CZ 75 B Retro 9mm Review

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CZ 75 B Retro 9mm is a high-quality pistol that combines modern technology with classic design elements to create a functional and good-looking firearm. The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm review will dig into this pistol and closely examine this iconic pistol.

History of the CZ

CZ Arms logo

CZ firearms: CZ (Česká zbrojovka) is a Czech firearms manufacturer that was founded in 1936 as a branch of the Česká zbrojovka Strakonice company.

During World War II, the company produced firearms for the German army. After the war, the company was nationalized and became part of the Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (CZUB) conglomerate. In the post-war era, CZUB produced a wide range of firearms, including rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Today, CZ firearms are known for their quality and are used by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide.

History of the CZ 75

The CZ 75 is a semi-automatic pistol designed and produced by the Czech firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka (CZ). The CZ 75 was first introduced in 1975 and quickly gained popularity due to its high quality, reliability, and accuracy.

Several other pistols, including the Browning Hi-Power, the SIG P210, and the Walther P38, influenced the design of the CZ 75. The result was a pistol that combined the best features of each, such as the ergonomics and trigger of the Hi-Power, the accuracy of the P210, and the double-action trigger of the P38.

CZ75 Series Pistols

The CZ 75 is a double-action pistol chambered in 9mm Parabellum. It features a steel frame and slides with a hammer-forged barrel. The design of the CZ 75 also allows for easy disassembly and cleaning.

Over the years, the CZ 75 has been updated and improved, producing various models and variations. Some of the most popular include the CZ 75B, which has an enlarged magazine release and enhanced grip, and the CZ 75 SP-01, which has an integrated rail for attaching accessories such as lights or lasers.

The CZ 75 has been used by military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and civilians for self-defense and target shooting.

About the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm

The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm limited release is a special edition of the CZ 75 B Retro pistol released in 2021. This limited edition features a unique two-tone finish with a matte black frame and a polished stainless-steel slide. The CZ75 B has a hammer-forged barrel and double-action trigger system. In addition, it has a 16-round magazine capacity, fixed three-dot sights, and an overall length of 8.1 inches.

CZ 75-B Retro 9mm
Limited Edition CZ 75 B Retro 9mm

There were only 1000 of this limited edition handgun, making it a collectible item for firearms enthusiasts. It is also famous for those looking for a high-quality, reliable pistol with a unique and eye-catching finish.

Unboxing the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm

When you receive your CZ 75 B Retro 9mm, it comes in a quality hard case with the CZ logo and a commemorative cardboard sleeve over it. Inside are hard foam cutouts for the handgun and its two magazines, and in the lid cutouts are your manual, a lock, and cleaning rods. In addition, the gun will be secured in foam padding.

Upon opening the hard case the CZ 75 B Retro makes a great first impression. It’s a great-looking pistol.

What the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm Offers

The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm offers several features not present in the original CZ 75. These include:

  1. Enhanced ergonomics: The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm features an improved grip design that offers better ergonomics and a more comfortable grip than the original CZ 75.
  2. Improved safety features: The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm has improved manual safety, which is easier to use than the original CZ 75. It also has a firing pin block safety, which helps prevent accidental discharges.
  3. Enhanced durability: The CZ 75 B Retro 9mm has a more durable finish compared to the original CZ 75.
  4. Increased magazine capacity: Higher than the original’s 15-round magazine.

While the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm offers several improvements over the original CZ 75, it still retains many of the same features and design elements that made the original pistol so famous, such as the double-action trigger system and the hammer-forged barrel. Overall, the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm is a modern version of the classic CZ 75.

CZ 75 B Retro Specifications

  • FAMILY: 75 Series
  • MODEL: CZ 75 Retro
  • TYPE: Semi-Auto Pistol
  • ACTION: Double / Single Action
  • FINISH: Black Polycoat Finish
  • FINISH TYPE: Black
  • FRAME: Steel Frame
  • STOCK/GRIPS: Black Plastic Grips
  • BARREL: 4.6″
  • CAPACITY: 16 + 1
  • SIGHTS: Fixed Three-Dot
  • SIGHT TYPE: Fixed Sights
  • WEIGHT: 36.6 oz.
  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 4.1 lbs.
  • SAFETY FEATURES: Ambi Safety/Decocker
  • ADDL INFO: Cold Hammer Forged Barrel
  • MFG MODEL NO: 91121
  • UPC: 806703911212
  • MSRP: $999

Barrel and Slide

The CZ 75 B Retro barrel is made from cold hammer-forged steel, making it incredibly durable and resistant to wear and tear. This process involves shaping the steel while hard, resulting in a denser, more robust metal than cast or machined. The barrel has a length of 4.7 inches.

CZ 75 B Retro barrel and slide
CZ 75 B Retro barrel and slide

The slide of the CZ 75 B Retro is also made from high-quality steel, which makes it both strong and durable. In addition, the slide is designed with a matte black finish that gives it a sleek and modern look while providing a non-reflective surface that reduces glare.

One of the unique features of the CZ 75 B Retro is the design of the slide serrations. The slide features diagonal serrations on the rear of the slide, which provides an excellent grip and makes it easy to manipulate the slide, even with gloves on. Additionally, the retro design of the slide gives the CZ 75 B Retro a classic and timeless look.

The barrel and slide are excellent examples of high-quality engineering and craftsmanship.


CZ 75 B Retro grips

The CZ 75 B Retro is a classic pistol popular among gun enthusiasts for decades. One key feature that makes this firearm stand out is its iconic Retro Waffle style grips. The grips on the CZ 75 B Retro are made of high-quality synthetic material and are comfortable and secure.

The Waffle style on the grips provides a non-slip surface that helps ensure a secure grip, even when the hands are wet or sweaty.


The CZ 75 B Retro magazine is a high-quality metal magazine. It has a capacity of 16 rounds and also features a sturdy construction that ensures it will withstand heavy use without any issues.

One of the key advantages of the CZ 75 B Retro magazine is its compatibility with other CZ 75 models. The magazine can be used with other CZ 75 models, including the CZ 75 Compact and the CZ 75 Shadow, providing shooters with versatility and convenience.

UPC: 806703911212


The CZ 75 B Retro safety features include

  • Manual and firing pin block safety: Located on the left side of the frame, the shooter can engage or disengage with their thumb. With the safety engaged, the trigger is locked. So the hammer cannot be cocked.
  • Loaded chamber indicator: This provides a visual and tactile indication when a round is loaded in the chamber. This safety feature prevents accidental discharges and allows you to quickly and easily determine whether the firearm is loaded or unloaded.


The CZ 75 B Retro sights are a throwback to the original design of the CZ 75, which was first introduced in 1975. They consist of a fixed rear sight with two dots on either side of a U-shaped notch and a front sight with a single dot.

The rear sight is easily aligned with the front sight, and the dots on the sights provide contrast and a decent sight picture. I don’t love the sights, but given this pistol’s nostalgia, I see value in keeping it original, so I wouldn’t change the sights, although some of you may feel differently.

One of the benefits of the CZ 75 B Retro sights is their simplicity, and also durable and built to last, making them a reliable choice.


The CZ 75 B Retro trigger is a single-action/double-action (SA/DA) trigger.

The SA/DA trigger on the CZ 75 B Retro allows the shooter to choose between two different firing modes, depending on their preference or shooting situation. In a single-action manner, the trigger has a shorter and lighter pull, which makes it ideal for accurate and precise shooting. On the other hand, in double-action mode, the trigger has a longer and heavier appeal, which provides added safety and security when shooting in high-pressure situations.

The CZ 75 B Retro trigger has a smooth and consistent pull. The trigger pull was smooth and consistent throughout its entire range, and although a bit heavy in double action, it felt great.

On the trigger gauge, the double action came in between 8.25 and 8.8 consistently, and the single action weight was steadily under 5 pounds and felt excellent!

Overall, the CZ 75 B Retro trigger felt excellent in performance and function. The SA/DA trigger gives flexibility, while the smooth and consistent pull helps ensure reliable and precise shooting.

The CZ 75 B Retro Review Wrap-up

I’m a fan!! It is great addition to any collection. For personal defense or target shooting, the CZ 75 B Retro trigger is rock solid.

CZ 75-B Retro in hand

The all-metal construction, high-capacity magazine, smooth trigger SA/DA trigger, and overall how it feels in hand are all big points.


Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm reliable?

Yes, the CZ 75 B Retro is reliable and durable.

Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm accurate?

Yes, the CZ 75 B Retro is accurate. The SA/DA trigger and smooth pull allow for accurate shooting.

Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm a good choice for personal defense?

Yes, the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm is a popular choice for personal defense due to its reliability, accuracy, and high-capacity magazine.

Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm ambidextrous?

No, the CZ 75 B Retro is not ambidextrous. The manual safety and slide release are located on the left side of the firearm, making it more suitable for right-handed shooters.

Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm easy to clean

Yes, the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm is easy to clean. It has a straightforward disassembly process that does not require specialized tools. Field stripping it for cleaning and maintenance is very straightforward.

Is the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm rated for +P ammunition?

Yes, the CZ 75 B Retro 9mm pistol is rated for +P ammunition.


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