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A clean design was the Model 83 CZ. We liked this gun quite a lot, especially the honest machining inside it. CZ quit making it in 2012. It is one of the nicest all-steel 380s we have seen.


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Home Defense
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This model was discontinued in 2012, and its last listed price was $452. At first, we wondered why in the dickens CZ stopped making it, but we think we found out why when we opened it up. So far as we can tell, CZ-USA no longer offers any 380 pistols at all. We tested one of these in 2010 and it got our highest recommendation. This test gun was slightly used, and considerably older than the other one. It had modest bluing wear on the sides of the slide near the muzzle, and a few other signs of light wear.
Tug the trigger guard forward and down and pull the slide all the way rearward, lift it, ease it forward, and this is what you get. We took off the right grip panel (one screw) to show more of the all-machined parts inside.
The two 380 pistols were remarkably alike. They both had fat grips and held lots of rounds. Both were DA/SA pistols with smooth pulls, and both were lots of fun to shoot. They both had metal frames and absolutely no plastic parts except for the CZ's grips.
The CZ's frame had lots of detailed machining everywhere. The ambidextrous safety wraps the frame and is machined in one unit. Its hinge pin is behind the hammer, out on the grip extension.
Everything you can see, and lots that you can't, is all machined. We didn't see any stampings or castings anywhere. There's more machining on the ambi safety lever than in all of many modern handguns. That's probably why CZ stopped making it.

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