The JSL Spitfire Mark II is another derivate of Czechoslovakian CZ 75, but, like the Sphinx AT-2000, has undergone a number of modifications in the course of its development, so that it can now be considered a completely different weapon.
The JSL Spitfire Mark II is a conventional recoil-operated pistol using the Browning tilting barrel, controlled by a cam beneath the chamber and locked by lugs above the chamber engaging in recesses in the slide. The entire pistol, except for the grip surfaces and springs, is made from investment-cast and machined stainless steel, and machining is done on computer-controlled machines to a tolerance of 5 microns. This produces a pistol which is tight throughout, with no looseness in the fit of components and a very crisp trigger pull.
The sights are fully adjustable for elevation and windage and produce a clear picture. Three models are currently produced:
- JSL Spitfire Mark II Standard – with fixed sights;
- JSL Spitfire Mark II Stirling – with adjustable rear sight;
- JSL Spitfire Mark II Competition – with fully adjustable sights and a muzzle compensator.
All JSL models are available in either 9 mm Parabellum or 9×21 mm chambering, the latter being particularly recommended for competition shooting since it appears to be somewhat more accurate than the Parabellum round.
The standard model has been tested by various military and police authorities and was in wide use as a police pistol in Europe.
Technical specifications: JSL Spitfire Mark II
|Manufacturer:||JSL Ltd., Hereford, England, United Kingdom (the company closed its doors in 1996)|
|Type:||recoil-operated, semi-automatic, double-action|
|Caliber:||9 mm Parabellum or 9×21 mm IMI|
|Barrel:||3.7 in (94 mm)|
|Weight (empty):||35.2 oz (1000 grams)|
|Magazine capacity:||15 rounds|