ZEV Technologies Introduces First Pistol – the O.Z-9

    OZ-9 (ZEV)

    OZ-9 (ZEV)

    ZEV Technologies, best known for their aftermarket Glock parts, has introduced their first pistol, the O.Z-9. The new pistol, reputedly 12 years in the making, boasts a modular system composed of slide, frame and an internal steel receiver.

    Right side view of the O.Z-9 (ZEV)

    Left side view of the O.Z-9 (ZEV)

    Here’s ZEV’s press release announcing the launch of the new pistol in full:

    ZEV spent 12 years perfecting upgrade parts and full gun modifications for customers in the most demanding environments in the world. The guns they have built have won over 20 national and world championships and are in the hands of special operations forces around the globe. As they mastered their craft, they dreamed about building their own pistol.

    Alec Wolf, CTO / Founder of ZEV Technologies, said, “Today I am so excited to show the world the O.Z-9. After dreaming about this for 12 years it’s great to finally see this project come to fruition”

    The O.Z-9 has the accuracy, control and balance of a 1911, the reliability of a striker fired pistol, and is fully modular, allowing for grip changes and compatibility with Glock and ZEV parts.

    Matt Ridenour, CEO of ZEV Technologies, shared, “ZEV is committed to leadership in innovation and performance, so we invest heavily in design and engineering.   With OZ9 we’re confident that we are resetting the bar for high performance pistols.”

    The O.Z-9 feels and performs better because of the improved grip angle and increased rigidity of the internal steel receiver.


    – Less felt recoil
    – Better balance
    – Faster target acquisition
    – More control

    The O.Z-9 is modular. The internal steel receiver allows for an interchangeable grip, and all other parts are fully compatible with Glock and ZEV components.


    – Change out grips for different shooting conditions, sizes, colors, textures, or with blank grips to do your own grip work
    – Use your Glock magazines


    The O.Z-9 is tested. The O.Z-9 has gone through 3 years of testing and revision with over 500,000 rounds fired. It has met or exceeded various aspects of the U.S. Army TOP (Test Operations Procedure) for small arms, SAAMI, and California Department of Justice protocols for safety, reliability, and environmental testing, and is backed by a 3-year limited warranty.

    Here’s a photo showing the O.Z-9 disassembled into its three major components:

    ZEV OZ9

    The O.z-9’s three component parts, the grip frame, receiver and slide assembly (ZEV)

    ZEV also dropped a short promo video showing of the O.Z-9 in action:

    According to an Instagram post from Kitfox Design Group, ZEV will also be shipping each new O.Z-9 with a new morale patch designed by Kitfox. ZEV will no doubt be showing off the O.Z-9 at SHOT 2019, so stay tuned for TFB’s coverage.

    Find out more about the O.Z-9 over on ZEV’s website here.

    Matthew Moss


    TheFirearmBlog.com – Managing Editor
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    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

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