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What's the difference between the CZ PO-1 and the CZ 75 compact (both having rails)?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Skillet, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    So I am looking into getting a compact pistol, and being a CZ fan, I thought I would get another CZ. So I am looking into the CZ 75 compact with or without rails (and maybe in satin nickel finish) or the CZ PO-1. What is the difference between the two and which would you choose and why? they are basically the same pistol to me.

    I am also looking into getting the CZ 82 or 83
  2. dom1104

    dom1104 Well-Known Member

    The Weight.

    The P01 is lighter, with a forged aluminum frame.

    The Compact is all steel.

    I would go with the P01, it uses the new frame style <which I think the compact does now too but I am not 100%> has a decocker, mine shoots great and carrys well too.

    But I would be happy with the Compact for everything but the weight as well.

    Both great pistols.
  3. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Are you talking about the all steel Compact or the alloy framed, railess CZ-75D PCR? The P-01 and PCR both have alloy frames but the PCR is a little slimmer in the muzzle as it does not have a rail. The PCR's frame is cast and the P-01's is forged. Both are excellent pistols. The PCR has better sights (to me) and a loaded chamber indicator.

    The PCR is my daily carry gun. Its accurate, conceable, relaible and relatively hi cap with 14+1.
  4. railroader

    railroader Well-Known Member

  5. rellascout

    rellascout member

    Compact is all steel. No decocker. It can be carried cocked and locked.

    P01 is a DA/SA with a decocker made out of alloy. It is lighter.

    Both share the same length of pull. They both are great shooters.

    The deal at Top Gun cannot be beat on the P01 IMHO.
  6. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    I don't have the difference between the P01 and the steel compact, but I did take some photos of the differences between the P01 and the PCR.


    It's been long enough that I don't remember which was which, but the barrel from the P01 would not fit in the slide for the PCR, or vice versa. I think it had to do with the cutout for the chamber indicator.

  7. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    I am unfamiliar with a decocker. what is it and what does it do?
  8. TheBandit

    TheBandit Active Member

    safely lowers the hammer on a loaded chamber
  9. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    Ah. But I already do that manually on my 75B
  10. Kenpo

    Kenpo Well-Known Member

    It lowers the hammer to a "half cocked" position. The pull is shorter than a full double action pull, but not as short as single action.

    Also, it doesn't have a manual safety. There is a firing pin block engaged when you "decock it" so the gun is safe, but no safety to disengage upon drawing the weapon. Just pull the trigger (longer pull on the first shot - then single action)

    Hope that helps clarify.
  11. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    Yeah It did. Will they come out with a PO-1 in polymer anytime soon?
  12. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    In the side-by-side photo of the P-01 and 75D PCR compact, you can see their decocking levers. Sweeping the lever down lowers the hammer part of the way, releasing the lever fully lowers it to a "one-third cock" position. This is all done in a controlled manner; the hammer does not suddenly drop quickly. If you wish to resume shooting after decocking you must fire the first shot double action. The advantage of this is that it reduces the reach to the trigger as well as the length of the DA trigger stroke. I actually prefer it. However, it would not provide commonality of operation with the 75B you already have.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2010
  13. Kenpo

    Kenpo Well-Known Member


    The P-07 is CZ's entry into the polymer market. I don't know if it could be called a "polymer P-01" as I haven't handled one, but I do know it can be had with either the decocker or manual safety, as the part can be changed by the end user.

    Here is a link if you haven't seen it:

  14. Skillet

    Skillet Well-Known Member

    Yeah I know about taht model, I just wish they made a PO-1 frame and model in Polymer
  15. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    So do others.

    The police, ccw and even combat proven P-01 platform is much more trusted than the
    new kid P-07 Duty.

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