4 Most Common CZ 97B Problems And How To Fix Them

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I had the chance to test out the CZ 97B in various conditions and let me tell you, it’s been an interesting ride. While the firearm has a lot going for it—good accuracy, smooth action, and comfortable ergonomics. I did run into a few CZ 97B Problems along the way.

So, what’s the scoop? Well, for starters, I encountered some rust issues, and trust me, no one wants that. Then, I had a couple of hiccups with the feeding mechanism, making the shooting experience less than stellar. 

To top it all off, a trigger issue needed attention. Oh, and don’t get me started on the failure to feed the hollow points; that was a separate headache.

But don’t worry; I will delve into the problems in this article and provide you with solutions.

Overview of CZ 97B Problems & their Solutions

Rust on Slide and BarrelUse light gun oil or chemical rust remover.
Feeding IssuesSwap magazine follower and firmer magazine spring.
Trigger HitchesClear debris and potentially tune the trigger bar spring.
Hollow Point FeedingInspect and remove burrs; pay attention to slide rails and cocking lug.

Top 4 CZ 97B Problems & Solutions

1. Rust Problem

So, do you remember I was talking about rust issues? Yeah, it’s a real buzzkill. I found rust forming on the slide and barrel of my CZ 97B, even though I thought I’d been good about keeping it clean and dry. 

Turns out, it’s the corrosive components in the ammo. They leave behind all sorts of stuff like salts, copper, and lead, which can accelerate corrosion when mixed with humidity. It was a tough pill to swallow.


Okay, let’s fix this. What worked for me was heading to a well-lit space and then unloading and disassembling the pistol to expose those pesky rusted areas. 

I grabbed some light gun oil and slathered it on, making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies. 

If your rust is bad, and I mean really bad, you might need to go a step further with a chemical rust remover. Trust me, this simple trick did wonders for my gun, and it can definitely help you, too.

2. Feeding Issue

Oh man, let’s talk about the feeding issue. Do you know the feeling when the cartridge won’t fully enter the chamber? That happened to me more than once. 

The slide gets all jammed up because the bottom of the feed ramp gets caught by the nose of the top bullet in the magazine. It’s super frustrating when you’re in the middle of some serious shooting.


Alright, let’s roll up our sleeves. First things first, swap out that magazine follower and get a firmer magazine spring. Trust me, it helps. I did this, and my feeding issues practically vanished. 

If your feed ramp is causing the jam, you might want to polish it up. However, if you’re not sure about that, you better leave it to the pros. I’d also recommend checking for insufficient headspace. 

Take the barrel out and place a live round in it. Make sure the round doesn’t extend beyond the hood or breech face edge. This little checkup can save you a lot of grief later.

3. Trigger Issue

You wouldn’t believe the number of times I faced trigger issues with the CZ 97B. Dry firing was often interrupted by a weird “hitch” just before the reset. 

And man, is that annoying or what? It ruins the flow of your shooting and messes with your focus. 

Upon closer inspection, I realized that the issue might be due to some debris lodged in the trigger assembly. Yep, it can happen to the best of us.


Alright, here’s the game plan to sort this out. First off, start by clearing any material that might have gotten stuck in the trigger. 

Sounds simple, but it can do wonders. If the problem persists, it could be because of issues with the sear, trigger bar spring, or trigger bar itself. You may need to replace the sear, tune the trigger bar spring, and calibrate it.

4. Failure to feed the hollow points

Ah, the hollow point issue. I found this one to be particularly annoying. The nose of the hollow point rounds just didn’t seem round enough to glide smoothly up the feed ramp. 

You could see the slide getting stuck about 4 millimeters from where it should be, and that’s not something you want to deal with, especially when time is of the essence. I also noticed that aging hollow point bullets worsen this problem.


Alright, it’s time to dig in. The first thing to do is examine the extractor, firing pin stop, firing pin, barrel bushing, and, of course, the extractor for rough patches or burrs. I gave mine a good look and found a couple of burrs that needed addressing. 

Then you’ll want to pay close attention to the slide rails and the cocking lug on the underside of the slide. These areas play key roles when the gun cycles. Lastly, check the frame’s chamber, barrel throat, and feed ramp. 

You might find rough patches that could use some tidying up. Oh, and don’t forget the feed lips on your magazines; look for catches that could be causing the issue.


Well, there you have it. The CZ 97B is a mixed bag but mostly a good one. The accuracy is fantastic, it handles smoothly, and it’s a joy to shoot. However, let’s not pretend it’s perfect. 

Certain areas need some DIY or professional care, from rust issues to feeding mechanisms and trigger hitches. But here’s the deal: most of these problems are solvable, and 

I’ve ironed out the problems in my gun with some hands-on effort. So, if you’re willing to get dirty with basic maintenance, this gun can be a reliable partner on the range or in the field.


What is the problem with the CZ 97 BD?

The CZ 97 BD can have a heavy and gritty trigger pull.

Is CZ 97B a good gun?

Yes, it’s known for its high accuracy and is great for target shooting.

Did CZ discontinue the 97B?

Yes, the CZ 97B was discontinued in 2022.

When was the CZ 97 discontinued?

The CZ 97 was discontinued in 2022.

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I'm Micheal, an avid shooter and hunting enthusiast from Texas. I'm a recreational shooter who loves to spend time at the range and enjoy learning about new firearms and gears. I love to write about guns and share my passion for shooting with others.

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