Monday, January 19, 2015

CZ 75B Stainless Limited Edition Handgun

I recently purchased a CZ P-07 for concealed carry and I've been very impressed with the gun, so thought I would add another CZ to my collection.  I couldn't decide if I wanted a P-09 (full size version of the P-07), or maybe a polymer framed SP-01 Phantom (the predecessor to the P-09), or maybe the all steel SP-01.  After browsing through for several weeks trying to decide what to get, I came across this CZ 75B Stainless Limited Edition.  The Stainless LE has a special two-tone finish (sandblasted rounds and brushed flats) which gives it a very unique look when compared to the other standard finish options in the CZ 75 series, and only 200 of them were imported to the USA in 2009.  I wanted a CZ that I could occasionally use in IDPA's SSP Division or in USPSA's Production Division, as well as for occasional concealed carry.  This Stainless LE fits the bill perfectly for me, and looks really good as well! :-)  I've added some VZ grips, a competition style tactical rear sight with tritium inserts, and I also did some internal modifications to the trigger action for a smoother and lighter trigger pull. The gun fits nicely into the Blade Tech holster that I already have for my EAA/Tanfoglio competition guns, and also fits into my custom modified universal nylon IWB holster that I use for concealed carry.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

USPSA Action Pistol Match 01/17/2015

I was really excited to shoot my first 2015 USPSA action pistol match, but quickly got frustrated when my gun (EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Match) was having some frequent failure to feed issues and I had to keep racking the slide.  This gun has been very reliable in the past, but I recently installed a new slide and barrel and had not shot it at a match yet. After dealing with this through the first two stages, I switched to my alternate Limited Division gun (EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Limited) to finish out the rest of the stages, but the damage to my potential score was already done (placed 4th out of 13 total). :-( Once I got the gun home and took it apart, I noticed that the feed ramp on the brand new .40 S&W barrel was very coarsely machined.  Maybe the Italian machinist was day-dreaming about eating pizza for lunch while working on this particular barrel?  Who knows, but I feel stupid for not noticing it before taking it to a match.  I spent a couple of hours smoothing everything out by hand with some various needle files and sand paper, and then polished it up smoother than my other two Tanfoglio pistols.  Hopefully, this will resolve the issue.

Update 01/24/2015: The gun functioned flawlessly through 100 rounds at the indoor range today, so it looks like I will have to come up with a new excuse for not winning matches. :-)

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Match

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited

Sunday, January 11, 2015

IDPA Action Pistol Match 01/11/2015

Here's my video footage from my first IDPA action pistol match of 2015 at Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club. We couldn't have asked for better weather in January for a pistol match. No procedural penalties, no hits on non-threat targets, and no misses. I may have not been the fastest shot (4th out of 16 total), but I had a great time! :-)

EAA/Tanfoglio Witness Elite Limited Pro