"Tribute to Legends"
This unique, 50-piece limited edition consists of a pair of legendary, richly decorated pistols that are housed together in a special case that not only celebrates last year's merger of two globally renowned manufacturers of small arms – Colt and CZ – but also commemorates their important anniversaries.
With the acquisition of the American Colt brand in May 2021, an extraordinarily strong international group was born, with an ambition to be the world leader in the manufacture of small arms. At the core of Colt CZ Group are two renowned companies: Colt, whose factory is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and CZ with its production plant in the Czech city of Uhersky Brod. The former celebrated its 185th anniversary last year, while the latter is exactly one hundred years its junior.
The idea to produce this unique edition was born from close cooperation between the two "sisters", Colt and CZ. An iconic model was chosen from each brand to make up the set: the American Colt 1911 pistol and the Czech CZ 75 pistol.
All decorative engravings on the “Tribute to Legends” edition were undertaken by the internationally respected Master Engraver, Rene Ondra. Serial production firearms that Ondra transforms into high value works of art have become sought-after investments in recent years.
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Only 50 sets will be produced as part of this edition.
The Colt CZ Group donated the first set to a charity auction organized by the Kodl Gallery in the Czech Republic. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Military Solidarity Fund, the Police and Firefighters Foundation, and the fundraising bank account of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic to support the Ukrainian army.
Sets intended for the commercial market will represent an extremely interesting collector's item and most probably a highly profitable investment.
Please note that both pistols are fully functional and can only be purchased by holders of a valid firearm license.
Similar modifications have been made to the American and Czech pistols in the “Tribute to Legends” edition, which serve to unify their artwork. The choice of font and engravings was inspired by descriptions of North American guns from the 19th century, along with the decorative touches that were common during that time period. Creative direction was mainly driven by the historic Colt firearms, which are famous in this respect and are of particular interest to collectors.
The result is an aesthetically matched set of two magnificent guns that feature the same high-gloss bluing, polished barrels, gold-plated controls and maple grips that come with the brand’s logo, which also serves as checkering.
"The only time I am truly satisfied is when the customer is amazed."
Rene Ondra is a Master Engraver of firearms, who ranks among the world’s best in the field. He is mainly focused on creating highly precise engravings on CZ products, which take dozens of hours to carry out and are key in transforming each firearm into an immensely valuable work of art.
Ondra started his apprenticeship in 1986 at CZ and gained experience from the leading master engravers at that time in the Czech Republic.
Starting in the 1990s, he often made trips abroad to learn about the latest trends in the industry, seek out exclusive production materials and forge relationships with customers. He was the first Master Engraver from the Czech Republic to gain international membership in the prestigious Firearms Engravers Guild of America, an association of firearms engravers in the USA. Rene is the designer of many iconic firearms, including the CZ 75 REPUBLIKA.
Both pistols have the frame and slide decorated with hand-engraved adornments in the style of 19th century American firearms. A special custom engraving tool was especially made for this purpose. The placement of engravings respects the contours of the model and fits together with the descriptions and serial numbers on the pistol. The steel magazine base plate on the CZ 75 also comes with decorative engravings.
For each pistol, "Tribute to Legends" is engraved in 19th century style font right behind the name of the model on the left-hand side of the slide. Also on the left-hand side of the slide for each model is its unique number within the 50-piece edition. On the left-hand side of the CZ 75 "Tribute to Legends" frame is the decorative inscription "Hand made in Czech Republic." On the right-hand side of both models are decorative elements commemorating the year of establishment for each brand. The Colt 1911 has a ribbon with the year 1836 and a bald eagle from the Great Seal of the United States of America. The CZ 75 has a ribbon with the year 1936 and a double-tailed lion from the Lesser Coat of Arms of the Czech Republic.
There is a special series of serial numbers for this edition, which refers to the year the Colt and CZ brands were united and expresses the order of manufacture for each pistol within this limited series. The serial numbers range from COLT2021001 to COLT2021050 for the Colt 1911 model, and CZ2021001 to CZ2021050 for the CZ 75 model. The pistols in each individual set have matching serial numbers.
Case and packaging
For the first time in the history of limited series from CZ, firearms in this unique "Tribute to Legends" edition are stored together in a single, large case. The case is made of maple with specially imported thick birch root veneer on the sides. The protective finish on the exterior of the case is a combination of oil, varnish and polyurethane.
The interior of the case is lined with blue microfiber and features a pair of plush beds, one for the CZ 75 on the left and one for the Colt 1911 on the right. Next to each pistol is an elegant brass plate that features a decorative description of the gun and a unique serial number that’s paired with its counterpart.
Two stylish, commemorative certificates are attached to the underside of the lid that’s supported by two blue ribbons, which are reminiscent of the long tradition of both brands.
When open, the case serves as a magnificent display of the limited edition set that will become a valued centerpiece of your collection.
The exterior of the lid features the CZ and Colt registered trademarks.
The double pistol case comes in a black laminated cardboard box adorned with golden CZ and Colt logos. Each pistol in the set is delivered in a separate leather briefcase that includes a warranty card, user manual, cleaning kit, gloves and certificate of originality.