CZ 82 Review: Tough To Beat For $220

Discussion in 'Collector's Corner' started by plouffedaddy, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy New Member



    I've had the CZ 82 for a few months now and must say I'm impressed. I've got 3 guns chambered in 9x18 Makarov (CZ 82, Bulgarian Mak, P64) and of the bunch the 82 is my absolute favorite. Quick summary:

    -Cost ($220 is tough to beat)
    -Great single action trigger
    -Usable sights
    -Easy to maintain
    -All steel construction
    -12+1 capacity
    -Ability to carry 'cocked and locked'
    -Chrome bore; polygonal rifling
    -Parts are readily available as the CZ 83 shares most parts and is still in production

    -27oz weight is a little heavy by modern carry gun standards
    -I would like the option of replaceable sights
    -No decocker

    Here's a video of some shooting, a table top review, and some chronograph tests:

    Review Video

    Chronograph results:

    Hornady XTP 95gr JHP: 1045fps, 226ft/lbs of energy
    Silver Bear 94gr HP: 1108fps, 256ft/lbs of energy
    Brown Bear 94gr FMJ: 1119fps, 261ft/lbs of energy

    As to whether or not to use FMJ or JHP rounds for defense––-I'll leave that up to the experts but I'll be carrying hollow points myself.
  2. caracalized

    caracalized New Member


  3. Predecessor

    Predecessor New Member

    Thanks plouffedaddy,

    Huge fan of the CZ 82/83 as well. Tried the Mak, didn't love it. For me the 82/83 is by far the better firearm.