Safety, slide release, and mag release are where they belong. The safety comes off in a natural downward motion.
This is an off-duty or concealed carry pistol, not a uniform duty gun. While very new, there's no doubt all the major holster makers will come up with leather and synthetic CCW gear quickly. Some of the more generic "belt-slide" holsters will probably fit it now. The gun itself is of robust construction, with steel components (slide, action parts, etc.) and an alloy frame. The entire gun is finished in CZ's Black Polymer finish, which is basically a black powder coat (baked finish) applied over a "phosphate" or Parkerized base coating. The result is a tough, mil-spec finish with good wear potential. It's the same finish used on CZ 75 pistols and other CZUB arms.
Holding 8+1 in .40 S&W (10+1 in 9mm) the RAMI offers a fistful of power in either guise. From the factory, the RAMI comes in a plastic box with a spare mag, mag loading tool, lock, and other goodies, including cleaning gear and a comprehensive manual. The manual covers all aspects of the RAMI and is very well produced. It's a class act all around.
Sights are fixed, three-dot, and seem up to the task. Thankfully, CZ has elected to leave the trigger guard rounded, which not only is pleasing to the eye, but will make legions of holster-makers happier. The tang is an extended "beavertail" type and forward cocking serrations on the slide make "press-checks" simple and secure. Grips are black rubber and do the job just fine.
The action is where things get interesting. This pistol can be carried "cocked and locked" with the hammer back and the safety on, making the first shot a classic single-action one. It can also be carried with the hammer down, safety off, and the first shot is then double action. But in order to get that hammer down, you've got to pinch the hammer between your fingers, pull the trigger, and then gently lower it. No "de-cocker" here. Still, once you press that trigger and begin the hammer-down, you can release the trigger, re-engaging the firing pin safety. But we're all adults and there's no reason you can't do this safely (we've been doing it for a hundred years with the 1911), unless you're a certifiable idiot-and then you shouldn't have it to begin with, eh?
Take-down is easy. Put your thumb in the trigger guard (yeah, I know, make sure it's unloaded, etc., blah, blah), hold the slide with your fingers, and move it backwards about a "hair" to move it ever so slightly out of battery. A "hair" is less than "some" and more than a "tad" if you know what I mean. It isn't an exact science and it took us a few tries to get the hang of it. Use the base plate of the magazine to push out the slide stop, then the slide and barrel slip off the front, neat as a pinch. Oddly enough, it goes back together the same way, only in reverse. Imagine that.
Shooting was fun and predictable. We ran a quick 50 rounds of cheap, generic .40 through it just to make sure it ran. It did. We took the liberty of cleaning and oiling it prior to the range trip, but we're like that, and you should be, too. We ran a list of "who's who" of ammo makers from Winchester, Federal, CCI/Speer, and others through the RAMI, and it didn't find anything it was compelled to complain about. The feed ramp was nicely polished and as long as we held a firm grip and arm, all went well. Any smallish gun may stumble if you have a loosey-goosey grip so keep that arm and wrist firm so your autopistol can have something stable to recoil against.
As is usually the case in such things, it began to rain like the dickens as we started the test, so we didn't actually measure any groups-targets were wet and sorta pulpy. But, at an honest 15 yards (which was as far as I could get someone to run to post targets in the rain) you could have easily covered the groups with the bottom of a coffee cup. I think the little gun will do much better than that, but we were cold, wet, and, speaking of coffee cups, we were ready for some, so it's not the gun's fault.
The RAMI was fast-handling and sure-footed in the hand. Our test gun barked a bit and snapped some in .40 S&W (mostly with the stout loads) but with a 150-grain load at around 950 feet per second or so, the RAMI is a force to be reckoned with. And I reckon it will be hard to send this one back. Now, if I could just figure out what "RAMI" means.
Caliber: .40 S&W, 9mm
Weight: 25 ounces
Length: 6.6 inches
Height: 4.7 inches
Width: 1.3 inches
Barrel Length: 3.0 inches
Finish: Black polymer
Sights: Three-dot, fixed
MSRP: $559 (street price probably around $475)
Roy Huntington is the editor of American Handgunner and a long-time member of the Police Advisory Board.