Gun Review: CZ75 SP-01 Tactical

45 responses

  1. avatar
    Javier E
    February 14, 2011

    I’ve been waiting for this. Thank you for the review. It just jumped to the top of my list. But, I’ll probably go for the 40SW.

  2. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    Sounds like a great pistol. Does the compact have an aluminum frame?

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      Lincoln D Chastain
      March 5, 2012

      it has an alloy and aluminum slide and frame. this gun CZ75PO1 is a bad ass gun to shoot. thirty feet and under 2in groups,key holes you name it We call it the tack driver, better than my sons beretta 92, other sons p90 ruger and MP S/W

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        March 11, 2012

        It does NOT have an aluminum slide. The frame of the CZ P0-1 is alloy while the slide like every other pistol is steel, The standard cz-75d compact has a steel frame with no rail.

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        James Donvesco
        July 12, 2012

        CZ75D compact has an alloy frame.

  3. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    “those with weak fingers or a pistol that hasn’t been shot much may find it easier to use the handle of a screwdriver or similar to push the pin out.”

    Use the corner of the magazine’s plastic base-plate. Soft, scratch free, and having it in hand is a natural part of ‘safe’ing the gun.

    “I did notice was that the slide is very stiff”

    Valid complaint. While I don’t think the spring is any stiffer than normal, the slide in frame design provides less purchase on the slide for gripping. It also allows for a lower bore axis and low profile slide which aides in the controllability of the gun.

    The ‘grit’ in the trigger is another common CZ complaint. It goes away after about 1500 rounds. The poor mans trigger job is to put jewelers rouge on the parts and dry fire it a bunch, then hose it out with gun-scrubber.

    Lastly, most but not all of the mags will actually hold 19 rounds as they break in.

    Standard disclaimer: I’ve got one and love it.

  4. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    A great hand gun that I have come close to buying a number of times. The bore axis is noticeably lower than that of a Sig or Beretta, making the recoil almost pleasant and acquiring a sight picture very easy.

    I do have a problem with the video though. I know that the point is to draw attention to the pistol, but what SWAT team breaches a building with only handguns? Realism goes a lot further for me than glamorization.

  5. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    Great viddy. Didja notice that the first target that got shot was Justin Bieber?

  6. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    I shoot a CZ Compact and a full size 75 in IDPA. There are few finer ergonomic pistols extant.

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    tom w.
    February 14, 2011

    I have the EAA Witness, a CZ clone in .40 S&W. Very solid, reliable and accurate.

    Go to

    see what’s #1……

    However, the “sales vid” was not very realistic as to think not one tac-ops, team member didn’t have a shotgun or rifle.

    CZ still makes a damn fine pistol.

  8. avatar
    February 14, 2011

    Cost Cost Cost???

    All the BEST reviews have COST in them….

    • avatar
      Patrick Carrube
      February 15, 2011

      And all the best review readers know how to use google or call their local gun shop :) The truth is, I didn’t purchase this gun and I don’t care to know the cost. The MSRP on ANY gun manufacturers website is marked up by 10-15%, and “actual” cost will vary by the same amount. Of course, this is assuming that you want to buy it new. I have seen a few of these pop up on the “used shelf”. Figure the cost to be somewhere between a new Hi-Point 9mm and a used Wilson CQB :)

  9. avatar
    February 15, 2011

    “I put the CZ through the same smorgasbord of 9mm that I put the Beretta 92A1 a few months back in hopes of finding one that she wouldn’t like. ”

    Yeah, good luck with that. I have two CZ-75′s. A regular, and the SP-01. Something like 20000 rounds downrange , and no problems ever. Shot one in a class once, 400+ In one day without cleaning. The gun didn’t even hiccup. And that was with my less than great handloads.

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      Patrick Carrube
      February 16, 2011

      Well long-term reliability and “can it feed this” reliability are two separate issues. I don’t think I or RF can afford enough ammo to do a “death by numbers” test on any reviewed pistol… although it would be fun! For the record, last May I shot 700 rounds of 230-gr through a stock Springfield 1911 during a training/practice session and followed it up by a 200 round steel match in the afternoon without a single failure! (eat that Gunnutmeggar!). Modern pistols, particularly ones used for personal carry and CCW had BETTER be able to feed anything, all the time, every time!

  10. avatar
    February 16, 2011

    My CZ 75 P-07 is the best shooting pistol I have. I chose it over a Sig Sauer because it felt better in my hand and shoots as good if not better for about 1/2 the cost. The recoil is very controllable, making follow-up shots faster and more accurate. The new Omega trigger is very smooth, especially in SA. (DA is a little stiff – wish it were a little lighter.) The P-07 is a polymer CZ and weighs about 25 oz. unloaded. It has a 16 round (9mm) capacity, and is about the size of a Glock 19. It’s fairly easy to conceal, although it feels a bit thicker than a Glock 19 in an inside the pants holster.

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    joe tony
    February 22, 2011

    This new CZ is cool. I have had a CZ-75B for years. I took my first CHL class with it and added night sights that are still bright. I have a Springfield P-9 – never had any problems with it (either really) but the P-9 is damn heavy- could be a club in an emergency. I found a original CZ-75 for $350.00 shipped a while back never liked the rib on Mod B. After I touch up my frame and change out the springs it should be good to go. I just wish there were more high- caps available. CZ has always had good products- I love my CZ 97 also. Not related to the article but 2 thumbs up for anything CZ.

  12. avatar
    Mouldy Squid
    February 25, 2011

    I purchased the .40 version of this pistol a few weeks back. I have since put about 300+ rounds through it. Smooth, reliable and remarkably accurate. I absolutely love the tritium sights and the rubber grips. My shooting improved immediately. I have to say that this pistol is my new favourite (the previous being a Star 30M in 9mm).

    I chose this over the Sig P226 once I had a chance to handle both of them. My hands are on the small side and the CZ felt like it was made just specifically for me. The weight was just right, the recoil more than manageable. In fact, the recoil with the .40 was less noticeable than many 9mm I have fired, including my Star.

    This CZ is worth every penny I paid (since up here in Canada handguns tend to be expensive). I am convinced. My next pistol will be a CZ as well.

  13. avatar
    James Rhoads
    July 15, 2011

    Just now found this review – it would have helped me when trying to decide on whether or not to purchase this firearm in the .40 version. I did, and have absolutely NO regrets. Like you hinted at, there’s not a whole bunch of customization you can do on it – but there’s also not much that would even need to be done. Purely aesthetic stuff. Otherwise, anyone with bad things to say about it either hasn’t shot one or was shooting the wrong one. However, I do have a question for you, personally. I’m not normally the type of person to point out mistakes or errors, but I found yours very amusing. “I like WWB, although it can get a back rap some times.” The correct phrase is “bad rap,” which leaves me wondering what in the world do you think “back rap” means??? I don’t even understand your usage of that term here!! Anyway, thanks for the review. =)

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    Scott Danniel
    November 4, 2011

    I own several handguns, and the CZ 75-P01 is by far my favorite for the price! I have the compact model (3.8″ bbl) and it is GREAT!!! Good heft, fits my hand perfectly, low recoil, and flawless operation. Over 2000 rounds and no problems yet. The only thing I like better is my STI, but that is not really an apples to apples comparison, especially not at $1200.

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    Randall d
    November 11, 2011

    The CZ75B PCR and the SP-01 in 9mm , i have run 3k thru each and no problems the Sp-01 got better after 1k rounds of cheap and le rounds, trigger better, and much smoother……..

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    Eddie Roark
    December 30, 2011

    I have a BD decocker model. Shoots good,put together right,accurate,reliable and it didn’t cost anywhere near a thousand dollars,,,,whats not to like!

  17. avatar
    February 3, 2012

    How do you compare the da/sa trigger of a CZ to a Glock? Besides, a Glock trigger, inhrrent by design, epitomizes “squishy” if anything.

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  19. avatar
    April 9, 2012

    The stiff spring may be mitigated, over time, by keeping a cable lock snaked through the port and well–with the slide locked back–in storage. (You have to do this, anyhow, in Canada.)

    Did this gun have any difficulty with ‘long’ 9s (Hornady XTPs/Zombie Maxes)? Some people have had this issue with other CZs.

  20. avatar
    April 15, 2012

    I’m thinking of purchasing CZ SP01 Tactical. Is there any know difference in quality or design between CZ USA and CZ UB?

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    Waylon D.
    May 2, 2012

    Well, I have to say I never even considered owning a CZ. I’ve always been a S&W, Colt, Glock, Springfield, and Ruger type of shooter. Until, that is, I shot my coworkers P-01. Wow!! I was blown away as soon as I gripped it. Like a glove. Better to me than a 1911 grip. Perfect S/A trigger for a 9mm. I liked it so good that I traded my coworker out of it the next week for my Glock 19. The only regret I have is not owning one sooner. It has improved my accuracy. I am converted. I’ll never get rid of this one (and that’s not like me). There are only two pistols that I will never part with, my 70 series Colt Gov’t & my new (to me) CZ P-01. Loved the review BTW.

  22. avatar
    May 17, 2012

    Great review. Went to the local outfitter just to hold one. Loved it so much I ordered the CZ 75 SP-01 Iin 9mm. Now just have to wait as they are on special order.

    Again thanks for a great review.


    Like the feel better than my Bretta and Ruger.

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    James Donvesco
    July 12, 2012

    The CZ75 D Compact is my handgun of choice, for more than five years now. It DOES have an ALLOY FRAME w/steel slide. 14 rd. magazine. SA/DA and de-cocker on left side. This weapon has served in various climates and wet or dusty proves reliable with all sorts of odd ammo. I’ve heard bad reports regarding aftermarket magazines of a certain manufacture, but have no personal experience with that.
    Excellent carry, easy to conceal, accurate with good to excellent sights.
    Hard to find on the shelf, but order from CZ USA.

  24. avatar
    Don Svenningsen
    October 20, 2012

    Red Dog Ret. I own 2 CZ-75′s in 9mm. One is a B the other is an SP-01 both of them have been as good as any of my 1911′s or FN’s. Very accurate and they go “bang” every time. The springs have been changed to help trigger pull. The hammer’s have been polished, 3.5 single action pull. The sights are low profile and grips are now CZ wood. WCC Nato 124gr FMJ = a 1.5 group or PDX 124gr +P HP will do the same.

  25. avatar
    December 16, 2012

    Walked into my fave Gun Store who happens to be a CZ-USA Distributor. They had a goodly selection of CZ 75′s in addition to rentals to try.

    Overall, I totally agree with this Review.
    Picked up the SPO1 Tactical and immediately fell in love with it. Fits my medium sized hand almost as good as a Browning HP. But shoots 10x’s better. Fits lower in the hand, and the added weight absorbs recoil as to be “almost” non existent.
    Zero malfunctions, 3 different types of ammo, Win, Fed and some off brand range supplied ammo..

    Not sure which Sig your referring too..but I like the SPO1 Tac trigger BETTER than my Sig 226.
    Also, personally, Im not a fan of striker fired pistols… not against them, they just dont feel right to me. The triggers always felt squishy to me.

    If someone is looking for a Full Sized service 9mm.. The CZ 75 SPO1 Tac is definitely worth a looksee. (yea, Im now a Fan Boy) So much so, Im looking at the CZ 97 (.45) for my next purchase.

    • avatar
      December 31, 2012

      Wabiker, what is the Gun Store you mentioned please?
      I’ve been hunting for CZ since beginning of December. No luck. All sold out.

      • avatar
        December 31, 2012

        I went thru the CZ Custom Shop, Mesa Az for the 97, then went back to try to get another SPO1. But, theyre sold out awaiting the next shipment too.

  26. avatar
    December 31, 2012

    Wabiker, what is the Gun Store you mentioned please?
    I’ve been hunting for CZ since beginning of December. No luck. All sold out.

  27. avatar
    December 31, 2012

    what pistols revolvers would u suggest for people who have medium size hands? thanks

    • avatar
      December 31, 2012

      IMO, only you can answer that. The only way to really know what suits you is to hit the Gun Stores and test fit them.
      For example, My Wife hated the feel of a 1911 .45, Yet absolutely loved the SW M629 .44mag…our hands were about the same size.

  28. avatar
    January 12, 2013

    I’ve owned my SP01 tactical for 5 1/2 years now. I’ve put around 6500-7000 rds through the barrel and the pistol will still outshoot me, the factory proof cert has a 1.75 inch group @ 30 meters. I feel that the cz75 is the best aspects of a BHP and a sig in one pistol. As you mentioned, the factory grips rubber is damn near perfect for its purpose. I used some traction tape on the front and backstraps of the stock as well.
    The only round I ever had misfeed was a 147gr remington golden saber. The pistol has never produced a stovepipe with any ammunition I have fed it.
    If you have a problem with slide operation I’ve heard you can safely use a lighter recoil spring, the stock SP01 spring is pretty damn heavy for a 9mm. I heard they were attempting a nato contract with the weapon, so it could be so you can put +p or +p+ through the firearm (I’ve put probably 2k rounds of +p though mine).

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    February 17, 2013

    That weight of 2.4 lbs. Is that loaded or unloaded. Some mfgrs specify whilst others do not. I am shopping for my first handgun and my shortlist now consists of the 75 SP-01, Sig P226 and Baretta 92-A1 based on NO PLASTIC, accessory rail, night sites, barrel length, weight and price. So far the 75 is at the top of that list.

    • avatar
      March 6, 2013

      Mike, that is 2.4 lbs unloaded. I happen to own a 75B two tone & a SP-01 tactical in 9mm as well as a Sig P226 in 40S&W and a Taurus PT-99 (Beretta clone) also in 9mm. The SP-01 in the all steel frame is by far the heaviest of the lot by a significant margin and would make a great “skull smasher” when out of ammo. It is notably heavier than its 75B sibling as well. If weight is the issue, the SP-01 Phantom which has a polymer frame will weigh in at 1.8 lbs unloaded but good luck finding one.

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        March 6, 2013

        Thanks for the info John. I visited a couple of the local stores and checked out a few guns, concerned with weight. I found that the CZ 75 is in no way too heavy for me and have a 75 SP-01 Tactical on order. Don’t know how long it will be as Canada gets the surplus of guns not sold in the US. But it will be worth the wait I’m sure.

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  31. avatar
    April 11, 2013

    For what it’s worth, my friend has an SP-01 that he got a custom trigger job done on. It breaks like glass, and there’s no squish. From what he told me, it was pretty cheap and easy to get done at his local Philly gunsmith.

    My first gun was a CZ-40P, it has the same P-01 frame (in light alloy) and was an absolute steal for $325 when I bought it. The most accurate handgun I own aside from my custom 1911. I know Sig makes a fine pistol (I love my 556); my daily carry is the excellent H&K USPc .45, but CZ is still one of my all time favorites, and absolutely has the corner on the value/quality curve.

  32. avatar
    May 7, 2013

    Ever since I bought my first CZ-75 first generation in 1990, I’ve handled other brands of firearms, but I always go back to my one and only. My CZ. I even got the put-together CZ-40P(on sale for $320 at Cabelas so hard to pass up). Still a nice gun, and still a CZ even though it’s a frankenstein(remnant parts) it shoots flawless, and it’s a 40SW. I have a Browning Hi-Power 9mm that the CZ mechanism was derived from, but the CZ-75 in my arsenal beats it a tad/bit. Anyone who knows guns and have handled a CZ will tell you of it’s reputation. Not from brochures and movie props, but from reliability and overall function. If you don’t want a metal gun, get a Glock. P.S. I like Glocks too, but not as much as CZ’s.

  33. avatar
    September 4, 2013

    The trigger is gritty out of the box but with little effort it can be as smooth as a 1911. I use this method by David, a master CZ gunsmith who started out with 1911s from Cajun Gun Works has a tutorial on smoothing the action on CZs:

    • avatar
      September 4, 2013

      Great Link CAGLS…!
      Looks like its time to dig out the sandpaper.

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