They’re two very different guns. The CZ 75 is a double-/single-action steel-frame pistol while the Glock 19 is striker-fired with a polymer frame. However, they do have one thing in common: the roles they filled in their time. The CZ 75 was a very popular and common handgun in its day much as the Glock 19 remains to this day.
Frankly, CZ was ahead of its time with the 75 compared to most other handguns of the era.
These are both great firearms and it’s easy to see why somebody might be torn between the two when it comes to purchasing one.
Knowing what you want to use the gun for will determine which one is better for you, but there is definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution when comparing the Glock 19 vs the CZ 75.
Size: Glock 19 vs CZ 75
|Metrics||CZ 75||Glock 19|
|Weight w/ no mag (Oz)||32.4||21.4|
|Weight w/ empty mag (Oz)||35.6||23.9|
|Weight w/ full mag (Oz)||42.6||29.4|
|Height (top of slide to bottom of magazine baseplate) (Inches)||5.24||4.89|
|Width of grip (Inches)||1.40||1.18|
|Width of slide (Inches)||0.93||1.00|
|Width across controls (Inches)||1.32||1.33|
Glock 19 vs CZ 75 Concealed Carry
As I said in the overview, there are some obvious differences when it comes to both the weight and size of these firearms. The height is three-eighths of an inch taller and almost a quarter of an inch wider on the CZ 75, so that is going to make the gun just a tad more difficult to conceal.
While that sounds like a lot, it really doesn’t seem to be when it comes to practical concealment. The shape of the CZ 75 grip is a little more rounded, so it doesn’t tend to show as easily as the square grip on the Glock.
That said, it is going to be easier for most people to conceal the Glock vs the CZ 75.
Sights CZ 75 vs Glock 19
We’ll cover all the sight options for both of these guns. The differences are stark.
The stock sights on both these guns are going to be quite different. The CZ 75 has really old-school sights that haven’t changed any since the gun was introduced in the 1970s. The style on the CZ 75 is reminiscent of 1911 GI-style sights with a very thin front blade and a very small, low-rear notch. They work, but they aren’t great.
The Glock 19, on the other hand, has a variety of sight options. You can get most of the Glocks with either standard plastic sights (which are downright horrible), Glock night sights (which are just Meprolight night sights rebranded to the company), or you can get them with the above-average AmeriGlo sights, which are an excellent option from the factory.
They come with a bright orange front and square-notch rear that really works well.They’re some of the better sights that come on a pistol from the factory.
Aftermarket CZ 75 vs Glock 19
There aren’t a lot of aftermarket versions for the CZ 75. The majority of your options will come from Dawson Precision and CZ Custom Shop, but there might be a couple of others with sights for the 75. Glock, on the other hand, has every sight ever made available for a handgun.
If you can’t find a set of sights you like for the Glock 19, then you’re likely going to be unable to find a sight you like for any pistol at all.
Mounting a red-dot to the Glock 19 is easy because of the Glock 19 MOS (modular optics system) variants. Those pistols are widely available and come with mounting plates that will work with pretty much any handgun optic on the market.
The CZ, on the other hand, is a much older design with no such options.
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Some shops will custom-mill your CZ 75 if you want it. Before, there were not many shops that would do it because of most of the optics’ width and the need to build an adapter plate custom to the gun. CZ Custom Shop was known to do it as well as individual companies like Primary Machine.
There are slimmer optics on the market now, like the Holosun 507K and RMRcc. Both would be great optics for the 75 but realize it’s still going to be fairly expensive to mount them to this gun.
As you probably know, there is no external safety on the Glock pistol, but there is one on the CZ 75. Unfortunately, it’s not ambidextrous and only mounted on the left-hand side of the gun, so I would be very wary of choosing this gun for self-defense of any sort if you are left-handed. Right-handed shooters arguably should be wary as well as you never know when you might need to use a gun for self-defense with an off-hand.
These triggers are as different as they can get. The CZ 75 is (as we mentioned earlier) double-/single-action, and the Glock 19 is a striker-fired trigger. Depending on the generation of Glock 19 that you get, there are going to be some drastic differences. We’re going to go over the Glock triggers for each model and follow it up with the CZ.
The Glock trigger is going to be fairly consistent across the three models with one key difference apiece. Overall, the feeling of the trigger is going to be light take-up to more resistance before the break and subsequent short reset. All the Glock triggers will have that main feel. What’s going to be different is how the break of the trigger itself feels once that resistance is met.