About the Handgun:
The CZ 83 is a civilian export of a compact semi-automatic pistol made for the Czechoslovakian military, the vz.82. IT is a classic blow-back design with the slide return spring wrapped around a fixed barrel. It features an ambidextrous frame-mounted safety that locks the slide and sear when engaged, allowing for 'cocked and locked' carry.
About the Manufacturer:
Founded in 1919, this Czech Republic manufacturer began production of handguns with the 'Fox'. In 1923 the business obtained a contract to produce pistols for the Czechoslovakian army. Production expanded in the 1020s and 1930s to cover rifles, machineguns, submachine guns, bicycles, artillery, motorcycles and machine tools. During 1975 the company designed and began to manufacture the famous CZ-75 pistol. CZ firearms have been available through normal channels in the US since 1991, through such importers and distributors as Bauska, Action Arms and Magnum Research. Since 1997 CZ products are imported exclusively by CZ-USA, a US based wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company.
About the Cartridge:
This is the current Russian military cartridge used in the Makarov and Stechkin auto pistols. It was adopted shortly after the end of World War II, and its design was probably inspired by an experimental German cartridge called the 9mm Ultra. This cartridge is intermediate in size and power, between the .380 Automatic and the 9mm Parabellum. It is a well-designed cartridge for its purpose, although a little underpowered by Western standards.