Have I mentioned I’m a CZ fan? This year at SHOTShow CZ brought to the table products that were better than brand new. They brought previously introduced products that had been given BIG updates for 2014. After all, if it ain’t broke… One such offering is the updated P-07 which now has the great features introduced last year in the P-09. These include interchangeable backstraps and the option to change between a manual safety and a decocking leaver. So the P-07 is now better but just a small P-09, so let’s talk about that bad boy instead.
From behind the retail counter I often handed women a steel CZ 75 (of some configuration, ie P-06, SP-01, PCR or P-01) with rubber grips that they almost always fell for, instantly. However, while some men appreciated the ergonomics of the grip, most found the slide too narrow for easy racking. That’s when I would hand them the P-09. (This is all assuming they aren’t dead set on the G17 or something. If that’s what they wanted I’d be happy to give it to them. But if they were shopping for something similar to a Sig 226, this was usually the comparison I made. After all, I’m not a CZ sales person, but since too many people have never heard of the brand, it always felt good to be able to introduce customers to a company in which I genuinely believe.)
For 2014 the CZ P-09 is now available in Flat Dark Earth, which is a big change for a company who is only a few years removed from first offering polymer framed pistols, in general. The FDE option tells me that CZ is ready to seriously play in the US market, maybe even the US military market. For my money, they already offer the best out-of-the-box SA triggers on the market (not including 1911s of of coures), so now they will be standing out visually as well. CZ may even snag a few customers who are looking for the elusive FDE framed Gen4 Glock.