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CZ-USA 85 Combat: A Big Handgun for Excellent Protection (Review)

by Ben Jimenez 3 min read

CZ-USA 85 Combat: A Big Handgun for Excellent Protection (Review)

CZ-USA stopped manufacturing the 85 Combat in 2016, but it’s still a popular firearm sold by many retail stores and independent sellers. Since plenty of people add the CZ-USA 85 Combat to their collections, we at Concealment Express thought buyers deserved a comprehensive review.

Not everyone will love the 85 Combat as a CCW, but it still makes sense for you to consider it for protection.

CZ-USA 85 Combat Specifications

The CZ-USA 85 Combat has a slightly larger build than you would expect for many CCWs. The overall length comes to 8.1-inches. The 5.4-inch height and 1.42-inch width, however, won’t bother most daily carriers.

If you have a large frame, the 85 Combat could work as a concealed carry weapon. You’ll need an IWB holster to keep the gun hidden, though. Smaller carriers may find this a bit uncomfortable after several hours.

Keep in mind that you don’t always have to conceal your weapon to improve your area’s safety. An OWB holster made for CZ guns will display your weapon openly. When criminals see you carrying an 8-inch 9mm, they won’t cause any trouble.

Alternative CZ Guns for Carriers Who Want Smaller Models

If you insist on carrying a concealed weapon, then the 85 Combat might not work for you. Still, it’s a good option for home protection, so you might want to consider keeping one in your safe.

CZ makes several sub-compact guns that you might prefer.

For smaller, lightweight weapons, consider:

  • CZ 2075 RAMI – A 6.5-inch overall length 9mm Luger that weighs 25.9 ounces and gives you 10 rounds.
  • CZ 2075 RAMI BD – A 6.5-inch length, 10-round 9mm Luger that weighs 26 ounces.

Either of these guns will make an excellent CCW no matter how big or small your frame is.

The 85 Combat Gives You More Rounds Than Usual

How many rounds do you expect from a CCW?

The Ruger LCR gives you six shots. The Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield M2.0 gives you 7+1 or 8+1.

Using those and other popular CCWs as examples, you can expect most guns to carry six to 10 bullets. The CZ Combat 85 can carry 16+1 9mm rounds. That’s more than enough opportunities to secure a situation. Whether you’re at home or out in the world, you shouldn’t need more than 17 shots to protect yourself and the people around you.

If you want a high capacity CCW, the CZ 85 Combat stands out as a remarkable option.

The 85 Combat’s Value

Prices for this discontinued model may vary depending on supply and demand in your area. Typically, though, you can expect to see the 85 Combat selling for about $700.

For some people, $700 may sound like a lot of money. If you want a reliable gun that costs less, consider something like the Ruger EC9s. The Ruger EC9s only holds 7+1 rounds, but it costs about half as much as the 85 Combat.

For others, $700 sounds cheap. You can spend thousands of dollars on a fancy gun. If you’re an experienced shooter who wants an attractive upgrade, check out the Dan Wesson Specialist. It’s a big, intimidating gun with excellent accuracy and a beautiful design. Expect to spend $1,700 to $2,000 to own one, though.

Making the CZ-USA 85 Combat a Better CCW

The CZ-USA 85 Combat isn’t the perfect CCW for everyone, but it will meet the needs of some. Make sure you make your 85 Combat more secure and comfortable by carrying it in one of our IWB, OWB, or hybrid holsters.

Ben Jimenez
Ben Jimenez


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