CZ (Ceska Zbrojovka) 85 B


The CZ 85 B is a semi-automatic large-frame pistol chambered in 9mm. The 85 B is produced by CZ-USA, a Kansas City based subsidiary of the Czech arms manufacturer Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod. The 85 B is an ambidextrous version of the CZ 75, so the safety can be used on either side.

CZ used Browning’s Hi-Power pistol design as a jumping off point for the CZ 75’s design. Similar to the Hi-Power, the CZ 75 has a locked-breech system, where backwards force is absorbed by the slide rather than the frame. It is also designed to deliver short-recoil, so the barrel and slide are locked together until the slide rides back.

The CZ 85 B has a steel slide and alloy steel frame, both with a black polycoat finish, and plastic grips. It features a cold hammer forged barrel, meaning a mandrel is carefully passed through the bore to carve the rifled grooves; this process increases durability and precision. The 85 B is equipped with 3-dot sights, but tritium night sights are available. 

As of 2012, the CZ 85 is available with a reversible magazine release.



85 B
Caliber: 9mm
Grip: Plastic
Capacity: 16
Sights: Fixed 3-dot sights<br />Tritium night sights
Features: Cold hammer forged barrel; locked-breech system; and ambidextrous safety
Action: Semi-auto
Size: Large
Trigger: Double-action/single-action
Slide Material: Steel/black polycoat
Frame Material: Alloy steel/black polycoat
Weight: 2.1 pounds
Barrel Length: 4.7"
Length: 8.1"
Height: 5.4"

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