One of the most prolific pistol designs in history is the CZ 75. Czeska Zbrojovka (CZ) developed the CZ 75 in the former Czechoslovakia. This pistol entered production in 1975 and remains one of the company’s most popular firearms.
In addition to the many different variations of the 75 made by CZ, it has also been cloned by many different gun makers around the world. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, the CZ 75 is truly one of the world’s most loved pistols.
The full size CZ 75 is chambered in both 9mm and .40 S&W in the US. Internationally, the gun can also be had in 9×21 (aka 9mm IMI). The 9×21 pistols are typically sold where 9mm Parabellum is not legal for civilian ownership.
Ergonomics and Recoil
As a shooter, you will enjoy the ergonomics of the CZ75, as they are very good. Many shooters prefer the grip and feel of the CZ 75 to the larger grips on other pistols such as the Beretta 92.
You will find the recoil in 9mm is mild, while the .40 S&W is noticeably snappier. The higher pressures of the .40 S&W cartridge generate more recoil in all firearms. Most shooters have no problem controlling the recoil in the 75. However, those who are a bit frail may have an issue.
Trigger and Accuracy
Shooters will be pleased with the accuracy of the CZ 75. It also uses a wide variety of ammunition. Specific loads may perform better than others, but nearly all 9mm ammo turns in good groupings. The trigger on the CZ 75 is a double-action/single-action trigger.
Reloading and Disassembly
You will find that reloading the 75 is smooth and fast. The gun uses a button style magazine release. The magazines are “drop free” mags, meaning the shooter will not have to strip them from the pistol under normal circumstances.
Reliability and Durability
Shooters will enjoy the CZ 75 for long term use, as it has a very good track record and reliability report. These guns are used all around the world and are considered by many to be one of the most reliable handguns in harsh conditions.
The CZ 75 is a fine pistol with many variations from which you may choose. Few CZ owners ever complain about their pistols. The guns provide relatively easy shooting and tend to be affordable compared to other high-quality, metal-framed handguns. Anyone looking to buy a full size gun in either 9mm or .40 S&W should consider these guns before making a final purchasing decision.