It’s summertime and the shooting is CZ. When it comes to this beauteous ballistic Czech mate, you’re in one of two camps. Either you own a CZ and love it or you haven’t shot it yet. I’m in the former camp; I own a CZ 75 P-01. Despite the obvious fanboy joke, my love isn’t blind. Where it counts there’s awesomeness.
The CZ 75 P-01, differs markedly in a number of ways from the original, yet should be equally appealing to American shooters. The CZ 75 P-01 is a short recoil-operated, aluminum alloy-framed, double-action (DA) pistol equipped with a decocker. It was created at the behest of the Czech national police, which presented CZ with a daunting protocol for the pistol's performance.
The CZ 75 is among the most imitated pistols in the world. At present few clones have equaled the reliability and build quality of the original.
From its introduction, those with an eye for mechanical excellence have appreciated the CZ 75. I think, those referring to the pistol as a double action Browning Hi Power are mistaken. The CZ owes more to the Petter pistols than the Browning. Few pistols today do not use the Browning locked breech system. The trigger linkage and design of the CZ 75 are superior to the Browning Hi Power—and I am a Hi Power fan