The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš planned to present a special edition of the CZ 75 pistol to President Donald Trump during his visit to the White House on March 7, 2019. The Republika pistol was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and only one hundred were produced. Aktuálně.cz reported that President Trump was to receive serial number CSR-1946 in honor of his birth year.
As you can see from the images, the CZ 75 Republika comes with very nice, smooth wood grips and has detailed engravings. The excerpt below from czub.cz explains some of the finer details:
The outline of the frame and the slide is inlaid with 24 carat gold. Within this area, the surface is engraved with the motif of a linden tree branch which constituted an important element of the interwar Czechoslovak Republic national symbols. The engraving can be also found on the front and back of the grip, where it has replaced the usual vertical checkering for more reliable handling. The golden outline and the linden tree motif engraving are repeated on the bottom of the magazine baseplate.
In addition, the controls – the trigger, hammer, slide stop, magazine release and manual safety as well as their visible parts on the right side of the frame are gold-plated with 24 carat gold, as are the extractor and screws securing the anatomical grip panels that are made of briar root. The beautiful grain of this brown wood is further enhanced by varnishing.
There is also a special decorative feature in the form a small Czechoslovak Republic coat of arms used between 1920 and 1938. It is a true copy made of gold (certified by a hallmark), embedded into the right side of the frame, between the gold-plated parts of the safety and slide stop.
When the Republika was first introduced in 2018, CZ listed its price at around $8,790 USD. When a United States President accepts a gift from another country, it becomes the property of the United States and goes to the National Archives. However, it’s generally acceptable for a President to buy an item at fair market value if they want to keep the item. Do you think the CZ 75 Republika pistol will eventually be displayed in the Donald Trump Presidential Library, or do you think he’ll buy it back? What do you think about the commemorative Republika model?