CZ 75

 

Photo of CZ75 pistol

CZ75 Pistol - 1995 transitional model

 

Technical Information

Manufacturer: Česká zbrojovka a.s
Model:75 (transitional)
Total Weight with empty magazine: 1088g
Country of Origin: Czech Republic
Barrel Length: 116.68mm (measured from muzzle to breach face)
Calibre: 9x19
Length of pistol: 208.5mm
Action:Semi automatic, single / double action
Width of pistol:40.78 (with Pachmeyr grip)
Magazine Capacity:16 Height of pistol:140.3

 

General Information

This model of the CZ75 is the transitional model and fits in between the old model first introduced in 1975, and the new "B" model fitted with a firing pin block. My CZ75 is fitted with the new frame of the "B" model which includes the squared front trigger guard and bobbed and rounded external hammer. It is however not fitted with the firing pin block as is standard on the "B" series. Because it has the updated slide, it also includes easily removable front and rear sights. It is important to note that the front sight on the old version of the CZ75 forms in integral part of the slide and cannot be easily removed without some major machining and gunsmithing. It has a double stack magazine capable of loading 16 rounds in the standard magazine. New CZ75B magazines fits perfectly into this frame. New CZ75B magazines does not nessesarily fit the old traditional CZ75. The CZ75 is big full sized pistol manufactured from steel and gun-blued from the factory. My CZ75 is my daily carry gun as well as sport shooting gun and therefore has a fairly high round count (as of 2015-03-10 had about 35 000 round count estimate). I also had it ceracoated about three years ago and have fitted a set of Pachmayr rubber grips fitted to improve the grip. I carry this firearm with a round in the chamber and the hammer dropped (de-cocked). The manual safety level cannot be engaged when the hammer is dropped. The first round is therefore fired is double action mode and the rest of the rounds can then be fired in single action mode. I carry the full complement of 16 rounds in the magazine plus one in the chamber. I have been doing this for the past twenty odd years and have never had a magazine fail on me due to the spring going soft. Recoil on the firearm is really maneable due to the "heavy" frame and slide when compared to more moddern polymer framed handguns. I also have never managed to induce a failure due to "limp wristing" even when gripping the firearm fairly weakly in one hand.

 

Ergonomics

I find the balance of weight vs size to be perfect when shooting rapidly. Follow-up shots can be fired accurately and the grip is really great. The grip angle is the same as those used in the Browning high power and Beretta 92. Users familiar with these guns would find that the overall feel and sight picture of the CZ75 to be spot-on. Shooters with really small hands might find the grip to be a bit on the thick side to be comfortable with. The magazine release button, safety and slide stop lever can easily be operated by any adult sized hands. The trigger is very smooth in both double and single action and contributes to the overall accuracy of the gun. The CZ75 (pre-B and transitional) is fitted with an intertia firing pin. This implies that the hammer must strike the firing pin with enough force to overcome the firing pin spring before the pin can reach the primer with enough force to fire the primer. This implies that the gun can be dropped with a loaded chamber without the fear of a round going off. The standard CZ75 does noes not have a "drop free" magazine. This implies that when the magazine release button is pressed, the magazine will not drop free from the pistol using gravity alone. This can easily be rectified by bending the magazine brake so that it does not brake the magazine and the magazine can drop free. Removing the magazine brake is not recommended as it is also used to guide the magazine into the magazine well. It should also be noted that because of the inertia firing pin, the CZ75 can be dry-fired without having to worry about the firing pin breaking.

 

Reliability

CZ75 is synonymous with extreme reliability and durability. The CZ75 was (or still is) used by more than 23 countries all over the world, including South Africa. The chamber in my CZ75 is fairly loose and will therefore feed and fire almost any 9mm bullet what will fully chamber. It is capable of cycling very low powered loads reliably. It also does not have any problems with any 9mmP ammo I ever found and reloaded. This includes 48grain THV's right up to 160 grain cast lead bullets. My CZ75 will chamber and fire slightly "out of specification" ammo which will cause a misfire in my wife's Glock 19 and S&W M&P9. I have successfully fired all types of hollow point ammunition I can find, as well as numerous weird and strange types of 9mmP ammo.

 

Determining Year of Manufacture

To determine the year of manufacture on and a CZ handgun, take a close look at the extractor. Right above the extractor punched on the slide will be the last two digits of the year in which the gun was manufactured. In this case, 1995.

CZ75 date

 

Accuracy and Reloading

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Chronographed loads: (use at own risk)

Bullet weight

(grain)

Powder Type

(SomChem)

powder charge

(grain)

Projectile speed

(ft/sec)

48 THV MS200 13 2200
115 CMJ MS200 4.9 1187
115 CMJ S121 4.8 1240
130 cast MS200 4.2 1060
147 CMJ MS200 3.7 950
160 cast MS200 3.6 840
160 cast MS200 3.4 810

 

 

Overall Impression

The CZ75 is a great all round solid reliable semi-automatic pistol. Robust and accurate. A very good choice for a personal self defence pistol. It does equally well on the combattive shooting range under extreme conditions.

 

CZ75 field stripped