04/29/11 5:52 PM | by

The CZ 83 is a semi-automatic medium-frame pistol chambered in .32 Auto and .380 ACP. The 83 is produced by CZ-USA, a Kansas City based subsidiary of the Czech arms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod.

The CZ 83 has a blowback design, so the initial explosion for gun powder pushes the slide back as well as forcing the projectile out of the barrel.

The Model 83 has an all-steel construction, plastic grips, and cold hammer forged steel barrel. During hammer forging, a mandrel is carefully passed through the bore to carve the rifled grooves. The process increases durability and precision. Features include a manual safety and fixed 3-dot sights, but tritium night sights are available.

The 83 was based on the dated military model 82, which is now considered a relic by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, so basically it’ll be seen in a museum. Another piece of trivia, in May 2001 the California government under Arnold-rule approved the 83 chambered in .380 to be legally sold in the state.

CZ recommends the Model 83 for law enforcement or personal-protection.

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