Apex Gunsmithing
5Oct/18

Disassembly Guide: CZ-75 Pre-B

This guide has been a long time coming, but rather than lament all the delays let's get to it!

The venerable CZ-75 has been a staple of combat pistols on the international and US markets for decades.  A great many will call it one of, if not the finest semi-automatic pistol ever built and while we could spend all day arguing over that it's certainly earned a place alongside the greats.  The proud history of Czech small arms design is long and storied, full of innovation and thumbing noses at the Soviet leadership during the reign of the USSR.  It turns out the Czechs are strong, independent arms designers who don't need no Russians telling them how to make excellent guns.  Who needs a Tokarev when you have roller locked breech CZ-52s that handle the hottest submachinegun loads?  Maybe a hint toward the next guide...?

In the Cold War boom years designers across the globe raced to develop their own takes on modern combat pistols.  The success of the Browning Hi Power rippled far and wide, and at the dawn of the 70's the first inklings of what would become one of the most vaunted of combat pistols started to form.

Glorious Czechnology!

Glorious Czechnology!

18Jan/14

Hands On: Canik55 Stingray-C

For several years now, one of the best kept secrets in the gun world was the quality of firearms being imported from Turkey.  The Turks have a long, colorful history of small arms manufacture and the Canik plant is among the most modern firearms manufacturing locations in the world.  Until recently many of their guns have slipped quietly under the radar, shoved into the depths of surplus catalogs and hawked by importers like Century who, let's face it, don't have the best reputation in the gun world.  Despite all of that, the Turkish produced CZ clones have finally caught on and are gaining real traction in the gun world.