CZ P-07 Duty Review

CZ P-07 Duty Review

Some would argue that the CZ 75 is one of the most successful handgun designs of all times. Love them or hate them, the 75-style pistols have been quite popular around the world for decades.Czeska Zbrojovka (CZ) continues to evolve the platform, and the P-07 Duty is a modern evolution of the classic firearm.

With a polymer frame, the P-07 has the looks of a 21st century pistol. But is it a worthy heir to the CZ 75 name?  I was lucky enough to put my hands on one for a review and found the gun to be a good performer.

General Overview

The CZ P-07 Duty pistol is a polymer-framed, hammer-fired pistol. The pistols are available in both 9mm and .40 S&W. For this review, I had a 9mm version of the gun.  When purchased, the gun comes with two magazines that hold 16 rounds. The .40 S&W version of the pistol holds 12 rounds in each magazine.

P-07 Magazine Release

From the manufacturer, the P-07 comes configured as a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) pistol, but it can be configured as a single action pistol.  The pistol has an ambidextrous, frame-mounted lever that acts as a decocker in the traditional DA/SA mode.  When the gun is converted to SA, a lever in the same position becomes a manual safety.

The slide stop and magazine release are not ambidextrous.

CZ with weapon light

CZ designed the P-07 with an accessory rail forward of the trigger guard. I attached a variety of weapon lights to the rail and all fit and functioned as expected.

Duty Sized?

The P-07 Duty is a medium-sized pistol. It is large enough for uniformed police use, but the newer P-09 Duty with a 4.53″ barrel is likely a better choice for that. Ditto for military use.

CZ P-07 Duty hammer

Generally, service pistols have a barrel length of 4″ or longer. The P-07 comes in under that with a barrel length of only 3.8″. At less than 4″, many people would classify the gun as a compact pistol. However, the overall width, height and length of the gun doesn’t really meet the normal parameters of what people consider a compact firearm.

Here is a comparison of several pistols:

 CZ P-07 DutyHeckler & Koch VP9Glock 19 Gen4Smith & Wesson M&P9
caliber9mm9mm9mm9mm
magazine capacity15 rounds15 rounds15 rounds17 rounds
operating systemrecoil operated, hammer firedrecoil operated, striker firedrecoil operated, striker firedrecoil operated, striker fired
barrel length3.8"4.09"4.01"4.25"
overall length7.2"7.34"7.28"7.63"
width1.46"1.32"1.18"1.2"
weight27.2 oz (unloaded, unknown if with magazine)23.28 oz (unloaded, no magazine)23.65 oz (unloaded, unknown if with magazine)24.0 oz (unloaded, no magazine)
height5.3"5.41"4.99"5.5"
sightsdot and boxthree dot luminous (tritium optional as accessories)dot and box (tritium optional)three dot (tritium optional)
sight radius5.8"6.38"6.02"6.4"
warranty5 years (one year on surface treatment)limited lifetimelimited one yearlimited lifetime
MSRP$510.00$719.00$649.00$569.00

Looking at the above table, it is clear that the P-07 is wider and heavier than the other pistols, yet has the shortest barrel.

Variations on a Theme

In 2012, CZ began making the P-07 with optional OD green frames. However, this frame color was dropped from the company’s catalog. Interestingly, the company does state that they offer variations – including different finishes – from time to time through CZ dealers. So, if green is your thing, check with your local dealers for any limited runs that may be available.

At one point, the P-07  was available with a threaded barrel.  The gun had 1/2×28 threads that would take most US made suppressors, and the sights were taller to clear a 1″ diameter can. Like the OD frame version of the gun, this gun is no longer offered in the catalog but could come available in limited runs.

CZ P-07 tactical prototype

A prototype of a tactical CZ P-07 Duty pistol.

Previously, CZ showed a prototype tactical version of the P-07 Duty with a tan colored frame and fiber optic sights.  That pistol was never released to the public.

2014 Model Updates

The P-07 Duty pistol I tested was a pre-2014 gun. In 2014, CZ updated the pistol to give it some of the features that the newer P-09 gun introduced. Among these were interchangeable backstraps, a redesigned trigger shape, forward slide serrations and a dehorning treatment.

Range Time

I’ve had a chance to shoot this pistol quite a lot.  Long time readers of this site might recall a previous review I did on the CZ P-07 Duty several years ago.  That review is no longer available due to a contractual issue, but I can summarize what I wrote then:  the gun was accurate, fit my hand well and was utterly reliable.  My only complaint in that review was the trigger reach was too long for me to comfortably shoot the gun in DA mode. I hope the new backstrap system addresses this issue.

CZ decocker

Since that original evaluation, I have had a chance to put more rounds downrange with the pistol.  I can happily say the gun is still reliable and accurate.  The CZ P-07 Duty has experienced only a single malfunction through hundreds of rounds and a wide range of ammunition loads. That was a failure to extract with the Hornady Critical Duty 135 grain +P load.

Accuracy is very good with almost all ammunition, but ammo loads do make a difference.  If you are picking an ammunition load for self defense, I’d recommend running your top two or three choices through the gun to find the one that works best for you.

My major complaint about the pistol remains the trigger reach.  The grip fits my hand reasonably well, but feels a little fat.  The checkering on the front and rear of the grip is fairly aggressive and helps lock the hand in.  Also, the relatively large beavertail lets the shooter get a very high grip on the pistol without fear of slide bite.  But for all of this, my finger simply does not interface properly with the trigger.

P-07 sights

When gripping the pistol, only the very tip of my finger addresses the trigger face in DA mode.  This creates a situation where the torque created by my finger moving the trigger tends to pull the sights off target.  In SA mode, the finger-trigger interface is extremely good.  If the trigger had a short reach option (like SIG Sauer offers,) I would definitely upgrade the pistol to it.

The trigger is fairly smooth with a slight amount of take up and a constant pull in DA mode.  SA mode has a significant amount of slack before getting to the pull.  The SA pull is light, but not crisp.  For a production gun, the trigger isn’t bad, but I don’t much care for it.

Recoil is light.  9mm pistols are fairly easy shooters in all but the tiniest of handguns.  Even so, good ergonomics help tame the recoil.  I cannot imagine anyone seriously complaining about the light recoil of the CZ P-07 Duty.

Ammunition Performance

CZ P-07 Ammunition Performance

I’ve put hundreds of rounds through this pistol as part of a long term evaluation. Initial shooting was not done with a chronograph, but follow up range trips were done and velocities were recorded. Here is the data I collected:

 velocityenergy
Blazer Brass 115 gr FMJ1114 fps317 ft-lbs
Federal BPLE 115 gr JHP +P+1228 fps385 ft-lbs
Federal Champion 115 gr FMJ1105 fps312 ft-lbs
Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr944 fps267 ft-lbs
Hornady Critical Duty 135 gr +P1075 fps346 ft-lbs
HPR Ammunition 115 gr JHP1091 fps304 ft-lbs
HPR Ammunition 124 gr JHP970 fps259 ft-lbs
Liberty Ammunition 50 gr JHP2015 fps451 ft-lbs
Perfecta 115 gr FMJ1106 fps312 ft-lbs
Remington UMC Target 115 gr MC1101 fps309 ft-lbs
Remington UMC 115 gr JHP1115 fps317 ft-lbs
Winchester White Box 115 gr JHP1109 fps314 ft-lbs

Performance measured with a Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph at an approximate distance of 15' from the muzzle of the pistol. All measurements are an average of five shots.

Bottom Line

The P-07 is a solid pistol and is definitely a good choice for anyone wanting a reliable handgun for self-defense or recreational shooting.  MSRP is only $510, and that would seem to be a really good value.

Size is an obvious issue as the gun is nearly as large as other service pistols, yet retards ammunition performance by using an unnecessarily short barrel. Conversely, the gun is too bulky for most people to use as a CCW gun.

CZ P-07 unboxing

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this pistol simply because of the trigger reach.  However, there are a lot of people with longer fingers than mine who will have no problem at all with it.  If the gun feels good in your hand, you will probably be very pleased with purchasing one. The price is right and the gun certainly seems reliable and accurate enough for any reasonable self-defense situation.

Disclosure

CZ P-07 field stripping

CZ-USA provided this pistol for review. No promises were demanded or provided to give the gun a “good” review. CZ/CZ-USA are not advertisers, nor have I ever talked to them about being one.

Additional information on my general review policies can be found here.

Summary
Reviewer
Richard Johnson
Review Date
Reviewed Item
CZ P-07
Author Rating
3