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Old 08-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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How does the Sig P226 compare to the CZ 75B?

Anyone have experience with both of them? I've always wanted a Sig P226 Elite Stainless but always thought it was a bit too much. I've heard a lot about the CZ 75B (stainless is what I want, if it matters) and it costs a LOT less (about half) so I figured I'd just buy that for my first handgun.

Well, I decided I'd just spend the extra money for the P226 Elite Stainless since I knew I would keep thinking "what if" if I got the CZ 75B.

I haven't ordered anything yet but was curious what some Sig owners had to say about the CZ and maybe help me decide which to get (even though I'm heavily leaning towards the Sig).

Thanks!
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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I used to have a CZ75B, I had to sell it, during hard times. When I went to gs tart building my collection again, I looked at them. Instead I bought a Beretta PX4, awesome pistol. The CZ was great, but I didn't really want another, then I bought a Sig 229, loved it, so much so, I bought a 226 Tacops. Hands down far superior to the CZ. My wife loved shooting my 229, she went in the shop at the range and bought, right on the spot a 226 MK25, loves it.

I hope that helps. My opinion, Sig.

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OK......Let me start with first of all, that I love Sig's and CZ's. I have three Sigs: 226 (2TONE) , 229 with SRT and a 220 DAK. I also have three CZ's: CZ75b, Phantom and a CZ 75 SPO-1. Out of all the guns listed, I would say that I favored my 229 and the CZ 75B on top. I love my CZ...it's a great shooter and fun piece. The CZ is considerably cheaper and well made. I enjoy it everytime I take it out to the range because I shoot the of the wings of a fly at 15 yrds with it...lol.
Now, I also love my Sigs and I carry one everyday on duty. I find myself picking up the CZ everytime I see it and love the grips and its weight. I don't like the sights too much and it takes a while to get use to their size but they are great after a few hundred rounds. My Sig is old reliable and heavy but also a great shooter. I can also find holsters and accessories anywhere. However, the CZ's are in growing demand since many Americans are now finding out about this great gun. Holster are hard to find...I ordered a holster for my Phantom from Israel about 7 wks ago and just received an email from the manufaturer that is enroute to me (had to be specially made...kydes with double retention, etc). This company also makes holster for the CZ 75b's, all depends really in what you are intending to do with the gun...compete or carry? Either one...you wont be disappointed...PS..Sigs are a breeze to work on yourself..
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I have owned a CZ75 for awhile. I got it for real cheap money. I eventually sold it because it was ammo picky and I didn't care for the sights. trigger was o.k but no where near Sig feel. The Sig is perfect in every way and needs nothing. It's also the most accurate out of the box gun I have owned. The Sig oozes more quality IMO and is well worth the extra money.
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My son has a CZ 75 SP01 and I have tried other CZ 75s.

CZs are nice pistols but IMO they do not compare to a SIG P226 in reliability, fit and finish, and especially the trigger. My experience the CZs are very reliable but all my SIGs have been 100 percent supremely reliable. In the rare times when my son had a problem with his CZ he blamed it on the ammo and then I put it in my P226 and no issue at all.

The trigger on my son's CZ SP01 is simply atrocious. In SA it feels like driving over a bumpy gravel road. After a couple thousand rounds it is getting better but still not close to either of my P226s.

I will say though that even with the trigger I can still shoot his CZ SP01 very well but still much prefer my P226s. Even he was supsrised how much better that he shot with my P226 the very first time he ever tried it compared to his CZ SP01.

CZs are fine pistols but for a long time their allure was their price to performance ratio and they aren't that cheap anymore. IMO there are better options within their price range - even the SP2022.

I don't know where you are getting your SSE from but they are often available online NIB for under $900 from Gun Broker auctions by Osage County Guns. They have an auction right now for $959 starting price and no one has been buying it at that price.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=303548425


Just my 2 cents and another shooters experience may vary.

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Old 08-28-2012, 05:49 PM   #6
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I own a 226 and a cz75 as well
I have had zero failures with my cz75
Best ergos of any gun I own
I've had zero failures with my p226
I don't see how you can go wrong with either choice...you win either way
Price-cz
Accuracy-even...they are both as good of shooters as the person holding them
Resell-sig
Factory ergos-cz
Factory sights-sig
Reliability-even
Factory trigger-sig(Cajun gun works brought my cz trigger up to the level of my sig for about 100.00 in parts)
Good luck in your search
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Dude! If you can get a stainless CZ 75 B or SP-01.....DO IT!! It would be an excellent first gun. That's what I tried to get but CALIFORNIA sucks a fat one when it comes to compliance. So I "settled" () for a P229R, 9mm. Not a bad fall back gun at all either.
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I'm not gonna lie, I'm really considering it now. After posting this question in the only two sig forums i know about, it seems more people have recommended the CZ 75B. I think that says something.
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I've always wanted a Sig P226 Elite Stainless but always thought it was a bit too much
Don't think of it as a cost but an investment.

I don't shoot that much compared to many but I still spend at least $1000 a year on range fees and ammo. I want what I shoot and like the best and if that costs an extra $200 - $400 up front so be it. A very small investment considering what my total shooting costs will be over a preiod of years.
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I'm not gonna lie, I'm really considering it now. After posting this question in the only two sig forums i know about, it seems more people have recommended the CZ 75B. I think that says something.
Plus the low bore axis is sweet too. AND the .22 Kadet conversion kit is looking good to me as well.
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I have the Sig p226 Stainless Elite and a CZ 75 SP-01 Tactical (so have rubberized grips, 18-round magazines, full frame with rail, decocker and night-sights). Love them both, they both are 'boring' guns to shoot as hitting what you intend is seemingly done with relative ease.

The challenges are few on these pistols. Reliable as all heck, eat anything I have put thru them, nice and 'heavy' so soak up recoil to a point you are almost yawning (mine are 9mm).

The CZ does seem more svelt as the Sig is a blocky hussy in comparison. It's quite obvious when they are held side by side. The quality goes to Sig as the milling inside and out (on mine at least) is flawless. The trigger goes to Sig as I have the SRT trigger and it is superb, the trigger on my CZ is 'good enough' I have no complaints, It's double action on mine has some minor noticeable grit but the larger CZ community speaks of an easy trigger job that can be performed to change its character from a vacation dream to a wet dream. I'm happy enough with the vacation..I'm just not a tedious type of fellow. It's not as good as the sig but it's good and I have no complaints.

The CZ costs significatly less than the sig as you likely know, I dont have the stainless CZ 75B and as I understand they cost about $750 or so, the matte stainless looks particularly awesome. You can get the regular CZ for under $600.

CZ Magazines are akin in price to the Sig Mags..about $50 for factory mags I think, there are Mecgar and Promag alternatives. I have a 31-round Promag extended mag for my CZ sort of as a novelty as many in the CZ community generally do not have the fondest things to say regarding the quality of ProMag Magazines but mine works without issue. My Tactical model comes with the 18-round magazine so I dont recall what the standard magazine for the CZ-75 costs...maybe $40? I dont see myself ever departing with either firearm, they are both awesome, in truth my introverted sensibilities makes the stainless sig seem like an attention whore and if I were ever to have a safe queen, it would be first in line, the darn thing is too pretty, if I had a stainless CZ it would be close behind the Sig living a life swathed in a silicon imbibed sock tucked away in a velvet lined mahogany box (If such is the life of a safe queen that is..), both look awesome and attention grabbing in stainless.

I've spent some time putting rounds thru both of them when they were new and are both dead on accurate if I do my part and for me I'll trust them to go to war but neither are flawed enough to make them fun at the range once you put a few mags thru them, they are too easy and thus boring so now I don't shoot them as much as they deserve.

you cant go wrong with either, if costs are a concern and you want one now, go with the CZ, a proven 'wonder-nine' just like the P226, then put aside the pennies as best as you can and get the sig later. Sig will keep making them and they will be available when you are ready!

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to follow up with my post above i did a little more research for you...
1)my cz did not come with night sights...ive been quoted 100-125 for night sights depending on what i choose so you need to factor that in
im not sure if the cz you're looking at has night sights
2)the cajun gun works trigger/hammer/springs job is around 100.00
if you can install this yourself its a game changer for the cz75
if you cannnot install it yourself your gunsmiths probably gonna hit you for another 100.00
thats 300.00 in upgrades to consider in your search
hopefully this will help you compare "apples to apples"
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hocuz also mentioned the cz's lower bore axis which is created by the slide riding inside the rails rather than outside and on top as most semiautos do

this is both good and bad...the lower bore axis makes the cz very accurate,
however if you have large hands it is not as easy to rack the slide because the slide is much smaller(heightwise)than the sig
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I have the Sig P226R and the Sig P229R, and the CZ75B and CZ75 Compact. I prefer the Sigs. But only barely.

For me, the Sigs have better ergonomics. The triggers are smoother and crisper in both double and single action mode. The Sigs seem to be finished better.

My Sigs have decockers, and my CZ thumb safeties. But when it comes to a Sig decockers versus a CZ decocker, I like the Sig's better. The Sig decocker decocks fully, where the CZ decocker goes to half-cock.

Still, the CZs are extremely comfortable, built tough as can be, and mine has been exceptionally reilable (except with Remington UMC 115gr FMJ, which has caused a few jams for some reason).

For me, the Sigs are more refined. But they cost a lot more. The CZ's are still outstanding pistols and are highly recommended. You can't go wrong with either. You will never be looked down on at the range if you are carrying a CZ. On the contrary, CZ users are regarded as gun-enthusiasts who know a thing or two.

For me, if a Sig is a 10, then a CZ is a 9.5.

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A shooting buddy of mine was weighing the pros / cons of the 226 but ended up owning a CZ due to the "half the price" attraction. The gun is a real 'nail driver' but, from time to time, I see him casting covetous looks at my 226 when we're at the range!
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