CZ-75 Compact 9mm

  • 1 ea x CZ-75 Compact 9x19mm handgun

  • 1 ea x original factory hard case

  • 2 ea x 10 round magazines ( I think one is the factory mag that came with the gun in 1995, and the other is a Pro-Mag, but I'm not sure )

  • 3 ea x 14 round CZ factory magazines ( still sealed in original wrapper )

  • 4 ea x 14 round Mec-Gar magazines ( 2 still new in original packaging )

  • 1 ea x extra set of rubber grips ( still sealed in original packaging )

  • 0 ea x instruction manual ( I only mention this because the Soldier of Fortune review below mentions how awesome the instruction manual was. You can either contact CZ-USA , or download it from their web site.

A friend of mine bought this new back in 1995, and sold it to me in 2000. I don't know exactly how many rounds have been through this, but it's less than a thousand.

The date stamp on the pistol is "94" (1994), and it was imported by Magnum Research; after Action Arms went out of business, and before CZ-USA become the U.S. importer for CZ's products.

The felt-recoil of an all-steel 9mm is mild. And the ergonomics of the CZ-75 are great. My only real complaints with this gun are

  • Like all of my other CZ-75s, the factory front sight is too narrow. I think this bothers me more as my eyes get older, and I'm doing more shooting at indoor ranges. It's never been an issue in outdoor natural sunlight. Also, it's hard to tell from the photos below, but the paint on the front sight is worn, but that's easily fixed.

  • EDITED TO ADD: Since I wrote the above in 2012, fiber-optic front sights, which gather light to produce a bright dot, have become more popular, and are now offered for CZ pistols. For example, see here.

  • The floorplate of the magazine sticks out too far. On my full-size CZ-75s this isn't an issue, but with the CZ-75 Compact the floorplate sticks into my hand. It's not a big deal, but it is an annoyance, especially since I have large hands. If I had a grinding wheel, I'd simply grind the front edge of the magazine base plate down.

  • EDITED TO ADD: Since I wrote the above in 2012, rubber base pads are available from CZ Custom,

The classic CZ series was designed to be carried either "cocked-and-locked" -- i.e., hammer back and safety on, so the first shot is in single action, like a 1911 or Browning Hi Power -- or hammer-down and safety-off, with the first shot fired in double-action like a SIG pistol. However, there is no decocker lever, so if you want to carry it in DA mode, you have to manually lower the hammer very carefully (there is a half-cock notch to make this safer, along with the firing pin safety in the "B" models such as this one). CZ does now make a de-cocker only "D" version. Their newer Omega triggers can be converted to either mode.

The only real reasons I'm selling this are

  • It sat in my safe unused since 2004 (I shot it once in December 2012), and I've made the decision to sell guns that I haven't shot in years; as part of a general uncluttering effort, and at this stage in my life I'm no longer interested in collecting guns that I don't get a chance to shoot often.

  • I have several full sized CZ-75s, and I don't want to have to keep separate bins of magazines for the full-size CZs and another one for the compact CZ. It may not seem like an big deal, but multiplied by the size of my gun collection the logistics of accessories (such as mags) for all my guns has become a problem.

The CZ-75 Compact (the actual one for sale here) in use on August 07, 2004 at the Bike-N-Shoot (a biathlon-style bike race and pistol shooting competition)

In the August 1993 issue of Soldier of Fortune, Peter Kokalis, then the technical editor of the magazine, wrote:


CZ75 Compact / CZ85 Combat Cream Of Combloc Crop

text & photos by Peter G. Kokalis

It was one of the very first large-capacity, double-action 9mm Parabellum pistols. It still remains one of the very best. The Czech CZ75 was and is immensely popular worldwide except in the United States, where obtaining one has been a complicated ordeal until recently, or in former combloc nations where its caliber precluded field service.

. . .

With the collapse of the Evil Empire, the original CZ75 and several new models of this series are now available without restrictions in the United States and are imported exclusively by Action Arms Ltd.

. . .

The CZ75 and any of its derivatives can be carried either "locked and cocked" (a round in the chamber, hammer cocked and the thumb safety engaged), or with the hammer down on a loaded chamber (lowered by hand, slowly and very carefully with the weapon pointed in a safe direction) the first round can be fired double-action.

. . .

The human engineering applied to this pistol's design is of the very highest order. The grip tang is exactly the right length to prevent the hammer from abusing the web of your hand. The grip frame's distinctive hump melts into the hand as though it were a custom fitted prothesis. The grip-to-frame angle is perfect; target acquisition is consequently swift and positive.

. . .

Overall, this is a superb design. During my early years in El Salvador, I often carried a CZ75, which I still have. SOF's tests and evaluations of the CZ75 Compact and the CZ85 Combat did not diminish my high assessment of this series.

Reliability is the single most-important parameter in evaluating a combat handgun. I would not, for example, under any circumstances arm myself with the problem-plagued S&W Model 1076 10mm pistol, presently issued to FBI agents. If the CZ75 series is nothing else (and it is a lot more), it is reliable. I have fired many thousands of rounds through CZ75-series pistols, during which I never experienced a stoppage that could be attributed to the weapon.

Although its steel frame adds to its mass, it also provides added durability and noticeably moderated perceived recoil to further enhance target re-acquisition.

. . .

A Smart Investment

Suggested retail price of the CZ75 Compact is only $510, and it comes with one magazine and the best instruction manual I have ever seen packed with a firearm. A CZ85 Combat will set you back $619. Extra magazines of either capacity cost $32 each.

I have no reservations whatever about recommending any pistol of the CZ75 series. When fed ammunition of the correct type, the 9mm Parabellum cartridge will do its job just about as well as any other handgun round. Sturdy and reliable, these pistols demonstrate how well the Czechs have provided armed professionals with large-capacity handguns that can be stuffed into the leather in the preferred locked-and-cocked mode.

The full article can be read here

The late Stephen Camp of "Hi Powers and Handguns" fame, and author of The Shooter's Guide To The Browning Hi Power, wrote "A Critical Look At The CZ-75"

The CZ-75 pistols be they "B" or not are world class service pistols in my experience and opinion. That they can be purchased easier and less expensively these days than in the past is a good thing as far as I 'm concerned. If you like doing lots of shooting, there are certainly many fine 9mm semiautomatics from which to choose. If I could not use a Browning Hi Power, I would use a CZ-75.

some useful links:

with skateboard tape on the front grip

with skateboard tape on the backstrap