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    Default Tristar C-100 Review!

    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.
    "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)


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    Well here are some numbers on the weight of the Tristar C-100 compared to my old Bersa.

    Tristar - 31.2 oz.
    Bersa - 23 oz.

    These numbers come from Academy Sports. Now I thought the Tristar felt lighter.... apparently I was wrong. I haven't actually weighted them. But I carried the Tristar today while out getting some things from Walmart and Publix and it carried fine inside the waist.

    Also Academy advertises the Tristar with two 12 round magazines but I have two 15 round magazines. Good deal! I haven't found any numbers on the width of the gun and I haven't measured it either but it seems more narrow than the Bersa.

    Below are some pictures of the C-100. One side and then the other but also some pictures of the hammer in all three positions.
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    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)


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    These other three pictures are of the gun in it's case and with the things it comes with. A brush, cleaning rod, manual, lock and keys, two mags, and for some strange reason they put a big black rubber band with the Tristar name or logo on it on the grip. I really think that for just under $340 out the door it's a hell of a good deal.
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    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)


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    And now the grand finale! One pic is the C-100 and the other is the CZ75 Compact. Can you tell the difference? ... However slight they are? One difference you can't see and I'll tell you.

    CZ75 Compact - $600.00 at Gun Broker
    Tristar C-100 - $299.99 at Academy Sports
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    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)


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    I almost bought one of these but did some reading and found that the magazines have a slightly larger notch for the mag release than the CZ mags do, so mags are not quite interchangeable. I have a CZ 75 compact and liked the idea of an alloy frame model but I don't want two guns with mags that are that similar without being interchangeable. They are suposed to be good quality guns though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadwood View Post
    I almost bought one of these but did some reading and found that the magazines have a slightly larger notch for the mag release than the CZ mags do, so mags are not quite interchangeable. I have a CZ 75 compact and liked the idea of an alloy frame model but I don't want two guns with mags that are that similar without being interchangeable. They are suposed to be good quality guns though.
    I had a chance to try out the gun today at the range for the first time and LOVED it. I only shot some reloads I made so not sure how factory would do but the reloads were warm and had some pop to them. Love the way it feels, recoil and all. From 12 yards it shot a wonderful little group. Pics of the target soon to come.

    As for the mags..... someone at the range today had a CZ SP-01. He also had some other CZ mags with him and I'm not sure if they went to the SP-01 or another CZ but they fit and functioned in my C-100 just fine.
    "The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

    - Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)


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