Press Releases > New CZ 97B Semi-Auto.45 Caliber Pistol Designed Especially for the US Market

February 1999

The new CZ 97B all steel, semi-automatic pistol from Ceskà Zbrojovka (CZ) was designed with the American shooter in mind.
The CZ 97B incorporates a new locked breech principle and a full-length dust guard cover in front of the trigger guard which runs all the way to the muzzle. Other characteristics include a 10-round, double-column magazine, low weight trigger pull, a comfortable grip and balance in either hand, and excellent instinctive shooting accuracy.
"CZ developed the CZ 97B particularly for the US shooter looking for the ultimate .45 caliber pistol for sport shooting or protection," said Josef Jares, Director of CZ-USA. "The CZ 97B answers the call for a comfortable, easy to shoot pistol in a substantial caliber size."
Designed to give shooters both intrinsic and synergistic accuracy at 50 meters, the CZ 97B features a heavy slide with a threaded barrel bushing that rides on full length internal rails and fires from a locked breech for intrinsic accuracy, while the short barrel recoil and ergonomic grip creates synergistic accuracy.
The CZ 97B provides several safety features, included a loaded chamber indicator, a safety notch on the hammer to prevent inadvertent discharge, a firing pin safety, and the ability to be carried either with the hammer down for a double-action first shot, or "cocked and locked" with the hammer cocked and the thumb safety engaged.

Sport shooters around the world will take particular interest in the new CZ 97B for competition use. Ted Bonnet of CZ-USA·s shooting team used a CZ to capture the Stock Semi-Auto division at the 1997 American Handgunner World Shoot Off. Classic CZ features including excellent accuracy, long service life, high reliability, and simple and fast field stripping making them excellent competition and general use pistols.
Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) has been a leader in firearms manufacturing since its creation in 1936 in Uherský Brod, Czech Republic. CZ·s use of state of the art technology combined with European craftsmanship has gained them worldwide recognition for their incredibly accurate, durable, and dependable line of pistols, centerfire rifles, rimfire rifles, over and under shotguns, and airguns. CZ-USA is pleased to provide sales and warranty support for their American customers from their new location in Kansas City, Kansas.



CZ 97B


.45 Auto (ACP)

Overall length

8.48 inches (212 mm)

Barrel length

4.93 inches (123.3 mm)


5.6 inches (140 mm)


1.4 inches (35 mm)

Magazine Capacity


Weight with empty magazine

39.7 ounces (1,133 g)