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Old July 26, 2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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CZ 97BD - Bought It!

I'm thinking of ordering one, but I have a lot of .45s already. Does anyone have one? Do the newer production pistols still have problems with some hollow points? I may use this as a home defense gun if I move back to NY, as there is the 10 round mag limit.

If I don't buy it outright, I may trade my FNP-45 USG with Trijicons for it. What do you think?

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Old July 27, 2011, 09:01 AM   #2
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When I was looking for my first DA .45 a few years ago, it came down to the CZ97B and a West German SIG P220. For me, even though the CZ felt great in my hand the smaller overall bulk and weight of the P220 tipped the scales since the pistol would see occasional duty as a CCW. If you are going to use the CZ as a house gun it will work wonderful in that roll.
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Old July 27, 2011, 09:15 AM   #3
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The SIG 220 (and there are a bunch of different models), and the 97B (or BD) are probably the most accurate out-of-the-box double-action .45s available. Some of the Witnesses are quite close, as well.

My problem with the 97B was that it was just a hair too big for my hand. The Witnesses were slightly smaller. And the 220 was not a problem.

As for your trade in -- you'd probably do better selling that gun, outright, if you don't mind seeing it go.
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Old July 27, 2011, 01:45 PM   #4
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Yeah, I know the 97B is massive. I've never fired one, but I've held them. They fit me fine. The FNP45 is huge too, but at least you get 15+1 capacity.
The 97BD would strictly be a home defense/range gun. I have an obsession with full size pistols.
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Old July 27, 2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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I am jonesing for a 97B. The grip size would be a benefit for me as I have large hands with long fingers. They are tack drivers.
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Old July 27, 2011, 04:15 PM   #6
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I remember seeing used 97B's in the $375-425 range a ~three years ago on gunbroker. I'm kicking myself now for not buying both the 97B and the P220!
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Old July 27, 2011, 05:01 PM   #7
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Dropped The Hammer Today!

I got the CZ 97BD for $694 shipped from CZ Custom. As always their customer service is second to none.

The BD has the decocker, night sights, and rubber grips. That accounts for the price premium over the regular 97B.

Hopefully Gander Mountain doesn't mess up the transfer. I will post pics when I pick it up.
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