75B Stainless. Report
Having owned a CZ75 pistol since 1986.My first exposure to the CZ75B, was some years ago. A Turkish Military contract (over-run) gun, the polycoat 9mm was both cheap and a very hot seller at the time that CZFORUM.COM was in it's infancy. You could buy a Turkish CZ around $299.
Differing from my preB gun with having better sights, the more durable polycoat finish, and the
(objectional) firing pin block.
The TURK came with a 10-shot mag and a nice CZ hi-cap, some god awful thumbrest plastic grips
and in my case, the worst trigger pull of any CZ that I've ever owned or handled. Log, hard, gritty and
More accurate than my Glock17 but not by far.., it wasn't up to the task of besting the CZ75s in my collection.
A pair of nice grips from a founding member of CZF and (back then) emerging custom maker by the name of Hakan Pek, solved the grip problem. However, I was still unimpressed with the trigger and
overall performance of the 75B. Bigger, heavier, and with that camming of the hammer due to
the FPS, I quickly sold the gun and picked up an older model but still NIB CZ83.
Enter CZUB catalog for 2006. The introduction of the 75B Stainless model that caught my eye
They started showing up in Gunshops around the nation in mid-to late 2006, and I was keen to
keep track on how they were doing. Ordered one in January of 2007 and waited until a few
weeks ago for mine to be shipped out from CZ-USA with the requested modifications
of an action job (to eliminate the camming action and overal smoothing of the parts) plus
installation of some tritium nite sites. They also removed the
right side of the Ambi safety and filled the hole in.
So this would allow me to utlize the excellent Crimson Trace
First impressions: When opening the box at my Dealer's. I was struck by the awesome
beauty of the Stainless steel. Not polished or matte as some are , but a nice brushed finish
if I'm correct. There were nites on the gun, but they were the standard Glow Dot sights
that CZUB continues to use. The proof mark above the stainless extractor showed 06.
Upon checking the gun to make sure it was clear. I then tried the single action pull.
Noticed that it was very light and crisp. Yes, this gun had been worked over by someone
who knew CZs. DA pull was lighter than mormal to a degree and silky smooth, with a hint
of the camming action as the hammer comes back then drops. Totally acceptable, and
might get better as the gun is broken in. I'll add that hand cycling the slide was smooth,
but not as ball bearing smooth as on my old 97B, or SIG .45.
Arriving home, I was quick to take note of the newer style instructional. Smaller than those
of the old days.
The Gun has a stainless frame, hammer, controls, and extractor. But the sear group, grip screws (ICK!) and sights are blued steel. I was quick to replace the stock grips screws (phillips head) with some more traditional looking blued steel screws from Brownell's.
Saturday was not so nice for weather, but I had a chance to go shooting at our new indoor range.
Ammo used was.
Federal Hydra-Shok 124 gr. JHP
and Blazer 115 gr. 9mm JHP. Old stuff from my Y2K horde of ammo:)
Double Tap 115 gr. Gold Dot JHP 1,445 fps
Double Tap 147 gr. Gold Dot JHP 1,107 fps
Olympic 124 gr FMJ.
My initial impression when activating the lasergrip on the target at 15 yards, was that it wasn't adjusted properly. A couple shots of Blazer ammo from my SP01 18-round magazine, showed me that I was correct.
Next up, was (with the laser shut off) a 15 shot magazine loaded with the old Hydra-Shok.
I was hitting low and right.
After shooting to lock back, I then tried some of the Blazer
JHP from a 15-shot magazine. I'm told that they no longer produce this ammo., and can see why.
The Blazer JHP seemed very hot and dirty. I experienced a stove-pipe jam, quickly cleared it and was back to shooting.
Then the fun began. I inserted a fresh magazine full of the Double TAp 115 Gold Dot.
The report was loud and recoil slightly more than the Hydra, but I had no malfunctions for the
next 15 rounds. Again, very low or far right gouping, with hits next to each other as Snake
Eyes, but still to the far right of the bullseye.
Next mag was full of Mike's excellent 147 gr Gold Dot load. Same results.
My gun was shooting way right, but chewing up the target as I progressed.
Unlike my RAMI that doesn't seem to care much for any hi-velocity ammo, the 75B Stainless REALLY ate them up! As usual with Double TAP, I don't recall seeing much flash.
I continued the testing with the oddball Olympic FMJ load, at 8 yrds and still continued
to shoot far right. Only a few flyers were in the left quadrant, and this was when I held way left
on the target.
I don't know if I was the issue or that the rear sight might be the reason. Note the fact that I
shot very well with my RAMI on the same range last month.
I was sorely dissapointed with my lousy shooting, but generally impressed with the 75B Stainless.
Thinking that this CZ pistol is capable of splendid accuracy. I will be shooting it more and more.
The gun is in my opinion..Truly a cut above the Turkish 75B that I owned for a short time some years ago.With the durable stainless steel construction, such should serve well as my home defense and car gun, but I do think that some tritium nites will be in order.
As this model just might be The Best 75B available! The gun should keep the CZ banner flying high for quite some time! I'm having a fun time promoting this CZ and hope to see more models offered in stainless in the near future.,
My THANKS to Jason Morton (Marketing} and Matt Hunter (Gunsmith) at CZ-USA.
and also Patrick at Crimson Trace http://www.crimsontrace.com