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Old 06-10-2018, 10:32 PM
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I picked up my BRNO pistol last week. This gun is extremely impressive in every way. In short, the BRNO is heavily based on the tried and true CZ design from the mid 1970ís. However, it is modified to handle a much more powerful cartridge, producing 900-950 ft/lbs of energy. The heavy recoil spring, along with a 5oz weight is positioned well below the barrel to keep the recoil impulse low and lessen muzzle rise. The design is SAO, with no ambidextrous controls whatsoever.

Opening up the very sturdy case and you will find the gun, two 16 round magazines, an extra (heavier) recoil spring, an extra set of sights (3-dot), and a very nice full color ownerís manual. As you can imagine, everything is packaged extremely well. Even the cardboard outer case seems well done. The case is also serial numbered to the gun, which is a nice touch. The FK ships with a box of ammo.

As for the pistol itself, I must say that Iím quite highly impressed in every way. Build quality appears impeccable. The refinement and fit and finish is top notch. There isnít a machine mark anywhere on the gun inside or out. The entire pistol has a ďmeltedĒ appearance and everything is nicely rounded without a hint of a sharp edge to be found anywhere. The aluminum G10 grips are like artwork and also fit the pistol incredibly well. The finish is called "dark gray nitration'. Iím not exactly sure what that means, but it looks flawlessly beautiful and is supposedly very durable as well. It looks not unlike a really nice bluing from years past. Itís really impressive. Even the roll marks are done with the utmost care and precision. The slide rides inside the frame like its on ball bearings and it locks up extremely tight, which is not surprising considering the pistolís accuracy prowess. The slide release is extended and easy to operate. The thumb safety is perfectly weighted with a very positive feel. The beavertail completes the FKís outstanding ergonomics. The front of the trigger guard and the front strap are both finely serrated. The bottom of the grip frame is flared into a small magwell.

The standard rear sight is called a butterfly, which is very different from anything else I own (see picture). The front sight is a super small red dot. It was designed small to not block targets 200 yards away. As mentioned above, it also ships with a set of 3-dots. The gunís heft is readily apparent as soon as you pick it up. It weighs 51oz empty, making it one of my heaviest semi autos. Between the large size, the muzzle weight, and its all-steel construction, thatís to be expected. This is welcome for me because I love heavy pistols at the range.

The trigger is good, but not great. The weight is only 3lbs, but there is a slight bit of creep after the take up, which I found disappointing. That being said, the FK wasnít designed with target shooting as its main objective. Its meant for use in the field. I personally donít quite get that, but it is what it is. My only other minor complaint is that the serrations on the front strap are so fine that it almost feels smooth. Coupling that with the slick finish and Iíd imagine it can be hard to get good traction with sweaty hands. I will say that the serrations are so nicely done that I can get over it.

The proprietary 7.5 FK round is a scorcher. The 95 grain bullet has been chronographed at almost 2100fps. When zeroed at 100 yards, bullet drop is minimal at 200, so itís a very flat shooting cartridge. Watching some YouTube videos of people testing the round is very entertaining. The performance is incredible and it hits like a ton of bricks. FK will be coming out with some different loadings in the future, but there is only one at this time. At $1.50 per round, it isnít cheap either. While it looks a lot like the 7.62 Tokarev round in size and shape, it is much, much hotter (as in about double the energy).

My first range session was brief, but the pistol definitely lived up to my expectations. The round is HOT. Saying it produces 900+ ft/lbs of energy doesnít begin to describe the way it feels to shoot it. The sound and muzzle blast are really awe-inspiring, for the lack of a better term. Recoil itself is not bad, due to the gunís weight. However, you definitely know you arenít shooting a typical service caliber either. The power of the round is immediately evident with each trigger pull and the speed at which it hits the dirt berm at 25 yards is instantaneous.

The gun feels extremely solid under fire. Nothing moves, other than the glass-like slide, which you canít even feel. There is no noise and no rattle whatsoever.

Upon fieldstripping the gun to clean it, itís quite evident that this is no CZ or Tanfo. The slide glides inside the frame as smooth as a Sig P210. The attention to detail inside and outside of the entire package is breathtaking. Hell, even the rounds are beautiful to look at between the flawless brass and the high quality bullets.

I do have one MAJOR shooting complaint. The butterfly rear sight just flat out doesnít work for me. I will be switching to the traditional rear sight it comes with before I shoot it again.

Other than that, I have nothing bad to say. This pistol feels world class in every way. Itís the real deal. To me, between the immense quality and capability of the gun, coupled with the amazing 7.5FK round, the package is worth the price. Itís unlike anything Iíve shot before and I've shot a lot of very cool handguns.

At any rate, thatís enough babbling. Have any of you had the pleasure of shooting one of these yet? I understand BRNO wants to build 1000 of the Field Pistols and then possibly move on to a 5Ē model. Whether or not thatís true, Iím not sure. Perhaps the 5Ē model will be a bit more affordable if and when it does appear.

Please enjoy the pictures. I tried my best to capture the FK's craftsmanship with my camera, but pics don't do it justice.

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Old 06-10-2018, 10:54 PM
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Thank You for sharing. I was very intrigued by this pistol when I heard about it two years ago.

In the video I saw, the shooter took down a deer with it and the one shot put it right down.

It is gorgeous and although the CZ influence is clear, the way the recoil spring is set up, very much makes it, it's own gun.

How long was your wait to get one, and if I can ask, what is the MSRP on these?
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:00 AM
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Thank You for sharing. I was very intrigued by this pistol when I heard about it two years ago.

In the video I saw, the shooter took down a deer with it and the one shot put it right down.

It is gorgeous and although the CZ influence is clear, the way the recoil spring is set up, very much makes it, it's own gun.

How long was your wait to get one, and if I can ask, what is the MSRP on these?


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Old 06-11-2018, 06:20 AM
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Nice review; the Czech influence is obvious as was noted above. For the 7500ish MSRP you would think that pistol deserves something better than phillips head grip screws.

Any chance of a couple pics of the magazine and cartridge?
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:00 AM
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Good looking pistola!
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Very nice gun Brian, makes the Korth revolvers in another thread look cheap price wise. Would like to see the guns you have in person. About a month ago I held a Sig P210 in .22 long rifle. He asked if I wanted to shoot it and I declined, just wanted to hold a rare gun. Itís for sale also, Larry
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:25 PM
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Beautiful pistol! I'd love to have one, just can't afford that price tag at the moment.

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A pair of those will make the next Laura Croft movie.....................
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