A friend of mine, a retired range instructor for the California Highway Patrol, a man who has forgotten more about firearms than most of us will ever know, a man who not only taught, but has used, firearms in the real world to save his life and the lives of others, considers the CZ 75 to be the finest handgun made. Period. End of conversation.
Because I have a lot of respect for his opinion, when I saw that Gun World Editor Robb Manning had written a book about CZ, I was intrigued.
If you are looking for an encyclopedia of everything ever made by CZ, you will be disappointed—and I would suggest you will always be disappointed, because many of CZ’s files have vanished into the confused haze of bureaucratic secrecy that is part and parcel of all the countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain. Nor did Robb Manning make an attempt (the publisher didn’t want him to) to cover certain types of firearms (shotguns, for instance) or certain subsidiaries of CZ (Dan Wesson). He also did not try to unravel the perplexities of some of the more obscure models that might or might not have been made by CZ.
So, it’s not an encyclopedia. Nevertheless, it is an exceptionally engaging and knowledgeable overview of a storied company with a storied history in a storied land. Robb is a former active-duty Marine who—like my Highway Patrol friend—knows firearms from a practical, working perspective, and he brings that wealth and scope of knowledge to this book. He also brings a good sense of the history of the guns—which, for me, is as fascinating and important as the function.
If you have any interest in CZ guns, this book is an absolute must-have. It’s also a very enjoyable and informative read.
Gun Digest Book of CZ Firearms
Author/editor: Robb Manning
Publisher: Gun Digest
Number of pages: 288
ISBN 13: 9781440246227