It was manufactured in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) by Česká Zbrojovka. It is an updated version of the CZ 75, and has slight changes made to internal parts to increase reliability, and has an ambidextrous safety switch and slide stop, making the pistol suitable for both right- and left-handed shooters. The magazine holds up to 16 rounds. CZ weapons are known for their long service life and high reliability while using various types of cartridges.
The CZ 85 was developed because the CZ 75 had no patents protecting the design and the CZ 75 was copied in other countries with unlicensed versions.
The CZ 85B is an up-to-date version with a firing pin block safety, squared off trigger guard, a ring hammer, and tri-dot sights. It is available in 9×19mm and .40 S&W calibers.
Notes and references
- The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers, A.E. Hartink, page 108
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