Gun Review: The World’s Most Copied Pistol, The CZ 75b

Like many shooters of my generation I tend to favor the polymer “tactical” type of pistols, not giving modern classics like the CZ 75, Hi-power, PPK, or the P38 the time of day. Phil learned of my shortcoming and contacted CZ in an effort to expand the mind of a young(ish) firearms enthusiast. Shortly after I was told to expect it, a CZ 75b showed up at my dealer’s door.

I don’t know how I avoided getting behind a CZ 75 for as long as I have, especially since I love shooting handguns. I have had an opportunity to handle a few Witness compacts, but they never felt right in my hand so I kind of dismissed the CZ 75 pattern of pistols foolishly. Once I picked the CZ 75 b up for the first time I instantly became a fan. It didn’t feel unfinished like either of my friends’ Witnesses, the CZ 75b felt purposeful and complete. The full sized frame feeling wonderfully balanced when taking a firing grip.

The CZ 75b that I was sent has their black Polycoat finish applied. It feels different than most firearm finishes, and if some of the surplus pistols that recently made their way onto the market are any indication it seems to be tough as nails.


Before we get too far into things, like usual, here are the specs from the CZ website.

MSRP $612
Firearm Type Handgun
Purpose Home Defense
Chambering 9mm Luger
Magazine Capacity 16
Frame Steel
Grips Plastic
Trigger Mech DA/SA
Sights Fixed Three-Dot
Barrel Cold Hammer Forged
Barrel Length 4.6 in
Weight 2.2 lbs
Overall Length 8.1 in
Height 5.4 in
Width 1.4 in
Safety Manual Safety, Safety Stop on Hammer, Firing Pin Block Safety
Name CZ 75 B – 9mm

The CZ 75b arrived in a nicely laid out plastic case. The foam was nice closed cell foam perfectly cut out for the shape of the handgun. Nestled to the left of the pistol I found two beautifully blued, all steel 16 round magazines. Like most service type pistols, CZ saw fit to include some very basic cleaning implements, a Glock type poly brush and a plastic rod with a slot in the end for patches.


The two included magazines had a mirror like finish applied making them feel like they are worth every bit of the $43.00 MSRP from CZ-USA. I still wish that the factory mag pricing was a bit cheaper, at $43 I am much less likely to buy several spares. Thankfully there are a metric ton of aftermarket options out there.


The safety on the CZ is a bit of a sore point for me. I have medium sized hands and had a hard time turning the safety off when in firing position. When the safety is in the up position it prevents the slide from moving much like the 1911.


The front sight has an interesting attachment method, the sight is pressed into a forward facing dovetail and secured with a roll pin driven through a notch in the front sight.


The CZ 75b shipped with a set of three dot sights that I found easy to acquire quickly. In this photo you can see the marks on the frame and slide that you line up to take the pistol down for cleaning.


Take down is pretty easy, align the marks on the slide and frame then drive the slide stop pin out, after that the rest of the process is exactly the same as just about every other pistol out there.


With the slide on top of the frame you can really see the slide rails that ride on the inside of the frame. You also can see the firing pin block (the little black circle) that ads that b designation to the CZ’s name. It is my understanding that this was the only change from the older CZ75 pre-b model. I am sure you guys will let me know if I overlooked other changes, I have faith.


The locking lugs are very similar in appearance to those on a 1911. I found the CZ to lock up nice and tight like a high end 1911 would. Some shooters have complained about the machining marks on the slide, I honestly didn’t notice any issues created by them and I didn’t feel that it detracted from the overall quality of the pistol.

The cold hammer forged barrel is super tough. Built to persevere in the most hostile of climates in the hands of soldiers (we all know how well they care for equipment) the barrel will remain more accurate than most shooters much longer than most other service pistols.

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Some have remarked that the CZ looks a lot like a Hi-Power, I can’t say I disagree. I prefer the trigger on the CZ, but the Hi-Power’s safety is much easier for me to turn on and off. I wish the CZ’s safety was more accessible, but I understand that it is not intended to be carried cocked and locked so keeping the safety out of the way of a holster was the right move. As a recreational shooter I would have preferred a more proud lever.


The trigger was a touch gritty and had a small bit of creep in single action with a touch of overtravel, the double action pull was long and heavy like almost all double actions are.I understand that over time, the CZ’s trigger gets better. I guess I will just have to shoot it a lot more to find out. Darn.

Using my trusty Lyman trigger gauge I tested the single action, half cock, and full double action pull weights. I wasn’t surprised with the results as they were pretty typical of a service pistol.

Single action was under 5 pounds at 4 pounds 15 ounces.

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The half cock position provided more resistance at 9 pounds 5 ounces, not too bad for a double action.

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The full double action pull was a bit weighty at 10 pounds 14 ounces. Yikes! That could give your trigger finger a bit of a workout!


I really enjoyed how the full sized CZ fit into the hand, it felt natural. Other than my gripe with the safety I was rather pleased. Recoil wasn’t too bad, you can see that muzzle flip is about what you would expect out of a 9mm combat gun. I imagine that the CZ’s hefty 2.2 pound weight had something to do with that. I don’t really mind the weight because I am not planning on carrying the CZ 75b and the weight means this gun is built like a tank. The CZ’s extractor also doubles as a loaded chamber indicator protruding from the slide and allowing you to identify a loaded chamber by running your finger over the extractor to feel the raised edge.

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Even though the trigger isn’t of match quality I didn’t have any issue hitting a 4.5″ hostage swinger on one of our steel targets repeatedly. The sight picture was easy to pick up quickly and the CZ 75b pointed naturally.

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A quick accuracy test at 10 yards resulted in better than combat levels of accuracy. I did pull one shot, but the rest of the group was pretty impressive. I have said it in the past that shooting groups with handguns is not something I practice a lot and should do so more, I forget how rewarding it can be to get a decent group out of a gun.


Overall the CZ 75b proved to be a great shooter and a fantastic value. I am a bit sad that I haven’t had an opportunity to shoot one until now. As a self proclaimed handgun guy, the CZ75’s absence from my collection was inexcusable. Just like the last pistol I reviewed, the manufacture is going to get a check back instead of a gun. It seems this job is going to run me into the poor house at this rate. I think I may have caught the CZ bug and have found myself perusing my favorite gun auction site in search of a very early one or maybe even one of the very cool SP-01 Tacticals to add to my Sphnix SDP Compact and my new CZ 75b.

I put about 600 rounds downrange with the CZ 75b and it never hiccuped or gave me any problems. It really displayed service pistol like reliability.

The MSRP of the CZ 75b is $612 at the time of this writing, but the street price found with a quick Google search resulting in finding the gun in the $550 dollar range, a pretty good value for a gun built as well as this one is. You can learn more about the CZ 75b at CZ’s website here.


  • plingr2

    Best CZ 75, was made before 1990. Back in that days, CZUB used steel from Poldovka Kladno. But Poldovka had bankruptcy. After that CZUB bet on quantity and gun quality went down. In these days, quality increases (i hope so). Greeting from Czech republik (Sorry for my bad english)

    • Tom

      Interesting, would this have been at the time of the Velvet revolution? I can see that there would be a strong desire to manufacture lots of products for export and try and get hard currency into the country.

      • plingr2

        Not all privatizacion was successful. We got rid of Communism but lot of corporations were bankrupt because someone stole money 😀

        • Simcha M.

          How ironic; Eastern Europeans were shedding communism as we Americans stupidly kept electing more and more Leftists………….

          Don’t apologize for your English, by the way, it’s better than most of my fellow Americans!!

    • Patrick R.

      Interesting, I will have to track down an early one to check out.

    • Bungameng

      I always inadvertently touch my gun when I hear someone talking about the good old times under communism, and higher quality of this or that product made in that time.

      Thankfully this kind of people is slowly dying out in the Czech society.

      • Anomanom

        He’s not wrong, in this case. Early model CZ-75 sometimes called the “short-rail” was made from a better grade of metal than later models. I believe it was particularly hard.

      • plingr2

        I hate comunism. I just say they use better steel.

        • plingr2

          It’s not about politics, it’s about metallurgy.

    • Rock or Something

      The Japanese Manga “Gunsmith Cats” talked about this to some extent. The original CZ 75 is the protagonist’s handgun of choice in the series.

      I still have a CZ 75b, but I admit, I carry and shoot the CZ P07 more due to proficiency.

      • nom

        The manga and OVA are both great gun porn! Pretty sure the author and the production crew toured around the US to shoot all of the guns in both so they could depict everything accurately (as accurate as you can be in an action movie-esque anime)

      • st4

        I have both models depicted, a back to back ’79 and 80′. The updated pre-B is nowhere near a clunker as the comic implies. In fact, I read it is that particular model of CZ that earned its praise from Jeff Cooper. Probably just another case of, “super prototype,” trope common in manga/anime.

      • sliversimpson

        What are your thoughts on the P07 vs. P09 just for a range gun?

  • Rich

    Check out Cajun Gun Works where for a small investment in parts you can really make your CZ hum. I chose to send my SP-01 Tac in for their Pro Package which turned it in to 6.25lb DA / 2.75lb SA laser gun that will run with anything in USPSA Production Division. Oh, and they also have a Sphinx spring package. Enjoy your new CZ!

    • Patrick R.

      As much as I shoot my Sphinx I am going to have to check that out. The trigger is pretty good on it bu I am sure it could be a touch better.

      • There are also CZ Custom, and Automatic Accuracy.

      • R H

        You really should give them a call about that Sphinx. I talked to the owner last week and he said something like “the sphinx is amazing, and doesn’t really need much work, but we can take it to a whole different level”. I was really impressed with the triggers on their CZ pistols. I’m sure their work with the Sphinx is on par with the rest of their work. Plus they were super nice and really helpful, so I’m sure they’d be more than happy to talk to you about any upgrades you might be thinking about.

    • AndyT

      I replaced all of the springs in my CZ 75 compact and it’s an incredible shooter now. Put the nice wood grips from CZ customs on it and it’s now my BBQ gun. So pretty, so nice to shoot. I’m a fanboy. I need a SP-01, a rami, and a full size 75 now…

    • Jim

      Their spring kit is the best $20 I ever spent on a gun.

  • some_guy

    I thought the 1911 was the most copied handgun, CZ being the second.

    • Tom

      I think it depends how you argue it. Probable more manufacturers make 1911s than other handgun but they are for the most part sold/marketed as 1911s where as when other manufacturers make CZ75s they call them something else and ofen make little cosmetic changes along the way (ie. IMI and the Jericho series).

      There are I would imagine far more manufacturers making 1911 copies (if you count anything that is not Colt or at least made under a government contract as a copy) than any thing else Where as for the CZ75 you have far more manufacturers basically copying the design but selling it as something else.

      • Bungameng

        There may be higher overall number of 1911 clone manufacturers, but many of the CZ 75 clone manufacturers furnish they local police forces and armies, which likely makes the total number of clones of CZ 75s higher.

  • Calimero

    We see a lot of CZ 75 SP01 Shadow in IPSC Production over here in Europe.

    They’re nice to shoot (though I’m a Glock guy). The rail on the front add extra weight which helps keep the gun steadier.

    Only thing is that the slide stop pin breaks quite often. Better keep a couple of them in advance if you intend to shoot a lot. And swap the recoil spring quite often.

    • overlander

      Eh, only if you’re running aftermarket springs on the light side of things will you ever have issues with slide stop pins. With factory or even slightly lighter recoil spring, you won’t have issues with slide stop pins.

      • Calimero

        So this would mean that the SP01 Shadow ships from the factory with a weaker spring ?

        We have some IPSC shooters who are quite active in my club and they seem to burn through slide stop pins at a rate that makes the Glock fanboy in me giggle.

        Plus the SP01 maintenance kit comes with five of them so it seems the concern is shared by CZUB.

        I don’t see this as a big issue though. With some basic preventive maintenance it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

  • MrEllis

    I love my CZ75 Compact! Next up is a P09 then a RAMI. Also, thanks for showing some CZ stuff! I love 75s on a whole.

    • Jay

      My CZ-75 PCR is my favorite carry gun, period. The full size CZ-75 in my safe wears a standard Hogue wrap around rubber grip which makes an already comfy pistol absolutely melt into the hand.

      • MrEllis

        I’d like to find some nice wood grips for mine.

  • Christopher Armour

    I use to be a tupperware guy, HK being my favorite flavor. That is, until I held my first 1911. There is nothing like the feel of a nicely machined solid piece of metal in your hands. I still haven’t bought a CZ75 yet, but I have several variants on the list.

  • Pete Sheppard

    There was a change to make magazines drop free–which ‘pre-B’ mags do not. ‘B’ mags don’t work in ‘pre-B’ pistols.

    • Patrick R.

      Thanks Pete, I will take a look into that and amend the article as nessacary later today.

      • Martin törefeldt.

        The trigger guard was changed to. For a picture of the very first variant of cz75
        CZ-75 i can recommend the CZ-75 page on wikipedia.

    • me ohmy

      mine works with all of them, you only need to bend the sheet metal part in the mag well.. it drops free with all mags

      • J.T.

        It is more complex than just bending the magazine brake (which you shouldn’t do, just replace it with a flat one). Up until sometime in the early 90’s the dimensions of the magazine well were different in Pre-B guns and they won’t accept B mags without doing some filing. The changed to the new magazine well a couple years before fully going to the B model so some Pre-Bs can take new mags.

        • me ohmy

          really?? it was complex as pulling the brake, bending it slightly.. reinstalling it and shooting the snot out of it, from the time I got it.
          up until the present era, it’s been an awesome pistol.
          the magwell on mine accepts all mags.. but the cheaper ones are a little big and hung up until I gave the mags a mild clearance filing on the wear areas. this is just like ANYONE’S cheap magazines…they are not as “nice” as the ones that it came with, and those ARE serialized to the gun.
          thanks but I never had major drama with mine after I worked on it.
          then again, I’m nice to my stuff and if it doesnt work right.. I fix it

  • Griz

    I can admit I like the look of the CZ75, I love steel 9mm pistols, but it is so hard to pull away from Browning High Power and clones. Any pistol shooter should pick up a steel 9 mm. I started with plastic, bought and practiced with a Taurus Pt92 and I was amazed at how much better I shot the plastic guns after. Sold the Taurus, bought more plastic, missed the heavy beast, bought an Arcus, the cz clones were out of stock locally and on Buds.

    • NDS

      +1 on every pistol shooter needs a steel 9mm. I got a government model 1911 chambered in 9mm and not only is it amazing to shoot but it improves shooting across the board.

  • Ah the CZ75. They are like the Illuminati of the pistol world: you constantly hear about them and their accomplishments but never seem to actually see them anywhere.
    Of course I kid, but it does seem like they are not quite as prolific as people would suggest (which is a shame because they are spectacular).

    • Go to a major USPSA or IPSC match, they will be everywhere. Along with one of their clones Tanfoglio.

      • nova3930

        I almost bought a Tangfolio some years back. Was kinda scared off by not knowing much about them. Still have not filled the CZ-75 hole in my collection either…..

    • claymore

      I had an original back in the 80’s and it is one fine firearm. Being a leftie I never noticed a problem with the safety because I just normally left it off. But it does “fit the hand and point very naturally.”

    • floppyscience

      They’ve only been available in the US for like 20 years. They’re prolific pretty much everywhere but here.

  • Sam

    I have a CZ75 SP-01 Tactical. I love it. I prefer a steel frame with a hammer. Just feels more solid than a polymer pistol. Recoil is nonexistent.

    I put the H-Tac tritium sights and aluminum grips from CZ Custom. Single action was a little heavy from the factory, around 6lbs. So I had it worked on, as well. My favorite pistol.

  • kipy

    I just ordered a Tristar C100 for 299$ a couple days ago thanks in large part to James review a couple weeks ago on YouTube. I’m really excited to finally get to try out what everyone online seems to think is one of the best non polymer handguns

    • Reef Blastbody

      CZ’s first run of SP01 Phantoms had issues, since that was their very first polymer design. It was due to the type of polymer used. They learned from that and fixed it with the later models. They replaced the Phantom in the North American market with the P-09 and P-07, but still sell the Phantom in other markets.

      Not sure if the C100/C120 are steel frame or steel alloy. I have a T100 and T120, and both are alloy framed, weighing in only slightly heavier than similar sized polymer framed pistols. This is based on back to back, unscientific comparison of hefting a T100, P01 and P-07, and a T120, P120 and SP01 Phantom.

  • Those factory magazines are made by Mecgar, and dealers sell Mecgar labeled CZ-75 magazines between $20-25 each online.

  • me ohmy

    I own a CZ-75 PRE B.. love it.. awesome gun that eats everything and loves the hotter ammo…..epic design.

  • northafrican

    the second best looking pistol after 1911

  • st4

    My gun safe unicorn happens to be a CZ. A, “short-slide,” from ’79.

    • Anomanom

      That’s the one i want. CZ-75 short rail.

      • st4

        It took me a few years to find one. All I can say is, frequent CZ boards and gunbroker every day. Even a beat up one can fetch thousands of dollars though unfortunately.

  • Mouldy Squid

    I absolutely love my SP01-Tactical. This is a fantastic shooter. I compete regularly with it in 3 gun and IPSC. Perfect size for my somewhat small hands.

  • FrenchKiss

    Well, I’m gonna go rogue and say I like my CZ75 in .40 S&W. I hit everything I aim at. And because the .40 cal version is slightly heavier at the muzzle, felt recoil is quite comfortable.

    • Manfredi1

      FK, I couldn’t agree more. For all those who hate .40 cal because of the recoil they should try shooting it in any variant of the CZ75. Actually, for shooters who shoot .380 because 9mm is too snappy the same holds true. For all the popularity Glocks get (and don’t get me wrong, it has been earned.) it’s still surprising to me the CZ75 isn’t more popular in America.

      • Mouldy Squid

        My SP01-Tactical is chambered for .40. I’ve never had a problem with recoil. If I didn’t know better, I would think I was shooting 9mm out of it.

      • FrenchKiss

        Yep. In a CZ75, .40 S&W is very comfortable and controllable. Any other pistol, no way.

        • Sulaco

          Very soft recoil and controllable in my .40 BHP which grip design is very like the CZ…

      • sliversimpson

        I shoot a Glock 22 Gen 4 (full size .40 S&W), and the recoil doesn’t feel overly harsh to me. I would love to try a CZ 75 to compare the difference.

        Now, I once shot a Glock 27 (subcompact .40 S&W)… It wasn’t unbearable, but recoil was definitely a factor to contend with.

        • dwsharp

          You will have found a new love if you do try a CZ75 in .40. It won’t be your carry gun but you will take it most times you go to the range shooting. It is my favorite pistol by far.

    • Simcha M.

      If you like your CZ75 in .40 S&W; you really should czeck out (pun intended) the best pistol you never heard of; the CZ-40B. It is essentially a 1911 in .40 caliber; a short-lived venture between CZ and Colt; CZ building the gun and Colt marketing it.
      Shana tova and happy shooting!

      • N_Lightened_1

        I’m not a fan of the caliber, but a buddy of mine picked one up a month or so ago and since he knows what a CZ fanatic I am, he let me shoot it. I was VERY impressed. At 10 yds 2 of the 3 bullet holes overlapped and the 3rd was almost touching the first 2. Color me impressed.

    • Jim

      I have a CZ40B, a gun designed as a .40. Very comfortable to shoot as well.

  • STW

    I bought a CZ75 several years ago as my first 9mm. Interestingly, it was a Semi-compact, full-sized grip and a shorter barrel, which was not a cataloged item. I enjoyed it a lot but it sort of looked stunted. Unfortunately, my wife could not reach the trigger because her hands are too small so I traded for a something she could use too. Should have kept it. She now has four handguns, a rile, and a shotgun. The CZ would have been over looked in the safe.

  • thedonn007

    The CZ 75 is my favorite pistol, i have a few in my small handgun collection. I need to get a CGW or CZ Custom trigger job one of these days.

  • me ohmy

    awesome thanks.. mine needed only a little tweaking..maybe I lucked out and got the last of the PRE-B’s and got one with a better dimensioned magwell. don’t know it works fine.
    thanks for the link in any case.

  • R H

    I got a CZ75 BD Police a while back. I like to take it to the range every now and then, but the trigger on it isn’t exactly spectacular. Last week I stopped by Cajun Gun Works and picked up an ultra light spring kit and one of their firing pins. Just the springs made a huge difference in the DA pull and I plan on getting one of their hammers soon (and maybe a reach reduction kit). Super nice guys and everything seems quality.

    • Reef Blastbody

      +1 to Cajun Gun Works. I picked up a P-07 that had been given the works at CGW, including their fiber optic sights and rear sight. Phenomenal DA/SA pull, break, reset and target acquisition. Just need to find a good IWB holster for it now.

      • R H

        Yeah I got to check out a P-07 (and a few other guns) while I was there. David even let me check out his P-01, and the trigger on it was absolutely amazing.

  • Jerry Sussman

    Hi. Enjoyed the article. Over the years, I’ve owned about a half-dozen CZ semi-automatic pistols, including a couple of compact CZ 83s .380, a couple of full size CZ75 BD 9mm, and a couple of compact CZ 75 C 9mm. I’ve also owned a couple of the variants (including compact and full size “Baby Desert Eagles” 9mm). Minor cosmetic issues aside (CZ 83), all CZ made iterations were well made, reasonably priced, and functioned flawlessly. If memory serves, the slides are forged, and the frames were cast. They look, feel and shoot great.

    I agree with the observations made in this review, but would like to comment on the carry mode. Some (CZ 75 BD) have a decocker; some (CZ 83, and CZ 75 C) have a safety. Most models can be had with either a safety or a decocker. The safety equipped versions are made to be carried with the hammer fully cocked and the safety engaged; those that prefer otherwise, should consider the versions equipped with a decocker. Though most variants have a block on the hammer to prevent it from striking the firing pin if the hammer slips while being lowered, it is suggested that, for safety, the safety-equipped should be made safe the same way as a 1911: magazine dropped; safety off; slide racked to remove chambered cartridge. The trigger ought not to be depressed to drop the hammer notwithstanding the hammer block safety.

    Some CZ 75s can be had in single action, and some can be had in double action. Some have standard triggers, and some feature a “simpler” “Omega” trigger. All of the CZs and clones that I have owned have had standard double action triggers. Though superb in function, the double action trigger not only is heavy but also long and gritty with significant take up and creep. Ease and benefits of “trigger jobs” will vary depending upon whether you are servicing a standard trigger v. Omega v. single action v. double action.

    Unlike some other manufacturers, CZ lists and sells just about every part for each gun in current production. Expensive perhaps, but available.

    Some gentle criticisms of the CZ and its clones should be noted: (1) I agree with the author that the reach to the safety is unusually long; (2) many of the all-steel handguns use a a single grip screw on either side of the frame. In the case of the CZ 83, the grip screws invariably loosen after a single day at the range; in the case of the CZ 75 Compact, the inconvenience occurs much less often but could have been eliminated altogether by the addition of a second set of screws in each grip. Small “O-rings” around the grip screws help somewhat; (3) some CZ compact clones use double recoil springs that, in my opinion, add no value and render the firearm less reliable; and (4) the slide stop is well nigh impossible to remove without the use of much finger effort (ouch) or a tool (magazine baseplate or similar) to push against the pronounced pin.

    Looking forward to my next CZ purchase.

  • Reef Blastbody

    I, too, had a glaring CZ deficiency in my collection, until I moved out here from San Diego. I did have an IMI marked Baby Eagle in .45ACP, but had sold it due to unemployment (along with a few other painful sales during that same timeframe), and hadn’t had a lot of trigger time with it.

    That all changed when I escaped to Free America. 😀

    The CZ-75 pattern pistols seem to be selling pretty well here, especially now that the Turks have gotten into the game with their ISO-9001/NATO certified offerings. The Canik55/Tristar CZ clones are extremely well built, and IMO, easily equal the Czech guns in materials quality and fit/finish, generally for 1/2 – 2/3 the price.

    That being said, of the 11 CZ pattern handguns I own, 5 of them were born in Hungarian Ford, Czechoslovakia.

  • The issue with the CZ75’s thumb safety isn’t so much that it is too small, but rather that its shaft is too far forward for proper leverage. This is one aspect of the design that Dornaus & Dixon tried to fix with their ill-fated Bren Ten.

  • Southpaw89

    I have another CZ-75 clone, the Tri-Star L-120, I got it new on sale for $300 and despite the very low price it has proven to be an excellent shooter and very reliable, and after putting a set of wooden grips on it, it now looks as good as it shoots, and IMO, that is one thing you will never be able to say about a Glock.

  • Sulaco

    An absolutely outstanding design that is ageless. BUT, having had a couple over the years, a real CZ and the Italian copy clone, that first double action trigger reach is just too long for my short little fingers to handle well. Always pull off the first round after reposting my finger to reach the trigger. We have a couple in the shop now, older and newer with rail and I still love the feel but the trigger reach reminded me why I don’t have one now. Back to you BHP.

  • Kjk

    Never heard that. What’s it called? Expensive?

  • Tom Currie

    “World’s Most Copied Pistol”

    The CZ75 ? ! ? ! ?

    I’m not sure who is doing the counting, but apparently their numeric vocabulary stops at 1910

  • nom

    I have the CZ 75 Omega. The trigger is really nice, though I don’t have a gauge. Feels pretty consistent but I’m pretty inexperienced of a shooter so I don’t have much to compare it to. Surprised you guys haven’t tried the CZ but glad you liked it too! From a supported position I can nail clays from 75 yards with most shots.

  • Steve Truffer

    You want heavy double action? Shoot a Nagant revolver. 18/+ pounds. Some go north of 22 pounds.

    • Patrick R.


  • Simcha M.

    You put it quite aptly. I own one of these and love it, cost me around three hundred bucks (used, of course) circa mid 2000s.

    The combination of the alloy frame, steel slide and the 1911-style erognomics make for a very comfortable shooter, IMHO.

    My only complaints are that it is a little bulky for carry, having a double-stack magazine and that takedown can be a bit of a pain in the tuchas.

    It doesn’t have a de-cocker, but what’s the problem; just take out the magazine, clear the chamber and trip the hammer.

  • BearSlayer338

    Funny I was pretty sure the CZ75 was a copy of Browning High Power with a few small design changes.

  • Jerry Sussman

    Thanks. Yeah, I know about what is “recommended.” It’s been debated back and forth on various forums for years. But I think that the consensus among those that carry is that you are inviting a negligent discharge if you try to carry a double action or single action firearm with the hammer dropped on a life round. True, there is a “hammer block safety” on various iterations of the CZ 75, but that is designed to prevent an inadvertent discharge should the hammer slip from one’s fingers as it is lowered with the trigger pulled.

    For years, CZ advocated that the CZ 83 (safety not decocker) also could be carried with the hammer down on a life round or “cocked-and-locked,” yet the CZ 83 didn’t even have a hammer block safety: if the hammer slipped from your hand as you lowered the round and your finger was still on the trigger: kaboom! Despite CZ’s suggestion that it could be carried with the hammer down, the pistol holster for the CZ 83 used by Czech and East European police had a strap to be cinched between the hammer and the firing pin, with the action “cocked and locked,” with the leather strap acting as an additional safety.

    The 75 BD (decocker) and the 75 B (safety) both have the hammer block safety. In the case of the BD, the hammer block safety is essentially the detente position engaged by flipping the decocker, thereby making the firearm safe; in the case of the 75 B (safety), it may share a common design, but its purpose in that context primarily is to forestall negligent discharge as the hammer is dropped with the trigger pulled.

    My opinion was based on with wisdom of Jeff Cooper and others who said that weapons carried cocked-and-locked (1911) should not be rendered safe by dropping the hammer on a live round; rather, the magazine should be dropped, the safety disengaged, and the slide racked to remove the chambered round. Only then ought the hammer to be dropped.

    Just my opinion of course. 🙂

  • Tejanojack

    Appears to be a great pistol. I want one, but why is it better than my 1938, Browning High Power?

  • dwsharp

    Bought a CZ 75 SP01 Shadow from CZcustom. Send them this gun if you want a competition trigger or short reset. It is my favorite pistol by far. I will still have poly pistols for carry but this gun makes it hard to miss the A zone if you can aim at all

  • missourisam

    Having recently shot a couple of EAA copies of the CZ in 9mm, I can only say that if the original CZ is any better, they are gold. That is exceptional praise from a dyed in the wool 1911 lover.

  • mxprivateer

    I recently purchased a CZ 85b (the ambidextrous version of the 75b) and couldn’t believe how great the pistol felt in my hand, and being a lefty I was thrilled to have a truly and fully ambidextrous handgun. I was sadly disappointed when I took it to the range for the first time when I had several instances where the hammer would drop and nothing would happen. The trigger would lock up and there was no re-strike, and ejecting the unfired round showed no evidence of a firing pin mark. In 200 rounds, this happened 8 or 10 times. I contacted CZ and they gave me instructions on sending the pistol back for inspection as well as a postage paid shipping label. They had the pistol back to me in 2 weeks and the repair order had some vague description like “adjusted breech face” on it. As good as the ergonomics are and despite how accurate it is, I have zero confidence in this firearm and would not trust my life or my family’s life to be reliably defended with this pistol.

  • katso

    Good gun but overpriced. The copies by Tanfoglio and Sars (Turks) leave a lot to be desired, especially the lousy triggers that pinch your fingers.