ZEV Tech Introduces The O.Z-9 Compact Pistol

    The O.Z-9 Compact (ZEV Tech)

    Back in January ZEV Tech unveiled their first pistol, the O.Z-9. They have now introduced a compact version of the pistol – the O.Z-9 Compact. The new O.Z-9 C has similar dimensions to the Glock 19, with a 7.3″ overall length but with parts like ZEV’s PRO Magwell is slightly heavier at 26.25oz.

    Right: The O.Z-9 Compact (ZEV Tech)

    Here’s what ZEV Tech have to say about their new pistol:

    Blurring the line between personal defense, concealed carry and a duty pistol, the O.Z-9 compact has the same great features as its standard-sized sibling in a compact, comfortable and easy-to-handle package.

    ZEV Technologies’ first complete pistol, built entirely from the ground up, is now available in a compact model. All the same great features as the standard sized O.Z-9, the compact blurs the line between personal defense, concealed carry and a duty pistol. The slimmed-down PRO magwell enhances grip comfort while minimizing printing while carrying concealed.

    The O.Z-9 was designed and created for balance. It’s one of the first things you notice when holding this pistol. Balance equates to what every shooter is looking for; a more controllable pistol with less felt recoil, less muzzle flip and faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

    At the heart of the O.Z-9 is our pat. pending Steel Receiver. This solid steel frame runs the length of the entire pistol allowing the locking block to be fully integrated. The extended rails in the steel receiver help provide more than double the surface area of contact to the slide. Additional benefits include channels that clear out debris while also acting as lubricating reservoirs for high friction areas.

    Having a singular component for the slide to travel along minimizes vibration and recoil energy by dispersing it along the receiver through the custom grip. A single take-down pin conveniently located at the front of the trigger guard locks the removable grip to the steel receiver.

    By design, the trigger is housed in the steel receiver allowing for future grip upgrades without completely breaking down the pistol. Our improved grips have steeper angles, and forward hand position keeping the muzzle down, and pointing straighter.

    The O.Z-9 is compatible with ZEV components and accepts GLOCK® mags, and will include future grip sizes, color, and texture options.

    Left: The O.Z-9 Compact (ZEV Tech)


    • Caliber: 9mm
    • Trigger Pull: 4.5 lbs.
    • Width: 1.624″
    • Height: 5.522″
    • Length (overall): 7.3″
    • Weight: 26.25 oz.

    The O.Z-9 Compact has an MSRP of $1,679.00. Find out more over on ZEV’s site.

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