CZ P07 vs P09 Overview
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The CZ P07 is CZ’s original take on a modernized double action single action duty gun. To expand the line, the company offered the CZ P09, a much larger version of the P07. You can run either the more common 15 round magazine or 16 round magazines in the CZ P07, while the CZ P09 has a whopping 19 rounds of capacity in a flush fit magazine.
|Metrics||CZ P07||CZ P09|
|Weight No Mag (Oz)||25.2||26.9|
|Weight Empty Mag (Oz)||28.1||30.3|
|Weight With A Full Mag (Oz)||34.6||38.6|
|Height (top of Slide to bottom of Magazine Baseplate) (Inches)||4.9||5.68|
|Width of Grip (Inches)||1.16||1.15|
|Width of Slide (Inches)||1.06||1.07|
|Width Across Controls (Inches)||1.46||1.47|
CZ P07 vs P09 Concealed Carry
Despite the CZ P07 being a lot smaller than the CZ P09, there isn’t a lot of weight difference. The 3 rounds of extra ammunition weigh a lot more than the difference in the guns empty or with empty magazines. So it’s hard to penalize the larger P09 on weight.
Now, size is an entirely different matter. If you’re looking for a gun for range use and overt carry, then size isn’t an issue, but for concealed carry, it’s something you’ll likely want to take into account. I have multiple friends who have carried the CZ P09, and I can conceal it when carrying in a CZ P09 appendix holster. I’m 6’ and 175 pounds, for reference.
That being said, it’s much easier to carry the CZ P07 and not have to worry about printing. When you’re standing up straight, it’s easy not to print with almost any gun. But when you start doing daily things like reaching for the high-shelf at the grocery store, the CZ P09 can be a bit big for most people.
Carrying a large gun like the CZ P09 concealed can certainly be done, but that extra ¾ of an inch in the grip gives you a lot less leeway if you twist the wrong way or your thin T-shirt blows tight against your body when you’re walking into the wind. Anyone who has concealed a gun while wearing a T-shirt knows what I’m talking about.
No matter how close a good holster keeps the gun to your body, if your shirt is pushed tight against your skin, your gun will print. If you’re carrying in a heavy flannel, it’s not as much of an issue.
When comparing the CZ P07 vs P09 frame on these guns, it’s nearly identical in shape. The only real difference is the grip on the CZ P09 is a bit longer.
The CZ P07 grip is similar in size to a Glock 19. If you can get all of your fingers on the grip of a Glock 19, then you’ll be able to get them on the CZ P07. Both the CZ P07 and P09 have removable backstraps that change the shape of the hump of the grip, but it doesn’t affect the trigger reach. So unless you have fairly large hands, you likely won’t see a grip advantage from the CZ P09.
There is a considerable difference in the length of the slide of the CZ P07 vs CZ P09, with the P09 slide being ¾ of an inch longer. That doesn’t make it easier to operate if you’re using the forward cocking serrations. That said, for most people, they’ll likely use the rear serrations and won’t see a difference.
Again, the sights and sight offerings are identical because the CZ P07 and the CZ P09 use the same sights. You can get aftermarket sights from Dawson Precision, Night Fision, Trijicon, CZ Custom, and TruGlo. You’ll likely be able to find something that works for you, although you won’t have as many offerings as a gun like the CZ P10c.
Even though there are no factory options to mount a red dot on the P07 or the P09, there are plenty of aftermarket shops that offer the service. Depending on the dot you go with, you may lose your factory sights and have to go with a different rear cut or something taller.
All of the controls and their reach are identical when comparing the CZ P07 vs P09.
Aftermarket parts for these guns revolve around parts that’ll fit them both. There are a couple more options for the CZ P07 when it comes to holsters and recoil springs. Otherwise, the CZ P09 takes all the same parts. When comparing the CZ P09 vs P07, I think a slight edge goes to the P07.
Do you like the big one or the normal-sized one? Both have equally proportioned outlines, so it’s all personal preference.
When I first shot the CZ P09, I really expected it to be an incredibly soft shooter and I was disappointed. It shoots very similarly to the smaller CZ P07. The extra mass on the slide seems to work against the gun instead of working for it. Both the CZ P07 and the P09 track well under recoil. But I’m going to have to give a slight edge to the CZ P07.
I also shoot the CZ P07 better when I’m trying to shoot quickly and accurately. I think a lot of that due to the shorter slide and sight radius. A longer sight radius is only helpful for slow precision fire. Having a greater distance between the sights allows you to see movement in the sights easier. Of course, this helps when you have all the time in the world to get a perfect sight picture, but it’ll make you second guess yourself when you’re shooting quickly.
When shooting the CZ P07 vs P09, I’m going to give the win to the CZ P07.
MSRP on the CZ P07 is $510 and $530 on the P09. Street price on the guns tends to fluctuate, but they’re still roughly $20 apart. I doubt that $20 will help you make the decision on which gun to get.
They’re both great guns but the CZ P07 tends to be a little more versatile. It performs just as well concealed under a shirt as it does in a duty holster or on a battle belt. The CZ P09 is better suited for the later 2 activities. At the end of the day, it comes down to which role you want the gun to fill in your collection.
CZ P07 Pros
- Well balanced slide
- A shorter sight radius is good for fast target engagement.
CZ P09 Pros
- A longer sight radius is good for slow fire precision shooting.
CZ P07 Cons
- Sight Radius for distance shooting
CZ P09 Cons
- Longer sight radius for closer targets under speed.