EAA Witness Elite Match

OK, that is one long name, and it implies the pistol is going to be a sweet shooter. Well I can tell you the Witness Elite Match delivers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEAA’s line of Elite pistols has been out for several years and I will go over the evolution of the product to it’s current day configuration.

Above is a 45ACP Witness Elite Match as they came out originally. The pistols sported a two tone finish with wide cocking serrations on the front and rear of the slide, rubber grip panels and a SAO trigger system. The rear sight is what the folks at EAA refer to as a Super Sight. It is very similar to the Bomar rear sight. The frame has a long sweeping beaver tail and takes a 10 round magazine that is compatible with most if not all of the 45 ACP CZ clones

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Elite Match has been availble in 9MM Parabellum, 40 Smith and Wesson, 38 Super, 10MM Auto and 45ACP.

The firearms are very reasonable priced based on their features and performance.

The first change that EAA made was to change the rear sight. While still adjustable, I just think the lines of the original Super Sight look better.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next change that EAA implemented was a switch over to the frame with the equipment rail. You will also note that the rear sight is now a fixed sight and the grips are maed from a polymer. This next image is provided courtesy of the EAA website

witness-elite-match_fWhile the first style is my favorite, that is somewhat of a cosmetic thing. All three turned in similar accuracy results and there were no reliability problems in the bunch


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CZ 97 family of autoloaders

There are so many 45 caliber pistols and rifles to talk about in the market place. I have had the opportunity to use a CZ Model 97 BD. The CZ 97 was originally introduced in 1997. This pistol sports the same lines that we have come to know in the CZ 75 series of pistols.

The CZ 97 BD variant give us a manual decocking lever for the Traditional DA/SA action that lowers the hammer to a half cock position

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love to look of the full dust cover, especially ones that do not have equipment rails on them. The extra weight out front makes the 45ACP feel even tamer than is normally attributed to the CZ design

For the range, forward cocking serrations are very nice. This pistol has fixed Tritium sights that sit relatively high in the rear. I would have preferred a lower profile adjustable sight. However this is intended as a duty/carry gun and not a target pistol. Since it is a duty/defensive firearm the CZ 97 BD is finished in a durable black polycoat.

So far the big bore auto loader has been accurate and reliable with every brand of factory hardball or hollow point that I have fed it. I think I line the Hornady 230 XTP +P the best



I love the look of wood grips but these rubber panels are more practical on a duty firearm. They provide a non-slip grip even under adverse conditions. Currently the CZ 97 BD is shipping with aluminium grips

I know that beaver tails are controversial these days. I like them, however this one is longer than is necessary for a duty/defensive pistol.

The magazine capacity is 10 +1 in the chamber. The 10 round magazine allows for a nice slim grip that is agreeable even to shooters with smaller hands.



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HK Flashback. 50th Anniversary USP compact

I think it was back in 2000 when Heckler and Koch celebrated their 50th anniversary.

For the occasion HK produced a special variation of the USPc chambered in 45ACP. The slide was finished in a very high polish blue. There was  “50th Anniversary/One of 1000″ on the top of the slide while on the left side of the slide there is a gold and silver inlaid “HK” logo.

hk 50th big

The pistol shipped in a fitted Oak presentation case that held an extra magazine and commemorative coin. As you can see the magazine in the pistol has the finger rest base pad while the spare magazine is wearing the flush fit base plate

Here is the reverse side of the supplied coin

hk coin factory

1000 of these Heckler and Koch USPc Comemerative pistols were manufactured for World Wide distribution. I have no idea how many were sent to the United States, but I doubt it was the entire production

While this Commemerative is a fully functional USP compact, the example in the photographs remains unfired since leaving the factory. I am sure that this USP compact will perform just as well as it’s non-commemorative brethren



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Solid Copper Hollow Points

I recently acquired a small quantity of 160 grain Hollow Points made from solid copper.

These are from a major manufacturer that is not yet offering them as components. Technically they were blems, in this case due to significant discoloration.

As you can see after some time in a RCBS vibratory case cleaner they now look presentable


Actually, these are very pretty in person

I will be working up loads for these projectiles in both 45 ACP +P and 45 SUPER ranges over the next several months. Once complete, I will follow up with some opinions as well as real world velocities obtained from various firearms.

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HK USP45CT and the Osprey 45 Supressor

I have recently gotten my hands on one of the HK USP 45 Compact Tactical pistols. These are small 8+1 round 45 ACP auto loaders that are setup from the factory with a threaded barrel for suppressor use.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile these are not tiny pistols, they are significantly smaller than the full size USP 45 platforms. The firearm is pictured above with the compact base plate on the magazine, a thread protector installed and the standard HK compact (bobbed) hammer. Below the pistol has one of the finger rest floor plates installed.


I prefer the finger rest version as it just feels better in my hand.

This particular firearm, and the HK45c that shares it’s magazine design, has a 10 shot extended magazine available. It has licked up the name Elephant Foot. I will add a picture at a later date.

This is another accurate offering from the good folks at HK. This example is a DA/SA but like the entire USP family the action can be converted to one of more than half a dozen variations by an HK armorer in about 30 minutes just by changing a detent plate and control lever


I admit it looks a bit disproportionate with the compact USP and a full size suppressor, however this is a very quiet and hearing safe combination.

I really like the offset manner in which the Osprey suppressors work. The sights are not blocked and the overall appearance is rather sleek


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