It was the CZ75, a “behind the Iron Curtain” product of arms-manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka of Uhersky Brod in Czechoslovakia.
By the early 1980s, many gun-writers were hailing the CZ75 as the ‘number one’ of a handful of 9mmP pistols then considered worthy of the description ‘Wonder Nine’. The others were the MAB PA-15, Heckler & Koch VP70, S&W M-59, Berretta 92, SIG Sauer P226 and Glock 17. The criteria to qualify as a ‘wonder nine’ were: semi-automatic pistol, 9mm Para calibre, staggered-column magazine holding 13 or more rounds, and double-action trigger system. The CZ75 met all of these and became the basis for many new versions, modifications and respected copies.
Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic, has a history of making reliable pistols and other firearms dating back to the 1920s, their pistols mainly being pocket-size models for commercial, military and police use. In 1948, after a communist coup, Czechoslovakia’s handgun industry focussed on Soviet-favoured calibres such as the 7.62x25mm Tokarev and later the 9mm Makarov.
Read the full article in the October 2015 issue of Man Magnum