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Old June 18, 2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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CZ 82 Review: Double Stack Mak Done Right





I've had the CZ 82 for a few months now and must say I'm impressed. I've got 3 guns chambered in 9x18 Makarov (CZ 82, Bulgarian Mak, P64) and of the bunch the 82 is my absolute favorite. Quick summary:

Pros:
-Cost ($220 is tough to beat)
-Accuracy
-Great single action trigger
-Usable sights
-Easy to maintain
-All steel construction
-12+1 capacity
-Ability to carry 'cocked and locked'
-Chrome bore; polygonal rifling
-Parts are readily available as the CZ 83 shares most parts and is still in production

Cons:
-27oz weight is a little heavy by modern carry gun standards
-I would like the option of replaceable sights without knocking pins out
-No decocker


Here's a video of some shooting, a table top review, and some chronograph tests:

Review Video

Chronograph results:

Hornady XTP 95gr JHP: 1045fps, 226ft/lbs of energy
Silver Bear 94gr HP: 1108fps, 256ft/lbs of energy
Brown Bear 94gr FMJ: 1119fps, 261ft/lbs of energy

As to whether or not to use FMJ or JHP rounds for defense––-I'll leave that up to the experts but I'll be carrying hollow points myself.
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Old June 18, 2012, 11:01 PM   #2
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can honestly say this is one of the only guns i have owned that has never failed and has outstanding accuracy through over a thousand rounds!!!!
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Old June 18, 2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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Does anyone with a tape measure and both a Mak and a CZ82 have a comparison between the grip width of the single stack Mak and the cz?
I'm curious.
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Old June 19, 2012, 05:50 AM   #4
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i ordered one yesterday .......looking fwd to trying it out
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Old June 19, 2012, 05:57 AM   #5
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Where's a good place to get one for $220?
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Old June 19, 2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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i got mine here

http://www.classicfirearms.com/
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:00 AM   #7
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Chrome lined barrel? You sure? CZ doesn't advertise it as such.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:20 AM   #8
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I just bought my second one, refinished with wood grips. I took my first one to the range with my Hk USPc and CZ75b. The CZ82 was by far the most accurate. I'm not sure if that was due to the fixed barrel, sights being set just right, or if it just happened to work better for me. I have zero malfunctions so far. This has been my surprise purchase this year as far as quality for the dollar goes.
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Old June 19, 2012, 07:36 AM   #9
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Old June 19, 2012, 09:23 AM   #10
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Chrome lined barrel? You sure? CZ doesn't advertise it as such.
Chrome bore, not chrome lined barrel.

I'm not sure if the CZ83s have it but the 82s built for the military contract do.
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http://www.classicfirearms.com/
That's where I got mine as well.
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Old June 19, 2012, 09:52 AM   #11
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great piece for the price. i had one for awhile. i sold all my 380s tho. if this were a 9mm, i definitely would have kept it. great design.
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Old June 19, 2012, 09:52 AM   #12
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Love them! We have three and all of them are shooters.

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Old June 19, 2012, 10:43 AM   #13
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Chrome bore, not chrome lined barrel.
What is the difference here?


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I'm not sure if the CZ83s have it but the 82s built for the military contract do.
I'm asking how you know this. Where is this info found. I've never seen anything from CZ that mentions chrome on these pistols. Most manufacturers tout this feature but CZ, (as far as I know), says nothing.
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Old June 19, 2012, 11:01 AM   #14
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I've posted this pic before but, forgive me, here it is again for those who haven't seen... My spruced-up 82 with official CZ grips from their website, and polished banner areas on the slide. It's one of my very favorite guns. Mine has also always functioned 100%... handles zippy reloads... and is VERY accurate for its size. I'm a huge fan.

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Old June 19, 2012, 12:32 PM   #15
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PSP--the difference between a chrome bore and chrome lined barrel is just that. The bore (where the bullet/case goes into the barrel) is chrome lined to help in extraction/feeding when it's dirty or fouled.

An example many people are familiar with---early versions of the M16 didn't have this feature but after having reliability issues in Vietnam, they chrome lined the bores of the M16s. Nowadays, M4s have chrome lined barrels (the whole length of the barrel has the lining). Lining the barrel itself helps extend the durability of the barrel from (rough figures here) 10k rounds to 30k rounds. The 82 does not have this feature (chrome lined barrel) but I'm just explaining the difference.

As far as how do I know it---it's visible when you look in the bore. I don't want this to come off as rude (not how I intend it at all) but the chrome is visible just like the polygonal rifling is visible. On the CZ82 website, this information is posted as well.
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Old June 20, 2012, 07:29 PM   #16
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I think the word you were looking for is "chamber."

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Old June 21, 2012, 08:50 AM   #17
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nice grips,.....need some for mine now LOL
but I want period specific
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Old June 21, 2012, 07:17 PM   #18
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The bore (where the bullet/case goes into the barrel) is chrome lined to help in extraction/feeding when it's dirty or fouled.
That's called the chamber.

Edit: someones already said this.
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Old June 21, 2012, 07:31 PM   #19
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Correct, that's what I meant. My bad.
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