One From the Safe: My Nickel CZ 75 B

My nickel CZ 75 B is just one example of this legendary firearm, renowned for exceptional ergonomics, reliability, and accuracy. While most are commonly found in a traditional black finish, the nickel-plated CZ 75 B holds a special place in my heart. I acquired this one in a very favorable trade, and it’s now a permanent part of my collection. While I’m not afraid to put plenty of rounds through it, it’s also become my “BBQ gun”. This is the one I take out when I want to show some flash and substance.

Classy and alluring, the nickel CZ 75 B

There’s no doubt that to many, the CZ 75 series is one of the finest pistols available. They check all the boxes for feeling good in the hand, along with being dependable and easy to shoot well. Nickel plating on the CZ 75 B transforms it, offering a distinctive look that exudes elegance and sophistication. Mine came from the factory with a matte finish but has been given a polish that catches the light beautifully, showcasing its sleek lines and refined design. I’ve also swapped the rubber grips for some G10 grips with a snakeskin pattern. Although it’s still a work in progress (I’m considering engraving), there’s no question that it’s an attention-getter.

A lightly polished nickel CZ 75 B.
A lightly polished nickel CZ 75 B.

Beyond aesthetics: A collector’s item

While the nickel plating certainly enhances the visual appeal, it also holds historical significance. Nickel-plated firearms were particularly popular during the mid-20th century, and the nickel CZ 75 B represents a connection to that era. Owning one signifies an appreciation for firearm history and classic aesthetics. Now that I think about it, the same could be said for most CZ 75 models. But this one in particular stands out in a sea of black polymer. As much as I liked the matte finish, I really wanted something with a high polish. Originally, I was going to send one out for TiN gold PVD finishing. Then I got this, and I like the understated, slightly warm nickel even better than the stainless CZ 75 that I recently passed on.

Rarity, even among rare models

Unlike the more widely available black CZ 75 B, the nickel-plated version is comparatively scarce. Even more so than the stainless CZ 75 models. Production of the nickel ones ended in the mid-2000s. They are now coveted by collectors seeking unique and distinctive firearms. Ask even the most die-hard CZ fan about either model, and many will admit that they have never seen one in person, let alone owned one. The stainless one I saw for sale locally was at a surprisingly reasonable price, but I had just gone over budget on some other purchases. So that “once in a lifetime” opportunity got away. No regrets though.

My nickel CZ 75 B with part of the slide polished, and the frame still matte.
My nickel CZ 75 B with part of the slide polished, and the frame still matte.

A brief history of the CZ 75

The CZ 75, crafted by Ceská zbrojovka Uherský Brod (CZUB) in the Czech Republic, is a legendary semi-automatic pistol. As mentioned above, it’s widely known for its reliability, ergonomics, and accuracy. In the early 1970s, designers František Koucký and Josef Koucký sought to create a modern pistol that challenged established firearms like the Browning Hi-Power and 1911. The CZ 75 wasn’t a complete departure from existing designs as much as a sophisticated evolution. It incorporates elements from various successful pistols, resulting in a unique blend of features.

Initially developed for the Czechoslovakian military and police, the CZ 75 found its way to the commercial market in the mid-1970s. Its exceptional qualities quickly attracted international attention, establishing its reputation as a trustworthy and versatile firearm. Today, the CZ 75 has become a global phenomenon, with over a million pistols produced (as of 2007) and numerous variants and calibers offered. It continues to be a popular choice for civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel worldwide, solidifying its place as a true firearms icon. A more comprehensive history can be found on Wikipedia.

My nickel CZ 75 B in a cut-down drop-leg holster, BBQ ready.
My nickel CZ 75 B in a cut-down drop-leg holster, BBQ ready.


Underneath the plating, which is purely aesthetic, the nickel CZ 75 B retains all the exceptional qualities of the standard model. These include:

  • All-steel construction: Providing exceptional durability and balance.
  • Double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger system: Offering versatility and smooth operation.
  • Staggered-column magazine: Allowing for higher capacity compared to single-stack designs.
  • Hammer-forged barrel: Contributing to accuracy and longevity.
  • Fixed three-dot sights for intuitive aiming.

Range days with the Nickel CZ 75 B

This is not a safe queen by any means. It’s got plenty of rounds through it, but hasn’t been abused. So the trigger is smooth, if a little heavy in double action.  The pull is long, starting with a noticeable bit of slack, then the stacking starts, before a predictable break at the very end of the travel. I get the impression it was designed for very intentional use in double-action. After that initial DA shot, or when shooting in single action, it’s a much different story. There’s still some slack, but the travel is about half as much, and then a light and clean break. No matter how much I shoot a polymer pistol with a good trigger, this one always feels just right. Despite my preference for CZ 75 decockers, this one does have a safety.

Aiming with the three dots sights is fine. They may have glowed at some point, but those days are over. As far as accuracy, this is a 45.2-ounce pistol when fully loaded with 18 rounds of 9mm. It stays on target, with minimal felt recoil, so follow-up shots are fast. For new shooters, it seems to be easy to shoot well, partly due to the extra weight. Experienced shooters have no issues getting small and satisfying groups out of it. And like any CZ 75, it will eat pretty much any ammo, any weight, without the slightest hiccup.


The nickel CZ 75 B is more than just another firearm, or another CZ; it’s a conversation starter and a symbol of appreciation for firearms history and aesthetics. The fact that it’s not as readily available as its black counterpart makes it a unique ownership experience for collectors and enthusiasts who value rarity and timeless design. For anyone seeking a CZ 75 B that combines exceptional performance with some class and historical significance, the nickel-plated version should be high on their list of “must-haves”. Of course, the stainless CZ 75 would fill that role equally well.

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