CZ 82/83 Pistol


Style Compact Pistol
Frame Glossy Blue, Satin Nickel
Grips plastic
Caliber .32 ACP / .380 ACP / 9x18 Makarov
Capacity 12 rounds
28.15 oz (798 g)
Length 6.77 inches (17.2 cm)
Barrel 3.82 inches (9.7 cm)
1:247 mm twist
Trigger Blowback, double action
Safety Ambidextrous Manual Safety, Single Sided Slide Stop
Sights fixed front blade; rear drift-adjustable for windage
Manufactured Czechoslovakia by Česká zbrojovka
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CZ 82/83 Reviews

22 Reviews


Keith R. from New Orleans, LA on Fri, 8 Jul 2016

Bought a new CZ 83, $349 from J&G. I thought this is a good price for a good little gun to stash in the truck or conceal carry. If I drop it or it gets gunky no big deal. When I get it I am impressed with the packing and storage box, however I wasnt sure about the weight. I took it to the range with my Beretta 90-two. For a $350 gun it's not bad looking even next to my itallian stallion. I started off by shooting a full mag out of the 90-2 at about 20 feet, the Beretta shoots a nice tight group. The first few shots out of the CZ-83 were right in the middle of my Beretta's group. First thing, the CZ feels real good, light recoil, great balance. So l think lets try my defensive shooting, one yard distance CZ-83 at my side, weak hand grabbing my shirt, I point at a small round sticker at the center of a profile target and roll off two shots, I shot the sticker right off the target. I'm liking this gun, it's heavy though. I take two steps back and hold the CZ at my chest, two hands defensive point stance, pop two shots and both land within the 8 circle. so now I think, this guns not that heavy. I take two steps back and line up the sights, pop two shots quick, both in the 9 circle. Out of the box I'm making center of mass hit's like I was shooting this gun all summer. This guns not heavy it's solid. I like any gun that makes me look good, lord knows I need the help. Nope, no gunking or droping this baby, this is now my couch carry. What a surprise, I didnt spend or expect much, but the CZ-83 turned out to be a very nice deal. I have since shot 200 rounds total and remain a satisfied customer. I am going to add Marshal grips and keep this baby close at hand.

Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Mon, 30 Nov 2015

I just took advantage of J&G Sales offerings of the CZ83 surplus pistols. I already own two of the CZ82's and just love them... I bought two of the CZ83's asked for hand selection and for the cost of one new CZ83, I got two! When I received them yesterday, I opened the box and they looked horrible! I was thinking "...what a mistake I made..." I took them apart to remove all the preservation oil and the little bit of cosmolene from the insides of the pistols. I did a really thorough cleaning, and as I did so, I began to smile - A LOT!! The pistols are absolutely beautiful! the top of the slide is done in a dark grey phosphate finish, similar to the S&W M&P line and the Glock lines, the sides and the rest of the pistol is deep polished blue. The barrel is conventional rifling and is like new. There is absolutely NO Holster wear, but a few minor scratches from storage and shipping. I took this to a gunsmith friend of mine and he looked them over and wanted to buy them immediately. He said these are Excellent ++ to LNIB condition. I told him he could buy his own from J&G, they had plenty more, but don't wait, the good ones will be gone soon!! I took them out to my shooting range and set the targets to 25 yards and from a sand-bag rest shot 50-rounds through each one, using BVAC .380 95-gr. FMJ range ammo. The one that was made in 1990 averaged a 10-shot group of just over 4.5" (the first 20 rnds were discounted as being a breakin/fouling run. The pistol made in 1991 was just a little tighter at 4.25". I then went to checking the SA trigger and it broke at 5.1 lb.s for the 1990, and 4.8 lb.s for the 1991 pistol. They did feel lighter when being shot, probably the Action Lube smoothing it out... I next did some combat style shooting and the pistols were truly shooting to point of aim at 25 yards. I had used Brownells "Action Lube Plus" on the slide and frame rails and on the trigger group. You don't use a lot of it, just a very thin coating. Doing so, I did not feel any 'grit' or burrs in the trigger, just a smooth DA/SA operation. The slide also was very smooth. Very happy with the purchase and these are a permanent part of my pistol collection. Thanks J&G Sales for truly great pistols! ~John PhantomII

Fred E. from Lake Placid, FL on Mon, 6 Apr 2015

Kenbo776: $600? OUCH!!! Bought my CZ83 in April 2009 new here in NC for $393.98, taxes included. It's one sweet, accurate, reliable shooter, and my favorite as far as grip. Have never had a malfunction--yet.

Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Mon, 9 Feb 2015

I have purchased two of these fine CZ82 pistols. They are very accurate, easy on the hand, well balanced and a decent magazine capacity. Knowing that the CZ83 is the same pistol, just a different barrel (.380ACP vs 9x18mm), I had a gunsmith friend of mine order a CZ83 replacement barrel and install it in my second CZ82. Works like a charm! Not as accurate as the 9x18Mak, and the ammo is more expensive, but have had fun in doing the "change"...

Brendan V. from Chicago, IL on Sun, 8 Feb 2015

accurate with minimal recoil but the trigger pull is heavy. I prefer shooting the Bursa thunder much more

Gordon N. from Cincinnati, OH on Sat, 26 Apr 2014

I bought the CZ 82, used at a gun show last month for $220. Supposed to be a military or police trade in gun. It is in very good condition with two magazines. Shoots the 9mm X18 Makarov round, which is the cheapest ammo I can find, although the hollow point ammo is on back order. No mechanical problems. This thing is really accurate and has very good sights. It has become a frequent concealed carry gun. It is a little heavy, because it is made out of steel, but it is not really a problem. Feels very good in my hand. I would recommend this gun to anybody. My wife likes it too, and she has champagne tastes.

Fred E. from Lake Placid, FL on Thu, 7 Nov 2013

Bought the -83 new, and have run about 400 rounds through it. Not a single hiccup. Grip feel is delightful and solid, and aiming is intuitive. Still, the standard sights are excellent, and the accuracy is first rate. Price was also right. Great value.I own .22, .32, .380, 9mm, .45ACP, and .45 Colt. Favorites are the Browning Hi-Power....and this CZ83. Price was also right. Great value.

Tony E. from Plainfield, IN on Wed, 16 Oct 2013

I got the surplus in 9mm Mak in it's a real solid shooter. NO jams, misfires and has decent accuracy for a surplus gun. I absolutely think these are a bargain, especially if you can pick one up as a surplus (J & G is a good place to start). These things were ahead of their time as far as modern features and still hold their own with some of the newer designs. CZ in general makes fantastic, solid and reliable firearms and this is no exception. Get one and you will not likely be disappointed.

Robert E. from Cape Coral, FL on Fri, 26 Apr 2013

Ok, crow was on the menu at my house tonight. On Saturday I was hot at the range. Today was a bit of another story. I had multiple rounds of 7,8 and 9 in the 5 inch circle. The other rounds were close but still outside the circle. So I'm not Doc Holiday at this point - but my .380 is still pretty cool and I'm getting better.

Robert E. from Cape Coral, FL on Thu, 25 Apr 2013

Another 50 rounds through my new CZ83. Tomorrow another 100. But today - no problems at all, just smooth and sharp. It shoots right where I point it. Yeah I know, sounds stupid, but this pistol is awesome. Take my time and do the right things and I eat up the center 5 inches of a target. For my purposes of home defense that's golden. I can't do that with my 1911, and it's me and not the pistol. This is the pistol on my nightstand - it doesn't pack the punch of a 45ACP but 10 rounds in a 5 inch circle at 20 feet are more than enough.

Victor R. from Whitewater, WI on Mon, 22 Apr 2013

I own a Chec military CZ-82 and love it. Consider getting one in the 9x18-Makarov caliber. The Makarov round is between a .380 & .9mm. The round is "hotter" than the .380 providing a bit more vel to allow for better bullet expansion. The CZ 82 is the same firearms as a new CZ-83 but cheaper and available in different calibers. (www.

Wilbur R. from Davis, OK on Sun, 21 Apr 2013

I put my Glock 19 into the safe, and have been carrying my CZ83 CCW for the last 10mo -- it's light, accurate, and it doesn't feel like a brick in my hand. The Glock is a fine piece, but for a c/carry weapon, the CZ83 9mm Mak is an upgrade, IMO. I put 100-150 rounds per month through it at the range, and it continues to amaze me at its quality. When I'm at the range, I've occasionally let the next guy over run through a magazine. They always want to know how to get one. I bought another one for when the first starts to show heavy wear, and am thinking about buying another, just to have it in the safe. Gosh. do I sound like I like this piece? My '1911' buddies scoff, but only the ones who haven't shot it.... go figure....

Robert E. from Cape Coral, FL on Fri, 19 Apr 2013

I bought this pistol Friday and had a chance to take it to the range Saturday. If you guys are this right all the time you should pick football games and stocks. Solid, accurate, smooth - these words are just the beginning. I put 150 rounds through the CZ 83 and had zero hiccups. By way of clarification, I'm a real newbie to shooting. Hunted when I was a kid but didn't shoot pistols at all until recently. My local range has some great people there and they are quite helpful. I recently bought an S&W Chiefs Special based upon reviews here. It's great but I'm not. :) I think spending time on the range with this .380 will help me a lot. This website is very helpful to someone like me and I look forward to pestering ya'll with questions as time goes by. Thanks again for the great advice I have gotten here.

Willie F. from Seattle, WA on Fri, 5 Apr 2013

I have owned and recently sold a cz 83 .380. It was a tack driver, may be the most accurate .380 outside a sig 232. It had a nice trigger and little recoil. Fine pistol, easy to maintain and very well made. I orignally got it for my wife who decided she was more comfortable carrying a snubbbie. I am not a fan of .380's but this would make someone a nice choice for ccw.

Wesley I. from Jefferson City, TN on Mon, 8 Oct 2012

I bought the CZ 83 from a gun show in Hampton VA on 03/29/08. Shot 100 rounds of cheap ammo from the gunshow through it with no problems at all. No recoil notice, (well I did shoot my M40-A1 first). Will take it out in a couple of days to shot some more. I love this weapon.

Juan P. from California, MO on Sat, 16 Jun 2012

I bought my CZ 83 in 9mm Makarov two weeks ago, finally shot it two days ago and all i can say is.......WOW.. Great gun, accurate and no jams. I love the way she feels in the hand and handles at the range! Im glad i went with CZ.... Jeff

Warren D. from Bristow, VA on Mon, 2 Jan 2012

I almost bought this gun for conceal carry, but decided on the Taurus CIA 650 instead. I am certain this gun is accurate, because it is a CZ. It also has one of the sweetest double action pulls I have ever felt on an auto.

Matthew T. from Hertford, NC on Sat, 29 Oct 2011

I just got a MilSerp CZ-82, and it is a great gun. It is accurate, reliable, well made, and easy to clean. Only draw back is that it is picky with ammo (doesn’t like WOLF brand ammo).

Gregory M. from Collinsville, VA on Mon, 15 Aug 2011

I recently purchased my 83 .380 after some lengthy research on line. I am pleased with the fit and finish. The pistol is robust easy to take down and fits nicely in the hand. At the range I was pleased with the performance. Inside 30 meters, accuracy is very good. This pistol is my first CZ and I found it to be an amazing value in a firearm.

Victor R. from Whitewater, WI on Fri, 27 May 2011

I have owned a CZ 83 for several months and it is a super weapon. A solid steel frame that will digest high pressure hollow points without a problem along with holding 12 rounds. The frame is a bit larger and long so I do not get bitten by the slide. The only issue one might have is weight. With a steel frame and slide holding 12 +1 rounds a CZ83 is a bit heavy weighing in close to what a larger high polymer framed capacity 9mm or compact .40 S&W weighs in at. A point to consider if you are considering a CZ83 for your CCW.

CZ 82/83 Questions & Comments



Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Sat, 9 Jul 2016

Marvic; I have bought six of these pistols: 2ea CZ82's (9x18mm) Makarov versions 4ea CZ83's (.380ACP) 5 of them have Marschal Grips, and they are great! 1 has a set of grips from an outfit in Clearwater FL that are also fantastic, but a little more expensive than the Marschal Grips. The two CZ82's are MINE! As is 1 of the CZ83's, the others are in my name, but used by my family members as their personal carry guns. All of the guns were bought as Used-Military/Police Surplus. The two CZ82's were in Very Good ++ condition and were stripped of the Black Paint used and then Duracoat SL refinished. they look new now. The CZ83's were in Excellent to LNIB condition and all of them bought from J&G Sales. These are the best little pistols that can be bought today! They will outlast any Polymer Frame pistol and take a beating and keep on shooting. You made a great choice and I am glad that you are really satisfied with your new acquisition. It will serve you well. If you want a document to show you how to completely dismantle the pistol, PM me with your email address and I'll send it to you, no charge! Oh! If you want a pistol to throw into the tool box, center console of your car or whatever and know that it will work for you? Check out the Ugliest Pistol ever made; the Hi-Point line of pistols. You can do anything to them, and they will continue to do the job. Butt ugly, but utterly reliable! I keep one in the trunk of my car and under the seat of my truck!

Frank L. from Charleston, SC on Tue, 23 Jun 2015

Love this gun. Bought it used from a dealer here in TX. It was a used military pistol with hardly any wear at all internally. Not much on the exterior either for that matter. Paid $198 plus tax and shipping for a total of $232. Not too bad for one tremendously reliable and accurate sidarm. I carry it almost daily. The controls are just like my Kimbers controls. Th 9mm Makarov round has plenty of knock down power, if you can hit the target, and with the large capacity magazines, you have plenty of rounds to hit the target with. I love this pistol. Over 3000 rounds and no problems at all. The polygonal rifling is a plus as well.

Jimmy H. from Columbia, NJ on Sun, 5 Apr 2015

just bought a new CZ83 in .380 ...I am in love!!!! i have taken this gun out to the range three times in the first month and I just love the way it feels in the hand. Not to mention how well it shoots! Almost 300 rounds and no FTF or anything! And the accuracy is amazing...I think it has a shorter trigger pull in single action than any of my CZ75s. The weight seems to help keep it on target ...since it is a lot heavier than most other .380 on the market. The only problem for me was the price...and most of you guys would be horified to hear that it was almost $600 after all fees and taxes here in California.

Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Sun, 8 Feb 2015

Bmeek11, Had the same concerns on the trigger of my CZ82 (Presume the CZ83 share the same attributes), installed a Wolf Spring set and the trigger is much better now. Still has a little 'travel' but a nice crisp break of the trigger.

Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Tue, 13 Jan 2015

Just picked up a new holster for my CZ82 (also one for my Taurus PT140 Millennium Pro) from Kholster in St. Louis, MO. EXCELLENT! It is patterned after the Crossbreed IWB Tuckable (which was a rework copy of the "Workman"), only less expensive. I was reluctant to try the Crossbreed because of the cost, and if it did not work, into the holster box it would go. With the Kholster, you get a 90-day "No Strings Guarantee", don't like it, return it within the 90-day period and your money is refunded. It also has a Lifetime Warranty on workmanship/materials. I bought one for my CZ, liked it so much I bought another for my Taurus! The two came to a cost of one from Crossbreed! Check it out at < >

James C. from West Columbia, SC on Tue, 13 Jan 2015

HI I just started on this site this AM. I am not new with guns, just working with computers. I see J&G on a couple of forums, and would like to know how to subscribe to it. I am looking to pickup the CZ82 used and would like some feed back. also looking at moseburg 500 purs. Can't make up my mind on which way to go. Thanks for any help.

Micheal S. from Anderson, CA on Mon, 8 Dec 2014

I am a newly registered user of this forum and looking through the postings... It seems to be a top-notch forum with helpful members. I am a newbie here, but not in life (60 years young). Hey Penduralife, I bought two CZ82's over the last 2 years through J&G Sales in Arizona (by mail) and love them. Knowing that they were surplus military/police weapons, and their age, I expected them to show wear and have a few scratches. What I did next was to send one off to a guy in San Antonio to have it bead blasted and thoroughly cleaned. He then put on a Flat Black Duracoat finish on it and it absolutely looks like a brand new pistol. I just sent my second one of to have it refinished. If you are going to keep your CZ, then I highly recommend having this done.

Michael V. from Valdosta, GA on Sat, 1 Nov 2014

Thanks for the info. Went to Franklins, to pick the best used cz82 out of the three that they had left. Took it all apart and looked at the area where the shell loads and two were great and one had a nick in the ramp, then came time to see which had the better trigger feel. After a good hour and half, well might have been two...I had to overlook the scratches on the outside verses which l looked better on the inside and which had the better trigger pull for my liking( a woman thing...we like Now to head to the gun range and try it out.

Enrique W. from Indian Head, MD on Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Purchased mine used at a gunshow for $200. Was in EXCELLENT shape. Shot VERY WELL. Nice tight groups with garbage monarch ammo. They did open up as you went out farther though. About 500 rounds through it and only to FTF's. But that was due to lack of oil and a caught glove in the action. One of the better deals out there for a pistol. My next will be a Russian makarov.

Michael V. from Valdosta, GA on Sat, 18 Oct 2014

Hi Everyone, I am new here, and would need some help in deciding which would be best for a first time subcompact cz82 or the Bersa .380 ... they are in same price range, except that the Bersa is new and the cz82 isn't. From what I have read both are great shooters. I have shot rifles for a many years and still do. thanks for any insight on which way to go.

Courtney I. from Molalla, OR on Sat, 1 Jun 2013

the other day I came across a colt .45 defender ( it will cost around $1000.00). I asked the dealer for me to hold and look at it. My God, it felt damn good, but... I can't get my mind off this (cz83 blue - satin nickel is what i want but not legal in CA). I am thinking ccw. I cannot decide. The Colt 1911 .45 Defender or the CZ 83 .380?

Robert E. from Cape Coral, FL on Sun, 21 Apr 2013

Ok, now I'm getting worried - I've been thinking of getting a second CZ83 as a "spare" for the house if I carry the first one. I'm getting the feeling that guns can become like potato chips - you can't have just one. Or 10. I think for me it's the right size and weight, and the fact I shoot it better than my 1911 or the S&W 45. At this point I have two of my friends looking at it and wanting to shoot it, and they don't shoot at all. Go figure.

Wilbur R. from Davis, OK on Sun, 20 May 2012

Just got my CZ-82, and a sweet litle piece it is. The only thing I do not like about it is the magazine, which is a pain in the butt to load. The mag loading accessory that came with my Glock 19 helps, but it's a sloppy fit. Anyone know of somebody making a mag loading aid to fit the CZ-82 mag?

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