U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- When I was asked if I wanted to give the FK BRNO Field Pistol a hard honest look I jumped at the chance. After all, when would I even get a chance to see one of the $7,500 pistols again?
I do want to thank Luxury Firearms for sending the pistol out with a ton of ammo for the test. Sadly I wasn't able to shoot all 1,300 rounds they sent and only got a chance to shoot 300 rounds through the pistol. Luxury Firearms asked for the second gun back much sooner than expected preventing all of the testing that I would have liked to have done.
I should probably explain the ‘second gun' comment above. The first gun that Luxury Firearms sent out to me was missing the firing pin and firing pin block. I imagine that the pistol had been used as a show gun for SHOT Show and never been put back into working order. It was mildly annoying that the pistol showed up inoperable and I had already mounted an RMR to the gun then driven over an hour one way to test the pistol to find the firing pin missing.
I wasn't even able to get the time with the pistol to take some proper photos.
Unboxing the FK BRNO Field Pistol:
The pistol ships in a hard case that resembles a Pelican case with a ton of goodies stuffed inside. While the case is missing the street cred that a Pelican might have, I am rather confident that it would hold up to the same level of abuse without allowing damage to the pistol.
In addition to the pistol, FK BRNO also sends out extra recoil springs that I didn't really investigate the reason for their inclusion in the short time I had the gun in my possession. They also include a cleaning kit, A mediocre leather holster that seems to be designed more for showing the gun off at BBQs rather than securing and protecting the gun, a second more traditional rear sight, and an RMR mounting plate.
The FK BRNO is chambered for a proprietary caliber that FK BRNO has dubbed the 7.5 FK. While I am sure that there are several variants of the ammunition out there, I received 1,300 rounds of the 95 grain all copper stuff. Why did the company send me the ammunition? Since it is proprietary the only place to get it is through Luxury Firearms It wasn't like I could run down to the local sporting goods store and pick up some ammo.
The ammo is also priced at a lofty $82 per box! Had we been forced to foot the ammunition bill for this thing I can promise you that this would have been a 50 round review. While I don't have an issue paying that kind of money for rifle ammunition, there is something in my brain that screams THIS IS WRONG PATRICK and prevents me from paying over a buck and a half per round for pistol ammo.
There are several great articles on the internet about the 7.5 FK that I know I couldn't come close to matching since I am not a ballistician.
Once you dig into the guts of the FK BRNO you find a pistol that is extremely similar to a CZ 75 pattern gun with a few changes that don't seem that giant of a leap technologically. I have seen comments on the internet praise the recoil reduction mechanism of the pistol because it looks different. When you explain to that person that the recoil reduction mech is a big ass weight that keeps the recoil spring captive you get a saddened “Oh.” from the commentator.
While the FK BRNO might be a relatively common design that has been sexed up with a fancy caliber, some nice machine work, and some great marketing it still is a very nice pistol. But is it a $7,500 pistol?
Nope. I sure as heck don't think so and I plan to tell you why.
Now I know what you are thinking, I have some vendetta against FK BRNO and Luxury Firearms because of the missing firing pin debacle or the fact that I didn't get to finish my testing. Not the case in the least. I just don't see more than $2,500 of value in the gun looking at the features and machine work. Let's get into that a bit deeper.
Shooting the FK BRNO Field Pistol is kinda an underwhelming experience if you have shot a big more revolver before. The reason that I compare the experience to a big revolver is that the conclusion of the 7.5 FK round coupled with the mediocre single stage trigger, the entire experience is very similar to a production model Smith & Wesson with a bad trigger.
The trigger feels like what one might end up with if someone who spoke only English and knew something about nice triggers described what it should feel like over the phone to someone in another country that spoke English as a third language. Why am I being so hard on the trigger? This is a $7,500 pistol. I own an EAA Witness that has a better trigger and that pistol cost me less than a grand.
When you being to depress the trigger shoe, you find there is some slack to take up to the wall. As soon as you start applying pressure to the trigger shoe you find creep. A ton of it. There is flat out no excuse to produce a premium pistol with a trigger as abysmal as I experienced on both examples that I had in my possession.
I was able to shoot out to 250 yards with the pistol thanks to the light trigger. I feel that if there was less creep in the trigger I would have been able to hit the target from the final position.
You might notice that recoil is a bit on the more stout side. Regardless of what kind of witchcraft FK BRNO has stuffed into the CZ pattern frame, they can't cheat the laws of physics. The pistol is flippy and hard to shoot quickly. There just isn't any getting around that given that we are shooting a 95-grain bullet at rifle speeds.
The grip was also rather slippery in my opinion, I feel as though that could really hold back a shooter on a wet hunt or even in a role where the pistol is being employed as a sidearm if the end user got a bit of blood on their hand.
While at this point I am just repeating all of the things I said in the video, I think you get the idea.
Is the FK BRNO worth $7,500? I said it before and I will say it again for the TLDR crowd, nope. It isn't.
I would expect a pistol that lives at that price point to be at least as good as a CZ TS Orange or a Witness Elite Limited since they are so closely related. Sadly the FK BRNO just doesn't stack up where it counts. With the sub-par trigger, the slick grip that is in desperate need of some good old American gunsmith know how, and it being chambered in a caliber that is only available from one source I just couldn't bring myself to spend my hard earned dollars on the pistol.
Now if you are the kind of person that has everything and would love to add this gun to your collection? Go for it. Just make sure to buy at least 5,000 rounds and a couple of spare mags right out of the gate should the pistol go the way of the Delorean.
About Patrick R.
Patrick is a firearms enthusiast that values the quest for not only the best possible gear setup, but also pragmatic ways to improve his shooting skills across a wide range of disciplines. He values truthful, honest information above all else and had committed to cutting through marketing fluff to deliver the truth. You can find the rest of his work on FirearmRack.com as well as on the YouTube channel Firearm Rack or Instagram at @thepatrickroberts.