Hello. The only real complaint I had with the CZ83 was not its size, which is large for caliber, but like the Hi Power, it has a wide front grip strap that was somewhat slippery if hands are sweaty.
The gun I had was in .380, but reliable as sin with well-regulated fixed sights.
My .380 with nites, ran like a champ. Finding ammo for it was tough and expensive..far more
than 9mm in my area.
83s are fine guns with few shortcomings as the design is very reliable and safe.
accuracy will amaze you. Really, the ONLY .380 that I've ever owned and probably the
last. MY satin Nickle 9mm MAK was super nice, just a bear to find ammo for.
The CZ83 poster is quite nice also.
You might check makarov.com. They recently arranged for a special run of 83s in 9x18, in 3 different finishes. Most were pre-ordered, but they may have some left over. I was on the list to get one, but came across a military Russian Mak and just had to add it to the Mak collection - that took most of the 83 funding (sigh.)
Actually, I bought two CZ 82s in 9x18 last month from AIM. Both are in excellent condition and great shooters.
I prefer the sights on the CZ 82s , but the triggers are a little crisper on the EG Makarovs.
Both CZs are very accurate, perhaps a hair more than the Maks, but not enough difference to quibble. The CZs fed S&B FMJs, steel case S&Bs, MPS FMJs, Hornady HPs and Reed XTP HPs without any hiccups.
A nice pistol that give you 12 +1 and a fairly smooth DA for a first shot. I've put Pearce grips on the Maks to give me a little more to hold on to, but the bigger standard grips on the CZs are just right.
My CZ83 in .380 has been very reliable. It is rather large for it's caliber, but high capacity too. It has a few sharp edges, but it is a superb firearm. It would make a nice self defense firearm for a female or an older person. Since I'm on my way to becoming an older person I am holding onto it. For now I carry Colt Commanders or Browning High Powers.