85 B

CZ 85 BThe 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.

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