I am totally on a CZ kick at the moment, having gotten my hands on a P-09 and a P-10C in relatively rapid succession. The DA/SA P-09 in particular had me curious about its progenitor, the venerable CZ 75, and wouldn’t you know it the Fine Local Gun Shop (FLGS) had a second-hand CZ 75B the other day. So how could I, who’s been eagerly chugging the Czech Kool-Aid, say no?
A Personal First on Multiple Fronts
Having entered the realm of handguns through the Glock Portal™ and thus being accustomed to the polymer-frame, striker-fired examples of that world, adding a CZ 75B to the collection in the abovementioned manner managed to tick a few checkboxes:
- All-metal pistol
- A used firearm purchase
- DA/SA handgun without a decocker
- A design that’s old enough to know punk before punk broke
Buy and Sell Local
You know it’s a fine neighborhood gun shop when the person who traded in the used gun that you’re about to buy happens to swing by the store to browse and say hi. And that’s exactly what happened. The CZ 75B’s previous owner was its original owner, and he kept it in fantastic condition.
Not only did I get all the original packaging and documentation (including the factory “sighting in” sheet with the date stamp of 2011), there were a couple of extra magazines and a snap cap thrown in. He also replaced the stock grips with those lovely slabs of wood. I traded in a Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 Compact towards this purchase, which was part of the Grand Scheme, as the P-09 had replaced it for home defense use.
The initial field strip and cleaning confirmed that this gun had been well maintained. Having internalized the “rites of maintenance” for this design via the P-09, wrangling the 75B was a no-brainer.
Gotta Czech It Out At the Range
I made another uncharacteristic mid-week PSTC range appointment and found myself on the Green Deck which was delightfully empty except for yours truly.
I set up a sheet of 6" bullseyes and worked on getting familiar with the 75B, starting at 10 yards and moving to 15. Since I didn’t have a holster, I couldn’t do any draw drills, but I managed some lateral movement exercises on a USPSA target at 7 yards.
The 75B is a solid hunk of metal which fits my hand quite well. Since this particular model only has a manual safety and lacks a decocker, one can shoot this pistol in single-action mode, engaging the safety once the chamber is loaded, and disengaging the safety as one brings the weapon on target. I understand that this “cocked and locked” method is what the 1911 and other SAO (Single Action Only) folks follow, and it’ll take some repetition to get that wired into the neurons.
Taking Carnegie Hall by Practice
Since the 75B lacks an accessory rail, I had to scavenge a rail adapter in order to make use of the Mantis X10 training gadget.
A little bit of 3M adhesive tape, and we’re on for trigger press monitoring via Mantis. The single action trigger is smooth for which I have to thank the previous owner for doing all the break-in work!
Once More Unto the Bench
A few days later I returned to the PSTC gun range and got a lane on the Blue Deck.
No stomping around on an open floor this time, but I did get to put more Mantis-recorded trigger time. Starting with a warm-up at 7 yards, I went to 10, then did three sets of LGC Instructor Range Qualification Tests (i.e., 18 out of 20 shots on a 6" target at 15 yards).
Looks like I passed 2 out of 3 attempts on the qualification test. Ironically I did much better with the M&P that I traded in, but any opportunity to improve is… um, an opportunity to improve? I’m quite happy with this hunka hunka Czech steel and am looking forward to practicing more with it, both at home and at the range.