Review: CZ-USA 75 B Ω (Omega)


The primary difference between the CZ 75 B Omega and the standard CZ 75 is that the trigger action allows changing between the original safety-lever version, the CZ 75 B, and the decocker version of the CZ 75, referred to as the CZ 75 D.

The Omega features a type of interlocking mechanism that makes maintenance and changing the action configuration easier.

Comparing B and D

Disassembly is easier with the Omega and may be done without tools.

However — and this may be my individual firearm — the Omega action doesn’t seem as smooth as the standard CZ 75 B.

If you purchase the Omega trigger design, you have the ability to change the action type, rather than deciding to trade for another CZ.

In the standard CZ 75 B, the pistol features a manual safety located in the frame. The safety may not be applied if the hammer is lowered.

The safety may only be applied after the hammer is cocked.

The advantage of this system is that while the pistol is designed to be fired with a long double-action first shot, once you are in motion and moving to cover or engaged in tactical movement, the safety may be applied.

There is no need to decock the pistol to make it safe during movement. With the CZ 75 D version, there is no manual safety.

A decocker rides on the left side of the frame, easily manipulated by the shooter’s thumb.

The decocker rides high on the frame and is easily engaged. Depending on your style and training, one will have the most appeal.

With either type, the trigger action’s feel should be identical. With the Omega trigger, I find the double-action first-shot trigger is often a bit stiffer.

Just the same, in the individual pistol, the trigger action is the same with either the conventional safety or decocker installed.

CZ P-01 Urban Grey Suppressor Ready
CZ also offers the Omega action in the highly sought after CZ P-01.

Control Elements

The pistol is designed in such a way that it enables an easy exchange of the safety by the hammer-decocking element and reversely.

This operation can be done without using any special tooling.

The left safety or left decocking element can be removed first after depressing the ejector downward.

Before assembling the right safety or right decocking element, it is necessary to depress the trigger bar downward.

In the safety configuration, only safeties are installed.

In case of the decocking configuration, besides the control elements, it is necessary to also install the spring of the control element so that its shorter end is supported by the nose of the control-element body and the opposite end is positioned within the hollow-inside flexible pin.

CZ 75 Controls
The advantage of the Omega system is easily compatibility with either the conventional safety or a decocker.

The Urban Grey

Among the most interesting configurations, is the Urban Grey CZ 75 with threaded barrel and suppressor-ready sights.

These pistols offer excellent function and accuracy for those preferring the modern suppressor option.

Unlike some types, these pistols do not require special sights, but are good to go as issued. The high sights feature night-sight inserts.

When aiming, there are two sight pictures that may be used. One is to aim by using the standard black sights and using this sight picture.

As a rule, the pistol will fire slightly high, requiring the six o’clock hold, as may be expected due to the height of the sights.

This works out well, as the sights give the shooter the option of a dead-on hold at 50 yards.

When using the night-sight insert, the sights will be dead-on for elevation at typical combat ranges, about 15 yards.

The grips fit most hands well and overall, these handguns leave nothing to be desired. The Urban Grey FDE coating is attractive and low-key.

Winchester 9mm Luger Ammunition
Winchester 9mm Luger ammunition provided excellent results.

The pistols are as accurate as any CZ 75 B pistol.

The full-size CZ 75 Omega test gun has been fired extensively with hard-cast bullet handloads, modern FMJ loads, and jacketed hollow point loads, including +P loads.

All are accurate enough for service use.

Load Testing

Among the loads tested have been the Winchester 115-grain FMJ Duty load, the Winchester 115-grain Silvertip, and the interesting Winchester 147-grain Silvertip.

The Duty load is a full-power FMJ loading stronger than most, with excellent quality control and good accuracy.

In firing off the benchrest, I was able to secure a 2.4-inch 25-yard group for this loading.

The Winchester Silvertip is a famous loading using the crease/fold-type hollow-point design.

This load expends reliably and offers good performance for personal defense. An interesting option is the heavier Silvertip at 980 fps.

This heavier bullet expands well and penetrates deeper than the 115-grain load.

It is viable for personal defense in those situations where the attacker may be heavily clad in winter clothing, or if the user simply prefers to err on the side of caution and deploy a loading with greater penetration.

In the end, shot placement is most important.

Conclusion: CZ 75 B Ω (Omega)

The CZ 75 B is not only one of our more proven and reliable handguns, it is among the best buys on the market.

The CZ 75 Omega version an interesting handgun that is well worth its price.

What do you think of the CZ 75 B Omega? Let us know in the comments below!

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