So I sold my Bersa Thunder Pro Ultra Compact 9mm this morning and this afternoon zipped on over to the local Academy Sports to by a brand new Tristar C-100. First off a lot of people that have experience with the CZ75 pistols have been wondering about the C-100. Is the feel of it the same? How's the weight? How's the trigger? Is the safety a safety or a decocker because some places advertise the gun with a decocker? How's the accuracy?
These guns have been around for some time ... a year or so? Maybe more? Not sure how long they have been on the market but when I researched the gun I only found the basics and the same questions I left above.
The gun feels GREAT in the hand. The CZ75 has rubber grips and the ones on the C-100 are plastic but it still has the same contour. It feels like it's molded to my hand very well. Very good purchase on the gun and the it points just great on it's on with little effort.
The weight is VERY light. I don't have any numbers but compared to my Bersa WOW! The Bersa had some heft to it with a steal slide and aluminum frame. The C-100 is advertised as having a steel/alloy frame and steel slide but it's a lightweight gun. Great for carry.
The trigger is a single/double action on the C-100. The single action side of things is nice. Crisp, light, comfortable and has some travel but not much. The double action is a whole new ball game. It's stiff, long, and heavy. Not horrible but there are certainly better and smoother double action triggers out there. But again it's a decent trigger for the cost of the gun.
Now the big one a lot of people get stuck on. The safety IS a thumb safety and NOT a decocker. Some places advertise it as a decocker but it's not. The safety is a little stiff but I expect it to loosen up some with use. And being a new gun it's probably got some break in time to go though. The slide is even a little stiff to pull back but again we're talking break in time.
Now here is something a lot of people don't mention. The hammer has three positions. Fully forward or in the down position, a half-cocked position, and a fully-cocked position. The gun is double action/single action so it can be fired form all three positions. The best for carry in my opinion would be from the half cock position. The hammer isn't down to accidentally be hit and fire the weapon. Instead it's in a cocked position but not far enough back to be fired easily because again the double action trigger pull.
And the accuracy? I can't say much. I bought mine today and haven't fired it yet. But I test fired one at the range a friend of mine had who turned me on to this gun. I didn't shoot more than five shots and hit two clay pigeons at 25 yards with it and broke the rest of the bigger pieces I made. The gun shot great! My Bersa couldn't hit a paper plate at 25 yards!
So in all I can say the C-100 is an AWESOME pistol. Great little gun and a great price. $299.99 before tax and background check fee at academy sports. Now that in my opinion is a great deal.
Pictures and more soon to come.