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Old 07-23-2012, 22:16   #1
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Picked up another CZ :)

Here I go again with the oddball pistols. First the Mauser M2 and now this.

For those that have never heard of the CZ 40B, it was a pistol that was the idea of Colt. Colt wanted a double action pistol in their lineup, but the Double Eagle was a relative failure and production stopped in 1997.

In 1998, Colt partnered with CZ to have them design a good double action pistol. The result was the Colt Z40 and, as the name suggested, it was developed for and chambered only in 40S&W. It shares the 1911's grip angle, which was a design stipulation that Colt implemented. To make a long story short, CZ produced the Z40 for Colt for a year before the business relationship soured and Colt dropped it from their lineup. CZ continued to produce the pistol for another year under the moniker "40B". With such a short production run for this pistol under both names, there aren't many around. The only finish it was offered in is the black coating that CZ uses for its other pistols. The 1911-style grips are black rubber.

The 40B is different from anything Colt or CZ produced before or since. However, like everything CZ produces, its a very well built pistol. Unlike the metal CZ 75 based pistols, this has an aluminum frame, not steel. Despite the fact that this pistol looks so different from the CZ 75, the action and trigger have an identical feel. When you handle it, you know you have a CZ in your hands. Like other CZ pistols, the slide rides inside the frame.

Does anyone else have a 40B or Z40?

Enjoy the pics. No box or papers, but I got a decent deal on it.


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Old 07-23-2012, 22:41   #2
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Old 07-23-2012, 22:54   #3
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Congratulations. Nice find, those get rarer by the day.
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Old 07-23-2012, 23:11   #4
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I like it.

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Old 07-23-2012, 23:52   #5
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CZ40. Another 40s&w on my short list. Congrats Bac.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:30   #6
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Sweet!

I have yet to add a CZ to the collection. I've been meaning to for some time.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:43   #7
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:48   #8
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I have yet to add a CZ to the collection. I've been meaning to for some time.
I do too. I've shot a few but, I don't own one yet.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:52   #9
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Great looking pistol! Congrats.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:57   #10
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Great find. Congrats
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:03   #11
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That looks awesome! Congrats.

Do they make it in a 9mm? I really like the 1911 grip angle of it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:11   #12
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Does it work? I think I remember someone else on here saying they had one at it was the most unreliable cz they ever shot. Looks pretty nice though.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:32   #13
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Bac,

I had a CZ 40P(different gun). Let's just say I hope your's works better than mine.

I loved the ergonomics but according to everything I've read on CZ forum the 40B and the 40P are CZ's least reliable models. I never could get mine to run 100%.

I would love to have a 75 someday though.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:44   #14
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Congrats on another rare bird acquisition! Interesting story behind the production run.

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Here I go again with the oddball pistols. First the Mauser M2 and now this.

For those that have never heard of the CZ 40B, it was a pistol that was the idea of Colt. Colt wanted a double action pistol in their lineup, but the Double Eagle was a relative failure and production stopped in 1997.

In 1998, Colt partnered with CZ to have them design a good double action pistol. The result was the Colt Z40 and, as the name suggested, it was developed for and chambered only in 40S&W. It shares the 1911's grip angle, which was a design stipulation that Colt implemented. To make a long story short, CZ produced the Z40 for Colt for a year before the business relationship soured and Colt dropped it from their lineup. CZ continued to produce the pistol for another year under the moniker "40B". With such a short production run for this pistol under both names, there aren't many around. The only finish it was offered in is the black coating that CZ uses for its other pistols. The 1911-style grips are black rubber.

The 40B is different from anything Colt or CZ produced before or since. However, like everything CZ produces, its a very well built pistol. Unlike the metal CZ 75 based pistols, this has an aluminum frame, not steel. Despite the fact that this pistol looks so different from the CZ 75, the action and trigger have an identical feel. When you handle it, you know you have a CZ in your hands. Like other CZ pistols, the slide rides inside the frame.

Does anyone else have a 40B or Z40?

Enjoy the pics. No box or papers, but I got a decent deal on it.


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Yes I have one. I got it from CDNN NIB for $299.00 some years back. Got like 4-6 mag for it also from CDNN. You can still get the mag's from them cheep. Love the gun myself. Can I ask what you payed for it? Thanks.
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:13   #17
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That looks awesome! Congrats.

Do they make it in a 9mm? I really like the 1911 grip angle of it.
Like he said only in 40s&w.
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Bac,

I had a CZ 40P(different gun). Let's just say I hope your's works better than mine.

I loved the ergonomics but according to everything I've read on CZ forum the 40B and the 40P are CZ's least reliable models. I never could get mine to run 100%.

I would love to have a 75 someday though.
I never heard that,mine is 100% from day one. Sorry about yours.
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I seen the z40(colt) at a gun show years back guy wanted like $900.00 for it.
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Yes I have one. I got it from CDNN NIB for $299.00 some years back. Got like 4-6 mag for it also from CDNN. You can still get the mag's from them cheep. Love the gun myself. Can I ask what you payed for it? Thanks.
$360 OTD

You can't seem to find them on Gunbroker for under $400 these days, so I felt I got a good deal.
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I seen the z40(colt) at a gun show years back guy wanted like $900.00 for it.
Yeah, the Colt model sells for double the price.

Its the exact same gun.

See what I mean...


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Interesting story behind the production run.
Yes it is
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:25   #23
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I read somewhere that Colt insisted on last-minute internal changes in the design that screwed up the reliability. Anybody else come across that information?
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:42   #24
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Great find and price!
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