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The Merits of the Full-Sized CZ 75 for Home Defense

Picture shows a black, steel CZ 75 9mm pistol.

Many women gravitate toward smaller guns, and shy away from bigger guns, because they wrongly think the bigger gun will kick and hurt them when shot. In actuality, the opposite is true. If the only gun you own is a small, sub-compact or snub-nosed revolver for concealed carry, what you can do with a full-sized handgun will probably surprise you. I completely understand purchasing a small gun for better concealment—I can’t carry a full-sized 1911 comfortably in my preferred clothing either. However, buying a full-framed pistol to keep at home definitely has its benefits.

The majority of the guns I review are small .380 ACPs, 9mm pocket pistols or .38 Special revolvers in order to inform other women of CCW choices. We like guns that are easy to shoot, comfortable to carry and feature low perceived recoil. Honestly, many of the smaller guns hurt my hand shooting for extended periods. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, “If it hurts to shoot, you won’t shoot it. To stay proficient with your self defense weapon, you’re going to need to shoot it often.” That’s why investing in a bigger gun to keep at home is a good idea, because—trust me—you are going to end up loving punching paper with it.

Full-sized handguns have plenty of merit and benefit when compared to smaller pistols and revolvers. First, the meatier grip is reassuring. When you can wrap four fingers around the grip of the gun, your hold is steadier. Second, full-sized handguns are easier to shoot, especially when made of metal and not polymer, because the metal frame weighs more. The more weight means the gun absorbs the brunt of the recoil, making perceived recoil lower for the shooter. Follow up shots are quicker because recovering from recoil takes less time.

A longer barrel—4.25 inches or more—means you get a longer sight radius. This is the distance between the front and rear sight. Aiming is easier with more room between the two sights, making you more accurate. Because of these benefits, many choose to purchase a full-sized handgun to keep at home for protection. Due to its accuracy, ease of use and reliability, one such service pistol I recommend is the all-steel CZ 75 in 9mm.

Borrowing from the successful design of the Browning Hi Power and sharing many features of the 1911, over one million CZ 75s have sold during its 38-year life span. It is one of the most popular service pistols in the world for military and law enforcement. This wonder nine is optimized as a duty pistol and can be carried in condition one, or cocked and locked—a favorite for many in the field. The CZ 75 is a short-recoil operated semi-automatic pistol with a Browning linkless cam locking system. It fires single or double action, but single-action only variants are available. Unique to the CZ 75 is the internal slide rails, a feature uncommon on most handguns. You get a tighter lock up and unbelievable reliability with this feature. The all-steel frame is hefty and the black plastic grips are very ergonomic. The 4.7-inch barrel is hammer-forged. The double-stack magazine holds 16 rounds of 9mm ammunition. In the mid 90s, CZ added the firing pin block safety in addition to the gun’s manual thumb safety. At 8 inches long and nearly 5.5 inches tall, the CZ 75 weighs in a little over two pounds.

The owner who lent me his CZ 75 loves it; in fact, it is the only firearm he has never considered selling. Another CZ 75 owner in the office says, “It is the finest handgun you can buy” and I am not going to disagree.

A good combat, self-defense pistol must work every time. The particular model I fired has over 25,000 rounds through it. I put 100 rounds through it without a malfunction. Due to the CZ 75’s hefty size, I could have shot 100 more rounds and still been comfortable. Try doing that with a 2-inch .38 Special!

The benefits of a full-sized handgun that I previoulsy listed proved correct with the CZ 75. It shoots easily, getting on target is quick and I was more accurate with it than any of the smaller .380 pistols I have shot in months. My first 16 rounds were slightly left of the bullseye, but the 3.5-inch group from five yards was satisfying. After taking more time aiming before shooting my second magazine, my next 16 rounds hit dead center. Because I was shooting so accurately with the CZ 75, I quickly became comfortable and confident enough to shoot with both eyes open—something I do not do often. I aimed for the head of the silhouette and though I shot off to the right, my groups were just as satisfying as my first 16 rounds. The 9mm does recoil, however recovery was quick, and I was able to rapid fire accurately.

After a few rounds with both eyes open, I practiced picking up the gun from the bench to test the gun’s point of aim. I hit repeatedly in the vitals, proving to me the CZ 75’s 3-dot sights and longer sight radius allows me to point and shoot accurately. The trigger—though a bit heavy in double-action—measuring about seven to eight pounds—was smooth and broke consistently. I dare to find anyone who says they hate this trigger. In single-action, it measured a crisp three to four pounds.

I love getting a full two-handed grip on the CZ 75. The gun never felt like it was going to get away from me. Manipulating the controls was not an issue either. I could easily reach the thumb safety and magazine release button. Pulling back the slide was not as easy as some pistols I have shot and love, such as the SIG P938, but it is not as stiff as SIG’s 1911s either. It is not the size of the gun that determines how much force it takes to rack a slide, but the gun’s operation method. Blowback operated semi-autos—such as the Bersa Thunder .380 ACP—have higher tension hammer and recoil springs, that require more effort and strength to rack the slide. Locked breech pistols, such as the CZ 75, tend to be easier to rack. I am a firm believer that you can rack a slide. Click here to read my technique.

Don’t let a bigger gun intimidate you. They can be fun and easy to shoot. If shooting your little CCW is challenging or painful, I suggest trying a full-sized pistol. Not only is the CZ 75 easy and fun to shoot, it is incredibly reliable and accurate. The price isn’t a shocker either. It is comparable to other sturdy and reliable service pistols, such as the GLOCK 17, Beretta 92FS and the Smith & Wesson M&P.

The CZ 75 is truly a gun that works. Yes, you can bet your life on it. Further, the 75 comes in many different variants, so if you want more firepower, you can buy one chambered in .40 Smith & Wesson. If black isn’t your thing, there are silver finishes as well. Unless you are a 1911 fan, metal-framed guns have seemed to have fallen out of favor, but there is a lot to say for all-metal guns. The CZ 75 is truly underrated.

Specifications and Features:

Caliber: 9mm Luger
Barrel: 4.7″ hammer forged, 1:9.7″ twist rate
Capacity: 16 rounds
Safeties: Frame-mounted manual and firing pin block
Action: Single/double-action
Grip: Ergonomic black plastic
Sights: 3-dot fixed sights
Frame: Steel, black polycoat finish
Length: 8.1″
Height: 5.4″
Width: 1.4″
Weight: 35.2 oz

Do you own a CZ 75? Why do you love it? Tell us in the comments section below!


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Comments (51)

  1. The gun pictured is single action only but in the discrption it says Single/double-action. The writer needs to point out the difference and explain that CZ makes both single and double-single action pistols. In one of the comments the owner didn’t know the difference.

  2. I have a CZ75 Tactical SP 01.One great feature is the ability to repeatedly “dry shoot” without having to rerack the slide.Also the recoil with 9mm is like .22LR with a smaller , lighter pistol.

  3. I have a CZ 75 B, stainless with factory rubber grips. I tell people there must have been some Czech back in ’75 with hands identical to mine, because the gun feels like a custom-fit right out of the box. I used it for my carry-permit class, where the instructor looked at my one-ragged-hole group and joked “I said to shoot AT your first hole, not THROUGH it”. My father liked it so much I bought him an identical one for his 70th birthday.

  4. Which pistol would have less felt recoil (for a lady in her early 70’s for home defense); a Cz-75 in 9mm or a Glock 42?

    What other pistols would you recommend for home defense for this lady that would have the lowest felt recoil in .380 ACP or 9mm?

    1. I would say that a cz 75 is a fine weapon however when finding a firearm that’s right for someone else, the best thing to do is let them pick it what feels best in their hand. Major things to consider are ergonomics can they reach the controls, can they rack the slide reliably every time and weight a heavier gun will have less felt recoil but will also be more taxing to the arms during long trips to the range. A cz 82 is an all steel 380 similar to the Beretta cheetah which would work well for what you are describing. But going to a range that rents firearms would be an invaluable resource.

    2. Actually, I had thought about the CZ-83 and the Beretta Cheetah for her. However, even though they both are .380’s, because they are both direct blowback instead of the lock breech action, and I had read at least one review complaining of the recoil, I kind of put those two models a little further back on my recommendation list. The CZ-83 seems to be a little harder to get, but the Beretta is available.

  5. I have a CZ 75 SP01 and love it. I’ve put 1000 rounds through it with no failures. Have fired many hand guns, Glocks, Springfields, Kimbers, etc. and the CZ out shoots all of them. The ergonomics are awesome. I bought this gun because many experts rate it as the best handgun in the would. I can’t argue with them. Try one and you may fall in love too.

  6. I’m getting in way late on this, but of the full size pistols I’ve owned the CZ is arguably the best for concealed carry. It has a very slim design for a 16 round capacity pistol. I carry mine in an SOB Bulldog holster and never have issues with printing. I replaced the grips with VZ Diamondbacks, which are very aggressive, but even when I wear my uniform shirt for work ( it’s a golf shirt) the profile of the pistol is lean enough to keep the grips from grabbing on the fabric and printing. I do recommend swapping out the grips. The factory grips are great for dry hands, but I’ve found them to be a little slick with sweaty or wet hands. VZ Grips are some of the best after market grips I’ve found.

  7. I have the P01 and have plans of picking up the full size 75. It’s probably my favorite pistol to shoot. Great article, especially for the ladies. A lot of men don’t know how fine the CZ line is either, so again, well done .

  8. Thanks for the insightful article Ms. Suzanne.
    I own a CZ-75 Compact (9mm) and four EAA Witnesses (made by Tanfiglio) in .45acp, .40 S&W, 9×23 Winchester, and 10mm Auto. They are all fine pistols. You are correct, the CZ design (whether made by CZ or others) is vastly underrated, probably due to the “Not Invented Here” syndrome. Let’s keep the secret so the prices won’t go up, OK?
    My CZ-75 Compact is fine for carry (concealed or not) as are my 10mm and 9×23 Win. Witness Semi-Compacts.
    For those with small hands and/or short fingers I would suggest training to become comfortable with carrying “Cocked and Locked” as this avoids the long DA trigger pull.
    My opinion is that barrel length is not really much of an issue in a home defense firearm, but that almost all of us will shoot our home defense firearms elsewhere, if only for training and practice, The longer barrel and sight radius may well make that practice session more enjoyable, and that’s a Good Thing.® It won’t slow anyone down enough to matter even in a true self-defense situation unless you are carrying concealed. That’s an entirely different matter.

  9. I own a CZ SP-01 9mm shadow Australian version among a number of other handguns, this is my favorite. Accurate and reliable. In firing several thousand rounds and over 30 competitions I have not had one FTF or FTE. I have used American Eagle, Geko IPSC and Mactech RNL ammo and all performed well. I have been in the army for 12 years and this would be my first choice for a defensive handgun.

  10. I own a couple of CZ75 P01’s (as well as CZ82 and a number of Sigs). My choice weapon would be the P01 or my 229. Excellent, accurate & reliable. No problems w/hundreds of rounds through them.

  11. I’ve owned two CZs, one a compact, and one full-size. I gave the compact to my daughter and son-in-law. It is their favorite gun. It is so accurate, so ergonomically correct it probably can’t be improved. I kept the full-size. I have Colts, S&Ws, and many others, some customized Colt 1911s, custom S&Ws, etc. the CZs will shoot with any of them, if not better. They are awesome home defense guns.

  12. I own a 1980 CZ 75 which was originally owned by my dad. It was the first gun I ever shot about 24 years ago and still love it to bits. It is highly accurate and reliable. The gun has been unused since 2000, I took to a range about 3 months ago and it fired a full 100 rounds without an issue.

  13. i AM A RELATIVE NEOPHYTE TO THE ccw WORLD, AND HANDGUNS, BUT i PICked up a CZ P07 Duty around Christmas time.

    Dang I love that hand gun! It’s basic platform is the same as the CZ-75, and it’s trigger mechanism is identical. I get compliments on the gun’s appearance all the time, and it has had only one FTF in a couple hundred rounds on some cheap reload ammo.

    Other than that this gun fires flawlessly, is dead accurate, and makes me shoot like Dick Tracy.

    Its slide rides inside the frame instead of atop it, which slings the bore a little lower than many guns, and to me, improves durability and stability. It feels rugged and heavy in the hand and I feel I could drive nails in with it, and it would still function perfectly. I have seen some reviewers toss the CZ P07 into mud puddles, and not impact their shooting at all.

  14. I agree with with Eric. I recently bought one online and never fired it and will be selling because of the reach of the trigger. I was so excited to get it and was highly disappointment that my finger barely reaches the trigger. I will just wait until the Beretta APX comes out and check it out.

  15. I just plain fell in love with CZ75 SP-01 the sexy looks,DA-SA trigger full metal 2.4 lbs nice weight less recoil night sights 9mm ammo is cheap above all tack sharp in shooting.It also has Manual Safety
    Safety Stop on Hammer Firing Pin Block Safety .I have a CZ75B Omega too. I am going to get the CZ75 SP-01 upgraded by CZ custom shop.

  16. You are missing one HUGE disadvantage this pistol has for many. Even as a man who is 5’9″ tall, I cannot begin to comfortably reach the trigger in double action. It is over a half inch longer than my m&p shield. Gun manufacturers need to start publishing trigger reach measurements because I am far from alone.

  17. Rebart, I agree. I have an SP-101 as my bedside table and taking a walk gun, every time. Also have a couple other short revolvers here and there in the house. I generally prefer .38 +p Hydro-shok in them. Plenty effective at true defense distances.
    There’s just something about a wheel gun that I will always prefer. Even though I do own a couple of semis.

  18. i bought a cz 75 with the decocker a while back and was hooked the first time i shot it. just about the most accurate handgun i own, and every control is easily reachable. extremely reliable, low recoil and ergonomic. another plus of this model is that aftermarket magazines are a lot more affordable than with other cz pistols. i love it so much that i just bought one in stainless steel!

  19. I too have a Witness in 10mm
    Again, I went with Semi Compact set-up there too
    I’ve added both, a 10mm and 22 Long Slide Conversion Upper, for Target Shooting

  20. I’ve never owned a CZ but have shot them a great deal . A very good pistol and very dependable .
    I wanted more power so bought an EAA Witness in 10mm . Basically this is a copy of the CZ and an exceptional pistol . Both are ergonomically very similar and a joy to shoot . Both are hefty , easy to handle and hold a bunch of bullets . Either one , buy em’ you’ll like em’ .

    1. One other note , both CZ’s and the EAA’s have the best triggers in the business with the EAA being a bit better . While the 9mm is ok the .40 is much better and recoil is very mild in these pistols . My girls shoot the .40 with no problems whatsoever and they slight of build .
      A 1911 has nothing over these fine pistols , both underrated and the price is incredible .

  21. I have a “couple” of CZ’s: CZ-27, CZ-45, CZ-75, PO-1, CZ-75B, CZ-97B.The PO-1 is an ideal carry-gun; comfortable grips, compact size. I am a M1911 adherent but the CZ-75 would certainly be a worthy replacement.

  22. I have had dozens of pistols and revolvers in my 67+ years of shooting. My
    favorites I have kept are: 9mm CZ75 SP-01 Tactical with night sights; Ruger
    P944 in .40 cal.; Springfield XDm 5.25 in .40 cal.; Ruger GP-100 with 6in.
    barrel in .357 and Hogue rubber grip. It’s obvious I like big, heavy handguns and for me they are the easiest to shoot accurately. I agree that a longer barrel and sight radius help in this regard, as does weight. I agree with
    Suzanne on her points made. My “top gun” is the CZ.

    1. Big John, I have about the same years of shooting as you. I like all the guns you have, but I do have to disagree just a little on one issue:
      When talking about an all-purpose gun, and just having to own ONE handgun, I probably would take the SP-01. My reason for this is that the difference in barrel length makes very little difference in recoil from my experience from owning two CZs–one full size, and one compact. The recoil with 9mm isn’t that bad, anyway. Also, for home defense and up close social work within reason, a 6-bbl vs. a 4-inch bbl is mostly not significant. Why would you need a long bbl for most self-defense work. If you need a long bbl you are probably at too much distance and you may end up in court. There is very little need for sight radius between those two bbls, when self-defense is most usually within a few feet or a very few yards, and most of your shooting may be point blank–no chance to take careful aim and use that long sight radius.

      The one thing I do like is night sights. I’ve carried several make and models while working as an armed guard on the night shift in dark alleys and other dark places, and night sights are mandatory in that situation IMHO. Of course, in that line of work other sighting devices would be a help, but still, I had no need for a long bbl. In fact, many of the retired LEOs of all kinds that I have worked with carried as small a gun as a J-frame S&W.

      I think we get hung up on a lot of gadgetry and overkill sometimes. But, I will say my CZs will shoot with my Sig 228 (made in Germany) any time.

      For home defense, and maybe some other scenarios I like the big, heavy guns, also. Didn’t like the Glock 17 at all.


  23. I have a CZ75 P07 Duty that I have had for about six months. One day, I was at the local range with a friend who originally had this gun and let me shoot it. I was very impressed with this gun as soon as I put it in my hand. I on 3 Glocks and my carry gun is a Glock 26 Gen. 4. The overall ergonomics on this gun is great, and the trigger is excellent. I have a Laserlyte Centere Mass laser for it as well as night sights. I am having a custom holster made for this gun that will accommodate the laser, and it will be a carry gun as well as the Glock 26. I have put between 400-500 rounds through this gun using all kinds of ammo, and not one ma-l function.

  24. I’ve shot the CZ-75B and agree is a great gun. If you like the CZ-75, you may also like the Magnum Research Baby Eagle (aka IWI Jericho or Uzi Eagle) line, which is based on the CZ-75 with some parts being interchangeable. They come in full-size, semi-compact, and compact in both polymer and steel, and in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. I personally consider them an improvement over the CZ-75.

  25. I own a PO-6 in 40 S&W. It was purchased used while I was looking for a full sized 75. It’s accuracy is amazing. The salesman said it was the best used pistol for sale at the time- over Glocks, Beretta, etc. He was right! Not plastic either.

  26. I had a CZ 75B for several years and I love it. Have nothing bad to say about it. I also have the CZ 2070 compact with decocker. Its a perfect compact CCW weapon.

  27. My 9mm CZ75 SP01 Shadow is also one gun that I would never consider selling. The quality and accuracy of this gun is at least equal to my S&W 1911, my Sig 226 or my Springfield XDm. Reliability is outstanding, even with my reloads there are no failures. Also have the CZ Kadet 22LR conversion which has the accuracy of a good 22 target pistol. If youi can have only one gun, buy the CZ75 and get the Kadet conversion for practice.

  28. I totally agree with you. I’ve owned a CZ75BD for several years and it is my concealed carry weapon as well as a duty weapon. Don’t forget to oil it though. It is all steel and can handle +P+ ammo. I found that if I shot reloads mine had many FTF errors. All factory ammo runs without problems. I added rubber Hogue grips to mine. This is one of those guns you keep for life.

  29. Nice little article Suzanne
    Yes, I own two CZ75s, well actually two and a half ; )
    My first was a CZ75B-SA (Single Action)
    Great Pistol, easy to transition from the 1911 to the B-SA
    The B-SA was bought along with a Kadet Kit (the “and a half”)
    The Kadet Kit is a 22lr Conversion Unit that replaces the 9mm (or 40 cal) Upper and Magazine that allows you to shoot .22 lr Rounds using you CZ75 Lower
    I also own a DuoTone (Black on Stainless) CZ 75 Semi Compact I put together
    A Semi Compact is a Full Size Frame with a Compact Upper
    This is one of my CCWs
    As you said in your article; the CZ75 is a GREAT Pistol and sadly over looked one at that

  30. I carry a CZ 75 every day. The first time I I picked one up it just felt great.
    After trip to the range to sort the ammo. I use Winchester PX-1 147gr
    Bonded hollow points. Great groups and no malfunctions. This may be the most overlooked 9mm out there. Next up is the 75-BD. Striker fired no need for that safety. Shoot one you just might buy one.

    Big Joe

    1. The CZ-75BD is not striker fired, it is simply a CZ-75B with a decocker rather than a manual safety. I have carried one for over 10 years and love it, but I am actually picking up my new CZ-75 P-07 Duty tomorrow. Can’t wait to shoot it!

  31. Im a proud new owner and shot it the first time today. Im ashamed I waited so long to get one. Im fond of a 92 due to military service but I would take a CZ75 over a 92 any day. Just a great shooting pistol

  32. I must voice my comment regarding the CZ75b.its the .40 cal S&W version and its one well made weapon as I’ve owned two of them in the past and although I’ve sold my previous CZ’s I would recommend this to anyone considering a home defense weapon.most guns made in the Eastern european region are top notch highly reliable!I personally prefer the CZ75b in the .40 cal S&W version……

  33. I don’t disagree that there are a lot of great semis out there now, and more practical than the 1911, but it was the first great success of Browning’s blowback design, and the history of it is amazing. Still going strong, in spite of being outperformed in capacity and/or action, but for me personally, I still think it is also the best looking of all as well.
    Guns to me are not purely practical. They need to hold your heart and catch your eye also, or they are just utilitarian.
    That is my defense of loving the 1911. 🙂 But it is not my only choice either.

  34. Nathan, I understand your love of the 1911, however to say it is the best semi auto ever made is a stretch. I have a beautiful custom stainless steel Colt 1911 and I love it, but to say it is a better self-defense gun, or combat gun would also be a stretch, especially will all the more recent .45s on the market. I also have an HK, for example, with one in the chamber it holds 13 rounds. It is lighter, less expensive, and can be carried single action or double action. If the original 1911 is the best semi-auto ever made why do so many people spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars customizing them. My HK needs nothing done to it, nor does the newer Sigs in .45. I haven’t seen one, but I bet CZ has one in .45, also.

  35. @Joe M. while I am a big fan of the 45 JHP, and have an Officers Model within my grasp anytime I am sitting in my easy chair for the evening, I have to say this: As all true hunters know (as well as police and military with real world experience) shot placement is far more important than bullet size. A chest shot of 9mm jhp will stop anyone as easy as 45. In fact, perpetrators are notorious for living with multiple 45 rounds in them, depending on the drugs they may be on.
    I would have no qualms about defending my home with 9mm, even though I am first a .357 Mag fan, as well as .45. (that is if my 12 gauge is not available first) I think the 1911 is the best Semi-auto ever made, but the CZ is one fine handgun. A few friends of mine own them, and I am envious everytime we are shooting together. (and asking to trade guns for a few mags lol)
    Just my opinion.

  36. Give me a full size govt .45 auto and some hollow point hydra shock bullets and Ill give you a dead burglar that cant testify against me.

  37. The CZ 75 P-07 is a great choice also for a home defense and carry weapon. Slightly smaller, lighter, greater capacity, cheaper, and just as accurate and reliable as the full size CZ 75. Frankly, the entire CZ line is terribly underrated.

  38. My love affair with the CZ-75B started the moment I first picked it up and grows stronger every time I fire it. Perfect fit to my hand, great balance, accuracy and reliability – it has it all. All the purists can rave over their big-name sidearms but I’ll take my CZ every time.

    1. You’re so right Bill
      The CZ75 feels like it was built just for my Hand

      One way to tell if a Handgun is the right fit for you, is to try this….
      Raise the Gun up as if to shoot / aim it
      Close your Eyes, then lower your Arm and relax a minute
      Keeping your Eyes closed, raise your Arm back to where your “Minds-eye / Muscle Memory” thinks is back to the “Shooting / Aiming” Position
      I’ll bet the CZ 75 comes almost back to the same position time after time
      Try it with other Handguns and see how they work-out

  39. I would like to add something about the CZ75 compact. Now, I realize I have two CZs that are several years old, so I just want any reader to be aware that I am not talking about new guns.

    I have a full-size CZ75 and a compact 75. In my experience there is very little difference in perceived recoil. I prefer the compact for a couple of reasons: 1. The compact is a less unwieldily. I think it makes even a better house gun than the full-size 75 because it is easier to bring up to target because it is lighter and can be swung into action a bit quicker. This is especially good for smaller women, and maybe even some small men.
    2. You don’t need a long barrel to sight with in the home. Most of this kind of self-defense will be almost point blank, up and in your face.

    That being said, I think the CZ is absolutely one of the best handguns available, and I’ve tried them all, and own quite a few of all kinds. I do agree that the full-size gives me a feeling of heft, but there’s not that much difference. I have a Colt 1911 I purchased many, many years ago and had it tuned. I have an S&W pistol and two S&W revolvers.. I have an HK in .45acp, and other guns, and my CZs will shoot with the best of them any time.

    I think it is a shame that people don’t understand the CZ and it isn’t very popular. They are missing a great handgun, and most people don’t understand that CZ pretty much set the ergonomics for pistols.

    Do yourself a favor and try a CZ, I know you will like it for non-carry purposes, although CZ does have some lighter pistols.

  40. Several years ago I chose a Taurus PT92-AF over the CZ 75 and have always wondered if my choice was an error. Shooting others CZ-75 9 MM’s has me thinking the ‘ slide fitting in the frame ‘ style of construction is somehow better in terms of accuracy. I struggle to shoot my PT92-AF as good as I can a strangers CZ-75. Hindsight is a Lovely 20-20 ! ! !

  41. ‘nuther neat article from suzanne.

    the mp9c is just about all the size one would want to handle in the home. bigger is not badder, but more mass to move, more length to tangle things. as for perceived/felt recoil. that may be something of concern in target shooting. however….from personal experience, in a stress situation, you do not feel the recoil, feel the trigger pull, or hear the trigger reset. actual muzzle rise/flip might be of concern, but again, under stress, either the weapon will escape your grip, or you will find yourself shooting faster than you realize. getting the sights back on target might just be one thing to many to worry with…a sort of natural tencency to re-acquire a close-in target (and at home, you should not be shooting 25-50yrds). but then again, my experience is the only experience i can call on to understand what happens when….

    cheers, ya’ll

  42. The CZ is one fine gun. I am more of a 4 inch .357 fan for home defense handgun unless I live in Chicago (or Lebanon), but I would be very happy to own one of these. Wish list time.

    1. Nathan:
      One thing nice about a Wheelgun….
      They seem to ALWAYS work
      As long as there are Loaded Rounds in the Cylinder, it goes BANG !

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