A basic 4.5mm Tactical Trainer Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

By Dennis Adler

The dual tone ASG CZ P-09 in FDE is the more interesting looking of the three ASG models, and unlike the original 9mm guns, the FDE polymer frame is still offered in the CO2 line. The ASG is more of a desert sand color, while other FDE finishes take on a deeper, almost greenish tone like the Sig Sauer P226 ASP models in FDE. The CZ is a more pleasing light brown color which leans more towards the grey tones than green and is much closer in appearance to the original 9mm models. While the CZ pellet-firing version is a blowback action, like the majority of semi-auto pellet models it has a molded-in ejection port that moves with the slide and the slide does not lock back.

Back in 2015 ASG introduced its blowback action, 4.5mm copy of the CZ P-07 Duty, a semi-auto that, in its centerfire version, has become one of the more popular 9mm carry guns. The 9mm models were introduced by Ceská Zbrojovka five years ago as a full-size polymer frame pistol with an impressive 19+1 capacity (also in .40 S&W with a 15+1 capacity). It is a hand-filling pistol that is roughly the same size, although a different shape, than the famous CZ-75. There are more pistols based on the CZ-75 platform today, than almost any other semi-auto except the Colt Model 1911.

As realistic looking as possible, the ASG model (right) is licensed by CZ and bears all of the Ceská Zbrojovka factory markings on the slide and polymer frame. This CO2 model is the dual tone (DT) version with a black slide. The P-09 is also available in all FDE and matte black.

Centerfire and CO2 compared

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The centerfire P-09 uses CZ’s Omega DA/SA trigger, has an integrated 1913 Picatinny accessory rail molded into the polymer frame, and low profile white dot sights mounted on CZ’s famous slide design. CZ-design slides are unique in that they run inside the frame rails, rather than over them like most semiautomatic pistols. This gives CZ models a shallow profile slide which places the sights more in line with the bore. (This advantage is also shared by the equally famous Sig P210 developed in the late 1940s). The FDE (Flat Dark Earth) polymer frame version of the CZ P-09 was a one-year-only option offered from 2014 to 2015, the same year ASG unveiled its Ceská Zbrojovka licensed CO2 version.

The slide release is non-functional since the slide on the pellet-firing model does not have the capability to lock back on an empty magazine. The manual thumb safety, however, is a fully working feature and there will be more about that in Part 2.

The P-09 is a scaled up duty size variation of the CZ P-07 (which is also offered as a CO2 model). In 2015, a time when polymer framed semi-autos were almost all striker-fired designs, the P-09 was a bit of a surprise when it came out as a hammer-fired DA/SA model featuring a combined ambidextrous safety and decocker. The CO2 version is somewhere between an entry level and full training gun since it has a few of the centerfire model’s handling characteristics. Dimensionally, it has the same overall length of 8.1 inches with a 4.54 inch length barrel. The CO2 model has a rifled steel 4.5 inch barrel. The centerfire CZ model has a long grip, which gives the gun an overall height of 5.79 inches and a wide frame width of 1.46 inches, including the ambidextrous safeties. Like I said, it’s a hand-filling gun. ASG’s model is likewise a large pistol with a height of 5.75 inches and width of 1.27 inches to the ambidextrous safeties. The centerfire model weighs 31 ounces, while the ASG pellet-firing version comes in a little lighter at 25 ounces. As a physical match for handling and familiarization it qualifies as a “basic” CZ P-09 training gun. I say “basic” for several reasons.

The 8+8 rotary stick magazine is completely concealed inside the grip when loaded. This is a proven design that dates back to the Umarex Beretta PX 4 Storm; it is also the same as used on the Sig Sauer P226 and P250 ASP models, among others.

It suffers from some of the same limitations as the Sig Sauer pellet firing models and the Beretta PX4 Storm, using a reversible 8-shot rotary stick magazine, separate CO2 channel, and a slide release that does not function. Actually it doesn’t need to, since blowback action pellet models do not have slides that lock back. In addition, stick magazines greatly reduce training capabilities to practice reloading and tactical reloads. (This also makes changing CO2 a longer process since it is not part of the magazine).

The frame is even stamped DESIGNED IN CZECH REPUBLIC. It has proof marks, but the caliber is correctly noted as .177/ 4.5mm. The forward serrations are correctly copied as is the angular contour of the P-09 slide. The front and rear sights are also correctly styled for the gun and are separate, molded pieces fitted to the cast alloy slide.

These limitations have always given the training advantage to BB-firing models, which offer fully functioning features and self-contained CO2 BB magazines, including the current CZ-75 CO2 model. But the pellet firing CZ P-09 has a few advantages of its own, which I will explore in Part 2.

The CO2 model has the same grip size and contour as the 9mm. It uses a molded-in magazine base plate to give the pistol proper proportions and disguise the channel for the stick magazine. The 8+8 shot magazine inserts into the forward portion of the grip like all other pellet-firing models using this loading system.

3 thoughts on “ASG CZ P-09 DT FDE”

  1. I have one of these in the black finish. It is accurate and for the price a pretty decent package limited by semiauto technology and a couple of design quirks . The ambi safety is not truly useful, needing two hands to push button and release. Why? Who knows . It suffers from the rotary magazines that are pellet length sensitive, and always drop a few out when carrying spares. For training purposes and duplication of manual of arms , the bb semiautos reign supreme. Within its’ design limitations this pistol is a fun , accurate plinking pistol. On the plus side with the co2 in the grip , spare mags can easily be carried and are inexpensive

    • There is one other feature of the ambidextrous thumb safety I have discovered and will discuss Thursday. Unless it is a “quirk” with this one gun, it is something worthwhile for training. But yes, it is a very hard safety to operate with the added (redundant) button. Idiot proof though it may be, it is a pain and I agree. Not a nonstarter for the gun, but why ASG used it is a good question.

  2. I think you will be pleased with the accuracy in the shooting test. Velocity should be decent with Meisterkugeln 7 gr. I would suspect 370 fps or so. Mine actually shot well with cheapo Crosman7.4 wadcutter.

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