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CZ 85 B Mystery Solved

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by RVTECH, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I went to look at the CZ 85 B again. The slide serial # and the frame # match. The hole in the frame goes through completely for the safety but the finger lever is only on one side. So am I correct in thinking ambidextrous safety means you would physically have to remove the safety and reinstall it on the other side? Unless I am missing something I see no other way.
     
  2. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    No, the CZ safety is not "reversible". It is either strong side,
    (right-handed shooter) with the safety lever on the left-hand
    side of the gun, or an ambi version that has levers on
    "both" sides of the gun for (right and/or left handed shooters).
    The CZ forum mentioned earlier, is a great source of info,
    but the site traffic is a good bit slower than some of the
    other gun forums and might take awhile for someone to
    reply to your post.
    Some pics of the gun would be very helpful too.
     
  3. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    Sounds like someone didn't like the ambi and switched it out for a single sided one.
     
  4. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    So how is the ambi safety installed if it is one piece? How do you get it through the frame?
     
  5. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    It's 2 pieces.
     
  6. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Some more reference material.

    Not a CZ85, but shows one of the two ambi versions available.
    CZ-75 Trigger job lots of pics in CZ related Frequently Asked Questions, Gunsmithing/Maintenance Forum

    This shows the different types of ambi safeties for the various CZ's
    CZ Factory Safeties

    Not a CZ85, but close enough as far as the ambi-safety is concerned.
    YouTube - Norinco NZ-85b Frame detail strip Part 1 (Disassembly)

    Here is a CZ75 complete disassembly (single-sided safety)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEpBAoxpRxI
     
  7. TMann

    TMann Washington State Member

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    The 85Bs and the stainless 75Bs have an two-sided (ambidextrous) safety. The standard 75Bs have a single-sided (left-side) safety. Someone must have replaced the ambidextrous safety with a single-sided safety.

    TMann

    EDIT: Do you have any pics of the right side of the gun? Is there some sort of bushing to fill the right-sided safety hole?
     
  8. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Well the mystery is FINALLY put to rest. I called CZ today and they pulled the build record on my gun. It was recorded as built in 2003 as a 75 BD. It was mis-marked as an 85B. They were somewhat surprised to hear of this.
     
  9. spookshack

    spookshack Forest Grove, OR Life Member Lifetime Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Well I'm glad to hear you were able to get CZ to shed some light on this. At least you can now put the issue to rest for good! :D
     
  10. Bunny

    Bunny Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Pretty cool. Glad to hear you figured it out. :thumbup:

    Btw, I second the CZ Forum. Lot of really nice people with a lot of knowledge. I refer to them for everything CZ.
     
  11. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - I checked out the CZ forum. Looks like a good place for everything CZ as you said.