This Was The Gun That CZ Was Supposed To Make, But Springfield Did Instead.

Springfield has come out with a DA/SA subcompact. The problem is, this was the gun that I told CZ to make.

In a world where a seven pound pull and a break not unlike a staple gun is considered great and long ten-pound DAO triggers are not unheard of, a polymer gun with a nine-pound first pull / five pound second would become a shooter’s best friend. Team that up with a spring system that allows for easy slide manipulation and the ergonomics you’re already known for, CZ, and you’d take over the market.

I’ll have more once I get to fondle it on the floor today, but my first impression is, that is one mother-ugly gun. It looks like someone hand-washed a Hi-Point and it up and shrunk on them.

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  1. 1. Well, it has a GripZone &#8482. I hope you’re proud of yourself.
    2. I’d have preferred a base of 6 round with optional +1 or +2 base plates instead of 8 rounds to start. Along with thickness, the grip height is usually the biggest concern for either printing, or pocket carrying.
    3. Continuing #2 above, 5″ tall and 25 oz is kind of big & heavy for its class; the CM9 is 4″ & 14 oz (6+1 base), Glock 43 is 4.25″ & 18 oz (7+1), the PPS is 4.4″ and 21.1 oz (6+1), and the Shield is 4.6″ and 20.6 oz (7+1).
    4. I think CZ’s problem with developing a concealable pistol for the US market is gaining enough points to be approved by the ATF. Let’s assume it’s 4.5″ x 6.25″ with the standard CZ controls – they get:

    20-25 points for weight (1 point per ounce)
    10 points for 9mm
    10 points for a firing pin block
    10 points for locked breech and loaded chamber indicator (5 pts each, let’s assume they ad a LCI like on the PCR has)
    5 points for drift-adjustable sights
    5 points for double action mechanism
    2 points for an external hammer
    1 point for overall length (1 point per 1/4″ over 6″ long; 6.25″ is about as long as you want for this class)

    That’s 63 for a comparatively heavy pistol, to 68 points for light one. You need 75 points to import. “Investment cast or forged steel” (15 points) or “investment cast or forged HTS (high tensile steel) alloy” (20 points) would put them over the top, but that’s impractical as it goes against its intended market as a concealed carry gun (the GCA was written before polymer or aluminum alloy frames became popular, so 0 points for either). That still leaves them 7-12 points short of import.

    The can add click-adjustable target sights for an additional five points, plus a target trigger for 2 points… but that still leaves them short for anything less than a hefty 25-oz gun, and is also going to add significant cost for the added features. A target grip puts them over the top with 5 points…. while adding girth for a market that prizes anorexic supermodels. A magazine safety is worth 5 points, but they’d get killed in the market, and it’s not standard to any CZ design anyway; ditto for a grip safety (3 points).

    It’s doable, but it requires compromises that reduce its appeal to anyone other than CZ enthusiasts.

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    Obviously Springfield/HS think those compromises were worth it, but I’m not so certain. I would love a DA/SA for EDC, but those specs (which were clearly designed to gain enough points) disqualify it for me – it’s just too big and too heavy for me to use as my primary carry gun.

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