Like many in the gun buying community, I follow fads with firearms and buy into marketing hype. I had a couple skinny 9’s, and sold them. I have a pocket .380 and try to leave it in my safe whenever possible. I had a grip of GLOCKs, and sold them. I did the government 1911 thing for a while, wanting to carry what I compete with until I wore a hole in my favorite pair of jeans from that ridiculously long muzzle in my IWB holster . . .
The 1911 represented my first serious exposure to steel-framed guns. I got into guns during the height of GLOCK’s dominance on the competitive circuit, so plastic frames obviously made the most sense. I shot my GLOCKs to the left (my issue, not the gun’s), and I couldn’t hammer out the hellacious split times many could on follow-ups.
I switched to steel-framed guns as they became en vogue and holes started magically appearing down range where I wanted them to. All of a sudden I could call my shots. My sights settled back on target more consistently. The flex in plastic frames kept me from using as much grip strength as I should have, and that made all the difference.
I couldn’t be bothered with buying new pants semi-annually. I wanted to carry a steel/alloy framed gun. I wanted more capacity than my 1911 offered. I didn’t want a grip safety. I wanted a shorter barrel on a slide thickness approximately the same as my 1911. I wanted a manual of arms similar to my 1911 competition blaster. Basically, I wanted a 2011 set up for carry. But since I didn’t have an extra two G’s sitting around to buy an STI, I explored other avenues.
On the Production/SSP side of the house the CZ SP01 became more and more common. It made sense; they are super easy to shoot and accurate. The 75 platform basically feels like a 1911 (or a Hi Power) and has obscene practical accuracy in my hands. Oh, did I mention the most important part yet? Satisfying my inner peacock. Like a woman buying pretty underwear who no one will see but her, I wanted a blaster with character. I wanted something I could festoon with obnoxious G10 grips in outlandish colors, or something that oozed classic cool dressed up in wood. Enter the CZ 75B Compact.
Short(er) barrel? Check. Grip Safety? None in sight. Interchangeable grips? You betcha. Telepathic accuracy? Indubitably. You know the best part? It’s how the 75 pattern pistol handles recoil. I could never run my G19 like the hog leg-esque semi autos I run in competition. The 19 and the 75B C are nearly identical dimensionally, but the 75B C shoots like a much larger gun. That’s a cliché, but it’s absolutely the truth.
The 75B C is also approximately 50% heavier than a G19, so be warned. Intellectually, the CZ is thicker than my 1911 (or G19 for that matter), but I don’t notice it. It’s easy to get a nice firing grip on an IWB holster and deploy rapidly and consistently, which is more than I could say for my stint with skinny 9s.
Do I miss my 45’s or feel out-gunned with my baby bullet 9s? Not at all. I have 15 of those suckers on tap in a platform that becomes a veritable bullet hose at a moment’s notice. The 75’s are boss for delivering rounds on target quickly. And this little compact has me eying the CZ catalog to pick out my next gaming gun.
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