a little better so I shot it like that for the last year and noted the groups opening up some. Last time cleaning the gun I tried the original bushing and BINGO! It indexed so a very light pull with the factory bushing wrench gave me a notch perfectly lined up with the spring plunger. There is now no detectable play in the barrel/bushing area.

This pistol had been acceptably accurate with a loose-ish bushing, as good as my most accurate striker fired 45. I did some bench resting last week with the 97 and the tight bushing. All tested loads grouped much better and some loads were as accurate as my best 1911. Obviously the bushing threads in the slide have been "worked" in some. With the bushing now tight enough to allow only limited, if any, barrel/bushung movement, I'll continue to shoot it as is. I'm expecting it may stay tight now but if it doesn't, the other bushing might then work. I will send the slide to Cajun for the bushing mod if I can't keep a tight CZ bushing in it.

Offline Morbid1X

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2017, 12:16:48 AM »
Man, you could attach a bayonet to that rail. :o

Offline Camaro400

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2017, 02:06:11 AM »
Yes indeed.


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Offline olfarhors

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2017, 01:23:47 PM »
My 97BD was I believe the best out of box of my CZ's (P-01, Sp-01) and now Shadow 2, although I am still  getting use to the shadow 2.
 its a very accurate weapon, runs flawlessly and just feels ubber good in my hand, although really all CZ do that.
I do like that big old slow ancient 45 caliber slug though, the thing just shoots great for me and has really put a few of my 1911 to shame.

Offline Huch

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2017, 11:45:28 AM »
I don't know if you have had a chance to hold a 97 yet, but if not, I would make sure to do that before you buy one. It's a big gun. I'm 6'8" so I have big hands and I absolutely love mine, but I've had friends shoot it and say it's just too big for them. That being said, I've also had smaller friends say that it's big, but feels right. Just something to consider.
As for the E package, I would say that it's a great option if you have the cash and don't want to do anything yourself. I have worked on all 6 of my CZ's and so I bought around $300 in CGW parts and did the install and polishing myself. My goal was to make a .45 version of my SP-01 shadow and I was able to get it about 95% of the way there (could have made it 100% but I didn't want to take out the firing pin block in the 97).

That doesn't include the GGW bushing upgrade (a decent amount of the cost for the E package) but I didn't feel it was necessary with my gun. It shoots great and I'm very happy with how it turned out. The only thing I'll probably still do is add an extended safety at some point.


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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2017, 10:03:46 PM »
Yeah the bushing upgrade is $190. My 97 bushing was good out of the box but I will most likely still get the full "E" conversion.

I envy those with the requisite skills to do their 'smithing. I can polish the trigger mechanism of a Glock but I would not dream of touching my CZs.


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Offline murman1983

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2017, 11:48:43 AM »
Lots of great info here, as far as being patient to find one, Im well practiced, Ive also been looking for a PPK ;)

Thanks Guys

Offline t107

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2017, 07:46:07 AM »
Yes lots of great info!

Offline rdcinhou

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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2017, 08:18:58 AM »
Whereabouts in Texas? There are a number of dealers throughout the state that can get CZs easier than others.
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Re: Wanting my first 97, I have questions :)
« Reply #25 on: August 23, 2017, 07:37:20 PM »
You all are killing me here!   ::)  Love the idea of this pistol. Not quite ready to commit to one yet. YET!
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