Okay, so Bond’s signature firearm was a Walther PPK, and not the CZ, but at my first sight of the Czech military pistol, I couldn’t help but to recall the hero’s famous blued compact. The Walther’s design predates the 82, and its Russian predecessor, the Makarov, by many years (49 and 20 years, respectively), but in addition to their passing resemblance, they are all blowback operated firearms. The physical resemblance was enough to call the CZ 82 to my attention, but the price (being a military surplus firearm, they’re not too difficult to acquire with a holster and mag – or two – for somewhere in the realm of $200) was what encouraged me to do some reading up on it and the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge.
I figured it was time to contribute rather than just ask questions, so here's a little review of a great little find.
I purchased a CZ-82 a couple of months ago and have gone through around 200 rounds thus far. Here are my observations:
The CZ-82 has been on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, curio and relic list since 2007. This means that in most states you can have this awesome little military surplus pistol shipped directly to your front door if you have an FFL03/Curio&Relic license .