Testing the CZ 75 P-07 Duty Part 1

Testing the CZ 75 P-07 Duty Part 1

An “almost” perfect training gun for CZ fans

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By Dennis Adler

The ASG CZ 75 P-07 Duty is a CZ-licensed design that physically duplicates the 9x19mm model’s lines, fit, and finish in great detail. It is almost indistinguishable from the actual CZ 75 P-07 model. The real 9x19mm model is the one at the bottom.

There are certain semi-autos that have a dedicated following, a kind of fellowship of owners who collect, shoot and carry one favorite handgun. There are those who swear by the Colt 1911 as the one gun above all others; myself, I lean toward Walthers, others the equally legendary Browning Hi-Power models, while some prefer Glocks (a very practical but hardly collectible handgun), but, you would be surprised how many gun collectors and gun owners throughout Europe, and in America, share a preference for guns that bear the Česká zbrojovka initials! The CZ 75 has become an iconic design that has been licensed (and unabashedly copied) by manufacturers the world over for more than 40 years; however, the original CZ brand is still the strongest. Among CZ’s own variations is the CZ 75 P-07, a polymer-frame model introduced in 2009, and one of the most innovative semi-autos of recent time. It uses a reconfigurable trigger/safety design that allows the owner to alter the pistol from a standard thumb safety for SAO cocked and locked carry, to a de-cocking system, for carry with a loaded chamber, hammer down and fired double action for the first shot. It is also an interesting size, large enough to be a carry gun for law enforcement and military, yet compact enough (slightly larger than a Glock 19) for CCW use. The P-07 was slightly updated with minor frame, slide and grip changes (interchangeable backstraps) in 2014, and remains one of the most popular polymer frame semi-autos in the world.

With a recessed .177 caliber barrel, the muzzle opening on the CO2 model looks identical to the 9x19mm model. All of the slide markings are identical to the cartridge-firing gun right down to caliber and the Česká zbrojovka symbol on the slide and grips.
All CZ pistol designs, including the airgun, use the Česká zbrojovka slide design which rides inside the frame rails rather than on the outside. This gives the CZ a lower slide profile. Based on the deluxe P-07 models (duplicated for the airgun) the slide has polished sides contrasting the matte finished top and black polymer frame. The airgun is also offered by ASG with an all black finish. Once again note the authentic look of the barrel with the slide locked back.

Running on air

The blowback action CO2 model is a visual stunner, so close in appearance and basic handling that one is given pause to distinguish it at a glance from the 9mm and .40 S&W models. This is a fully licensed copy of the CZ 75 P-07 Duty (the original design designation) with correct factory markings on the left side of the slide, a flawless finish, white outline rear notch and white rectangle front blade sights, and the SAO trigger configuration with manual safety for cocked and locked carry.

The CO2 model uses a fixed white outline rear and rectangular white line front sight based on the 9x19mm design. The hammer-fired CO2 model uses the optional P-07 SAO trigger and manual safety design.
The ASG model airgun uses the standard crescent-shaped CZ-style trigger, square magazine release, and oversized slide release. The grip texturing is also the same as the cartridge models. The knurled round hammer design used on the air pistol is taken from the CZ 75 SP 01.

The CO2 model has the same extended tang (beavertail) frame that helps reduce felt recoil on the cartridge-firing models, 3-slot dustcover accessory rail, large manual safety lever (unfortunately this is part of the “almost” caveat, since the safety is ambidextrous on the P-07 and the airgun only has a functional left side safety, the right side is cosmetic only and molded into the frame), correct oversized slide release, large triggerguard configuration, and that unmistakable CZ-style crescent trigger.

The “almost” in my opening comments about the ASG CZ 75 P-07 relates to the CO2 loading system and use of a separate 20-round stick magazine with extended base pad (this is copied from the SP-01 Phantom model). The interchangeable backstrap is actually the CO2 loading channel cover and has a spring release at the bottom to remove it from the grip frame. The internal seating screw is built into the base of the grip frame and is concealed by the full size magazine base pad when loaded. The other “almost” is the right side ambidextrous thumb safety which is molded in.

The magazine release is also a perfect match, which leads to the second “almost,” the use of a 20-shot stick magazine with a full size extended base pad similar to the magazine used on the CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom. The CO2 model also uses a knurled, round hammer similar to the SP-01, rather than the skeletonized V-form P-07 hammer design. The CZ licensed ASG airguns are offered in the standard black finish and in the deluxe finish shown, with the sides of the slide polished bright. This is a handsome looking air pistol that is “visually” worthy of the Česká zbrojovka name.

In Part 2 we compare the CO2 version to the 9mm P-07, spec it out for size, weight, barrel length, and then head to the test range.

A Word About Safety

Blowback action models like the CZ 75 P-07 provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts. All arguns, in general, look like guns, but those based on real cartridge-firing models even more so. It is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.

8 thoughts on “Testing the CZ 75 P-07 Duty Part 1”

  1. This falls into the almost there , and with a little more effort could have been a contender. The mag well is large enough for a Co2 containing mag, which would make for a more realistic understudy to the actual firearm. I have the P09 pellet version with a useless rt sided safety, a nonfunctioning molded in one like a toy ,is even worse. Time to make replica airguns fully functioning understudy pistols

    • It is a bit confounding since the CZ 75 blowback action airgun, also by ASG uses the self contained CO2 BB magazines, while the P-07 does not, and there certainly appears to be sufficient room for that firing/loading system in the P-07. It is a good question.

  2. But I don’t know about a gun that has the word “duty” prominently displayed. That’s one of the reasons I would never own a ford pick up (super duty). Let’s see how it shoots.

    • How do you feel about Ram Tough? Seriously, the original P-07 models had DUTY stamped on the left side of the slide right where it is on the ASG model, so it is absolutley correct (though it has been deleted since 2014 on the revised P-07 models). The early guns also had the round knurled hammer just like the airgun, so the .177 caliber models are true to CZ’s first P-07 design. It was intended to make clear that the P-07 was suitable for law enforcement use as a standard issue sidearm, i.e., a Duty gun. It has seen much success in that role in other parts of the world and in a handful of police departments around the U.S.

  3. 2500 hd here, seriously I’m not gonna post after my second dubbel any more. My sense of humor is dubious at best. I really appreciate your tolerance and thanks for letting me participate. I really like this blog it’s just like reading a magazine except the reader can participate. Great photography btw!

    • Thank you, you get it!!!! That’s exactly what I have been trying to do with Airgun Experience. As for your sense of humor, you should read some of my funny lines in books I’ve written over the years. Western film star Leo Carrillo had a Chrysler Town & Country convertible in the 1940s with a full sized steer head in front of the grille. I had it in my Chrysler book and in the caption I wrote that the only problem Carrillo had with the car was too many mooing violations. A book reviewer in Great Britain wrote that I had a droll sense of humor. This from the country that gave us Monty Python and Benny Hill!

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