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CZ 75 Compact vs CZ 40P

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Woody_in_MN, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Woody_in_MN

    Woody_in_MN Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    I'm thinkg about the above. I can get a P40 for around $300 plus shipping - a used 75 Compact 9mm for around the same. I'm looking at pros and cons:

    P40 Pros:

    I like the looks/design
    40sw seems to be a good defense caliber
    I think it has the longer 4.7" barrel

    P40 cons:

    Only 10 rd mags available for the 40P

    75 Compact Pros:

    I like the 9mm ammo
    14 round mags

    75 Compact cons:

    4" barrel

    Any feed back comparing these two? One thing I'm wondering is if the 40P will tend to keep its value more because it is more rare - not sure about this - but I usually see/hear bout the 75 models.


    - w
  2. Ash

    Ash Mentor

    May 10, 2004
    Anywhere but here
    Okay, first, I really like the 40P. However, I doubt it will be a rare collector's item. It is also not a true compact, but a semi-compact. Granted, semi-compacts are generally short slides on full-size frames whereas this is a full size slide on a short frame, but you get my drift.

    The 40P is likely lighter than the 75 compact and will certainly be lighter with a full magazine. It also has a decocker. That would be enough to make the decision for many folks. The 40P is also clunkier (or more squared) than the compact.

    Personally, I would probably recommend the 75 Compact because the trigger will probably be smoother. However, I really, REALLY, liked my 40P. I was one of the first to get one but fell on hard times and had to either sell my 75 or my 40P and, well, the 40P went. The guy who bought it really likes it still.

    But, you need to decide which one you like in your hands and on your side. They are really so different, carry wise. The grip angle, comfort, and trigger length will be the same, but the way it fits on you will be different.

    A big plus for the 40P is that it will be new.

  3. armoredman

    armoredman Elder

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Either or is a good choice. If you like the decocker, then go with a CZ PO1, but if it's the caliber or the oddity of the gun, go ahead and buy the 40P - they're all CZs. :D :cool:
  4. briang2ad

    briang2ad Active Member

    Sep 3, 2005
    Compact or....

    a 40B. I think the Compact will have a better trigger than a 40P, and you like 9mm. The compact will carry pretty well, and is not THAT much heavier than a P01. Also, with a Compact, you can do C/L, OR you can decock manually fairly easily. (Believe it or not some decockers work better than others). But, have a look around, because there are still 40B's around, and holding one is pretty nice. The 40P is sort of a Franken gun (40B slide and P01 frame). The 40B was a joint venture with Colt to mimick some of the qualities of the 1911, but provide the inards of the 75B. (It feels great in the hand) It sounds like you want to stay in the $350 or below ball park, so the Compact (Used) or 40B would be my picks. (A used B should be less than $300).
  5. Mulliga

    Mulliga Senior Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Gainesville, Florida
    Hmm. If this gun isn't for carry, perhaps the full-size CZ 75?.. It has a long barrel, looks good, and uses cheap 9mm ammo.
  6. mbott

    mbott Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Central, OH
    There's always the CZ 75 Compact .40 if you lean towards the P-01 but want something in .40 caliber. It's all steel, so it's heavier and it is capable of cocked and locked carry. The CZ 75 Compact .40 is equiped with an ambi-safety instead of the P-01 decocker.

  7. atblis

    atblis Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Neither here nor there
    mags for the 40p

    I believe you can use the standard capacity mags in the 40p. So the limited to 10rnds thing ins't necessarily true.
  8. Gary G23

    Gary G23 Participating Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Corvette City
    I believe you can use the standard capacity mags in the 40p. So the limited to 10rnds thing ins't necessarily true.

    You can use the Mec-Gar 12rd mags and put the 40P baseplates on them.

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