There is an arguable advantage to carrying a pistol that feeds from a double stack single feed magazine, but there can also be a bit of a disadvantage. The advantage is having increased magazine capacity but sacrificing grip comfort, due to the enlarged grip to accommodate the larger magazine. Right now some folks are saying that with a carry gun, magazine capacity is not as big of a deal as the average defensive pistol fight is, and so on and so forth quoting all sorts of statistical data. My reply to that is I have never heard anyone say, “I hate I brought so much ammunition to the gun fight”
The CZ 75 B Omega as it ships in a nice box with all the paperwork, trigger lock, extra magazine, and a basic cleaning kit. I thought the cleaning kit was a nice touch.
I have a couple of double stack pistols and I do appreciate the increased magazine capacity but comfort can be sacrificed. Grip comfort is important and has a direct correlation to accuracy and control. With a handgun, as you all know it is always a compromise between stopping power, concealability, and comfort. How cool would it be to be able to combine those factors in some measure into a single pistol.
Left and rights sides of the CZ
Well, in my opinion we have a contender. The CZ 75 B Omega. A slick double action pistol chambered in the ever popular 9mm Luger in a very comfortable double stack.
The CZ 75 B is externally reminiscent of the Browning High Power of Fabrique Nationale located in Herstal, Belgium, which is in itself a fine pistol also chambered in 9mm Luger. What strikes me right off on the CZ is the way the slide is machined to ride inside the receiver. That does lower the slide inside the receiver and helps lower the center of pressure deeper into the pistol which in turn gives the pistol less leverage against you during recoil. That translates into less “muzzle flip” (I don’t love that term for some reason) and more of a push back.
You can clearly see how the slide runs inside the receiver.
The 9mm Luger does not generate a tremendous amount of recoil to begin with and with some insightful design features it makes it easy to handle for most anyone.
The initial range trip was actually the 9mm ballistic test, which you can read by clicking this link.
Once we got the Omega lathered up we commenced to really try to break it.
Clinton had brought some 300 rounds of lead truncated cone reloads and we loaded up the magazines and went at it as hard as we could. We started out with the two sixteen round magazines loaded and after a hundred rounds whichever of us that was not shooting would pick up the empty magazine off the deck and load it, handing it off shortly after the gun was run dry. There was very little time in between magazines with that system. Once we got another 200 rounds or so through the pistol it was getting pretty dang hot. We let it cool off a bit and policed brass. After a few minutes we got back at it and finished off the truncated cone reloads. By now the CZ was plenty dirty. I then loaded some of my reloads consisting of a 124gr JHP loaded with four grains of Unique propellent. This load is the bare minimum charge and I wanted to see if such a light load would function and cycle the slide of the CZ once we had it so dirty and fouled. After about fifty of those without any issues I was satisfied the Omega is a reliable pistol.
Second Range Trip
I was asked to introduce a few folks to auto loading handguns and the CZ 75 B Omega, Colt Delta Elite, and a Gen 4 Glock 17 were the pistols I brought with me. It was not so much of a reliability test of any of those pistols but to see how folks shot the different types of auto loaders, the double action CZ, the single action Colt Delta Elite, and the striker fired Glock 17. We went through about fifty rounds for each pistol and to tell the truth, most really liked the CZ. Everybody liked all of the pistols but the CZ being the 9mm and the option of single action or double action trigger pull had the greatest appeal to the beginner. Oh, and another fifty rounds through the CZ. That brings the total round count to some 450 flawless rounds.
The slide is a bit smaller vertically than your average Government Model but with strong cocking serrations there was no trouble cocking the slide, even with sweaty hands.
The trigger, which broke at a very clean four and a half pounds and little take up in single action and at a solid ten pounds through the double action pull. The double action pull is very similar as a Ruger GP 100 revolver.
The safety engaged when the hammer was completely back, allowing for safe single action carry. The slide stop was generous and serrated for dropping the slide on a loaded magazine. The magazine release was large enough to easily find and worked as it should.
Here you see the rowel style hammer in full cock and the safety engaged. The safety on the 75 B Omega does not serve as a decocker.
A large magazine well to accommodate the double stack single feed magazine. It was plenty big enough to easily find during hasty reloads.
Excellent three dot sighting system set as twenty five meters from the factory. For the distances I shot out to twenty five yards the sights were dead on. Also, another angle on the slide to reliever fit.
The backstrap was smooth and offered a great deal of comfort during shooting.
Here you will notice the ejection port as well as the external extractor. The hammer does have a quarter cock illustrated in the photograph.
The ramped barrel, quite dirty but never gave any trouble.
The bottom of the slide, here you will notice the firing pin block.
Two sixteen round magazines with witness holes ships standard.
Muzzle view showing the front sight fit and another angle on the slide to receiver fit.
The top of the slide is deeply serrated which cuts any glare off of the top of the pistol. This is especially useful on bright days and careful target work.
The CZ 75 B Omega detail strips easily by lining up two small marks on the slide and receiver and pushing out the slide stop.
How about the barrel lugs and slide lugs, looks like the John Browning design made it’s way into the pistol.
Accuracy chart for the CZ 75 B Omega. Please click on the chart for a larger version. Reload one was a Montana gold 115grain JHP over 4 grains of Unique propellent. Reload two was a 120 grain lead truncated cone but I propellent charge is unknown.
All in all we are around 400 rounds through the CZ 75B Omega without any failures. Most of which were run through the gun when it was dry, dirty, and hot. The pistol performed very well, being ergonomic and comfortable which aided in controlability and accuracy. If I had to describe the Omega in one word it would be robust. It feels like it is somewhat overbuilt but still very comfortable to shoot and carry. I have decided to purchase the test sample as I believe it would be an ideal training pistol for someone trying to learn the manual of arms on a double action auto-loader. It is plenty accurate, comfortable, and low recoil so new shooters could easily learn the fundamentals. OK, that is what i told myself but truthfully I am going to buy it because I liked it a lot (though my reasoning holds water). I also would like to put it in rotation for local pistol matches and lawful carry. After this test I have all the confidence in the world in this model.
Clinton Jamieson of rangehot.com and Hills Inc.
Update, after four months and about a few thousand rounds more through the CZ 75B Omega is still purring along without issues. I try to bring it to the range when I go, especially with a new shooter as shown in the video below. David Elliott with some of my reloads.
The CZ 75 B Ω (Omega) features a simpler, more robust version of the 75’s trigger system. The interlocking design of the trigger mechanism’s parts allows for easy disassemble and reassembly without the need for tools, so taking the pistol down beyond a basic field strip is much easier than on a standard 75. Not only does this simplify maintenance, the trigger parts themselves are made of different materials, enhancing durability, operation life and reliability.
|Magazine Type||detachable box, double stack single feed|
Fixed Three Dot
Safety Stop on Hammer
Firing Pin Block Safety