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    Magazine Suggestions & other newb questions

    Hey everyone, first post and pretty new to the handgun world . I've shot multiple times with my dad (20 year military vet) but I don't really have any actual knowledge on handguns. I was recently given one that belonged to my uncle who passed away and I'd love any helpful tips and suggestions.

    Armi Fratelli Tanfoglio SPA TZ 75 (9mm Parabellum)

    It has the standard wood panels and no magazine or rounds. I picked up a set of Hogue rubber grips but that's literally all I've done with it. Any suggestions on what the best type of magazine would be and where to purchase? Any additional info would be really appreciated. Thanks guys!

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    This gun is a clone of the CZ-75. The best thing to do is take it to a local gun shop and ask them if they have magazines for it. They may have to order them, but that is a good start.

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    Okay, thanks, I'll make that my first resource. This may be a really stupid question...but is it fine to just walk into a gun shop and buy/attempt to buy parts without me having a permit or any type of papers to own it?

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    Yeah, you only need a permit to carry concealed with a loaded weapon. Of course these laws depend on your state/local laws, but if you just carry the gun empty it's no big deal. If you have a box, carry it in that. If not, then lock the slide back and carry it that way. It may be a good idea to go in, tell them why your there and ask if you can go get the gun. That way they aren't alarmed when you walk in.

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    Awesome, thanks again for the quick replies. I don't have a box so I'll go the route of locking the slide back and leaving it in the truck before going in.

    Another newb question: obviously there's no magazine, as I mentioned, but should I still be able to cock and pull the trigger when the safety is ON? Previous guns I've shot would lock or resist the trigger pull whereas this one doesn't seem to act any different whether the safety is on or not. Again, sorry for the probably really obvious question, since it may lock once it's loaded. I'd just rather ask than pretend like I know what I'm doing with this one!
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    I don't think so, but that is a question I would pose to the gun shop personnel.

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    Will do, thanks!

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    socialmonsters:
    I don't know which state you live in. Check with your home state's laws before you decide to take that handgun anywhere. It may be illegal to carry or possess it without a permit regardless if it's empty, or in a locked box. It may even be illegal to possess it period, even in your own home. To answer your other question. No, it is not illegal to purchase firearms parts as long as it is not the receiver (the part that has the serial number) which is considered by law as the firearm. Nor is any permit required to purchase or possess those parts. However, it my also be illegal in your home state to possess what your state considers a high capacity magazine. In which case the vendor would not even ship one to you which would also be illegal. If your home state has no magazine restrictions you could just order them from Tanfoglio which would ensure you get the right magazines. If your home state has such restrictions you may only purchase magazines that are legal in your home state. Even though the gun is a CZ clone, CZ magazines may not work. Many of the parts for Tanfoglio pistols are not interchangeable with CZ handguns. You may want to check with "CZ Custom" here in Arizona to find out whether the CZ magazines will work with that pistol along with any other parts. Some pistols such as the S&W 469, 669 and 3913 have a magazine disconnect in which case the pistol can not be fired when the magazine is removed. CZ's and I believe their clones do not have this feature. If the firearm has a slide mounted or frame mounted safety in most cases you should not be able to cock the hammer and pull the trigger with the safety on. This would defeat the purpose of the safety in the first place. Obviously I can't cover every type of handgun and their individual safety features. You'd be better served getting an owners manual from the manufacturer and familiarize yourself with that particular handgun before you even attempt to use it either empty or loaded.

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    Awesome, I'm actually here in Arizona too so CZ Custom might be my best bet all together.

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    socialmonsters:
    Thank God we both live in Arizona! You will have no problems regarding the possession of that handgun or have any magazine capacity issues unless you are a prohibited possessor. CZ Customs are located at 1008 South Center St Mesa, Arizona. 85210 if you are in that area you can probably bring it over to them. Angus Hobdell is an expert on CZ Handguns, if he or the staff don't have the answers I guess nobody will. Another place you might want to try is Cajun Gun Works at 214 Chimney Hill Road, West Monroe LA 71291. I've bought parts from both​​ of them and have been very satisfied with their service. Great people to do business with! Keep in mind that they primarily work on CZ's, but I'm sure they will send you in the right direction regarding CZ clones including the Tanfoglio line of pistols.

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    Google "Tanfoglio magazines."
    The list of sources is long.
    There's even a site where CZ-75-style magazine compatibility is discussed.
    You can also Google "SPA TZ 75 Tanfoglio magazines." Other people seem to be looking for them too.

    There's Brownells, of course, and Gun Parts Corp., and an aftermarket magazine maker, Triple K.

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    Mec-Gar has a CZ-75 magazine that will fit and function in the TZ-75. These are available in 15, 17 and 19 round configurations in cal. 9x19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertman View Post
    socialmonsters:
    Thank God we both live in Arizona! You will have no problems regarding the possession of that handgun or have any magazine capacity issues unless you are a prohibited possessor. CZ Customs are located at 1008 South Center St Mesa, Arizona. 85210 if you are in that area you can probably bring it over to them. Angus Hobdell is an expert on CZ Handguns, if he or the staff don't have the answers I guess nobody will. Another place you might want to try is Cajun Gun Works at 214 Chimney Hill Road, West Monroe LA 71291. I've bought parts from both​​ of them and have been very satisfied with their service. Great people to do business with! Keep in mind that they primarily work on CZ's, but I'm sure they will send you in the right direction regarding CZ clones including the Tanfoglio line of pistols.
    Perfect! Thanks for the reassurance and info on both shops, I'll definitely be dropping by CZ Customs first and seeing if they have the answer. Much appreciated!

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    If you don't have any kind of a case, get a bag before you take the gun out of your house.

    I love these MidwayUSA Tactical Pistol Case I have 5.

    This forum is a great source of general information and some specifics on common brands. If you want more on Tanfo's, you can find lots of info here: The Original CZ Forum - Index Post in the clone section. I've seen lots of knowledgeable people post good stuff about older Tanfo's. There may be a good Tanfo forum. I'm sure their is. Since I am interested in them, but don't have one, I haven't gone looking.

    Once you've identified the right mags to buy, if you can get them at gregcotellc (Greg Cote, LLC) he usually has the best prices, particularly on Mec-Gar mags. Mec-Gar makes most of the CZ and CZ clone mags. They also sell mags on their own label. The Mec-Gar mags are what I use to shoot my CZ's in speed shooting events.

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