CZ 75 Compact Review

I already had the CZ 75 P-01 when I saw this sitting in the LGS gun case and as it usually goes, my willpower to spend zero dollars failed. I really, really didn’t need the CZ 75 Compact, but need? Ha. Need has no value when it’s really a want. Long story short – 4473, debit card, out the door. Clean, lube, load mags and hit the range.

For all intents and purposes, the CZ 75 Compact is the same pistol as the P-01, with just a few differences: the Compact has a steel frame as opposed to the P-01 alloy frame, a manual safety as opposed to the P-01 decocker and no rail for mounting a light. It’s also a few ounces heavier.

I still like it, and enjoy shooting it. It doesn’t get as much range time as the P-01, CZ 75 B or any of my Sigs, but it’s right there in the mix.

There’s really nothing to dislike if you like steel frame, DA/SA guns. It’s solid, feels great in the hand and shoots like a typical CZ – like a tack driver. The weight helps with target re-acquisition, stock CZ trigger is stock CZ trigger (which means above standard trigger right out of the box) and a ton of customization options on the market.

At 5″ tall with a barrel length of just under 4″, the Compact model shaves a little more than 3/4″ off the length and about 1/2″ off the height of the full-size CZ 75. Its reduced size allows it to readily disappear under regular clothing. The CZ 75 DA/SA action with a manual safety lever provides the user with two options for carry: hammer-back with the safety on for single action operation or manually decocked for a double action first shot with no need to remember to take off the safety before firing. Because the 75 Compact retains the steel frame of the original 75, only 2.4 oz of weight is lost, making it the softest-shooting compact in the CZ 75 line.

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