I have to tell you up ront, this article isgoing to be all about gushing praise on this handgun.The cats at Ceska Zbrojovka have made what couldvery well be the most perect automatic handgun ever.I’ll have a couple items o criticism, but overall thething is just about awless. Beore we take a look at theP-01, let’s take a look at the
In 1975, CZ came out with a new pistol designthat took the world by storm. Since its introduction,it has served in Military, Police, Security and SpecialOperations all over the world. There have been moreclones and variants o the CZ-75 than any other 9MMpistol ever made. More than the Beretta 92, more thanthe Hi Power and more than the 1911. They have beenimported into the USA under many names...too manyto list: Uzi, Magnum Research, EAA, SpringfeldArmory...It’s so good, I know people who gnash theirteeth wishing that John Moses Browning had designedit. Sorry guys. He didn’t. The CZ 75 and the P-01 aremade in the Czech Republic by Ceska Zbrojovka andimported into the US by CZ-USA o Kansas City. Alittle note about the Czech Republic, as a nation andas a people, they love and respect the United Statesand have stood by the USA as an active member o the “Coalition o the Willing”. Having come out romunder the yoke o the Soviet Union, they take reedomvery seriously. Also, Prague is a gorgeous city tovisit—i you get the chance to go to Europe, be sureto take in the rich artistic and historical backgroundthere. While your there, i you come across one o theNational Police, take a look at what is on his hip. You’llsee a P-01 there on duty.A ew years ago, the Czech National Policedecided they wanted a new sidearm. CZ stepped up tothe plate and knocked out a home run. CZ went all outto build the best pistol possible. They took the classic75 platorm and ripped it apart looking or every wayto improve it that they could. They even improved thevery metallurgy. Once they did all that, they starteddoing an extremely brutal testing regiment. One thatmakes even a ull size HK USP shudder and wince.Every time a problem came up, CZ fxed the designand started testing again. 3 years worth o testing. Theresult is the P-01. What could very well be the mostperect handgun ever made.I say “most perect” because its really not“perect”. But it’s close. Very close. The frst time Ihandled a P-01, I ell in love with it. Let me be honestabout that. When I handled it, I was head over heels. Ittook me almost a ull year to acquire one. The one I frsthandled, had some custom wood grips that really lookedgood. When I got mine, I was just a little disappointedthat it didn’t have pretty wood on it, but I knew in theback o my mind that it wouldn’t have them. The guncame to me brand spanking new in the box wrappedin plastic and smothered in a dark honey colored goo.Not a single human had touched the pistol since it wasmanuactured and a CZ employee boxed it up or me.Ater careully wiping o the goo, I took a grip on it.Whoa. I was blown away. The grips are a sot rubbercompound that are molded with a checked pattern. Notonly does this provide a good hold on the gun...(evenslimed up with goo residue) but the gun eels in myhand as i it was molded like a chunk o clay that I had just squeezed. The sights come up perectly alignedwhen I raise the gun up to eye level while looking at atarget. The gun interaced with me awlessly. I loved iteven more than I remembered.
The fnish is a powder coated aair that coats themetal parts in a perectly smooth and uniorm layer o ahard plastic type material. Very rugged, very handsomelooking, and protects the metal like mad. I could fnd
7.20 in5.30 in3.90 in5.50 in1.40 in1.70 lbsTrigger Reach3.00 in
Double ActionSingle Action
5 lbs12 lbsCZP-01 Specifications
Volume 02 - Issue 01