The venerable CZ 83 has been officially discontinued by CZ-USA for 2013. I hate to see such a good pistol go down :x If you are not familiar with this all steel pistol, here's the abridged skinny: In 1982, the Czechs were "encouraged" by the USSR during the Cold War to change their military sidearm cartridge to match the 9x18 Makarov. The Czech's have a penchant for making the best firearms in the Eastern Bloc imo and they seemed to feel the same way so while they agreed to use the 9x18 ammunition, they decided to make their own sidearm for the platform. Hence, the VZ-82 was born. Augustin Necas and Stanislav Strizek are credited with the design. In a sense, it's an improved Walther PP that is built like a tank. Compared to the Makarov, it is fit better, balanced better, and more ergonomic. It sports ambi Mag releases and has a far better capacity for a compact military sidearm (12 round) vs. the standard (8 round) mag of the Mak. Like other CZ designs, the ambi-frame mounted safety allows for cocked and locked carry in addition to the option of carrying in DA mode. The DA trigger pull is smooth and the SA pull is quite nice as well. The pistol was successfully chambered for commercial rounds a year later as well for both the .32 ACP and .380 ACP cartridges and those models were subsequently given the VZ-83 model number. CZ began importing commercial 83's in 1992. These earlier imports sported a rounded trigger guard. Here's a couple of pictures of one of mine... Earlier 83's were brought in by various importers before CZ-USA was formed and began it's own importation. I'm not sure when the NIB imports from CZ-USA began production with the current squared trigger guard. If you know please, post! What I do know is that the 83 in all of it's current variations have recently been discontinued from the CZ-USA importation line. :shock: Sales have always been steady for the pistol, so my assumption is that production is being stopped to make room for more profitable models since demand has been higher than supply for CZ pistols for almost a year now. It's too bad, because the CZ 83 is one of my favorite handguns. I shoot it more accurately at speed than most pistols because of the balance, low bore axis of the fixed barrel, and faster manageability of the .380 ACP round. If you've been thinking about adding a NIB model to your collection, now is the time before they are gone. There are 4 variations still available: Blued in. 32 ACP; And Blued, Matte Black, and Satin Nickel models in .380 ACP Trying to offer as many as I can at Compact Firearms Anyone else enjoy owning one of these beauties?