CZ has a bunch of updates

I had heard the P07 Duty was discontinued, but as I only had one source for the info, I held off reporting it. 

Turns out it’s true. The P07 Duty is dead, long live the… P07.

The debut of the full-size P-09 last year brought refined lines and interchangeable backstraps to our polymer Omega line. This year the compact-sized P-07 follows suit, with new features and a nitrated slide finish that wears longer and has increased corrosion resistance. The pistol as a whole has been dehorned, removing any sharp edges to make it more comfortable for all-day carry. 

The P-07 shares the P-09’s updated trigger shape which is more comfortable for long days at the range, as well as its snag-free hammer and forward cocking serrations. Metal 3-dot sights and a beefed up magazine spring round out the bevy of updates, resulting in the best P-07 we’ve had to date.

Good. I hated the P07 Duty’s sights and got rid of them as soon as I could. The improvements made to the P07 make it a better all-around carry gun, and I’m glad to see CZ do this. Now if they could only make a dedicated CCW gun

They’ve got a bunch of other new products out in advance of SHOT, go check ‘em out

Speaking of SHOT and new guns…

logo_CZ-USAWhen is CZ going to realize there’s a huge CCW market here in the states and come out with a smaller, lighter gun suitable for CCW? Don’t get me wrong, I loves me my P07, but it’s just not as comfortable to wear day-in, day-out as my Shield. 

What would I want from CZ for a CCW gun? 

  • Skinny. Because CZ’s put their rails on the inside, they tend to be a bit thicker than comparable guns. Maybe a single-stack would be a good idea, if not, stack and a half like the Shield.
  • 9mm. Duh.
  • The Omega Trigger*. SA/DA or single action with a safety. Great idea, darn good trigger. 
  • 10+1 capacity. Because IDPA. 
  • Polymer, because as much as I love my CZ75, it’s just not an option for daily carry for me.
  • Overall dimensions in the Glock 19 range. 

Ok CZ, now go build this. 

* The Omega Trigger would make a GREAT name for a movie on the SyFy channel

Match Report: Phoenix Rod And Gun IDPA 12/12

Zero’d a stage with an unfired round that got stuck in the chamber and wouldn’t eject, and had an unnecessary Mike on my very first stage, but other than that, I think I did okay. Here’s Stage Four from the match.

Very happy with my movement on that stage and especially that reload. What you can’t see in is the mag got stuck in the gun (my fault, I knew that mag was prone to sticking when I chose to use it). Looking at the scores from the match:

  • I once again was 1st in my Class!
  • The more I shoot my P07, the more I love it.
  • One Mike each on each target on the long shots. Shoulda taken an extra shot. 
  • There’s no reason I couldn’t make Sharpshooter right soon. Epic Ammo Meltdown™ aside, I shot within a few seconds of the lowest score in Sharpshooter SSP.

The big thing was, I got introduce a new shooter to IDPA, so it was a win.

The Next Phase of Practical Shooting

Thinking more about IDPA’s new rules and the BUG Gun Nationals and how to (once again) make competition more like the real world…

Teh new hotness in defensive shooting is training to shoot a string of fire, not just a double-tap. This runs into some problems with competition which has been focused on scoring the best two hits on paper since the very beginnings of IPSC.

The other new hotness in tactical training is “getting of the X“, or getting out of the way of the bad guys bullets. Again, not really sure how to integrate this into competition, (maybe “At start signal, move out of shooting box and engage targets while moving to Position X”), but it will need to be addressed. 

Your thoughts? 

IDPA, AIWB and BUGs

Or, how to write a headline that only a very few people will understand.

Tam had a good post awhile back on how the state of the art for IDPA seems stuck in 1995, and yet at the same time, the IDPA is doing their first National match for Backup Guns (BUGs). 

On the one hand, I applaud the IDPA for realizing that not everyone carries a Wilson Combat .45 and/or a Glock 34, and I completely understand why they ban appendix-style inside the waistband holsters (Worst-case scenario with an ND in a “regular” IWB holster: You put a round into your foot. Worst-case scenario with an ND in an AIWB holster: You put a round into your femoral artery and/or genitalia. Ouch.). 

I’m a big, big fan of competing in IDPA with what you carry, so I like the idea of a BUG gun Nationals, it’s just that IDPA’s idea of a “back up gun” is a little interesting. According the IDPA, a backup gun is either a single action, double action, double action only, or striker fired semiautomic or a revolver, and is in a center fire caliber with a barrel length of  3.8” or less for pistols and 3″ or less for a revolver. 

My CZ-P07 is a BUG gun according to those rules, so is a Glock 19*, and you can use those guns in a BUG match as readily as you can a LCP or an Airweight. 

Any guesses who will win THAT matchup?

Part of this boils down to gun owners constant infatuation with WHAT instead of WHY. IDPA Divisions are set up according to how a gun functions, not what its purpose actually is. The effective difference between a tricked-out CZ75 and a tricked-out Glock 34 is pretty much nil, but in IDPA, one gun competes in SSP and the other in ESP because, um, trigger action, even though they both are hovering around a 3-4 pound trigger pull once they’ve been worked over.

Personally, I’d like to see the IDPA move away from the striker-fired/single-action only distinctions of SSP and ESP and move towards splitting things up into race gun/EDC divisions. I think (and this is a guess) that the old divisions are a leftover from when 9mm and striker-fired guns were the order of the day, when the 1911 was king of the hill. Let’s keep CDP as-is as an ode to the past and build EDC with the M&P 9mm / Glock 19 / Sig 226 in mind. The Race Gun division would be much the same as Open in USPSA, with the idea of testing the state of the art in defensive gear in the crucible of competition to see what works and would be pretty much anything goes, with red dot sights and anything else that doesn’t affect safety being A-Ok in that division.

* Yeah, so a Glock 19 has a 4.01″ barrel and I was wrong. My point still stands with the CZ P07 and others, though. 

What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

Now that I’ve settled on my load for the Desert Classic, I need to test it in my CZ75 before I actually shoot the match. 

Problem. There are no USPSA matches I can attend between now and the Classic.

No worries, I’ll just shoot IDPA.

Problem: I’ve never shot IPDA with my CZ75. And the CZ75 shoots in ESP. And I don’t have an IWB holster for that gun, so for the first time in my life, I have to shoot with a cover garment rather than an untucked t-shirt.

So I’ll be shooting a load I’ve never shot, in Division which I’ve never competed in, with a cover garment I’ve never used. 

Pray for me.

Speed vs. Accuracy vs Ali vs Foreman

I thought we were done with this

Ok, one more time. 

After taking a class from the guy who Hardcore McFaceshooter took his classes from, I can pretty much state for the record that what Rob Leatham teaches about shooting quickly and accurately is applicable to anything from Kandahar to Bianchi Cup. 

Enough of this, people.