Think of the CZ 97 B as the super-sized version of the renowned CZ 75 pistol. The CZ 97 B combines one of the most popular calibers in the U.S. (.45 ACP) with one of Eastern Europe’s most legendary pistol designs (the CZ 75).
OK, when we left off last time I was in the midst of suffering from a bad case of CZ fever. I had just picked up and fallen in love with a 9mm CZ D PCR. At the time I made that purchase, Bill's Gun Shop and Range also had several more CZ's on the shelf, one of which was a full-sized CZ 75 with a polished stainless finish and night sights. As this was the first CZ I had ever seen that sported night sights and, since I was deep in the mist of the CZ fever, I decided to go back the next weekend and pick up the full-sized stainless model with the night sights.
Sometimes I look at guns, shooting gear and extras, and I think, “What could have been ….” Back in the 1970s the CZ 75 was all the rage. Unavailable in the U.S., it was a 9mm high-cap classic that felt so good in the hands and had such an attractive set of features that no less than Jeff Cooper himself expressed admiration for it. Its cult status spawned both a gray market (import-via-Canada) and the Bren Ten pistol.