Read the typical CZ 75D PCR review, and you’re likely to be regaled with a tale of double action perfection. Is it?
Perfection? Not quite. Darn close, though? About as close as it gets…though the more discerning you are, the more you might notice a few things.
If you’re looking for a classic carry pistol, with excellent ergonomics and better accuracy than the standard gun in the same class of size and price point, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. CZ pistols have better ergos than almost any other gun company. The CZ palmswell and grip profile are second to none. After all, the CZ 75 was informed by the Browning Hi Power, and cribbing from one of the all time greats is not a bad idea in the least.
There is arguably no more logical operating system for a self-defense pistol or service pistol, save possibly for a decocking safety. This makes carrying the pistol safe and incredibly intuitive.
If you haven’t handled a CZ before, the ring hammer installed on most of the 75 family is quite narrow in width and depth. Now, this matters because manually decocking requires good, firm purchase of the hammer. A smaller hammer makes that less feasible, ergo you WANT the decocker.
Recoil is easily managed and – typical of most of the CZ 75 family – the gun is capable of outstanding accuracy in the right hands. The more exact you are, the more the pistol will be; CZ pistols reward practiced hands with surgical precision. If you’re a beginning shooter you may wonder where those uber-tight groups are hiding. Persistence, though, will pay off.
Where are there some flaws, however?
First is the sights. While not unusable, they are rather small and that can be a concern for some shooters. Again, plenty of upgrades are out there, but not everyone wants to have to pay to make a gun better after plunking down $500+.
The trigger is good but it isn’t exceptional. In double action mode it’s pretty good, but the single-action trigger has a bit of creep, much like a Series 80 1911. Granted, this is a sub-$600 working gun, not a $3,000+ race gun, so you shouldn’t expect perfection in this aspect to begin with.
The controls are also right-hand only, so lefties are straight out of luck.
Next up we have the decocker itself. While it’s in a very logical location, it also has a very long throw. Most people will have to press to almost (if not past) full extension of the thumb in order to trip the decocker, which lowers the hammer to a quarter-cock notch. The travel on the decocking lever is a bit farther than it arguably should be, since the whole point of its location is intuitive one-handed operation.
To be fair, Sig Sauer pistols are just as bad in that same regard. Get your hands on a P226 or P229, and you have to push the decocking lever down to the magazine release, which you need some long very long thumbs to do while keeping a firing grip. (I barely can, and I wear size XL gloves.) Sig also asks you to pay double what CZ does and frankly their base models don’t have double the build quality or – for that matter – double any other feature over this gun or the CZ 75 BD.
That said, can it be lived with? Of course! I wouldn’t hesitate to get this gun over the CZ 75 Compact, were you to ask. It’s more logical for a carry pistol as you don’t have to manually lower the hammer. This gun should be on any shortlist of double-action pistols for daily carry.
Source: Alien Gear Holsters