Earlier this year, CZ updated its “CZ 75 P-07 DUTY” and turned it into the “CZ P-07.” I happened to have both iterations, new and old, in-hand so thought I’d quickly check out the changes. Actually, I’ll go ahead and call them upgrades. The brief video above highlights the physical changes. Out on the range, I found that…
…I shoot 3-dot sights better than the U-notch rear. Both pistols are equally accurate, mechanically, but I’m better on the range with 3-dots. That said, I know I’d be a bit better still with a blacked out rear.
The new trigger design feels nicer. It’s more comfortable, more forgiving, and I shoot it a bit better for those reasons. I also like the looks.
Interchangeable backstraps are great, and basically necessary to compete in the modern, polymer pistol world. However, it probably won’t matter unless you have gigantic hands. The small backstrap is about equivalent to the old P-07’s grip dimensions, so if you have small hands you’re good with either pistol. I wear size L gloves but prefer shooting the P-07 with the small backstrap just a tiny bit more than I like the medium one. So, that leaves upping the size of the grip to those with sasquatch mitts.
I never really used to, but I have started using forward cocking serrations sometimes and I think this pistol looks better with them. So, in this case, they’re a welcome addition.
Really, CZ didn’t reduce the capacity from 16 rounds to 15, they just stopped pretending like the P-07 magazines fit 16. [EDIT: CZ-USA saw this article and e-mailed some clarification around my mag capacity snark:
Just for clarification reasons, the P-07 mags used to hold 16, but the factory made some modifications to the mag spring and base retainer to give the .40 version more spring tension and greater longevity. Because the 9 and .40 magazines share internals, it had the unintended consequence of reducing the capacity for the 9mm mag. So there was one run of 9mm magazines that were marked 16, but unless you had iron thumbs they were effectively 15. The last few runs of old P-07 Duty pistols had magazines marked 15 rounds, and the new ones all use the 15 round mags.]
The new finish is really durable and looks nicer.
If you’re at work or otherwise can’t watch the video, the changes CZ made to the v2.0 P-07 are as follows:
- Nitrated slide & barrel finish
- Forward cocking serrations
- New trigger design
- New hammer design
- Carry bevel on slide and frame (rounded corners/edges)
- Interchangeable backstraps (S, M, L)
- Metal, 3-dot sights
- No lanyard loop on mainspring plug
- New finish on magazines
- Upgraded magazine spring and base retainer. Mags now officially hold 15, rather than 16 rounds.
If you’re wondering why I care, it’s because I often think CZ’s polymer guns are overlooked. Maybe it’s because so many people want strikers instead of hammers these days. At any rate, the P-07 and P-09 are pretty hard to beat at any competing poly pistol’s price point, but the fact that you can buy ’em new for ~$445 is just icing on the cake.
Not that I don’t like CZ’s old stuff…