Here are the answers to the most common questions we get asked — some are surprisingly specific so be sure to take a look!


Q: “I want to buy your firearms, but can’t find them in stock at stores around me. What do I do?”

A: All of our products have been extremely popular in recent years, especially our pistols and rimfires. While we’re bringing in record numbers of firearms, the demand is seemingly endless. We’re getting shipments from the factory weekly and fill the oldest orders in our system first. Firearms will be showing up in distribution, it’s just a matter of finding one that’s not destined to fill another customer’s backorder.

Expanding your search outside of your local area is a good idea, as most dealers are willing to make the sale and then ship the firearm to your local FFL for the transfer to you: 

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Q: “Can CZ rifles chambered in .223 fire 5.56 ammunition safely?”

A: All of our .223s will happily eat 5.56. Since our factory is in Europe, we build everything to CIP spec, which doesn’t differentiate between the two cartridges and just has the higher pressure as its standard. So the CZ .223s will shoot everything from the cheapest Russian steel to match .223 brass ammo.


Q: “What ammo will my 7.62×39 527 Carbine prefer?”

A: Because their chambers are built to CIP spec, our 7.62×39 rifles tend to prefer steel-cased ammo. Some brass-cased US-manufactured ammo might not be as reliable because of slightly different dimensions in brass. One of our favorite ammos to shoot is steel-cased Hornady with their SST bullet.


Q: “I can’t find a holster for my CZ pistol. Do you know where I could get one?”

A:Yes! Click here to download the CZ-USA Holster Database. Use the filters to sort by model, caliber, manufacturer, color, etc.


Q: “Can my CZ pistol shoot +P ammo? +P+?”

A: Just like in any pistol, +P ammunition will accelerate wear on moving parts. It’s ok to use, we just recommend using it sparingly.

The only ammos we don’t warranty are +P+ (since they have no spec to be held to) and handloads (since human error can be a factor).


Q: “My buddy’s gun says PCR (or P-01) on the slide, but mine says 75 Compact D. What gives?”

A: The factory has multiple designations for the same model, depending on where it’s intended to be sold in the world. High demand here in the US means we’ll take any overruns from other markets we can get our hands on. They might have different markings on them, but they’re the same gun.


Q: “My trigger/mag base/barrel finish/etc. doesn’t look like your pictures. Why the change?”

A: Our factory is constantly making changes and improvements to the product, some visible, some not. Each year we make an effort to update the pictures of any products that may have experienced a visual change, but we don’t always catch them all. The factory reserves the right to change any product at any time. If it differs substantially from our yearly catalog, we usually make a separate part number for it to differentiate it. If the difference is small, such as a change in the trigger face or a mag base, it may not warrant a new part number and the pictures in our catalog and/or website might not reflect the change. 

Bottom line is that the specifications are what are most important. So long as the gun still conforms to the specifications for the particular model, it still falls under that model number. If you find a picture that needs updating, email us at info@cz-usa.com


Q: “I ordered an over/under shotgun and it has a blonde stock. Why the different color wood than the picture on the website?”

A: The factory stains all stocks based on what they feel will emphasize the strengths in the grain. That means some stocks will be blonder than others, while some can be chocolate brown or even reddish in hue. It all just depends on the wood blanks used for that run of stocks.


Q: “Should my rifle have come with rings?”

A: While we once supplied certain rifles with rings, as of 2019 we do not include rings with any of our rifles.

Rings can be found in our webstore or from many manufacturers listed in our Scope Ring Reference Chart


Q: “You display many rifles with optics and accessories, are they included?”

A: Many times we photograph rifles with scopes installed for aesthetic purposes, but optics and accessories pictured are not necessarily included. Included accessories will be specifically enumerated in the product description.


Q: “Will the 453 trigger work in a model 452/455?”

A: No, the inletting/milling of the 452 and 455 receivers will not allow the installation of the 453 set trigger. 


Q: “What rings do I need for my rimfire rifle?”

A: All 455s have 11mm dovetails. Beyond that, the dovetails might be 11mm or 3/8″ depending on whether the platform was developed for the US market or the European market. The foolproof way to tell is to take a measurement. 3/8″ dovetails will measure 0.5″/12.7mm at the top/widest part of the dovetail. 11mm dovetails will measure 0.433″/11mm at the top/widest part.


Q: “I’ve heard you use tight bores in your .22s, is that right? What does that mean?”

A: Our 22 LRs use our cold hammer forged and lapped barrels, and are built a bit tighter than many other guns. In 22 LR we run a .211 bore, which is one of the reasons our .22s are known for incredible accuracy. This also means that a .17 or .20 rod and jag are required for cleaning, since a .22 rod will be too large.

Additionally, use of .22 Short, Long and ‘Sub-Sonic’ ammunition isn’t recommended because of the tight bore. This is not to exclude quality match or target ammos, which may remain sub-sonic in speed.


Q: “Can I shoot CCI Stingers or long-for-chambering Sub-Sonic ammo in my CZ?”

A: Our 22 LR rifles are built to tight tolerances for increased accuracy, and our chamber is what other manufacturers might refer to as a ‘Match’ chamber. The tight tolerances mean overly long cartridges may not fit, so Stingers and some large sub-sonic loads will be too long to allow the bolt to close with ease.


Q: “What choke tubes work with my CZ shotgun?”

A: CZ-USA carries their own choke tubes including standard and extended, silver and black. Trulock and Carlson’s also make tubes for our guns.


Q: “Does CZ offer a skeet choke?”

A: A set of two skeet chokes are included in our Kicks Stainless Steel choke tube set designed by pro shooter Tom Mack. 

Skeet chokes can also be bought from TruLock or Carlson’s.


Q: “I cannot find an item on the online store that I saw before, is that product discontinued?”

A: If an item no longer appears on our website, that generally means that quantities are low, or the item is backordered. When the item is in stock, it will reappear on the website.


Q: “What year was my firearm made?”

A: Each CZ firearm has the year of manufacture stamped on the firearm itself. For many years, pistol marks were located in a small oval behind the extractor/ejection port. Recent production has moved that to just in front of the serial number on the slide. It will be a 2 digit code indicating the year it was manufactured.

Rifles generally have the manufacture date stamp on the right side of the action, slightly behind where the barrel threads into the receiver. The rifle mark has a proof stamp along with the 2 digit code.


Q: “Will a CZ 75 magazine work in a CZ 85?”

A: Yes, the CZ 75 and 85 are basically the same pistol, the CZ 85 just has ambidextrous controls


Q: “I bought a CZ 75 B but my friend has a CZ 75. What does the B stand for?”

A: The B stands for “firing pin block safety”. The block guards against accidental discharge by “blocking” the firing pin at all times unless the trigger is pulled.


Q: “Why won’t the magazine fall free from my CZ 75?”

A: Older CZ 75s and 85s have a curved magazine brake flat spring installed so that the mags have to be physically removed from the magwell. In recent years, a flat magazine brake spring has replaced this, meaning magazines on current production pistols fall free. The old style brake can be replaced with a flat brake to allow magazines to drop free.


Q: “Are there any night sights (tritium) available for CZ pistols?”

A: Yes, we currently have fixed night sights for the CZ 75/85 family, CZ 83 and the CZ 97 B.


Q: “I bought a CZ rifle and want to mount a scope, but there are no holes for attaching bases. What can I do?”

A: CZ rifles feature a “dovetailed square bridge” design, this means the receiver has a large dovetail on both the front and rear bridge. To mount a scope you simply mount the ring right to the rifle, one of the most stable systems around. Rings are available from CZ-USA, Warne, Leupold, Alaska Arms and more.


Q: “What is the finish called “Black polycoat?”

A: Black polycoat is an electrostaticly-applied powder coating that is then oven cured to a hard shell. The coating is applied over a phosphate finish which is very corrosion resistant in itself, the parts are then racked, given a negative charge and sprayed. This charged attraction literally draws the coating to the parts, reducing overspray. The parts are cured in an oven, producing a tough finish that meets Mil. Spec.


Q: “The bushing on my CZ97 doesn’t seem to be tight when the notch is in the 6 O’clock position, is it timed correctly?”

A: Yes, the assembly notch should be able to “time” to about the 7 O’clock position when turned in hand tight, then back it off to line the notch up with the spring plug and assemble per the owners manual.


Q: “Why are CZ rifles so accurate?”

A: CZ rifles produced at our factory in the Czech Republic feature cold hammer forged barrels. Massive rotary hammers reshape the steel around a hardened mandrel that runs down the inside of the barrel, leaving its reverse image imprinted in the bore — the lands and grooves of rifling.

Hydraulically lapped at the factory, our barrels need no ‘break-in.’ Any burrs or irregularities that might catch the bullet jacket and create copper fouling have already been polished away by the time the barrel is fit to the rifle. 

The resulting barrels have built a reputation for accuracy, from the 455 rimfire platform to the Ultimate Hunting Rifle.


Q: “What are the correct torque specs for the 455 action screws?”

A: The correct 455 torque specs for wooden stocks is 25 in/lbs.



If you have a question you think belongs here, shoot us an email at info@cz-usa.com.

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