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Reviewing the CZ SP-01 Phantom

The CZ SP-01 Phantom (YouTube)

The CZ SP-01 Phantom was brought back to the U.S. after it became no longer available to Americans in 2013 due to its high demand from the Czech Armed Forces. The SP-01 Phantom is a polymer frame copy of the all-steel frame CZ SP-01, which is known as one of the finest shooting handguns in today’s market. I own both of these pistols and can verify, without reservation, both of these models are first-class firearms.

The CZ SP-01 Phantom is a full size, polymer frame pistol that carries 18 rounds in a standard CZ magazine that fits all of their CZ 75 models. It features a double/single action trigger, three-dot luminescent sights, a 4.6-inch barrel, full dust cover 1913 rail, a frame-mounted decocker and inter-changeable backstraps. The Phantom also weighs just under 30 ounces unloaded, which is 11 ounces lighter than the steel frame CZ SP-01. Being consistent with CZ pistols, the fit, feel and finish on the CZ SP-01 Phantom is excellent.

At the range, the CZ SP-01 performed exactly like I expected. From 12 yards, it was accurate and reliable, as I consistently hit my targets with ease. The trigger action, in quarter cock and single action, was smooth and light. The Phantom brought the same positive shooting impressions I got from the CZ SP-01 but in a lighter package. There is something about a full-size handgun that brings the shooter confidence, and the CZ SP-01 Phantom sure delivered.

The MSRP of the CZ SP-01 Phantom is $636, but it typically sells for between $570 and $590. Those who have priced out quality made, full-size handguns know that a pistol of this quality for under $600 is a steal. Add to that, a company like CZ, who is known to produce handguns to suit law enforcement and the military throughout the world, and shooters are confident with its reliability to function exactly as it was designed.

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