The CZ-75 on air Part 2
Classic CZ design and performance in 4.5mm caliber
By Dennis Adler
A nearly perfect copy of the 9mm CZ-75, the ASG CZ-75 air pistol is marked in European caliber 4.5mm. While 4.5mm is often associated with pellet-firing air pistols, it is the same caliber as .177 which is generally used for BB-firing air pistols; the two are interchangeable. The ASG CZ-75 combines the designs of the standard CZ-75 model with the extended capacity magazine base plate used on the CZ-75 SP-01 tactical model.
There is no question that the CZ-75 is one of the best built pistols in the world. CZ has developed more than 35 variations for military, law enforcement, and civilian use, including specific models for sports and competition shooting.
The accurate details in the ASG CZ-75 are reflected in the slide and magazine release levers and the thumb safety. The triggerguard and hammer designs are based on the standard c.1975 CZ-75 model; later CZ-75B models have a round, skeletonized hammer and a squared-off triggerguard. This air pistol has a more “classic” CZ-75 look.
To fieldstrip the 9mm CZ-75 and 4.5mm models, remove the magazine and clear the gun, cock the hammer, push the slide back just slightly to align the registration marks on the slide and frame. Once aligned, press the slide release shaft protruding on the right side of the frame (this moves the release lever away from the left side of the frame) then remove it. Push the slide a little further to the rear and then pull it forward off the frame.
All CZ-75 models are robust looking pistols with a streamlined, military bearing, set off by a large thumb safety and slide release, a heavily buttressed triggerguard and large, hand-filling grips. In comparison with a standard CZ-75B, the 4.5mm air pistol vs. the 9mm semi-auto, comes in with the same capacity (16+1 in 9mm, 17 in 4.5mm), both have metal frames, plastic grips, a DA/SA trigger system, fixed sights (the CZ has white dot sights, the airgun’s are flat black with a serrated front ramp), the 9mm’s barrel is 4.6 inches in length, the smoothbore airgun barrel is 4.25 inches, the weight is a modest 1.95 ounces lighter, at 33.25 ounces vs. 35.2 for the 9mm. Overall length is the same at 8.1 inches, and the airgun’s height is slightly greater than the CZ-75B at 5.76 inches with the CZ-75 SP-01 magazine base. The standard CZ-75 is 5.4 inches in height. The airgun’s width is 1.25 inches, a minuscule 0.15 inches narrower than a 9mm.