Without Further Ado . . .
SAR on the left / CZ on the right – A some of the differences between the two are aesthetic – some are ergonomic – some are out of necessity . . .
Ready?? – Here we Go!
From the top of the pic down – the end of the slide on the CZ has a “rounded” or more finished look than the SAR, which comes across as almost slab sided – from the end of the frame to the trigger guard the CZ is scalloped / the SAR is not – polymer vs metal / metal is stronger / less of it is needed – More polymer is used where the trigger guard goes into the frame on the SAR – at the rear of the trigger guard SAR undercuts the trigger guard to get a grip height on par with the CZ . . .
The square block of polymer above the trigger ( to the left in this pic ) on the SAR is to support the locking block / metal chassis and pin that holds it – CZ is a machined part of the metal frame – the area around the trigger guard is scalloped on the CZ – not on the SAR – again less metal = same or more strength than polymer – moving down to the next pic look at the slide serrations – the bigger serrations on the SAR slide are considerably less costly to machine than the ones on the CZ – at the bottom of the pic – the longer beavertail combined with the deeper space for the web of your hand makes a noticeable difference in the “feel” or ergonomics of the SAR . . .
Another look at the grip frames and beavertails – the little “hump” at the top of the back side of the grip frame ( just above the back strap texturing ) on the SAR is very subtle but makes quite a difference in the “feel” – I added the grip tape as the texturing on the SAR was almost “slick” feeling to me . . .
A better look at the “grip frame” area on both – CZ on the left – SAR on the right -the SAR has a more pronounced “lip” at the bottom of the grip frame to give a little more support for your pinky – the differences are subtle – but they are there and give it a different feel . . .
And another look at the grip frame beavertail areas . . . The ergonomics on the SAR are really quite good . . .
The CZ slide ( top ) has a “smoother” look to it – more rounded than the SAR slide – the more machining – the higher the cost . . .
Underside of the slides – CZ on the left / SAR on the right – no surprises – the SAR does have a full length metal guide rod . . .
Looking in the frames ( CZ on he left ) – the locking block is part of the metal frame of the CZ – the locking block is an insert on the SAR – that’s how you get the “bumps” on frame of the SAR – re-enforcement for the block and the pin holding it in place . . .
Looking at the “actions” ( CZ on the left ) – Yeah I know, they are both getting a scrub down after the shooting part of this – notice the wider hammer and beavertail on the SAR – the hammer doesn’t make much difference but the wider beavertail does – it’s not a lot but again all the little differences add up! – and yes the actions are different ( they are both DA/SA ) – more on that in part 2 . . .
Looking down the magwells ( CZ on the left ) – the CZ uses less material – metal is stronger than polymer . . .
Bottom of the frames ( CZ on the left ) – a little more trigger guard material and dust cover width on the SAR . . .
Empty weight -no mag – CZ75B . . .
Empty weight – no mag – SAR B6P . . .
7.3 oz difference in weight makes quite a difference carrying the pistol – that extra weight with the CZ really “adds up” over the course of the day . . .
So let’s drag all these thoughts together ( and they are ALL kicking and screaming ) – looking at what we have so far . . .
CZ 75’s just “feel” right – great pistols. SAR B6P “feels” righter in the hand – or good and gooder – if that makes any sense to you at at all. and for those of you that it does make sense to I am beginning to wonder about you – just saying – not necessarily better but it “fits” better. and that’s totally subjective. the weight difference is significant – and it DOES affect recoil – it is after all the LAWS of physics – not the suggestions – which we will look at in part two. Both with loaded mags in place – the SAR is has just a little nose heavy feel which is more pronounced when empty – less weight in the frame to offset the slide weight. The CZ has a smoother D/A trigger pull and a cleaner S/A break than the SAR – not a major OMG or a deal breaker but there is a difference. The SAR carries a lot easier because of the weight difference. Hell I carry full size 1911’s – damn near EVERYTHING carries “easier” – LMAO!!
I will try to get to the range during the day next week without my blushing bride and shoot them both side by side – and then when “we” get to the range I will get her to shoot them side by side and try to wrap this whole pile up and get it in one bag – and then try not to lose the bag!!
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!