My first pistol purchase was the Shadow SP-01 in 9mm(only caliber it comes in) I loved the feel of this gun in my hands, the gummy grips, the location of the safety, mag release, slide lock. Everything just seemed to be positioned perfectly for my medium to large sized hands. It seemed to be part of my hand. At the time of purchase, the old 97B was just a hair too big for my hands in that I felt like I didn't completely have a firm grip on the gun so I bought the shadow.
Shortly thereafter, I found that I could not have made a better pistol purchasing choice. I now shoot IPSC and although I am anal about all of my 13 guns being clean and "battle ready" the shadow will see the range in a dirty condition, from time to time, as I shoot this gun the most and I have never found a feed issue or any other issue with this gun, no matter how dull and dirty the feed ramp appears. Hence my gripe with the 97BD.
I love the feel of the "slimmer" BD model compared to the B model previously held. The night sights are great, the slightly harder gummy grips, compared to the softer Shadow grips. The recoil feels very light for a 45, in fact, it just feels like a 9mm on steroids(heavy load 147 grain) or a regular factory loaded 40 cal. Now for the gripes......
The 97 BD would start misfeeding rounds after 30-40 rounds in that they would get hung up on the barrel and feed ramp as soon as some powder residue started to stick on the feed ramp. Now I know I can polish this up myself but my Shadow, in comparison, just loves the abuse and never does this after even 500 rounds are pushed through the barrel and the gun looks filthy.
In my opinion, CZ sold the public a problem that would have been easily remedied from the factory with a very minimal amount of range time R & D. I am dissapointed to say the least and I love CZ'S!!![/font]
Now I get to take my new pistol back to CZ, wait god knows how long for their warranty guy to dremel the ramp down and polish it. I have 5 pistols, 2 of which are CZ and this is the only pistol that I have ever seen a problem with, PERIOD. I love CZ, love the 97 BD otherwise for the problem I just noted. The rest of it is beatiful.
Why should a consumer have to send his gun off after it is registered to him, in a time of balistics. Call me paranoid but I like to know where my gun sleeps at night and this is an easily avoided situation on CZ's end. Sounds like an old problem that they never bothered to fix. Can someone correct me here or fill me in on something I do not know? Thanks