They're imported from Turkey. I've heard good things about Turkish pistols. It's based on the CZ-75. If I was going to get a CZ-75 I'd get a CZ-75. They are probably the same price as the Armalite. I've seen CZ's at very attractive prices. I had an Italian CZ clone (TZ-75). Beautiful gun until the front sight flew off and had to get it silver soldered back on. I also had a Baby desert eagle which is a clone from Israel. Really nice gun.