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CZ Model 83

Produced:1991 -2001
Caliber:9x18 Makarov
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:ambidextrous manual safety
Grips:black plastic
Barrel Length:3.8 in.
Overall Length:6.8 in.
Height:5 in.
Width:1.4 in.
Weight:28.8 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Ceska Zbrojovka AS+42 0 572 65 11 11
Svatopluka Cecha 1283Website:
Uhersky Brod Czech Republic www.czub.cz
Importer:Phone Number:
PO Box 171073Website:
Kansas City KS 66117-0073www.cz-usa.com
Used Est.:$325
Last Update: 11/2/2017

Caliber:9x18mm Makarov
Muzzle Velocities - from977to1060ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from173to237ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from90to100gr

Ranking Factors
Power Factor:92075- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:2.22 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:13 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Defense Factor:67%

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.
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