The CZ75B, produced by Ceska Zbrojovka of the Czech Republic designed in 1975.
The long slide rails, with the slide riding within the receiver, is much like the 1949 design of the Sig P210 which is a legend and recently reintroduced by Sig Sauer. The CZ75B sports a 1inch extended frame over the original CZ75 this added support is said to result in enhanced accuracy, and extraordinary durability. There are many reports of extended firings 75,000 to 90,000 rounds of firing without major repair or replacement of major parts.
Features and Ergonomics **** 4 out of 5 Star Rating
I will start this by saying Thanks to Darrell for trusting me with such a fine specimen for review. I do not own any semi auto 9mm handguns and really have not had a real desire to own one. My first time handling this weapon I knew within seconds it would immediately move to the top of the list. I now understand those that have made comments that the ergonomics of the CZ75B gives it a feel which is unexplainable, the black rubber grips are of the right firmness and thickness which enables the legendary feel. The Limited Edition is considered to be a Matte Stainless, DA/SA, full size all steel construction, exposed hammer, 9mm Luger pistol, which comes with 2 chrome 16 round magazines and a upswept beavertail much like a 1911.
Caliber = 9×19
Overall length = 8.1 in.
Barrel length = 4.7 in.
Height = 5.4 in.
Width = 1.4in
Weight = 2.2 lbs.
The slide release and safety are simple and easy to use, but shooters with small hands might find the slide release a little hard to reach with their thumb, though not a problem for me and my large hands. My only real complaint of the CZ75B is of the safety. The safety can only be enabled when the hammer is to the rear forcing a cocked and locked scenario when carrying. Those familiar and comfortable with carrying 1911′s will be at home with the all steel CZ75B riding on their belts. The safety is also missing the feature of decocking, it actually reads in the manual pulling the hammer and grasping the trigger with your weak hand to slowly and safely ride the trigger forward is something I do not recommend for safety reasons.
In the picture above you can see two line marks on the frame and slide which must be aligned to disassemble the CZ75B. Disassembly and reassembly was a very easy.
Upon disassembly you will begin to recognize it’s heft and sturdiness, I started to understand quickly why there are reports of 90,000 rounds being fired without problem/breakage. The only doubt I had was of the half length plastic guide rod, this seems to be the only cost cutting measure utilized when designing the CZ75B. Though this same half length guide rod is present in it’s larger brother the 45acp CZ97B Reviewed here.
Range Review **** 4 out of 5 Star Rating
I started the range day by firing 16 rounds out of each magazine to test for feel and reliability. True to form this entire range session provided much joy, there were no malfunctions and the all steel frame absorbed the recoil of the 9mm as if it were a 380. After initial functionality testing I fired 124gr 9mm reloads testing for print meaning where are the rounds landing in reference to point of aim this proved to be spot on.
Running a target out to 7 yards I decided it was time to test for combat accuracy firing 5 rounds standing two hand unsupported hold.
Impressed with the initial accuracy of 7 yards I retrieved my target replacing it with a fresh one. This time I would load each chrome magazine with 6 rounds of 124gr 9mm and would fire each rapidly while changing magazines.
Anxious to see how the CZ75B would perform with heavier loads I loaded a magazine with 6 Factory Federal 147gr 9mm rounds, and ran the target out to 15 yards.
As you can see at a bit of greater distance with the heavier grain bullets the groups opened up. I am not sure really if this was me or the gun, though I knew right away I pulled the last bullet on the right of the target.
Though there was noticeable greater recoil with the Factory Federal 9mm rounds I loaded the other magazine with 6 rounds to take aim at the silhouet head at combat speed, with the target remaining at 15 yards.
Again the group was not what I was looking for and the last round was low and to the right which I knew as soon as I pulled the trigger. I am sure with more range time I could pull these groups in tighter as I am sure this 9mm is way more accurate than I and possibly one of the more accurate 9mm’s on the market in someones hands whom has more range time with the CZ75B. On the range review I give it 4 out of 5 stars for the some what long heavy double action pull which weighs in at 8pounds on my RCBS trigger gauge. The single action pull comes in at a clean crisp 4 pounds. I also noticed on the double action pull there is slight take-up on the trigger.
Overall though not suited very well for concealed carry due to the weight of the all steel construction. I would say the CZ75B is very impressive and possibly the best 9mm service type semi-auto on the market today. Don’t let the lower price of the CZ75B lead you into believing it is less of a weapon compared to those higher priced polymer service models. The Limited Edition tested today is a bit more expensive due to the Matte stainless finish, night sights and chrome magazines and for my money it is well worth it and has now worked its way into the #1 spot on my list of must haves.
Model: CZ75 B Limited Edition
Overall length: 8.1 in.
Barrel length: 4.7 in.
Height: 5.4 in.
Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Materials: Stainless Steel-Limited Edition Bead Blasted Rounds and Brushed Flats
Sights: Tritium Night Sights
Magazine Capacity: 16 rounds
Price:$699 Expect to pay more if you can find one Discontinued in 2010
RATINGS(out of five stars)
Though originally designed in 1975 the CZ75B Limited Edition with its bead blasted rounds and brushed flat stainless will make this firearm stand out even in any gun shop glass case. Add a set of the wood CZ logo grips and this would be a perfect 5 stars.
I understand all the range of the CZ75B when speaking about comfort and ease of use. This platform design feels better than any semi auto I have ever held in my hand including that of the timeless 100 year old 1911. The slide release and safety are simple and easy to use, but shooters with small hands might find the slide release a little hard to reach with their thumb. My daughter a very slender 5ft 10in tall female with larger than average hands (taking after dad 6ft4in) finds it difficult to reach the slide release using just one hand.
The CZ75B has been perfect thus far with all brands of ammunition including my reloads, thus receiving 5 stars. 115gr Blazer, 124gr reloads, 147gr Federal.
Equipped with tritium night sights and (2) 16 round chrome magazines CZ left no stone unturned in making this a complete service pistol or home defense pistol right out of the box. Though a set go CZ Custom G10 grips or CZ logo wood grips would push it’s looks over the top.
I would say the CZ75B is very impressive and possibly the best 9mm service type semi-auto on the market today. A trigger job from the CZ custom shop will help with the some what long heavy double action pull which weighs in at 8pounds on my RCBS trigger gauge. The single action pull comes in at a clean crisp 4 pounds. I also noticed on the double action pull there is slight take-up on the trigger.