I wasn't thinking about CZ-75s then, but when I saw this beauty sitting in the case, something again screamed "buy now, or regret in silence". This was the first, and apparently only, CZ75-B in polished stainless steel, next to my father's cold-war CZ75.
Still impeccable fit and finish, but the high-gloss polish makes it tricksy to hold on to, even with the rubber grips that come with it. It also makes it hard to rack the slide, although break-in and tuning will lessen the effort. Or I might go with a slightly weaker recoil spring. This is definitely a show horse, not a war horse.
I put on some Hogue wood grips for it, and it feels more secure. The rubber ones went to the old-timer, which was suffering from severe grip deficiency compared to the old soviet-bloc-style molded Bakelite.
Finally, I just decided the Hogue checkered aluminum grips in semi-gloss black would work best. They look like ebony, a good color choice with all this bling.
I'll try both out this week for a comparison test, if I can squeeze into the EBR store, and they have an open spot on the range. Places like that saw new records before and after the election have just had the afterburners kick in. I even noticed a woman take a brand new AR15, and put it in the trunk of her car, which had a single, discreet "Obama" sticker on it.
I'm seeing more and more items, even little stuff, marked as "not available" online, not "out of stock, taking backorders". One company that makes 75-round drums for AK74s have marked their magazine "not available after December 31, 2012".
After seeing other recent orders, determinations, and "if they won't do their job, I'll do it for them", I think the promised "under the radar" campaign is well underway. Maybe we will be told of its successful completion in his inaugural address.
When the true believers are hoarding and stockpiling the exact same evil items they want to grab from us, I'd say there was a pretty solid correlation of what is still officially called "right wing paranoia". And if anybody is intending to get a CZ75/85, the .22 Kadet conversion kits are vanishing fast. You might want to grab one while waiting for the main item to show up. They can only go up in price, and will (probably) not be controlled like a complete firearm.
One other thing, that new Pistol is absolutely gorgeous. May I ask what it cost?
My S&W Model 29 would have a perfect right to be just a little Jealous.