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Wringing out the P-06 .40 Pistol.

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Clarkston_cz, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Clarkston_cz

    Clarkston_cz Clarkston, Washington Member

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    P-06 REVIEW!

    Location: Clarkston, WA area.
    Date: JULY , 10, 2010
    Weather: 97 degrees and very windy.

    Equipment: CZ-USA Range bag.

    Weapon:
    CZ75 P-06 .40 caliber compact service pistol.
    CZUB factory Tru-dot Nites, CZ-USA tuned action.

    Gear: High Noon Holster's rock steady belt in natural horsehide
    CZ P-01 Topless holster with single mag pouch in natural horsehide as well.


    AMMO:
    50: rounds of Federal 180 FMJ.
    50: Double Tap Ammo 150 grain Nosler JHP
    50: Double Tap Ammo 180 grain Nolser JHP


    After almost a year of seeing a P-06 in the flesh at a local
    sporting goods store.

    I was very impressed by the workmanship and menacing forty caliber hole in the
    front of the gun.

    Myself, having owned two P-01s and more recently.. the PCR.

    I'm no stranger to the wonderful CZ Compact framed guns.

    Based on the very police and ccw proven P-01 design.
    The P-06 offers those not wanting or trusting a 9mm, the
    .40 caliber option.

    Like with the P-01 and PCR. The P-06 seems to be pretty much trouble-free for
    most shooters. The gun is very sturdy and shockingly accurate for a Forty.
    Some owners saying that the P-06s are among the most accurate of all the .40
    S&W pistols on the market.

    Well, as Summer has finally reached this part of the country.

    Both Nancy and I decided to brave almost 100 degree the heat- and take a small trip out into the
    wild country.

    We were both surprised to see a herd of Mountain Goats along the way!
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    Range Time:
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    Being that this was my first time shooting the new P-06.

    I knew that with the action job from Matt Hunter at Cz-USA.
    I'd have a different experience than with a stock CZ pistol
    Like my P-01 that has the #13 mainspring installed, but still has a gritty trigger pull.

    My initial cartridges were the 180 gr. Federals, so I could get a good feel of the
    gun. This proved to be good warm-up ammo as I was impressed with the 15 yard
    accuracy, WHEN I did my part. The gun liked to Snake-Eye on the target,,
    that is to put two precise holes next to each other.
    As you can see by this pic. The gun was far more accurate than I could shoot it.

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    The very smooth DA and SA trigger pulls and were really something special.
    Smooth feeling DA stroke with a (grit-free) glassy smooth travel in SA that breaks
    very clean.




    The wind was blowing pretty hard about that time and my groups were slightly to the right.
    This proved to be the case when I trotted out the powerful Double Tap 180s.

    Blast and recoil were noticed as I shot strings of 5 into the targets.
    Frankly, the P-06 bucked a bit in my hands, but recoil was acceptable for me.
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    Next up- was the blistering 150 grain Double Tap loads.

    If a handgun bullet could be propelled by rocket fuel, this might take the cake!
    Recoil was reduced over the 180 load, but it still had some bark and bite.
    Accuracy improved with this load as well.
    Nancy was snapping way with the camera, and got this:
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    I've always like full house 10mm loads in the 150-165 grain range.
    Frankly either of these Double Tap .40 offerings are enough 10mm diameter
    power for me.

    These loads are both fast :
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    and offer some real punch if you don't like the standard .40 S&W fodder on the market.
    I didn't notice much muzzle flash on my end, but muzzle blast and loudness were evident
    with both loads.

    I'm sure that they would be much more accurate in the hands of another shooter, or
    from the bench. However, any of my shots would have proven very unhealthy for
    any armed adversary(s).

    (The P-06 serves well in the home defense role, especially with my M-6 light/laser combo.)

    I continued to shoot the FMJ and more Double Tap until the Federal stuff was gone.
    After the 75th round was fired. I was very convinced that the gun was a keeper.
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    Lasting Impressions:

    Recoil:
    Know that I didn't feel and buzz or sting from the trigger like I've encountered with other
    light .40s such as the SIGMA and Glock 22 /23s that I've shot in the past.
    While the P-06 does have more recoil than my comparable 9mms and RAMI.
    I really didn't/don't see it as an issue.

    The gun didn't pound my hand or leave me exhausted after the session.

    I think that Matt Hunter did a great job on the trigger/action for me and such would be
    a worth-while modification on any CZ pistol.

    HNs' Topless model holster was easy to draw from during this testing.

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    Future:
    Some Crimson Trace laser grips and Hogue grips screws will the only changes that I'll make
    to the gun, unless I really need that full length stainless guide rod from Steve Bedair.

    I'm really impressed and happy with this P-06, and can tell everyone that THIS is the
    .40 they have been wanting!

    My thanks- to Jason and Matt at CZ-USA, along with the others that made this testing possible.

    Links:

    CZ-USA -> Hunting & Sporting Firearms and Accessories

    High Noon Holsters

    Doubletapammo Shop

    Crimson Trace | Laser Sight Grips for Guns

    Steve Bedair Stainless Guide Rods for Handguns
     
  2. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Nice review. I've been considering a CZ for my next .40.

    How about more close up shots of the gun?
     
  3. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nice write up. What did the gun cost?
     
  4. Clarkston_cz

    Clarkston_cz Clarkston, Washington Member

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  5. Phillyfan

    Phillyfan Oregon City, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks. Looking at the close up pics I noticed that the grooves on the slide look to be only about a half inch wide. Did you have any problem with getting a good grip when actuating it?
     
  6. Clarkston_cz

    Clarkston_cz Clarkston, Washington Member

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    No, I have long skinny fingers, and also nearly 25 years of shooting CZs.

    If grasping the slide from the rear is a problem, you can always sling shot the slide from
    the top and push rearward on the rear sight.

    I've seen people do it, and they don't seem to have their hands near the muzzle at all.