July 12th, 2010 11:42 AM
CZ P-06 .40 S&W Review
Location: Clarkston, WA area.
Date: JULY , 10, 2010
Weather: 97 degrees and very windy.
Equipment: CZ-USA Range bag.
CZ75 P-06 .40 caliber compact service pistol.
CZUB factory Tru-dot Nites, CZ-USA tuned action.
Gear: High Noon Holster's rock steady belt in natural horsehide
CZ P-01 Topless holster with single mag pouch in natural horsehide as well.
50: rounds of Federal 180 FMJ.
50: Double Tap Ammo 150 grain Nosler JHP
50: Double Tap Ammo 180 grain Nolser JHP
After almost a year of seeing a P-06 in the flesh at a local
sporting goods store.
I was very impressed by the workmanship and menacing forty caliber hole in the
front of the gun.
Myself, having owned two P-01s and more recently.. the PCR.
I'm no stranger to the wonderful CZ Compact framed guns.
Based on the very police and ccw proven P-01 design.
The P-06 offers those not wanting or trusting a 9mm, the
.40 caliber option.
Like with the P-01 and PCR. The P-06 seems to be pretty much trouble-free for
most shooters. The gun is very sturdy and shockingly accurate for a Forty.
Some owners saying that the P-06s are among the most accurate of all the .40
S&W pistols on the market.
Well, as Summer has finally reached this part of the country.
Both Nancy and I decided to brave almost 100 degree the heat- and take a small trip out into the
We were both surprised to see a herd of Mountain Goats along the way!
Being that this was my first time shooting the new P-06.
I knew that with the action job from Matt Hunter at Cz-USA.
I'd have a different experience than with a stock CZ pistol
Like my P-01 that has the #13 mainspring installed, but still has a gritty trigger pull.
My initial cartridges were the 180 gr. Federals, so I could get a good feel of the
gun. This proved to be good warm-up ammo as I was impressed with the 15 yard
accuracy, WHEN I did my part. The gun liked to Snake-Eye on the target,,
that is to put two precise holes next to each other.
As you can see by this pic. The gun was far more accurate than I could shoot it.
The very smooth DA and SA trigger pulls and were really something special.
Smooth feeling DA stroke with a (grit-free) glassy smooth travel in SA that breaks
The wind was blowing pretty hard about that time and my groups were slightly to the right.
This proved to be the case when I trotted out the powerful Double Tap 180s.
Blast and recoil were noticed as I shot strings of 5 into the targets.
Frankly, the P-06 bucked a bit in my hands, but recoil was acceptable for me.
Next up- was the blistering 150 grain Double Tap loads.
If a handgun bullet could be propelled by rocket fuel, this might take the cake!
Recoil was reduced over the 180 load, but it still had some bark and bite.
Accuracy improved with this load as well.
Nancy was snapping way with the camera, and got this:
I've always like full house 10mm loads in the 150-165 grain range.
Frankly either of these Double Tap .40 offerings are enough 10mm diameter
power for me.
These loads are both fast :
and offer some real punch if you don't like the standard .40 S&W fodder on the market.
I didn't notice much muzzle flash on my end, but muzzle blast and loudness were evident
with both loads.
I'm sure that they would be much more accurate in the hands of another shooter, or
from the bench. However, any of my shots would have proven very unhealthy for
any armed adversary(s).
(The P-06 serves well in the home defense role, especially with my M-6 light/laser combo.)
I continued to shoot the FMJ and more Double Tap until the Federal stuff was gone.
After the 75th round was fired. I was very convinced that the gun was a keeper.
Know that I didn't feel and buzz or sting from the trigger like I've encountered with other
light .40s such as the SIGMA and Glock 22 /23s that I've shot in the past.
While the P-06 does have more recoil than my comparable 9mms and RAMI.
I really didn't/don't see it as an issue.
The gun didn't pound my hand or leave me exhausted after the session.
I think that Matt Hunter did a great job on the trigger/action for me and such would be
a worth-while modification on any CZ pistol.
HNs' Topless model holster was easy to draw from during this testing.
Some Crimson Trace laser grips and Hogue grips screws will the only changes that I'll make
to the gun, unless I really need that full length stainless guide rod from Steve Bedair.
I'm really impressed and happy with this P-06, and can tell everyone that THIS is the
.40 they have been wanting!
My thanks- to Jason and Matt at CZ-USA, along with the others that made this testing possible.
CZ-USA -> Hunting & Sporting Firearms and Accessories
High Noon Holsters
Crimson Trace | Laser Sight Grips for Guns
Steve Bedair Stainless Guide Rods for Handguns
Last edited by clarkston_cz; July 12th, 2010 at 03:10 PM.
July 12th, 2010 12:19 PM
Thanks for posting! Love my CZ's!
July 12th, 2010 12:49 PM
The CZ line is under rated, at least for the time being.
I find mine snappy, I attribute that to being magazine heavy when full.
I was in the market for a Sig Sauer, the salesman talked me into this and I saved nearly $200, I'm happy and a CZ "type", I own five now.
July 12th, 2010 01:20 PM
Great report. CZs are definitely under-rated by most handgunners--only because they haven't tried one! I've got a CZ-82 and have to admit it's the most fun-to-shoot little pistol I've found. Quality is top notch and operates flawlessly.
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid...
"For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield
July 12th, 2010 01:48 PM
Thanks Kev, another great handgun review/report. You are this forum's premiere CZ proponent and I am not too far behind you with 7 CZ's in my stable. CZ makes some of the best quality and handling firearms in the world and unfortunately the rest of the world seems to know it more than shooters here in the USA. Keep up the good work of teaching the uninitiated about the CZ products.
When I leave the home port:
S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP
July 12th, 2010 04:02 PM
Thanks for the review. I love my PCR and have about 500-600 rounds through it with no failures of any kind. It has been very reliable and is one of my most accurate handguns.
I am impressed by the PO6 but would prefer "flush" fitting magazines for concealed carry.
"I'm the God-fearing, Gun-toting, flag waving conservative they warned you about!"
US Air Force Vietnam Vet, Ex-LEO
Dan Wesson CBOB .45
CZ 75D Compact PCR
Kahr PM9, and a few others.....
July 12th, 2010 05:30 PM
^ The compact 75 and Rami's have flush magazines and no rail either, both of which are better for CC.
July 12th, 2010 10:37 PM
I agree. My preference is for the RAMI as my carry weapon.
Even the PCR has a long butt for concealment after you carry a Chunky-Munky.
July 13th, 2010 06:49 PM
I miss my CZ pistols.
July 15th, 2010 12:44 AM
My last purchase was a P-06 and I have also found it to be a fantastic .40 that I'm not going to be letting go anytime soon. Found one at a gun show and was thrilled to take it home!
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with CT laser
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