Though lauded primarily for its efforts in engineering small arms for armed military and police forces as well as hunting and sporting purposes, Česká zbrojovka, or CZ, is also known for manufacturing components, parts and accessories for the aircraft and motor industries in addition to providing special tooling for machine production. CZ, which was originally established in 1936 by the National Defence Council, finds its headquarters in Uherský Brod in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic. While originally contracted to produce aircraft machine guns, military pistols and small-bore rifles, the company now employs over 1,000 engineers, craftsmen and business personnel, which makes it one of the largest arms manufacturers worldwide.
Now, with over 75 years of experience in the design and manufacture of small arms, CZ continues to put skilled personnel to work in their state-of-the-art CNC machining centers to produce firearms that are renowned for tight tolerances, exceptional ergonomics and unbelievable performance. The company is continually recognized for its reliability and craftsmanship and is involved in nearly every aspect of the arms industry. They have even successfully established a subsidiary in the United States in 1997 with the founding of CZ-USA, which is responsible for the importation and distribution of CZ firearms in the U.S.
As is evident by its designation, the CZ 75 BD pistol is a variant of the CZ 75, which was first introduced in 1975 as one of the original "wonder nines." The term wonder nine was coined as a reference to any pistol chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge that also utilized a staggered box magazine. Originally designed with a full steel construction, the CZ 75 was developed by brothers Josef and František Koucký and was intended for exportation only. It was not until 1985 that the pistol was made available in the Czech Republic and would not be until 1989, after the Velvet Revolution, that the pistol was adopted by the Czech armed forces.
Like most military arms, several variations of the CZ 75 exist. Today, the flagship model of the CZ 75 line is the CZ 75 B. This model, which is prevalent among foreign governments, militaries, law enforcement agencies and security agencies, is the second generation of the CZ 75 line. The major difference between the CZ 75 B and the original CZ 75 is the inclusion of an internal firing pin safety. Other subtle differences include a rounded and serrated trigger guard and a ring hammer. With the CZ 75 BD, you get a pistol that is nearly identical to the popular CZ 75 B – save the replacement of the manual safety with a decocker – a provision that led the model to widespread success.
The CZ 75 BD features a 4.61-inch barrel alongside an overall length of 8.11 inches. Weighing in at 2.17 pounds, its bulk stems from its full steel construction. The steel frame, slide and hammer forged barrel combine with an ergonomic grip and controls that makes this pistol a true joy to fire. A smooth double-action trigger pull is paired with a crisp single-action trigger pull to provide for unparalleled accuracy. Other features include a three-dot sighting system alongside the aforementioned firing pin safety and the decocker. As noted, each pistol is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge and ships with two 16-round magazines.
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