CZ 1911 A1

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CZ-branded guns are now being made in the US. The first? The 1911A1.

CZ will be showing their version of the 1911A1 at the 2015 SHOT Show. The pistol is designed to be a modern interpretation of the classic Government model, but with tighter tolerances and other changes.

These guns will have walnut grips and taller sights. CZ deleted the lanyard loop. The frame and slide are carbon steel and the barrel is stainless. According to the company the single-action trigger pull should be 5 pounds “give or take a pound.”

The gun will ship with two 7-round magazines, and will carry a suggested retail price of $849.

CZ is not the only one introducing a GI-style 1911 at SHOT. Auto Ordnance will also be showing the $571 1911BKO.

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  • Forest C. Adcock

    “give or take a pound”

    So it’ll be 9 pounds?

    • gunsandrockets

      So 5 + 1 = 9?

      • Forest C. Adcock

        It does in advertised trigger pull. Any “plus or minus a pound” actually means “plus 4 pounds” every single time.

        • gunsandrockets

          Nice catch-22 you fashion for the company then. If CZ advertise a 5 pound trigger which is off by a pound due to the normal limitations of mass production, you can cry false advertising. And if CZ admits the trigger won’t be exactly 5 pounds you accuse them of producing a 9 pound trigger. Yeesh.

  • Mouldy Squid

    Ooo. I love my CZs and I’ve been looking for a reason to buy a 1911.

  • john huscio

    Why couldn’t they just make a p07 in .45? A compact CZ 97?

    But yea, let’s make another 1911(even though we own dan Wesson)…….

    • SM

      There is probably a large group of analysts that look at the market to see what people want. Apparently, people want an affordable 1911. That is, until they go to buy .45 acp ammo.

      • john huscio

        I though rock island was the go-to brand for those who want cheap yet well built 1911s….

        • hailexiao

          There’s also the Turkish companies, Girsan and TISAS for the high end of the low end.

          • usmcmailman

            Who ?

        • Dragonheart

          I personally think $600 is an inexpensive 1911 and we already have a number of quality 1911’s in that can be had in that price range, even stainless models, so what’s the big deal? Their efforts would have been better served making a subcompact full time carry gun.

  • FrenchKiss

    Kommiefornia legal?

    • gunsandrockets

      With microstamping? Of course not. No company makes a pistol with microstamping.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The pistol is designed to be a modern interpretation of the classic Government model, but with tighter tolerances and other changes.

    So in other words, nothing like the 1911A1 actual. Sweet. I was wondering who out there makes a 1911 that likely isn’t as reliable as the old loose gov models.

    • gunsandrockets

      Dovetailed front sight and stainless steel barrel is nothing to complain about.

      And it might pay to wait and see how reliable it turns out.

    • Frank

      I’ve never heard bad things about Dan Wesson 1911s. This should be good to go, especially for that price, it’s a great deal for the level of fit and finish that’s typical of DW 1911s.

  • aweds1

    I own a CZ75B and love it as an affordable, quality shooter. While I applaud importation of the Scorpion and the Bren, does anyone else get a slightly queezy feeling over the sheer volume of new models this year? Like the “SIG-ification” of the brand?

  • gunsandrockets

    Hooray for another M-1911a1 pattern pistol! It seems like everyone already makes a copy of the older 1911 style with long trigger and flat mainspring housing. But for me, M1911a1 > M1911.

  • RickH

    I think this looks real good, looking forward to handling one. Nice to see a basically stock 1911. If this turns out good, I hope they come out with a commander size.

  • 2wheels

    Meh… What a waste of time… I almost think it’s a joke when a company announces that they’re going to begin producing their own 1911. And CZ already owns a 1911 manufacturer! Guess they want that sweet cash from CZ fanboys.
    And let’s not even get into the whole “Oh yeah we changed a bunch of stuff but we still think it makes sense to call it the 1911A1″…
    CZ should do what CZ does best, and that’s build awesome pistols that aren’t 1911s. Because the 1911 market is already well taken care of.

  • andrey kireev

    Seems little high for a basic 1911 though

    • gunsandrockets

      Not so bad if it has a nicely done blued finish. Hard to tell from the photo.

      • Frank

        How many factory guns are made in a polished blue finish anymore? It’s a great looking finish, but expensive to do and not fun to work with or that durable to boot.

    • Anonymoose

      They ought to have Novaks and front serrations for that price.

    • Christine Guinn

      It’s not like “combat tupperware”, where most of the frame is made from cheap injection-moulded polymer. I can take the slide from ANY Glock 17 and swap it to any OTHER Glock 17, and it will work just fine. The tolerances are that big. Not so for a 1911 or any other all-metal gun. A gun that has a steel frame requires more hand-fitting, which is WHY they cost more.

      • andrey kireev

        Wasn’t used to be like that in GI days, now that every manufacturer has their own tolerances. But What I was saying in regards to price, is my Ruger SR1911 (metalic finish) has very similar features + extended beavertail and cost me $675…

      • Cheese_McQueen

        You know how I know that you don’t know what you are talking about? You are wrong.

  • Rich Guy

    Does it have a lowered ejection port?

  • Anonymoose

    >arched mainspring housing from the factory
    This pleases me.

  • Cheese_McQueen

    Same low capacity you know and love, now with tighter tolerances for increased failures!

    • RickH

      Owned some crappy 1911’s before?

      • Cheese_McQueen

        Nope, owned some “nice” ones that performed like crap.

        • RickH

          Hmmm, never had that problem with a quality 1911. Care to share?

          • Cheese_McQueen

            All 4 kimbers that I owned over the years had a bunch of issues. The Ruger I bought a couple years ago ran like crap and the Springfield armory loaded ran ok until one of the sear pins sheared. No Idea how it happened.

          • George

            A couple of years ago is when the Ruger 1911 was first getting off the ground. Maybe you should try a new one manufactured in recent times…Surprised to hear that about the Springfield. It has a lifetime warranty. Is that the sear spring being referred to?…As for Kimbers, a lot of people have had issues with them.

    • gunsandrockets

      High capacity = grip which doesn’t fit my hand. No thanks.

  • the_duck

    I like buying CZs because the price due to the exchange rate places a high quality gun in my range, but with this being built in the US, it appears the US pricing also follows.

  • Phil Hsueh

    It’s really sad reading about all of these new pistols that are coming out and knowing that living in CA I have almost no chance in hell of every seeing in any local gun store, esp. now that the single shot exemption has gone away. The worst part is that the selection we do have keeps getting smaller & smaller as guns fall off of the roster. What’s funny is that there was a time when CA gun stores had almost nothing but pistols along with bolt action rifles & shotguns but no black rifles; now you see tons of black rifles of all kinds but a fairly tiny selection of pistols.

  • usmcmailman

    A 1911 is either a Colt, or just a copy !

  • Archie Montgomery

    Having used, carried and shot the Government Model (and variations thereof) pistol for over forty years, I’ve concluded the only modifications really needed were a decent set of sights and a proper trigger pull. The sights look proper. I’m a bit concerned about the announced trigger pull weight. Five to six pounds is upper end for a proper pull, but I do comprehend manufacturing tolerances.

    This one looks good. Of course, shooting a production pistol will actually tell the tale. (I have a healthy suspicion of ‘demonstration’ examples.) If it has one of those misbegotten firing pin safeties, I’ll have no part of it.

    And I can do nicely without the trendy and revolting billboard logo on the slide.

  • Doom

    When is someone going to let them have loose tolerances so they will be more reliable? it looks nice though. I guess you cant have a 1911 that rattles or all the idiots would say they are pieces of crap.

  • 400×40

    This is great news! I can’t call myself a CZ “fan boy”, as I’ve never owned anything by CZ, but shooters who’s opinion I respect speak highly of them, and especially their accuracy. I’ve never owned a 1911, so from my perspective what others might feel is an over saturated market, for me is now a better range of options. With CZ’s reputation, this will be of great interest to me. That the tolerances are tighter implies better accuracy, which is usually what you expect from a target grade 1911 (i.e., “accurized” — I don’t know that it is).

    I’ve shot several 1911’s over several decades and love the way they feel and shoot, but because I’m more of an accuracy nut I’m willing to trade some amount of reliability for accuracy. Just keep it clean, but never too vigorously so with a brush. I guess I’ll have to wait to learn more about it’s performance from other more detailed reviews.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Hyok Kim

    Yawn, another me, too 1911 clone.

    • George

      More choices for us enthusiasts.

  • Jared Frank Greenier

    Uh, they already build one the CZ 805A1, and it will be coming to the US.