SHOT Show 2013: CZ’s focus on the Custom Shop

by Max Slowik ,  |  published on January 24, 2013

For more than a year now, CZ has been manufacturing guns at full capacity and has even discontinued a few popular handguns to focus on their core products.

While it makes sense that CZ would have less variety, at their booth it seemed, if anything, like they had more. They have put a new focus on their custom shop to make factory competition and duty guns that are a cut above.

Like the Accu-Shadow. This pistol is competition-ready with a host of new features not seen before on CZ’s handguns.

It has an elevation-only adjustable rear sight that is paired with a front fiber-optic sight—the rear sight can be drifted, of course. The controls are extended and extremely easy to reach. Facing the muzzle you can see how very different this gun is, internally, compared to existing CZs.

The Custom Shop has engineered a barrel bushing system, similar to a 1911 barrel bushing—or more specifically, a CZ 97 bushing—along with some hand-fitting to make this their most accurate pistol yet. The guns have been tested to shoot three-inch groups (from sandbags) at 50 yards.

But what really stands out and probably has the most to do with the gun’s accuracy is the new short-reset trigger. Only available for pistols without firing pin blocks, the trigger uses a completely different type of disconnect that draws back on the trigger when the hammer is cocked. The result is a SA trigger with no pretravel and an extremely short reset.

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