For Americans, Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod’s CZ 75 had been the most desired handgun produced behind the Iron Curtain. It had earned the praise of none other than M1911 devotee Jeff Cooper, who declared it the best double-action pistol design in the world, owing, perhaps, to the fact that it could be carried “cocked & locked.” Numerous copies of the CZ 75 were manufactured in Western Europe and marketed in the United States before the genuine article became available here—through CZ-USA. CZ has since expanded the line to include models with ambidextrous controls, shortened slides and frames, decockers and double-action-only (DAO) triggers.
The CZ 75 P-01, differs markedly in a number of ways from the original, yet should be equally appealing to American shooters. The CZ 75 P-01 is a short recoil-operated, aluminum alloy-framed, double-action (DA) pistol equipped with a decocker. It was created at the behest of the Czech national police, which presented CZ with a daunting protocol for the pistol’s performance.