My lgs has a cz 83 for sale. Its in rough cosmetic shape but the barrel looks good. I can get it cheap. Id use it for a carry gun. Thoughts on 9mm mak and the cz? Should I just save up for something better?
CZ makes excellent guns. The 83 has quite a following, and many people still carry it. I'd call this piece a conversation item. The 9mm Mak cannot keep up with modern design .380+P, and I consider that round a BUG at best.
Despite use and appearance, a CZ is likely to be a long lived pistol-with maintenance (springs wear out). A 9mm Mak does not meet my minimum performance, limited ammo (Buffalo Bore is pretty darn good though), price per round; all this adds up to me not carrying that pistol.
I might buy it for the range and as a conversation piece.
CZ makes a high quality product. Their prices aren't quite as high because they are relatively new to the western world market. They could not be imported until after the fall of the communist bloc. The CZ83 in 9 Makarov was not that common. Most were chambered for .32 ACP or .380. The CZ82 which was introduced the year before and was the standard issue gun for the Czech military and police, as well as many other communist block countries. Primary difference between the 2 is the shape of the trigger guard ( the 83 has a rounded trigger guard). The CZ83 was discontinued in 2012.
As reliable and accurate as these guns are; it's your skill that will make them an awesome EDC gun. Everyone knows that bullet placement is the key to any handgun. The 9x18 has a decent velocity too. I'd say it was dang near as good as a standard 9x19. With Hornady making some good defense rounds for it; it's even better.
The CZ82/83 is a fun and reliable pistol, but it would not be my first choice for a CCW. My main concern is the weight. Other guns of similar size, capacity and caliber are lighter. The lack of a decocker is a missing feature that should be on the SA/DA gun. The sights are OK, but not great. My CZs delivered a mild hammer bite. A good gun but dated now by more modern and suitable designs, IMHO.
I bought my CZ-82 for a project gun but found it shoots so well that it's one I take to the range most often. Down sides are caliber related: low end of power for SD, availability and choices of ammo. I reload so I can cook up whatever I wish. On the plus side is the gun itself. Terrific trigger, ambi-everything, untra reliable, very accurate, etc. A bit heavy for a bug. $200 is a fair price.
Mine (After DuraCoating and Marschal grips added):
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