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Designed in 1975, the CZ 75 is the flagship model of the CZ handgun line with over one million produced. An entire family of pistols is available based on the basic CZ 75 design: compacts, decockers, single action only, ambidextrous, alloy frames as well as competition pistols.

The 75 B features a steel frame, a black polycoat finish, 3 dot sights, 16+1 9mm capacity and, of course, the ergonomics and DA/SA action that have made it the most copied handgun design second only to the 1911. The ‘B’ designation is an indicator that the model is equipped with a firing pin block safety.

CZ 75 B is used by more governments, militaries, police and security agencies than any other pistol in the world. The CZ 75 is quite possibly the perfect pistol.

This particular model is the Cold War Commemorative Edition. Featuring the Hammer and Sickle on the frame, Red Star on the slide and Cyrillic writing, the CZ 75 B 9mm Cold War Commemorative Edition is an impressive handgun.

It has been nearly 30 years since the fall of communism in the Eastern Block. During the Cold War Era, CZ pistols could only be sold to the “friendly” communist countries. The Soviet Army left their posts in Eastern Europe in 1990-1991. To celebrate the 20 years of freedom (in 2010) CZ-USA offered 999 pieces of the Cold War Replica CZ 75B. This is a 9mm Luger, Cold War Commemorative Edition, black polycoat, original spur hammer. It also features a Soviet Era Hammer & Sickle symbol as well as Soviet Red Star, and Russian (Cyrillic) lettering.

I've wanted to acquire one of these since I became aware of their existence. From what I gathered, the first issue (2010 earliest manufacture year) was a group of 999 with the star filled with red lacquer, the hammer & sickle not filled with red lacquer, spur hammer and the trigger guard like the current CZ 75 square cornered version. Second 1000 re-issue (manufacture year 2016-2017) with the hammer & sickle filled with red lacquer (like the star), spur hammer and a rounded trigger guard (more retro look). Serial has CCCP prefix (some of the second 1000 group issue had the regular CZ serial (around 100, not CCCP prefix)). Fast forward to now, a new set of re-issue (another 1000, maybe?) is out. Same features as the second group re-issue. I was able to acquire one with 2019 manufacture year shown by a phone pic below

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I've seen a picture on the www of a 2018 manufacture year with serial CCCP2155. Here's a pic from the www of a second 1000 issue showing clear detail of the Cyrillic roll marks on the other side of the pistol

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With Cocobolo wood grips ordered from CZ-USA, installed

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With the later CZ P-01 sibling (or the CZ brothers)

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The CZ-75 pistol was developed by the Koucky brothers, who worked at the state-owned arms factory Ceska Zbrojovka in the city of Uhersky Brod (Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic). This full-size semiautomatic pistol first appeared in 1975, and production began circa 1976. CZ-75 was obviously intended for the export market. The CZ-75 accumulated best features from many preceding designs. Resulting pistol was aesthetically attractive, comfortable to handle and shoot, quite accurate and reliable in operation. Made by CZ in various versions and modifications, CZ-75 was also widely copied and cloned. Most popular of CZ-75 copies are (or were) made by: IMI (Jericho-941, Israel), Tanfoglio (TZ-75, TZ-90, T-95, Italy), Sarsilmaz (M2000, Turkey), ITM (AT-88, Swiss), Sphinx (mod.2000, Swiss), Norinco (NZ-75, China), Springfield (P9, USA).

CZ-75 is now in service with Czech police (in the form of compact CZ-75 P-01). It is also used by Turkish police, and by several police departments in the USA. By opinions of most experts, CZ-75 is one of the best combat pistols in its class.

CZ-75 is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol. It uses a fairly standard Browning locking system, with cam-shaped cut below the barrel, which lowers the barrel on recoil stroke. Barrel locks into slide with two locking lugs, located just ahead of the ejection port. The slide rides on the internal rails, machined on inside of the frame. This system, originated by the Swiss SIG P210 pistol, provides more smooth cycle and better tolerances, resulting in greater accuracy. In basic models, the double action trigger system with exposed hammer has a frame mounted manual safety, which allows for "cocked and locked" carry. Since the late 1980s, all CZ-75 type pistols are fitted with internal firing pin safety. Models with firing pin safety are indicated with "B" index, for example CZ-75B, CZ-75BD. All full-size CZ-75 have all-steel construction; several compact models, including CZ-75 P-01, have aluminum frames with steel slides.

There are several variations of the trigger system, available in various models. First is decock-only system (frame-mounted decocker lever, with no manual safety, in models CZ-75BD, CZ-75 BD Compact, CZ-75 P-01). Second is the Double action only system, with no manual safety and spur-less hammer (model CZ-75DAO). Third is the Single action system, with manual frame mounted safety, intended mostly for sport shooting under IPSC rules (CZ-75SA). In all versions, manual safety or decocking lever is located only at the left side of the frame, as well as the slide stop. The completely ambidextrous version of the CZ-75 is the CZ-85.

Standard models of CZ-75 are fitted with fixed sights, with the rear sight being dovetailed into the slide. "Combat" and IPSC models are fitted with adjustable rear sights.

The Semi-compact models of CZ-75 have the same frame as basic guns, but have slide and barrel shortened by 20mm (.78 inch); Compact models also have shorter grip frame, which holds only 13 rounds of ammunition (standard magazines will also fit, but will protrude from the bottom of the grip).

The CZ-75 P-01, which is a standard gun for Czech police since 2001, is based on the CZ-75BD Compact, but also featured an accessory rail under the barrel, which is usually fitted with tactical flashlight.

Probably most rare version of the CZ-75 is the CZ-75 Automatic, a selective-fire version of the basic pistol, which can fire either in semi-auto or in full auto, with rate of fire about 1,000 rounds per minute. The CZ-75 Automatic first appeared circa 1992, and is intended for special police and military forces. To help control the gun, a spare magazine can be fitted upside down into special holder under the barrel; it then serves as a front grip. Early models of CZ-75 Automatic were fitted with longer barrels with integral compensators; latest models have standard barrels.

Early models of CZ-75 were offered with 15-round double stack magazines; present models are offered with 16-round magazines (9 mm full-size models), 12-round magazines (.40SW models) or with 13-round magazines (9mm Compact models).


Original Cold War era CZ 75 and CZ 75B Cold War Commemorative differences @8min16sec - @11min35sec & @14min58sec - @15min16sec
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