Meet the CZ 75B: One of the Best Self-Defense Guns (Higher than Glock or Sig Sauer)?

CZ’s flagship semi-automatic pistol, the 75B, is a Czech firearm that has become the number one for military, police and security agencies worldwide. In fact, it’s one of the most trusted home / self-defense guns out there. But why? Read on to find out.


The 75B is valued by professionals around the world and offers fantastic accuracy at personal safety distances of five to twenty meters. A unique feature of this pistol is that the slide is actually in the frame, which allows for a tighter fit and locking, and adds to accuracy. The high weight, the long barrel and the higher beavertail grip also contribute to the increase in accuracy. The accuracy over short distances is fine and the accuracy over long distances is very good too! From twenty-five yards, I was able to keep my five shots in an average group of about three inches. Accuracy is important in a personal defense weapon, and the 75B is sure to pass the test.


This pistol is trusted by law enforcement and armed forces around the world. No wonder that the average person trusts her completely! CZ really took the time to create a superior, quality detailed construction with materials that will last for years. I’ve had my 75B for years and have never had a malfunction with myriad different types of ammunition. It’s a sturdy weapon that works perfectly in all conditions and can withstand snow, mud, sand, and every other environmental force you can think of. If that’s not enough to convince you, CZ offers a lifetime warranty on this pistol to ensure total safety.


The 75B is delivered in an all-steel construction with a black polycoat surface. It is rounded with no rough edges and these factors combined with the weight make it very comfortable to grip and angle. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the most comfortable holds out there! The beavertail is raised, which allows a higher grip and reduces the recoil of the felt. It comes with fixed 3-point sights as standard, but you also have the option of using a fiber optic sight or a tritium night vision device. While the standard visors are acceptable, the optional visors are better for those of us with poor visibility. The controls are all within easy reach, although shooters with smaller hands may find the slide is releasing some stretch, and shooters with larger hands may have difficulty turning off the safety in shooting position! Manual safety makes new shooters more comfortable and prevents the slide from moving when it is in the “up” position. Disassembly is a breeze and no tools are required to completely damage the gun. The slide release acts as a lever. So just line up the two detachment lines, push the slider release out, and slide the slider forward and down! This pistol offers an even double action and a crisp single action and is very easy to handle overall.


The trigger of this pistol, like many semi-automobiles, has some highs and some lows. The single-acting trigger is a crisp and smooth 4.5 pound trigger with a short, quick, and audible reset. The trigger is a little loose, but there is very little wall before the break, which increases trigger control. The double-acting trigger is long and heavy, about 12 pounds, but relatively smooth and comparable to similar pistols. The 75B has a firing pin safety device (that’s the “B” in 75B), and while some say this makes the pull worse, I honestly didn’t notice any difference. The 75B features a low-bore axis that aids the reach of the trigger, and the trigger is adjustable to account for any overstroke. The print sheet itself is straight and flat, making it very comfortable to hold. Overall, the trigger is fine. Not great, but not terrible and comparable to other similar models.

Magazine & reload

The 75B comes with two double column magazines with 16 + 1 capacity and gobs. While these are already fairly high capacity magazines, a 20 round capacity is also available if that’s more your thing. Plus, CZ magazines are fantastic because they are durable and easy to clean. In fact, they are some of my favorite magazines that I have ever used. As mentioned earlier, the mag-release button has been expanded to make it easy for any shooter to use, and you can count on the standard magazines to have a very long life.

Length weight

This is a larger pistol weighing about 35 ounces. It is a little over 8 “long with the barrel being 4.6” of that. It’s heavy, not optimal for normal transport, but it is suitable for concealed transport once you are used to the weight.

Recoil management

The weight of the gun, all-metal construction, and inherent design are all responsible for the 75B’s low recoil and muzzle rise. The slide-in-frame design also provides better recoil control as the slide travels inside rather than outside of the frame rails. The recoil is soft and short when standard 9mm cartridges are fired, and the pistol’s recoil management system is one of its best features.


The price for the CZ 75B is $ 650. This is a medium price and a reasonable price for what you get. Other similar pistols, like the Sig Sauer Legion P226, can cost $ 1,000 or more. So this is a great and reliable option if you are on a budget.

My judgment?

While its main purpose is central defense, the CZ 75B is a solid, well-built pistol that is suitable for a variety of uses, including long-range and competitive shooting. It’s a great pistol for everyone, even newbies! Here’s a round-up of some of its best features:

  • Lifetime guarantee and complete reliability
  • Soft shoot and minimal recoil
  • Complete high quality pistol, ready to use immediately

If you are looking for a top notch pistol at a very affordable price with tons of aftermarket support, the CZ 75B is for you.

Richard Douglas is a firearms expert and educator. His work has been featured in major publications such as The Armory Life, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and others. In his spare time, he reviews optics on his Scopes Field blog.

Image: CZ-USA.

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