Monday, August 15, 2016

Red Pill Review: CZ-75 P0-7

Back in 1980-something, Glock had two ideas, one was Good, the other was Great.

First the good idea.  Build a gun for the civilian concealed carry market.  Up until that point pistol makers designed their weapons with only two markets in mind.  The military and the police.  That was pretty much it unless they were going after the boutique market of handgun hunters.  So if you wanted a personal carry gun you had to pick something that wasn't really built with the tactics of self-defense in mind.

Those weapons all had one basic assumption built in.  The guy holding the gun was going to be in at least Condition Orange if not outright, you are now in combat, Condition Red.  You as the guy holding the gun were on the offensive.  Your biggest concern as a manufacturer for these markets was to avoid accidental discharge.

The 1911 for instance has two safeties, three if you include a single action hammer and even four if you don't carry a round in the chamber which the U.S. military usually does not.

However if you are talking civilian self defense, there is a good chance your gun will be in your holster when you suddenly find yourself under attack.  Now it will only take about 1 second to draw your gun but it will take another 1.5 seconds to chamber a round, disengage the safety and thumb back the hammer, (hopefully the grip safety won't trip you up) and then you are ready for a fight...that you already lost 1.5 seconds ago.

Heckler & Koch came up with the first solution to this problem.  The P7, known salaciously as the "Squeeze Cocker".

Gun's suffer from enough homoerotic jokes
I'm not adding to them.
Especially not for this gun.

It was completely safe to carry with a round in the chamber and you only had to squeeze the grip to ready it to fire.  It was small enough to carry yet big enough to fight with...

...and it cost the mother fucking Earth to buy one.  Since it went out of production in 2008, you can find examples of the P7 that have sold for $2000. So it failed miserably in terms of price and since it was all metal, fully loaded you may as well have been carrying a full-size pistol.

This was not an ideal solution for the civilian carry market.

However an alert businessman/engineer named Gaston Glock was paying attention. Which brings us back to the first good idea.   An inexpensive engineering trick of building the safety into the trigger made it nearly (if not quite) as safe to carry with a round in the chamber as the P7.  While building the frame out of polymer solved the P7's problems of both weight and price.  The Glock was  both lighter and cheaper.

American hand gunners hated the idea of a polymer hand gun but gun control nuts hated it a lot more, (it can pass through any metal detector.  this gun must be banned. Think of the children! Won't someone please think of the children!!)  Consequently, the Glock 19 got a second look from hand gunners on the grounds that if the Left is against, we should probably be for it.

And what they found was a gun that was small enough to carry yet big enough to fight with. And reasonably safe to carry with a round in the chamber.  All in all a well designed carry gun which was a first of sorts.

Then Glock had it's second and this time Great Idea.  The Glock Blue Label Program.  They simply wrote off the military and police market in favor of utterly dominating the civilian market. In a nut shell, People who were cops, active (or better still retired) military, Judges, DAs, Firemen, Security or basically anyone in any kind of uniform,  You could buy a Glock at cost.  Last time I checked about $398 versus $565 for non-Blue Label.

Glock was then able to turn to the civilian carry market and say.  These are the pro-gunfighters (pretty much) and look at how much we sell to these guys.  It worked so brilliantly Glock is still doing it today.

The Glock 19 is now the gold standard for civilian concealed carry

That is not to say it's the best.  It's just basically good enough at a lot of things and acceptably bad at most others.  It is durable and reliable. Even it's detractors grudgingly admit this.

But the Glock 19's negatives are there.

First the sights are cheap and bad. Glock chose to save money there. They aren't that accurate and are liable to break with time.   Replacing them with something decent will run you about $100 or more.

Second.  The trigger is stiff and gritty.  Yes, you can replace it with something better but that is going to run you an additional $150 (minimum) and god help you if you actually shoot someone with it.  Replacing a trigger is legally considered to be a "Gross Modification" of the firearm.  If the DA is trying to pin any kind of Negligent Homicide on you (and they will if given half a chance) he will be pounding that nail with a jackhammer. So your $398 Blue Label Glock now costs $650.

Third.  The Glock is ugly. I mean it is waking up in the morning after a drunken threesome with Roseanne Barr and Margret Cho ugly and they are both still wrapped around you so there is no hope of sneaking out bed without waking them, ugly.  It's ugly.

However thirty years have passed since it's debut and a lot of other manufacturers have entered the the polymer carry market since then.  Allow me direct your attention to an alternative to the Glock 19.

Meet the CZ-75 P-07.

It's pedigree is immaculate being the bastard grandchild of John Browning design. It's grand daddy being the Browning Hi-Power. Czechoslovakia back when it was both Communist and in existence at all, built the original CZ-75 at their Česká zbrojovka works.  Being good Communists they ripped off an existing western design that had been abandoned  (the aforementioned Browning) and improved it.  Taking it from single action to double action.  Also being good Communists they built an entirely new factory to support it, to include it's own foundry to create it's own special alloy.

Naturally since this was during the Cold War we turned the Czech-75 into a mysterious Commie super weapon.  Because we did that a lot back then.

Then CZ's reputation took a hit because being a Communist country they couldn't patent the damn gun.  Consequently anyone could build one.  And they mostly built garbage.  

However the Czech-75 has in recent years enjoyed a renaissance in it's reputation.    And with it the rep of  Česká zbrojovka (and that is the last time I'm spelling it)  as a gun maker.

However CZ has now moved into the Glock's realm with the production of the CZ-75 P-07.  Small enough to carry and big enough to fight with.  The footprint is identical with the Glock 19.

It is a polymer framed, hammer fired pistol, which hits the same price point as the Glock 19 but is easily better in every possible way.

First and least important looks

Easily leaves the Glock anything in the dust

Next, field results,  These are field trials by a pro-gunfighter named Mike Pannone

• Reliability – 7000+rds without a malfunction (bar extremely fouled gun using 900rds of Wolf ammo with no maintenance)
• Durability – 7000+rds without any parts breakage
• Safety – double action first shot, de-cocker and firing pin safety
• Shootability – speed drills are on par with any other guns in its class
• Accuracy – capable of shooting solid 25 yard Bullseye scores stock. The gun far exceeds the accuracy of some big name pistols with a much higher price tag.
• Capacity – comparable size with Glock 19 but holds one more round
• Cost – $496 vs. $600+ for comparable high quality mid-size pistols

Finally the trigger.  CZ's Omega Trigger system is without question the smoothest factory trigger you can buy today for the price.

Also CZ's Ads are metal as fuck.

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