Originally Posted by NGIB
Not sure what 1911s you own but I have yet to see a CZ that can outshoot any of my 1911s. I shoot against CZs regularly at pin matches and they have yet to win one. I think CZs are great guns but the 97 is huge, had a 75B and traded it as I find CZ triggers a bit "vague". Owned a Px4 for a while and it was OK but nothing to write home about.
well i have a 1911-A1 from springfield armory that has had a bit of accurizing work done, an ithaca 1911-A1 from 1944, a sig P220 to go with my Cz97BD. in the past i have had 2 series 70 Colt 1911, HK USP in .45, para ordanance P10. i have carried all of them at one point or another for CCW reasons and all have been in ransom rests.
while my sampling is small compaired to what is out there in the world the CZ97BD so far has shot tighter groups than the rest from a ransom bench rest. it is also the weapon i shoot the best with.
is the CZ series a good base for a match gun?? i would say no. is it a good self defense weapon short of a shotgun?? definately. is it more accurate than a typical shooter?? definately. is it easy to use and comfortable to hold?? yes. better than a 1911 over all?? thats tough to say.
the CZ weapons do not have the combat history and proven reliability and accuracy over time that a 1911 series has. 100 years of combat service is a hard thing to beat. with all the tiny little parts inside the CZ weapons i would say mechanical reliability over time and extended use isnt there. my years working in a machine shop tell me that anything that has fiddly little springs and tiny little parts will break over extended use.
i wore out my sig 220 and had to do a complete overhaul reecently on it. i do a LOT of shooting the only gun i have that needs no special care is my 1911's my ithaca is nearly a smoothbore from all the firing it has gone through its entire life. my great uncle gave it to me and he shot it a LOT. he purchased it in 1950 and its never had a single part replaced. i have shot it a lot myself.
my CZ has just begun its life. its a comfy easy to use handgun and so far i like it a lot.
is it a better gun than the PX4 i would say yes. better overall than a 1911-A1?? dunno gonna have to shoot it for 50-60 years and find out. but i do know this it is a more comfortable easier to shoot and for me more accurate gun than a 1911. i do not shoot 1911's that well. i do love em but im not that good with them.
when i go hunting my springfield 1911-A1 is the one that goes with me. the power to weight ratio is what makes me pack it as a back up piece when im out in the woods. the CZ is way to heavy to lug around when i am already loaded with other gear. the CZ is a fantastic gun when weaight and size do not matter.
anyway ill stop rambling. hopefully that gives a better view of where i am coming from. PX4 vs CZ97B CZ wins.