CZ P01 vs Glock 19 Overview
Comparing the CZ P01 vs Glock 19 you’ll see immediate differences such as the frame material and trigger systems. Each of these design features has its own advantages and disadvantages. We’ll cover those in detail from multiple perspectives as well as the other features of the gun so you can decide which will work the best for you.
The CZ P01(based on the CZ 75) is offered in its normal variant and with the Omega trigger while the Glock 19 is currently available from Glock in multiple Generations including 3, 4, and 5. We’ll cover all the different variants in our CZ P01 vs Glock 19 comparison.
Table of contents
- CZ P01 vs Glock 19 Overview
- CZ P01 vs Glock 19 Concealed Carry
|Metrics||CZ P01/P01 Omega||Glock 19|
|Weight No Mag(Oz)||25.2||21.4|
|Weight Empty Mag(Oz)||28.2||23.9|
|Weight With A Full Mag(Oz)||34.7||29.4|
|Height(top of Slide to bottom of Magazine Baseplate)(Inches)||5.10||4.89|
|Width of Grip(Inches)||1.4||1.18|
|Width of Slide(Inches)||0.93||1.00|
|Width Across Controls(Inches)||1.50||1.33|
CZ P01 vs Glock 19 Concealed Carry
The Glock 19 has a slight size advantage over the CZ P01 in size being just under a quarter-inch shorter. Practically most people won’t have an issue concealing the P01 unless the Glock 19 is already on the largest extreme of what they can reasonably conceal.
Another advantage of the Glock is it’s approximately 4 to 5 ounces lighter than the CZ P01. This does help when carrying the gun all day and makes a big difference if you’re not carrying with a belt. That said the P01 still falls within what I would call reasonable carry weight being under 35 ounces with a fully loaded magazine of Federal HST 124 grain +P defensive ammunition.
The CZ P01 is based on the CZ 75 which is known to have one of the best feeling grips on the market while many hate the way the Glock 19 grip feels. There is an aluminum alloy frame featured on the P01 that is near identical to the original 75 except the grip is a little shorter so it uses 15 round magazines instead of the original magazines that held 16(updated versions hold 17). Without a doubt, the P01 will fill better in the hand than the Glock will for the vast majority of shooters.
How a gun feels in the hand is only one aspect of the grip’s ergonomics. Another that is arguably more important is how the grip allows you to control the gun under recoil. On this front, the Glock does extremely well. A Glock 19 grip might feel like a 2×4 but it does allow you good control over the gun. If you have larger hands you’ll likely find the grip on the Glock better than the CZ when it comes to controlling recoil.
There are 2 variants of the Glock 19 currently available and each has a slightly different setup. There is no modularity on the Gen 3 Glock 19 and the grip is quite large but comes with finger grooves and 2 texture options which we’ll cover later. On the Glock 19 Gen 4, there are still finger groves but there is a smaller grip that you can add back 4 different strap sizes allowing you to build up the Grip. The Gen 5 Glock 19 has the same backstrap system but there are no finger grooves makes the Glock 19 Gen 5 the preferred Glock Generation for most shooters.
Adding a different backstrap to the Glocks allows you to increase trigger reach which is a nice feature for larger handed shooters. The CZ P01 allows you to switch out the grip panels to thicker and thinner options with a variety of textures but you’re stuck with the same trigger reach.
I personally think the Gen 5 Glocks are much closer ergonomically to the CZ P01 than the other options. I’d say the Gen 5 Glock 19 has a slight edge over the P01 for people with larger hands but the reverse is true for those with smaller hands.
A good thing about the CZ P01 is the grip options give you the ability to choose a level of aggressiveness. With the Glock, you’ll have to do that based on the generation and variant you choose unless you have it custom stippled. The Gen 3 standard texture is quite slick but the RTF2 version is extremely aggressive and it has really good texturing all around the grip.
If you’re looking for aggressive texturing that will be hard to beat with the Gen 3 RTF2 texture vs the P01with vertical lines milled on the front and backstrap with an aggressive set of G10 grips. The P01 is a lot better than the Glock 19 Gen 3 and Gen 4 standard texture. I’d stay the Glock Gen 5 is on an equal level from a texturing standpoint.
Manipulating the slide on the CZ P01 isn’t easy because it’s so small. The forward and rear serrations are both very aggressive but they’re so short and the slide is so narrow it’s still hard to get a good grip on the P01 slide.
On the Glock 19, the serrations on that aggressive and the slide finishes are somewhat slick but it’s still easy to manipulate the slide.
The sights that come stock on the CZ P01 are your basic metal 3 dot sights and they’re acceptable for range use but if you plan to carry the gun or use it for defensive purposes you’ll likely want to upgrade them.
Glock is known for its horrible plastic sights but in the last couple of years, they’ve started offering Ameriglo night sights from the factory. They also offer 3 dot Meprolight night sights which I’d say are better than the sights that come on the P01 and the Ameriglo sights are much better.
Aftermarket is an area where Glock shines and you can get pretty much any sight setup you would like. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the P01, and Dawson Precision, Truglo, and CZ Custom are your only options.
Glock has its MOS system which allows you to add a red dot option like a Holosun 507c or a Trijicon RMR. There are also multiple custom shops that’ll mill your slide. CZ has a couple of custom shops that will mill the P01 but it’s usually much more expensive to have a dot added than the Glocks.
Glock is known for not having a thumb safety which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on your school of thought.
The CZ P01 comes with a left side only thumb safety so I wouldn’t suggest carrying cocked and locked if you’re left-handed. CZ did so a good job of position the safety so it’s easy to reach. You can manually drop the hammer and carry the gun in DA but some might consider that a little risky.
Now when comparing safeties on the Glock 19 vs CZ P01 Omega the safeties get a little more interesting. On guns, with the Omega trigger system, you can switch between decockers and thumb safety and both options are ambi. If you want to run the gun in double action the CZ P01 Omega is definitely the safer gun to choose because of the decocker but that will come at some cost in the trigger.
CZ P01 Trigger
There is an extremely smooth but heavy double-action trigger on this gun but the single-action trigger isn’t nearly as good in comparison. It’s got a long reset and there is quite mushy with a rolling break. You can get a variety of aftermarket parts for it since it’s a standard CZ 75b trigger.
CZ P01 Omega Trigger
On the double-action trigger, the CZ P01 Omega is lighter than the regular P01 trigger but it’s got a lot of the creep. The single-action doesn’t have nearly as much creep and it has a nice rolling break. There is a straighter trigger shoe that many seem to prefer over the more curved standard trigger. I myself don’t have a preference. There aren’t a lot of aftermarket market parts for this gun but there are some from Cajun Gun Works and CZ Custom.
Glock 19 Gen 3 Trigger
If you like a hard wall then you’ll love this trigger. The wall is hard and heavy but once you learn it it’s quite shootable.
Glock 19 Gen 4 Trigger
This trigger is somewhere between the Gen 3 and Gen 5 triggers. It’s not quite a rolling break but it doesn’t have a hard wall either.
Glock 19 Gen 5 Trigger
The trigger on the Glock 19 Gen 5 has a really nice rolling break and many consider it the get factory trigger that Glock has ever put out. It also has a smooth trigger shoe which differs it from the other generation.
As a side, not the Glock 19 trigger all have an insane amount of after-market options so you can just about turn them into whatever feel you would like your trigger to have.
It’s hard to reach the slide lock on the CZ P01 with your primary hand thumb as a right-handed shooter and you’ll likely have to use your support hand thumb to drop the slide after inserting a fresh magazine. Part of this is due to the CZ thumb safety blocking it as well as the positioning.
Glock wins this category because you can easily reach the thumb safety with your thumb and the Gen 5 even has ambi slide releases.
The magazine releases function near identically. If you can reach the one you’ll be able to reach the other. Metal magazine in the P01 does drop easier than the plastic magazine in the G19 but that’s the only noticeable difference.
Both of these guns are quality and the P01 having a metal frame I feel gives it a slight advantage but it’s not a huge advantage like a steel frame would be.
Outside of grips and trigger parts, there aren’t a lot of aftermarket options for the CZ P01. It’d be really nice to see more sight options for the CZ P01. When it comes to the aftermarket for the Glock 19 vs CZ P01 the Glock 19 is the clear winner. You can build a Glock 19 without a single Glock OEM part multiple times over while the parts for the CZ are limited.
The P01 when properly accessorized with a good looking set of aftermarket grip can be a show stopper. The same can be said with you have a Glock 19 slide milled and a custom finish applied. That said in their format both guns have an average look that doesn’t stand out either way.
Despite the heavier weight of the P01 really doesn’t shoot any softer than the Glock 19. Its predecessor the CZ 75 Compact is a much softer shooter due to the weight but the P01 doesn’t seem to get any advantage from it. Your expense when shooting the CZ P01 vs the Glock 19 is going to come down to which trigger you prefer. It’d really give these guns a tie here.
The Glock 19 ranges from $599-$754 MSRP depending on the sighting options and street prices usually gun $500-$620 while the CZ P01 and CZ P01 Omega come in at $646 with a street price around $600 and they tend to be harder to find than the Glock. Honestly, I’m going to give the slight advantage to Glock here but only a slight advantage. You can get a Glock with a good set of sights for under $600 while you’ll still have to add some to the CZ P01 and the aluminum frame isn’t that much of a plus in my opinion.
CZ P01 Pros
- Smooth DA trigger in the P01
- Omega Trigger system
- Grip Panels
Glock 19 Pros
- Texture (Gen 3 RTF2 & 5)
- Removeable backstraps
- Ability to easily mount a red dot optic
CZ P01 Cons
- Lack of Aftermarket Sight options
Glock 19 Cons
- Texture (Gen 3 & 4)