P-07 Duty 9mm or .40 S&W

April 6th, 2012

This will be my first attempt to review some of the CZ guns I have had an opportunity to shoot and handle over the past year or so. Please take into consideration that I am neither a journalist or a firearms expert. I would like my reviews to be more from a perspective of a recreational shooter rather than professional. If you want professional analysis of current stage of the NHL please go to my other website HolikonHockey.com

I received my first PO-7 DUTY 9mm more than a year ago in Wyoming. When I got the phone call from local gun shop that pistol is in, I went to pick it up with a trip to the range in mind. I was familiar with the feel of the pistol from my visit to the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. I read a lot about this line of pistols from CZ and was looking forward to experiencing the great reviews myself. I do not know if disassembly/cleaning before firing the pistol for the first time is important. I have asked much more experienced gun owners that question many times, but can never get a straight answer. At this point I believe it depends on the quality of the product and CZ-USA products have not disappointed yet after not taking them apart first.

Range time. It was beautiful Wyoming day in the dead of winter. Snowing heavily and cold. I brought couple hundred rounds of factory target ammo. Sometimes I shoot more than couple hundred rounds but the winter weather allows you to be out there only for so long. To test how the pistol responds to MY QUALITY of shooting for the first time, I have developed my own routine – 10 yards on fluorescent targets. I shoot initially one shot then check the target then another one. Up to around 10 rounds. Then I go with 3 shot groups for about three or four times. Eventually I work my way up to five shot groups and the full magazine. I can not provide measurements of my groups because I am looking for patterns. I’m still in beginner stages of good pistol shooting. I think I will be for a long time. My strength is rifle shooting, but we’ll get to it in a different blog. It took me about hundred rounds to realize that I’m pulling the shots to the left ever so slightly. I knew right away it was my bad habits causing it. I never bench rest pistols. Once I corrected my movement the results were much better. After few more rounds in the bullseye, I moved on my favorite steel plates. I can do that all day long. I like to have two stands at different distances. When I’m warmed up I like shooting at the plates and alternate between the closer one and the further one. I understand that I don’t follow any official pistol shooting competitive guidelines,but mostly I want to have fun at the range.

The PO-7 was great and I treated it like a carry piece that it is. You can use it for target shooting too. I have gotten a holster for it and just love the versatility of the gun. It is very affordable pistol for the quality you are getting. Great first gun if you’re looking for multipurpose handgun that is good for target plinking, self defense or home defense.The ability to convert the manual safety into decocker Is priceless. I personally prefer the decocker for carry. The P-07 has proven to be durable in all conditions. I have since shot it in good part of the USA in different climates on my travels. It fits most people’s hands very well. How do you built a pistol that is comfortable for shooters of all sizes is beyond me. The .40 cal is just little more snappy. I recommend the 9 for women and the .40 for men. It is the most versatile,durable and reliable one out there in that size

Bobby Holik

Bobby Holik, Czech American NHL Legend teamed up with CZ-USA in 2011 to promote the CZ line of bolt action rifles, semi-automatic handguns and handcrafted shotguns. The ice hockey center began his U.S. career with the Hartford Whalers, won two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and went on to plan for New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers. In his 1,314 career NHL games, Holik scored 747 points (326 goals, 421 assists) and became of the the most productive Czech born players in the NHL.
Like his grandfather, Bobby treasures our outdoor heritage. At home on his ranch in Wyoming, Bobby understands our responsibility as custodians for the land and wildlife on a first hand basis.

CZ-USA

CZ firearms are imported to United States exclusively by CZ-USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ceska Zbrojovka, a.s. Uhersky Brod (CZUB) of the Czech Republic whose history dates back to 1936. CZ firearms have been available through distribution channels in the US since 1991 through independent importers and in 1997 CZUB recognized the need to control its own destiny and established CZ-USA with its headquarters in Kansas City, KS. All distribution, sales, marketing, warranty and parts support operates from Kansas City location. In 2005 a great opportunity came to CZ-USA by acquiring Dan Wesson Firearms, traditional American manufacturer of premium 1911 style handguns and unique revolvers with interchangeable barrels.