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This is my initial review of the new CZ 1911A1.

First opinion when I held the CZ 1911 was that it's a solid well fit pistol. It comes drenched in oil inside and out so I'd suggest doing a complete tear down before heading to the range so you can clean off the oil and re-lube. The fit of the parts are second to none like the very positive thumb safety, barrel bushing, slide stop, mag release and very well staked plunger tube. The slide to frame fit has a very tiny amount of play up front with zero play in the back.

As far as the trigger goes, it's very crisp with little take up and not too heavy at all. I forgot to take out the trigger pull gauge before tearing it down, but I'll add what it is later. There was extra time taken to fit certain parts like the firing pin stop, thumb safety, extractor and trigger. The smooth faced trigger is aluminum with an overtravel screw. I might change this out later because of personal preferences, but there is no reason to change it out otherwise.

The only parts I can see that are cast/mim is the grip safety and magazine catch. There are a few faint tool marks on some parts, but nothing that sticks out unless you're looking very close and nothing that would cause an issue. Most parts are very smooth like the barrel with it's mirror like crown and feed ramp.

I hope the pictures below can shed more light on the quality of the parts although it's not my best picture quality. Most parts still have oil and some fuzz on them. I'll be doing a follow-up review as soon as I get back from the range this week.

Range Report
I shot the CZ 1911A1 today and not one single malfunction. Ammo used was 200rds. of 230gr. FMJ consisting of Federal and American Eagle and 10rds each of 230gr. HST, PDX-1 and Remington UMC HP. Magazines consisted of six 7rd. Check-Mates, four 8rd. Chip McCormicks and three 8rd. KimPro Tac mags.

It was very comfortable to shoot although I did have a nice red mark on my hand from the GI grip safety, but that happens with every GI 1911 I shoot. I'll probably throw the Pachmayr grip safety I have on there next time I shoot it. Accuracy was excellent with the best grouping being 2" at 15 yards. I know I'll get the groups consistently 2" or less once I put the Pachmayr grip safety on and the web of my hand isn't being dug into.

All around it's one of the best 1911s I've owned or shot to date. I'd actually put it in second place right behind my Valor.




















 

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Kind of want.

I was shopping for another 1911 already. The one I want is sold out most everywhere I'd do business with. This one is listed at KYgunco, but not in stock at the moment either.
 

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Kind of want.

I was shopping for another 1911 already. The one I want is sold out most everywhere I'd do business with. This one is listed at KYgunco, but not in stock at the moment either.
The only other "mil-spec" 1911s I've owned was a RIA, Regent and Springfield Armory MilSpec. I'd take this over any of them.

ETA: I just checked the trigger pull and it's right at 5lbs.
 

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Nice looking piece. Definitely above the average offerings.

What was the cost?

I like the GI style rear sight but has a wider and higher notch.

I might have to break down and go non-Colt with this mamajama.
I got it off Gunbroker and with the auction price, shipping and transfer it came to a total of $750. I like the wider notch sight as well. I don't plan to do anything with it, but if I did it would be a flat MSH and long trigger just because of my preference and hand size.
 

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Congrats for a nice gun.
I have been wondering about them and like that they gave it a little upgraded sights.
Looking at your pictures it looks like a well made 1911.
Looking forward to reading your range report.
 

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Looks like a keeper.
 

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Very nice write up and pics, looks like a great choice at the price point.
 

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Couldn't wait to get it apart, huh? Kids....:supergrin:

Kicking aside, it's a nice looking gun. No lanyard loop?
No, CZ stated they went against it so the shooter wouldn't be banging their hands on it during a reload. I don't think they intended for this to be an exact copy, but a higher quality model than most that came close enough.
 
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