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Crack In Witness 9mm Slide

Discussion in 'CZ Club' started by chpullen, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. I'm posting this here b/c I have a question re: an all metal Witness 9mm I have, and it is essentially a CZ-75 clone. I bought the gun used and saw much later that it has a hairline crack in the forward-most lower corner of the ejection port. That crack extends through the slide groove to the bottom of the slide. As you know, the bottom part of the slide, including the slide groove on this gun, like the CZ, is fully enclosed by the frame. I have been told by a person on a different forum who has a Witness with the same problem that it is safe to shoot b/c of how the slide is enclosed by the frame.

    So I have two questions. What do you think about shooting it as is ? And second, can the crack be economically repaired by welding or some other means. Any suggestions are appreciated. It's a nice, solidly built gun that feels great in my hand, but the crack concerns me. Thanks.
  2. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    I don't know if you have a small frame or a large frame Witness, but I'd call EAA with the serial # and ask how much to replace the slide. Don't know if it's safe or not, but if the slide were to crack all the way through you might end up with the rear of the slide in your mouth while shooting it.

  3. Thanks for the replies. I e-mailed EAA Corp. this evening. I won't shoot the gun in the meantime. A new slide is $175. I'm very reluctant to spend that on a slide b/c this one cracked. I will keep the forum posted on EAA's response.