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Old 03-01-2008, 10:32 PM
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Thumbs up CZ 75 SP-01 (custom via Irvington Arms) Review w/ pics

I picked up a CZ 75b about 6 months ago. Here she is outfitted with hogue grips.



Not one jam or FTF after 2500+ rounds and shoots like a charm. This peaked my interest in other guns made by the CZ, which led to the SP-01. While the CZ is a great shooter, the trigger (pull and travel) can use some work. I contemplated getting custom work done to my 75b, but instead decided to invest it all in a brand new SP-01.






Fiber optic sights, full competition trigger job/hammer, replacement of all the main springs, and cocobolo thin grips. Obviously not a fair comparion to the 75b given all the custom work done to the SP-01, but right off the bat, first thing I noticed is the full length dust cover adds more weight to the front of the gun, thus reducing overall felt recoil and allowing faster sight acquisition. I like the curved trigger, as the reach of the trigger is actually shortened compared to the 75b. The actual barrel of the gun is also a bit more heavy duty as well.



CZ's line of pistols are highly addictive, contagious, and accurate, and the SP-01 is no exception.

If you're in the bay area and looking for custom work to be done to your CZ, I highly recommend taking your gun to Frank from Irvington Arms in Fremont. Top notch service and a trigger job that is just as good if not better than any of the other gunsmith's work out there - I actually did get to compare it side by side with other custom SP-01's. The trigger reset and break is short and crisp, and the travel shortened down to almost nothing. The difference post-mods is tremendous. Overall, I am one happy camper.

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:59 PM
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That is a nice looking SP-01. I love mine, and they're excellent handguns.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:57 PM
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I just got my 75b in 9mm. It feels real good to hold. I am also thinking about getting one of these. for the price, its great and Cali approved

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SP-01s are so sexy. The wood grips look great on yours too.
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Old 03-02-2008, 4:56 AM
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Are the CZs that much better than EAA/Tanfoglio's higher end Witness line? Does anyone have such experience with both to answer my question?

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Had my SP-01 tricked out by Matt Mink. Wow, what a shooter. Complete action job, converted to SA only, installed steel flat SA trigger, installed SA thumb safeties on both sides, installed competition sights. The pull is a crisp 2#, and the gun's a freakin' tackdriver.

Never shot a Witness, but I can say w/ certainty that it'd be tough to beat CZ's for overall performance for your buck.
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Old 03-02-2008, 10:45 AM
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It looks really nice, maybe I should consider saving up for one. It'll go nice with my 75b SA.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:29 PM
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I have a friend with an older Tanfoglio in 9mm, and another friend with one in 45. I have a 75b in 40sw. My CZ is nicer in all respects than the 9, though the Tanfoglio has been very reliable for him. The 45 is fine though. It's no high end 1911, but its easily on par with a mil-spec in the same price range if not better. I'm not sure about the ages of either, the 9 is an older model, where as the 45 only a few years old.
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Question Where did you get the grips?

Where did you get the grips?

I have small hands.
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Where did you get the grips?

I have small hands.
Franks has them at Irvington Arms. It supposed to be 50% thinner for a very nice slim grip.

I have 2 SP01's in the break in stage. Both will go to Frank at some point for some work.
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Very nice....looks like the Custom Shop CZ 75 SP-01. Would it have just been cheaper to get that instead, or get a regular Sp-01 and get all the work done?

http://czusa.com/product_detail.php?id=74
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Old 03-02-2008, 6:22 PM
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Where did you get the grips?

I have small hands.
You can also check out Matt Mink or Angus Hobdall - they both sell the thin cocobolo grips. Angus makes a SUPER thin aluminum grip that the competitors really like - you put skate tape on it. they are cool.
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Old 03-02-2008, 7:01 PM
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Very nice....looks like the Custom Shop CZ 75 SP-01. Would it have just been cheaper to get that instead, or get a regular Sp-01 and get all the work done?

http://czusa.com/product_detail.php?id=74
That's what it is basically. Cost is about the same, but if you're local to N. California (Fremont), you can save yourself the back and forth shipping cost. I've tried both guns side by side, and liked what Frank had done for me more than the custom shop gun.

Boltshop, Irvington Arms should have the cocobolo grips readily available.
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Old 03-02-2008, 7:11 PM
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Awesome lookin guns you got there... Nice pics too. I think I need to go check out some CZs.
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That's what it is basically. Cost is about the same, but if you're local to N. California (Fremont), you can save yourself the back and forth shipping cost. I've tried both guns side by side, and liked what Frank had done for me more than the custom shop gun.
I've been to Irvington a few times, so it's local to me. I just looked online and I don't think the Custom Shop SP-01 is on the CA certified list anyway.

Compared to the custom shop gun, what did you like about yours better? Better trigger and grip feel?

Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2008, 7:27 PM
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thanks cobra.

outlawdon, grip of the gun felt exactly the same (the same grips are used). trigger reset was a little shorter, and that was the biggest difference (more desirable) for me.
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Old 03-02-2008, 7:37 PM
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Thanks...now you've got me itching for a CZ! Grrrrrr!

Wonder if Frank can work his magic on a 97B? Or should I go with a SP-01. hmmmm
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Old 03-03-2008, 7:05 AM
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If you can do action work of a 75B, you can do it on a 97B as well.


Since there is a lot of discussion reguarding grips going on, I'll weigh in with my favorite:
CZ factory rubber grips and skateboard tape on the entire frontstrap.
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Old 03-03-2008, 9:54 AM
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cz for the win!
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Old 03-03-2008, 9:58 AM
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best grips I find are the aluminum slim grips.
thinnest they have and feel oh so nice.
I have a extra new pair somewhere that I am going to sell once I find where I put the darn things.


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Old 03-03-2008, 1:57 PM
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Great pics, thanks for the info and review!

And kilword, I'd like to buy the aluminum grips if you ever find 'em.
Can't wait to pick up my SP-01 Tactical...

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... and skateboard tape on the entire frontstrap.
For the shoppers, this is called 'grip tape' in the skate world. Usually found in a big slice about, oh, 10" wide by about 30" long if you buy it online. (big enough to cover the top of an entire skate deck)

http://www.skatewarehouse.com/catpage-GRIPTAPE.HTML
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Here is the 75B with alumagrips installed with a redo from Kilword. It is perhaps my favorite gun to shoot.
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Old 03-04-2008, 1:13 PM
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Ah, I was wondering if anyone actually got the bayonet! The alumagrips look very good.
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alumagrips=yum
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alumagrips=yum
Ooh, ooh, I remember handling that gun. REALLY slick with the alumagrips. If Kilword can't find his, I can order 'em for y'all. They're backordered right now, so I'd take dibs on Kilword's if I was someone lookin' for 'em

We may have to start hardchroming slides to match ^^^ one probably still the slickest one I've seen yet
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Here is the 75B with alumagrips installed with a redo from Kilword. It is perhaps my favorite gun to shoot.
a pistol with a bayonet?
now i've seen it all!

remember, never use your gun to pistol whip someone.
it might mar the finish
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(mods if this is thread crapping just lemme know)

This thread and the other one got me to put up my SP-01 Tactical for sale yesterday (SF area), it turned into a house gun and I want to pass it on to someone looking for CZ fun. I would love to sell this to a "new to the CZ family" shooter, you won't be disappointed in my opinion.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...ad.php?t=90514

(keeping my one last CZ, the P-01)
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I've just started looking at the CZ SP-01 as my next purchase. Checking the certified list the CZ 75 SP-01 / Steel, Poly is ok for sale, so wouldn't the Custom Shop SP-01 also be? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm not that familiar with the technicalities of the certification process. Thanks,

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I've been to Irvington a few times, so it's local to me. I just looked online and I don't think the Custom Shop SP-01 is on the CA certified list anyway.

Compared to the custom shop gun, what did you like about yours better? Better trigger and grip feel?

Thanks.
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I like the SP-01. But the CZ is really really want is the IPSC race gun. I got to shoot one that belonged to an acquaintance at the range. Wow. I almost like it better than my Kimber.
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I've just started looking at the CZ SP-01 as my next purchase. Checking the certified list the CZ 75 SP-01 / Steel, Poly is ok for sale, so wouldn't the Custom Shop SP-01 also be? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm not that familiar with the technicalities of the certification process. Thanks,

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If it says "CZ SP-01" then the "CZ SP-01" is certified, not the "CZ SP-01 Tactical" and probably not the "Custom Shop CZ SP-01".

There are reports of several gun stores who disregard this (and other similar guns, like P7PSP = P7M8) and it's likely going to get them in hot water if anyone reports it, or it's discovered during an audit.
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Very nice! Might have to start looking at a CZ!
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I like the SP-01. But the CZ is really really want is the IPSC race gun. I got to shoot one that belonged to an acquaintance at the range. Wow. I almost like it better than my Kimber.
Do you mean the CZ Tactical Sport or the Champion? I've shot the TS and it's one fine gun.
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So I bought my new CZ SP-01 a month or so ago. First couple of times on the range were disappointing--all over the target, literally. Per this thread recommendation I took it to Frank at Irvington Arms for the "works" (springs, hammer, trigger work, adj rear sight, fiber front... plus the cocobolo grips I had already added).

Shot it yesterday--amazing! Groupings are really tight, better than I'm used to shooting. Trigger pull is very smooth, although long of course (DA), and lighter. So I'll add my recommendation to the others here for Frank's work on the SP-01. I'm really happy with the gun now.

I also bought the Kadett .22 conversion kit. I haven't tried it yet, but the quality of the kit looks excellent. Took a few minutes of filing to fit it to my frame, now I just need to get back to the range.
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ive been looking at the CZ SP-01 a little now, how much can you expect to drop for one of these?
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I want one. Probably as a first handgun.
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ive been looking at the CZ SP-01 a little now, how much can you expect to drop for one of these?
Canyon Sports in Martinez had mine in stock for $659. I know you can get them for less on the 'net, but I wanted to support a local shop. Figure another $250 for all the custom work. Not cheap, but I'm very happy with the results, which makes the price easy to get over.
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So I bought my new CZ SP-01 a month or so ago. First couple of times on the range were disappointing--all over the target, literally. Per this thread recommendation I took it to Frank at Irvington Arms for the "works" (springs, hammer, trigger work, adj rear sight, fiber front... plus the cocobolo grips I had already added).

Shot it yesterday--amazing! Groupings are really tight, better than I'm used to shooting. Trigger pull is very smooth, although long of course (DA), and lighter. So I'll add my recommendation to the others here for Frank's work on the SP-01. I'm really happy with the gun now.

I also bought the Kadett .22 conversion kit. I haven't tried it yet, but the quality of the kit looks excellent. Took a few minutes of filing to fit it to my frame, now I just need to get back to the range.
If you don't mind my asking, how much did it cost to have the trigger job done? Also how long did it take? Thanks.
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ive been looking at the CZ SP-01 a little now, how much can you expect to drop for one of these?
We've been having a tough time locating more of the SP01s lately, when we do have them, they're $590 or so.
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We've been having a tough time locating more of the SP01s lately, when we do have them, they're $590 or so.
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