The CZ 75B, a comfortable double stack. This is madness.

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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”

RH-3

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.

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RH-24

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.

RH-39

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.

RH-25

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.

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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.

RH-27

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.

RH-29

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.

RH-30

A large magazine well to accommodate the double stack single feed magazine. It was plenty big enough to easily find during hasty reloads.

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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.

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The backstrap was smooth and offered a great deal of comfort during shooting.

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Here you will notice the ejection port as well as the external extractor. The hammer does have a quarter cock illustrated in the photograph.

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The ramped barrel, quite dirty but never gave any trouble.

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The bottom of the slide, here you will notice the firing pin block.

RH-38

Two sixteen round magazines with witness holes ships standard.

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Muzzle view showing the front sight fit and another angle on the slide to receiver fit.

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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.

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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.

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How about the barrel lugs and slide lugs, looks like the John Browning design made it’s way into the pistol.

CZ75B Omega accuracy

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.

Conclusions

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.

Acknowledgments

CZ USA

Hornady

Winchester Ammunition

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.

Specifications

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.

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23 Responses to The CZ 75B, a comfortable double stack. This is madness.

  1. Bob Bonenfant June 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Well done Hunter I knew you would fall in love with the CZ line. The grip on these pistols is about as comfortable as a handgun grip can be.

    Get your hands on a CZ 75 D Compact and let us know how you make out.

    Take Care

    Bob

    • Hunter Elliott June 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Thank you very much sir. I have already been in contact with CZ about the next test pistol.
      I always believe what you tell me but some times I like to give you a hard time.

  2. Creeker June 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

    Good read. These are great handguns. I have a Pre B 75 & find no faults in function.

  3. Walter Kuleck July 17, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Hunter, check out the Ruger SR9/40 and SR45 if you are interested in double-stacks that feel like single stacks.

  4. Daniel S. October 23, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    It’s an interesting thing, the CZ75B Omega, I see it all over and they are saying it’s new? I bought a CZ75B Omega in September of 2009, it has the Omega symbol on the slide. Great gun, fell in love with it immediately, very accurate, easy to shoot. I liked CZ’s so much after that, I went out and bought a CZ75 Compact 40; another excellent firearm (since June 2010) and another flawless CZ product. Today I am once again considering a CZ for everyday conceal carry, either a C75B compact 9. or a RAMI 2075 in 9 or maybe 40. The RAMI is smaller, but the CZ75B Compact really feels nice in the hand and still packs 14 rounds!

    • Hunter Elliott October 23, 2014 at 2:38 am #

      I agree 100%^. The Omega was my first real experience with CZ pistols, other than shooting a few rounds through a friends and I am very pleased on how it ran. I intend to add a few more CZs to the collection myself.
      Please keep me posted on what you decide for everyday carry.

  5. Billl Hughes December 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Very nicely written review! I have a CZ 75B and it has become one of my favorite hand guns. I have since purchased a P-01 and am seriously considering acquiring an SP-01. CZ’s really fit my hands very well, and I shoot accurately with them. I also like all metal pistols more than the sea of polymer pistols. My CZ 75B with coco bolo grips is a work of engineering mastery and art.

    • Hunter Elliott December 24, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      Thank you very much. I have become a huge fan of the CZ line after spending some time with their firearms.
      As you say, in a sea of polymer, it is nice to see a traditional pistol holding it’s own.

  6. John January 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Bought a CZ 75 P-07. Absolutely enjoy shooting and owning that handgun. Has the Omega trigger and I have installed the decocker. Smooth as silk. Have run over 3500 rounds of Freedom Munitions 9mm 115 and 124 gr without one burp of any kind. This is a solid gun to own.

    My next investment will be a CZ 75B SPO1 Tactical. Can’t waite.

    • Hunter Elliott January 8, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

      Thank you very much John. This was my first real experience with the CZ line and I did not know how it was going to shake out. I fell in love with the Omega pretty quick.
      How do you like the decocker?
      I am hoping for a SP01 test sample after SHOT. Please keep me posted on what you think of it.

  7. CanadaBob January 17, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Hunter you should check out the CZ 97B in your favourite cartridge…45acp!

    It is one great shooter. If you decide to compare accuracy betgween it and another .45acp you better bring the best 1911 you got because the 97B is one heck of a shooter.

    While I am on the suggestion page why not look into a CZ 75D Compact aka PCR. It is, without a doubt one of the best compacts made…bar none. It has a twin with a rail called the CZ P-01. Both are excellent from a firm that knows how to build pistils.

    • Hunter Elliott January 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      I will be sure to stop in the CZ booth and follow up with those folks with your suggestions. Thank you very much my friend.

    • Daniel S. January 17, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

      I really like my 75B Omega and was interested in the 97B for a long time. Finally found one a couple years back, but it didn’t fit my hand as nicely as the 75 did. The specs say the grip is the same, but it must have a larger circumference, as I could not comfortably and easily reach the magazine release. without repositioning my hand on the grip. Due to that, I decided against it. I do have a 75 Compact 40 S&W though and just recently looked at a 2075 Rami, haven’t decided if I want that or the 75B Compact. I like the Rami because it is a little smaller, but I don’t know if I like the feel as mush as the 75 Compact in 9mm. Decisions, decisions . .. .

      • Brent January 18, 2015 at 2:01 am #

        Get the Compact over the Rami. Sadly the Rami has had major issues with the double recoil spring and CZ insists changing it more often than not to ‘solve’ reliability issues. Or try the Canik/Tri-Star c-100. Identical gun in every way except the price.
        Magzines fit etc. They have on in .40 S&W if you are so inclined.
        Price is about $330-60 ish.

  8. Eli February 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Thanks for the review. You covered well all the attributes of the CZ75B platform. One tip that some my find useful is that CZ Custom makes some excellent thin aluminum grips. For those with short fingers and/or small to mid size hands, these grips transform the CZ75B into a completely different (better!) firearm. Despite the note on CZ Custom’s website, the thin aluminum grips do fit on the newer CZ75B Omega. Apparently earlier Omegas had a more ‘square’ front and backstrap, but the newer ones are more rounded like all CZ75Bs.

    • Hunter Elliott February 14, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words Eli, and the heads up on the grips. I appreciate your feedback.

  9. Jimi February 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    I love the cz! I have two a 9 and a 40. I compared them to my glockenspiel 34 sig 226 and 229. The czs out shot them all! I used federal and my reloads. The cz 75s just performed a lot better! I also compared the cz 22 kit to sig. CZ just would not stop! The sig would not stop jamming!! I plan on getting the omega or a retro next week. Can’t wait!

    • Hunter Elliott February 20, 2015 at 1:30 am #

      Jimi,
      thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I agree, CZ makes a fine pistol and I Omega test sample purchased and have had it out several times since the review was published and it keeps on keeping on.
      Thank you again, very much.

  10. Frank Brown March 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Great article on a pistol I like very much. Though I am not very familiar with the Omega trigger system I have learned a bit and am interested. I can appreciate you being unbiased and informative on these reviews, I do like to read the articles on rangehot.com. .

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