Dear Shooter,

Please find attached hereto an advice notice received from the manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka in relation to this model pistol. We have no other information.

To date we have not received a complaint of this nature. However we feel it necessary to communicate this advice with all expediency.

May we reinforce two key issues raised within the CZ notice:

  1. All Model CZ 75 ST IPSC, 40 cal S&W slides, should be visually inspected for evidence of cracking on the inner surface of the recoil spring channel recess at the guiding rails level. We recommend that this be done by a gunsmith.
  2. b) If any cracks are found, or if there is any doubt, then the firearm should not be used.

In the unlikely event that a problem is found we request information is emailed to Winchester at [email protected] or faxed to our toll free fax 1800 801 220. We request any communication is marked, Attention: CZ 75 ST Product Notice.

If we receive any further advice, this will be forwarded. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully, Winchester Division, Olin Australia Limited.


Ceska Zbrojovka a.s is fully aware and respective to quality standards of its firearms would like to notify all users of the CZ 75 IPSC model pistol to the following situation. After shooting a higher number of cartridges (i.e more than 10,000 rounds) or use of non-standard ammunition can cause, at the inner hold of the recoil spring guide, a crack or split. This crack can develop and progress, depending on the number of cartridges being shot and the ammunition used, from the front part (of the slide abutment) towards the muzzle along both sides. For the above stated reasons we would like to ask you to perform examination applying the following method:

Dismount the slide from the handgun, remove the recoil spring and guide and the barrel. Orient the slide with its nose against the light and inspect visually incidence of possible cracks exhibited on the inner surface of the recoil spring channel recess at the guiding rails level.

Please, be so kind as to inform us in case the early stages of crack would be located about this subject matter along with information regarding number of shot cartridges. The pertaining information should be sent to this email address: [email protected] At the same time we would like to ask you for an immediate discontinuance and stopping of all shooting activities using this weapon. The subject claims will be solved immediately at CZUB’s own expenses. Please, for preventative reasons, carry out visual inspection procedure applying method as described above after each shooting of approx. 500 rounds, also in case when no crack is found.

We would like to ask you for your kind understanding regarding this situation and we would like to reassure you that a team of experienced technicians at our CZUB facilities is fully committed to resolve this problem for the firearm which is otherwise very popular, successful and favorably accepted at the market and shot by Champions of the World and Europe. The CZUB company now intensively prepares technical solution for preventing any cracks or splits development at the area of the slide, the results of this endeavor will be communicated to you without delay.

We would like to emphasize that this problem occurs solely with the CZ 75 ST IPSC pistol in cal. 40 S&W. We believe that this inconvenience will not unfavorably affect your attitude towards our products and that you will remain faithful to the CZ Trade Mark.

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