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American Handgunner Sep/Oct 2011 Digital Edition - Page 36

BETTERSHOOTING he CZ P-07 is a very well made variation of the classic CZ-75 — but built on a polymer frame. The polymer frame provides several worthwhile advantages: light weight, durability, reduced cost, strength and resistance to impact. With polymer frames, a higher proportion of the pistol’s weight is in the slide. Weight in the slide is a good thing. It provides more momentum in the forward movement of the slide in feeding, chambering and locking a fresh cartridge. So, it’s more reliable. The most significant advantage, at least to me, is the moderate grip size. It feels so slim and comfortable to hold, it’s hard to believe it’s wrapped around Dave Anderson PolymEr CZ P 07 T 16 rounds of 9mm (or 12 rounds of .40 S&W). The P-07, although different in appearance, shares much of the heritage of the classic CZ-75. It has what CZ calls the “Omega” trigger, described as a simplified version of the original CZ-75. It operates as a traditional DA/ SA, with the ambidextrous thumb lever acting as a hammer drop. However it can be converted by the owner so the thumb lever acts as a manual safety. The CZ website has an excellent video showing the process, which shows it more clearly than I can describe. Out of the box, the trigger pull had a couple of “steps” in it, both DA and SA. Initially I wasn’t very impressed, but Blasto! Mud everywhere (including on Dave), but the CZ ran just fine. The CZ P-07’s polymer-grip frame is slim and comfortable for a high-capacity pistol (16 rounds in 9mm). as it was evening and I couldn’t shoot until next day, I started dry-firing the DA pull. After around 250-300 pulls it had smoothed up remarkably. For trigger fussbudgets (count me in) here are some details: DA pull from at-rest to sear release travel is 5/8". SA pull had 1/4" takeup and a further 1/8" movement to sear release. Forward trigger movement to reset was 5/16". Weight of pulls were 4½ pounds SA, 10 pounds DA. Two magazines are supplied and they appear to be very well made (and no, they aren’t the same as CZ-75 magazines). Additional magazines are available from CZ. Dave saw the mud and, well, couldn’t resist it. He taped the muzzle though. PROVEN SYSTEM Big VAluE S ights are mounted in dovetail cuts in the slide. The cut for the front sight is made from the front of the slide, making for a very neat installation. The rear sight is in a horizontal dovetail, adjustable for windage by drifting the sight. Pattern is a white front dot and white-outline rear notch, and the sights are nicely shaped to resist snagging. The operating system is the proven tilt-lock design. An abutment on the barrel ahead of the chamber locks into the top front of the ejection port, a well-proven system used by many current service pistols. The spring-loaded external extractor gets a good bite of the case rim. A solid and reliable system if there ever was one. With its slim grip frame the P-07 is comfortable to shoot. The molded grip serrations front and back and the side moldings provide a secure grip. The trigger guard is oversized for gloved hands, and the front is squared with a slight hook. The frame has an accessory rail for lights or lasers, a feature we’ve come to expect on duty auto pistols. long with two friends, both LE officers, I ran around 300 rounds through the P-07 with no malfunctions of any kind. Accuracy proved very good, no surprise for a CZ pistol, with 25-yard, 5-shot groups averaging around 3". Both officers felt the P-07 would be a capable police duty gun. Although I cherish our gun club’s superb indoor range, it’s always a joy when spring finally comes and shooting can move outside. There was still lots of snow and mud on the range, which I decided to put to use. I loaded the P-07, taped the muzzle, and dropped it in the nearest snow bank. Frankly, it didn’t look like much of a test, so I laid it in a mud puddle and kicked mud over it. Without wiping it off at all I picked it up and fired the full magazine into the backstop without a malfunction, dirt flying everywhere, including on my face and glasses. Note to self: Bring wet rag to wipe face during next test like this. I think CZ has done something very clever with the P-07. Manufacturing polymer frames takes a big initial investment, but once production is underway costs are reduced. The P-07 has the features and quality currently requisite in a duty sidearm, with CZ quality of construction and materials, all done at a very reasonable price. It’s a very impressive pistol for $467 and frankly, there’s no reason US LE agencies shouldn’t take a hard look at it. A * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/cz-usa WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2011 36

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