Shooting the CZ Kadet .22 LR Conversion, Pt. II

My luck with the Kadet conversion has been satisfactory and it shows no signs of undue wear after 14 years of use.  Like a certain watch commercial, "It just keeps on ticking"! With the exception of replacing the initial firing pin with the improved "chisel-shaped" one that is now standard, not one part has been replaced and the original magazine continues to work flawlessly.  The LPA adjustable rear sight continues to reliably hold its zero without issue.

For those who might be interested in the original report and missed it above, it is here:

It has been my experience that maintaining shooting skill is more dependent on frequency and quality of practice than the number of rounds expended.  In other words, firing 50 precision shots a couple or three times per week goes farther in preserving or enhancing shooting ability than 150 fired in but a single session.  With today's exorbitant ammunition costs, less-pricey .22lr affords many of us the opportunity to shoot more frequently than we might be able to afford if using only center-fire ammunition.

This group is the result of firing 100 rounds of Remington's "Subsonic" .22 lr ammunition. It is certainly not match-quality but the majority of shots are within the 2"-diameter bullseye. Had I been using this CZ-75 Pre-B 9mm instead of the Kadet conversion, the cost would have been prohibitive for many of us. The Kadet offers us the option of firing far less-costly rimfire ammunition for at least part of our training sessions.  I frequently shoot several magazines-full of .22 lr and then perhaps a couple of magazines of 9mm.  Because it is on a service handgun frame, we get a service handgun's trigger-pull, something I find of value since I primarily shoot service-style handguns.  However, like any .22 lr pistol, the Kadet offers but miniscule recoil.  Some may disagree but I suggest that we need to shoot at least some centerfire ammunition to maintain our abilities to ignore recoil.  I can simply remove the Kadet kit and replace with the 9mm slide assembly and the magazine to do so.

I own a couple of other conversion units but usually wind up shooting the Kadet.  It just seems to suit me and does what I want.

Some shooters opine that one is better off to just buy a complete 22-caliber pistol or revolver for practice rather than a conversion unit.  In my opinion, valid points can be made for this approach.  On the other hand, conversion units are not considered "firearms" by US federal law and allows folks who have already jumped through all the legal hoops necessary to own a CZ-75 to essentially add a rimfire to their collection.  In the event that the CZ is their primary handgun, the Kadet allows them to really "learn" that gun's trigger.

I have been extremely happy with the Kadet Unit.  This one is on the same CZ-75 Pre-B frame from day one.

If you fancy the CZ-75/85 line of pistols, you might find the Kadet Conversion a very useful addition.  My experience with the Kadet is limited to but a single example but has been positive.  Though certainly not a match-grade .22 autoloader like the S&W Model 41 or the Hi-Standard competition models from decades long past, it still has more mechanical accuracy than I can wring out of it!  In other words, the Kadet is capable of shooting tighter groups than I am...

...and it allows me to shoot more frequently.


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