CZ SP-01: first handgun

I went and tried out an SP-01 and a Glock 17 this weekend, really loving the SP-01. It felt way better in my hands & I like the weight and heft it has. Anything else I should try out or think about before picking it up? It'll be my first pistol.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you intend to concealed carry it then I would consider the P01 and Glock 19.

    I'm sure somebody is on their way here to sperg out about you preferring a CZ to a Glock, but the truth is, nobody ever, in the history of the world who has held both guns, thinks the CZ feels worse. That said, that matters a lot less than you'd think. I say all this as a guy whose competition gun is a CZ and whose carry gun is a Glock.

    The big things Glocks have over them is aftermarket ubiquity. It's a LOT easier to put a red dot on a glock than a CZ and it's a LOT easier to find a quality holster for a Glock than a CZ. Not to say you can't, I've got an optic and a great duty and CC holster for my CZ, but the ones for the glock were a lot easier to find.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks - I did see while doing research that the CZ seems to have less options, but I'd just like to get something that will help me learn to shoot better. I'll do my CCW sometime soon, but I'm not opposed to getting something smaller when the time comes there.

      This gun will likely go from my bedside to the range and back, so the only attachment I'm looking into right away is a light. I'd rather pick the thing that feels better for me, so mostly wanted to make sure there's no hidden gotchas.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    That'll be a fine gun. Learn how to shoot well with it, and if you decide you want something different later, then that's fine. You'll have more experience to know exactly what you want and why.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    SP0-1 is a solid choice in the full size category, be aware CZs tend to break trigger return springs(around 5k rounds) and firing pin retaining pins with dry fire(can happen in 1k reps) so be aware of that. The frames and main components tend to be very durable though and as long as you keep up on preventative parts replacements they tend to be reliable guns. If you really like CZ steel frames then nothing reasonably available on the market quite compares, you can get similarly low bore axis but in a polymer, or similar weight but with a higher one. Nothing feels quite the same as CZs, but you might as well try out the other big names before making a purchase just in case something thats different on paper clicks well with you

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Any other brands that are worth a try? I'll head out to the range again before buying just to make sure it's the right choice. I've heard good things about Sig, HK, but honestly it sounds like it's all pretty similar.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Pretty much all the of the usual big names make solid full size designs. HK, Sig, Glock, S&W, Beretta, Walther, etc. Even the cheaper Turk brands like Canik and Tisas are pretty solid. You should always vet a pistol, anyway. Run a bunch (500+ rounds) of cheaper stuff in whatever bullet grain you prefer (Euro stuff tends to prefer hotter 124gr over the milder American 115gr), then whatever defensive loads you plan on using. If you're still getting regular feed and ejection issues after that point, it's time to examine whether your technique, maintenance, or gun is the issue.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      what a bunch of fuddlore

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        CZ eating small parts isn't bullshit if you shoot regularly. Everyone who runs CZ at matches carries spares for that reason.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I've been fingerfricking and dryfiring mine for more than a decade and also have a few thousand rounds through it, all parts are original. Also, competition shooters are not the norm

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            #
            Cool anecdote. Replace your fricking springs. Only reason I mention comp shooters is because they actually fricking shoot, so they put shit through its paces. You can take lessons from their experience and do basic preventative maintenance, or keep minmaxing $3 parts if you want. My anecdotal experience: I've had to replace trigger return springs for CZ, HK, and Glock. CZ snaps them a bit sooner than the other two.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        nah, both are well documented problems and no im not going to google it for you, also
        >replaced my firing pin retaining pin after less than a couple thousand reps
        >thing was chewed to shit

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I've always used o-rings or even foam ear plugs in the hammer pocket when dry firing. O-rings are 50¢ or less at any hardware store and last a long time. Foamies kinda just disintegrate over time. Prefer doing that over snapcaps unless I'm practicing admin stuff.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        CZ 75 SP01 owner, habitual dry firer here. Firing pin retaining pin failed catastrophically during live fire after a few months.
        Literal "dead man's gun" situation, 100% inoperable and not recoverable in a fight.
        Cheap replacement part from Cajun Gungunworks, stopped dry firing it.

        https://i.imgur.com/OfUZsrQ.jpg

        I went and tried out an SP-01 and a Glock 17 this weekend, really loving the SP-01. It felt way better in my hands & I like the weight and heft it has. Anything else I should try out or think about before picking it up? It'll be my first pistol.

        It's a good gun. It's a heavy gun. Arguably better suited for competition vs carry/duty due to inevitable small parts breakage. If you plan to carry it, you're probably going to need a custom holster.

        The "Texas" IWB by Adams Holsters out of Michigan is the best I've found for full size, steel frame semi-autos.

        Ask him to enlarge the front sight channel
        for a SP01 holster to prevent wear and tear on the leather. Front sight is sharp, holster is tight.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    SP-01 is a solid first pistol. Only a handful of cons. Heavy, which helps with felt recoil, but will become very apparent if you shoot for a long period of time. Even if you lift, etc. It's more an issue if you plan on conceal carrying, as you'd have to dress around the gun for sure. Rigid belt, inner and outer shirt, etc.

    Parts and holsters are easy to find online, but local availability varies a lot. I live about fifty miles away from CZ USA's HQ, and yet I never see any mags or accessories for them at gun shops near me. Lucky if I even see one of their rifles at a gun show. That's more on the vendors than anything, but just thought I should mention that they're not quite as ubiquitous as Glock. Not a big deal, just buy wear parts ahead of time.

    Slide serrations kinda suck if you have any kinda nasty shit on your hands. More an issue with the smaller amount of exposed slide than anything. You won't be doing over the top/push-pull racking like more common external slides let you do. Pinch only. It'll take more effort to rack out the box, but get easier as you cycle the recoil spring a few hundred/thosand times. Or just swap in a lighter one. I wouldn't advise you to start tinkering with shit like that unless you legitimately have trouble racking it, though.

    Lastly, and I might get shit on this, I think the SP-01 has a rough trigger out of the box. Lotta travel, and not a fan of the crescent moon shape. They smooth out over time, but they never feel amazing stock. It's servicable. Aftermarket, it's a different story. CZC/Cajun parts make a big improvement.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I live about fifty miles away from CZ USA's HQ
      I live maybe 20 miles away, and CZ stuff is super common in KC. Scheels in Overland Park has literally everything.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've got a SP-01 Shadow. I like it. I don't know what else to tell you, there isn't much to say.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Shoot a jericho

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    do it. CZ-75 series has been the choice handgun of numerous law enforcement and military branches over decades of service. it's basically the proto-glock.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have the CZ -01, the compact CZ, G17, and G19. CZ ergonomics, feel, shootabilty (due to weight from steel frame) make it a great pistol. I forget but believe there are two CZ models, one with a safety, one with dewienerer, just get the one you want. Also, due to the slim top of the CZ a red dot will hang of the sides. I like the glock simple dot square U combat sights, but my eyesight is not good a close range anymore so I got red dot for my G19 which I like, and due to the billion glocks sold its very easy to get an aftermaket slide milled for the red dot, and the red dot fits well on the glock. I like the CZ much more than the glocks. Make sure you get the CZ with the rail so you can add a light, some models do not have the rail.

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