The discontinued CZ-83 pistol offers versatility and performance at an affordable price.
CZ-USA is known for making high-quality and accurate firearms, and the CZ-83 is no exception. The company started out as the main manufacturer of firearms in Czechoslovakia from the mid-1930s until 1993. The company still produces weapons in what is now the Czech Republic, in addition to its branch in the United States.
One of the company’s most popular pistols is the now discontinued CZ-83. The CZ-83 is chambered in both .32 ACP and .380 ACP, which is the more common version. It is a blowback design and has a fixed barrel, which contributes to the gun’s accuracy. It has a single- or double-action trigger and features both an ambidextrous safety and magazine release. The single-action trigger pull weight is between 3 and 6 pounds, while the double-action trigger weighs in at 13 pounds.
The CZ-83 is of steel construction, which makes it a fairly hefty pistol for its size. It tips the scale at 1.76 pounds unloaded. However, the pistol’s weight combined with the lighter .30 rounds it fires make for a very pleasant and low recoil shooting experience.
The .32 ACP version holds 15 rounds and the .380 ACP version holds 12. Those are both relatively high capacities for a smaller handgun.
The pistol was discontinued in January 2013 as the company began to focus on compact and sub-compact handguns. However, it is still widely available on the used firearm market. Here is why it is worth finding and owning one of these guns.
The CZ-83 makes for a great concealed carry option, especially for those shooters looking for a more affordable carry option. The high capacity, low recoil and reliability that the weapon offers cannot be overlooked when considering self-defense. In addition to its utility as a concealed carry weapon, the CZ-83 also makes for a great gun to enjoy on the range for recreational purposes.
The design of the CZ-83 is very simple. Field stripping takes less than a minute, which allows for easy cleaning and maintenance, and the fixed, three-dot sight system makes acquiring a target a breeze.
It may not be the prettiest gun on the market, but the simplicity and usefulness of the design more than make up for that.
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Considering all of the positive attributes of the CZ-83, it also represents a great value. Used guns in good condition can be had for less than $300 if you know where to look.
Auctions frequently pop up on the popular gun auction websites. However, the Internet is not the only place these guns are available. Gun shows are a great bet to find a good deal, and it is always worth talking to the owner of your local gun shop about potential leads.
If you are in the market for a budget concealed carry pistol or simply want to add a new handgun to your collection, you really can’t go wrong with the CZ-83. As long as you can live with the utilitarian appearance and the relatively considerable weight, you are almost sure to be satisfied with this firearm.
It would be advisable to begin your search for a used CZ-83 in good condition as soon as possible. They were discontinued relatively recently, but as time passes, they will become more difficult to find for a good price. This is especially true of the .32 ACP model. Despite the current popularity of the .380 ACP round, the .32 ACP version seems to pop up on the market much less frequently.
The CZ-83 is definitely worth picking up if you come across one for less than $300 in good condition. Keep your eyes peeled!