This was going to be practical (not tactical) review of few handguns we tested over past month. Yet I have to comment on what is happening in different parts of the world. We all are trying to be objective observers but it rarely happens. We are human beings, not machines and we’ll always be taking sides. I’m sure most of my readers know where I stand when it comes to our freedoms, our rights and our opportunities. The opportunities are earned. We as Nation have earned them over last two hundred years but not doing such a good job of late.
That brings us to few issues I would like to touch on before the final review of the handguns.
Ukraine has been in the news a lot lately. There is many parts of their uprising we can debate but I’m focusing on just one. This website is oriented towards Second Amendment issues and it’s supporters.
Can you imagine if people of Ukraine had the right to bear arms over the last one hundred years? Stalin’s colectivization policies during the 1920’s and 1930’s led to millions of dead from famine. Hitler invasion in 1941 and subsequent occupation led to almost complete annihilation of all 1.5 million Ukrainian Jews.
Peaceful protests against the pro Russian regime led to slaughter of dozens of innocent people by sniper fire ordered by their own president. The only thing these victims were guilty of was desire to have a better life for themselves and their children. Instead they fought the security forces with building barricades from garbage containers, bricks and old tires. Time will only tell the what the future hold for Ukraine. I hope for the best but as one smart woman on the radio said: “Hope is postponed disappointment”. And we’ve been hearing lot about hope on our own soil last 5 years. The point I’m trying to make is when people have the right to bear arms they also have a fighting chance and lot more leverage to stand up to the oppressive governments. It’s very unlikely the Ukrainian people would have stopped Stalin, Hitler or most recent bloodshed. But it would give them dignity in their fight instead complete humiliation.
Remember tires and bricks do not fare well against guns and tanks. Don’t ever forget to celebrate our constitution by exercising your rights every day. The next topic is a shutout to a country that does more to promote democracy and free enterprise around the world than most including the United States under current administration. Israel. The location in the heart of the conflict ridden region it does not stop this small country from being the true beacon of freedom and prosperity. Their uncompromising security measures have worked for many generations. It helps to create an environment where citizens pursue their dreams,desires and goals. There is also lot of foreign investment flowing into the country indicating stability. Lot to learn here,lot to learn.
I do have a big problem with our president try to scold or talk down to Israel’s prime minister every time they meet. I would like to see the same resolve from him talking to other world leaders. President Obama believes no matter how much he mistreats Israel they will always NEED to be our friend. He’s probably right and that is sad. Now the big problem. I always knew he was a communist, I called him that in an interview for largest Czech daily way before his first election. So let’s not be surprised about his wealth redistribution ideology. The issue slipping under the radar is his constant desire to divide our nation. It’s not division between rich and poor (Robin Hood was much better at it) or division along the racial lines. That did not take much either effort because he’s been practicing it all of his adult life. The division between producers and dependents. Producers are people who work for living. It could be local mechanic, grocery store clerk, doctor, engineer, construction worker or CEO of any company, big or small. If you have a job you produce. Government steps in, taxes your production (income, service you provide, stuff you build etc.) and then scolds you for being “rich”. The revenue (taxes) are then used to “buy” votes of the dependents and vicious cycle continues. The big government hoping to grow the class of dependents faster than the producers can organize and vote them out. It is much easier to organize(community organizer) people who don’t work because they have all the time in the world. Producers are too busy working and providing. It’s not a science. It’s just awareness of what is really happening in our country. Mr. President turns the producers into villains as being rich, lucky and greedy. And it sells.
Celebrating the American work ethic is thing of the past as long as WE THE PEOPLE allow this to happen.
We had three CZ handguns to try. There is no indoor range in our part of Wyoming and the weather work out in our favor. The only jam we had is ammo shortage. The sporting goods and gun store do not get stocked more than once a week here. If that. All three guns were 9mm but they all come in .40 S&W. I actually did not do as much shooting as I was making sure everyone has the ammo or fresh targets to shoot at. I also tried to answer some of the question my friends had about the handgun line or CZ firearms in general. Here are couple reviews. The first one is from a young couple who shoot for fun, not as much as they would like but are looking for home defense/truck gun. We thought the PO-7 shot very well. It was very accurate for compact pistol. The PO-9 is literally bigger version and the learning curve is shorter because of its full size frame.
My favorite was the CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical. All steel frame makes it so accurate from the first pull of the trigger to the last. This gun is all about accuracy and consistency. I had not shot in almost a year and was shooting nice tight group. All the guns fit your hand well regardless of your hand size. I honestly cannot think of anything bad to say about them, they all shot so well.”
These comments are from a friend , big time outdoorsman.
“Thank you, CZ-USA, for letting me shoot few of your new handguns, specifically the PO-7,PO-9 and CZ 75 SP-01. While I’m not “regular” shooter at the range, I have been known to go through several hundred rounds when I do go. I certainly don’t know all the lingo or every feature on today’s guns, but I do know what I like. And I like these guns. I started with the smallest and lightest and work my way up. The PO-7 immediately felt good in my hand. The balance was surprising for a polymer gun. I could not believe how many rounds it held. This was the CZ I ever held. The operation was completely intuitive. The gun simply looks cool and it has a hammer. The performance was extremely consistent and I found the lack of recoil impressive. I expected to have the barrel pop straight up but it was very mellow with very little barrel rise. If you want compact, conceal carry, polymer, this is your gun. Next, I moved to the PO-9. I thought I was in a Hollywood movie. I was shooting really cool polymer gun that never ran out of rounds! Well, it felt like it at least. It actually holds 19+1. The only difference here is the size and what comes with that…less concealable but more accurate right out of the box. Again, I loved the looks, feel, accuracy, hammer and the decocker. Finally, I shot the all steel CZ 75 SP-01. Wow! Talk about smooth. It’s heavier for sure. But the weight must be in all the right places. This gun just looks awesome too. The grips (rubber) feel was different. Cycling through a full magazine was “buttery”. Same story, different gun. Looks, feel, accuracy, reliability. I loved it.
CZ you sold me. I’ll be buying one soon. However, you make it very hard to decide. I really do want all three of them but I’ll have to choose the one that fills the gap in my quiver. Comparing these three guns against each other is not fair. Then again, comparing each against their direct competition is not either. I’m converted.” I had fun spending time at the range with these guys and seeing how much they enjoyed the CZ products.