9x19 mm Parabellum
1 000 g
~ 360 m/s
Range of effective fire
pistol was developed by Koucky brothers at the state-owned Ceska
Zbrojovka armed factory in the former Czechoslovakia. This pistol
was developed for military use and aimed purely at export
commenced in 1976. During the first year of production some 2 000
pistols had been made. This rose in subsequent years to over 20 000
pistols, but was still not enough to coupe with the demand. By 2007 more than one million
of these pistol have been produced. Its production still continues
and it is constantly being improved. It is in service with about 20
countries and is used by military, police and special operations
forces. This pistol was widely copied and cloned. Production license
of this pistol has been sold to ITM of Switzerland.
The CZ-75 has a nice design, is reliable, accurate,
comfortable to handle and to shoot. It proved to successful and is
one of the best pistols in its class.
The CZ-75 is
chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum round. It is worth noting, that
army and law enforcement forces of the former Czechoslovakia used
the Soviet 7.62x25 and 9x18 mm pistol ammunition. While the 9x19 mm
was the standard pistol round in the West. Also there a versions of
the CZ-75 chambered for .40 S&W and 9x21 mm IMI ammunition.
has an all-steel construction. It is a short recoil operated weapon
and uses a Browning locking system. It resembles that of the Swiss
SIG P210 pistol. Such operating system provides more smooth cycle
and better tolerances and results in a greater accuracy.
CZ-75 has a double-action trigger and exposed hammer. However there are several
versions of the trigger system, such as single-action, or
double-action only. The basic version has a frame mounted safety.
Since the late 1980s all CZ-75 series pistols also have an internal
firing pin safety. Some models have no manual safety, but fitted
with decocker only.
double-stack magazine holds 16 rounds. Early models of the CZ-75 had
is fitted with simple iron sights. The rear sight is dovetailed into
the slide. However there are some models fitted with adjustable rear
sights. The CZ-75 is an accurate weapon. Effective range of fire is
about 50 meters.
copies of the CZ-75 are the American Springfield P9, Chinese NZ-75,
Jericho 941, Italian Tanfoglio series pistols, Swiss ITM AT-88 and Sphinx 2000, Turkish Sarsilmaz M2000.
CZ-75B is an
improved production version. It has a reshaped triggerguard with a
finger rest, hammer with circular head and internal firing pin
Compact, a compact model with shorter barrel, slide and grip;
has a decocker switch instead of a safety;
version with a double-action only trigger. It has no manual safety;
Automatic, it is a version of the CZ-75B with a full-auto
capability. It fires in semi-auto or full-auto modes. Early
production pistols have a longer ported barrel. Later this pistol
was produced with a standard barrel. A spare magazine can be
attached below the barrel and used as a front grip. It first
appeared in 1992 and was proposed for police and military special
CZ-75 P01 is
an updated compact model, based on the CZ-75BD Compact. It has
aluminum frame with steel slide. It has an accessory rail under the
barrel. It can be fitted with various accessories, such as tactical
flashlight or laser pointer. In 2001 this pistol was adopted by
CZ-85 is a
completely ambidextrous version of the CZ-75. Its production began