Glock vs CZ: Stacking the G17 Against the P09

What happens when an Austrian and a Czech face off? We put the Glock 17 up against the CZ 09 to find out!

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There is no shortage of 9mm handguns with polymer frames and all the modern accouterments. The biggest name has been and most likely will remain to be Glock. Glock was a big trendsetter that helped moved the industry forward into polymer frames and striker-fired guns. Glock Safe Action Pistols have been massively successful and now serve in dozens of militaries, hundreds of police forces, and millions of civilians. Seriously millions, the Glock 43 itself has sold over a million units. So who can step to the king?

What about the CZ P09? Let’s see how this Glock vs CZ competition shakes out!

The Biggest Difference

The most obvious difference is the way these guns work. The Glock 17 is a striker-fired gun operating with a partially cocked striker. When the trigger is pulled, the striker is fully cocked, then released and the weapon is fired.

The CZ P09, which uses CZ’s famed DA/SA design, is hammer-fired. The CZ P09’s first trigger pull will be a longer, heavier, double-action pull. After the first shot is fired, the hammer will remain to the rear, making it a single-action weapon with a shorter, lighter trigger pull.

Is striker-fired better than hammer-fired? That’s up for debate and not germane to this particular Glock/CZ throwdown, as that is a matter of personal preference.

What we can talk about is the quality of their triggers and compare them within their respective systems.

Bang Switch

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The CZ trigger is long and heavy on the first shot, no way to get past that. However, the single-action trigger does leave something to be desired. There is substantial pretravel for a single action trigger. The reset is also very long for a single action firearm. I updated mine with a Cajun Works trigger years ago to fix these problems and I’ve been pleased with it ever since.

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Glock’s trigger is great right out of the case. It’s not a match trigger, but it is extremely functional and useable. The reset is short, tactile, and audible. My main complaint is the plastic trigger and trigger safety. When I’m shooting a lot in one day, it tends to start to rub my finger the wrong way and becomes uncomfortable. After replacing it with a trigger from Suarez industries, the problem was corrected. Luckily Glock parts are aplenty.

When comparing stock triggers, the G17 is definitely more pleasing.

Glock – 1    CZ – 0

The Sights

What’s the first thing most Glock owners change on their guns? The sights. Stock Glock sights are unbecoming of any handgun, especially for self-defense. Their plastic fragility screams ‘makeover’ before you can even pull it out of the box.

The CZ, however, comes with metal sights, and my model came equipped with night sights which glow in low-light conditions. CZ sights are rock solid and pushed as far to the rear of the slide to allow the shooter to get as long of a sight radius as their arms will allow.

Stock Glock 17 models lose some slight sight radius. The Glock 17 MOS models feature sights pressed back considerably further.

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I believe CZ’s sights to be more capable and better made all around.

Glock – 1    CZ – 1


There are some traits of a gun that are purely subjective, I completely appreciate and respect that as I share my opinions here. Things like the grip angle of a gun, as well as the presence or lack of finger grooves,  is not objectively bad in most cases. The Gen 5 guns got rid of the grooves so that choice is now a consumer one.

Outside of the grip angle and the finger grooves, there are other major differences. The CZ P09’s grip is better designed for a high grip. The gun incorporates an excellent trigger guard undercut, as well as a nice long beavertail. You can choke up on the gun and maintain excellent control over it.

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Maybe it’s just me, but the Glock does not encourage such a grip. If I choke even a little too high, I’m going to get a healthy amount of slide bite. It breaks the skin very quickly and is not exactly pleasant.

Controls-wise, the Glock is the simpler gun. It has a slide lock and a trigger. The P09 has a slide lock, a trigger, and a decocker or manual safety. The P09 comes with the ability to swap the decocker with a manual safety that allows you to carry locked and cocked like a 1911. Both the decocker and safety are ambidextrous.

The P09’s slide lock is also massive, textured and easy to reach with the thumb. Speaking of easy to reach, the magazine release on the P09 can be activated without having to shift my hand. The Glock 17 requires me to shift and to find a tiny nubbed that is nearly flush with the frame.

In comparing the Glock vs CZ and their respective ergonomics, I find the P09 to be superior.

Glock – 1    CZ – 2


Price is always a major consideration to shooters, so let’s look at the price difference between the P09 and Glock 17. The Glock 17 is in its 5th generation currently, with plenty of Gen 4s still on the market.

We’ll go with stock options without any crazy features, and I’m using a few big-name websites that sell guns across the net. First, the Glock 17 Gen 5 is retailing for approximately 530 bucks give or take. The CZ P09 comes in at 460 at most outlets. The Glock 17 Gen 4 is only 499 at most outlets.

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While Glock models seem to be much easier to find, the CZ is slightly more affordable.

Glock – 1    CZ – 3

The Aftermarket

If you want to customize your gun, then the Glock is the way to go. Every company in the world seems to make Glock parts. You can build a Glock and hardly ever use any Glock parts. You can even do a Polymer 80 Glock build, which I have done myself. You’ll have no issues finding holsters, barrels, triggers, magazines and more.

The P09 has a dedicated following, but the aftermarket is minuscule compared to Glock. Without any argument when it comes to the aftermarket and our Glock vs CZ competition, Glock has them licked.

Glock – 2    CZ – 3

One Gun to Rule Them All?

My preference is the CZ P09, I love this gun. That being said, the Glock 17 MOS is certainly not far behind. Both are well made and reliable. They are excellent home defense guns and even well-suited for concealed carry if you can handle a duty-sized gun. Going with either firearm will put a rugged, reliable, and proven gun in your hand.

Ultimately, there is no way you can go wrong choosing either of these firearms!

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.

He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.


4 thoughts on “Glock vs CZ: Stacking the G17 Against the P09”

  1. It’s like you never have shot either of these guns; glocks have a horrid/spongey trigger out of the box in comparison to the crisp pull on a c75.

    And as far as ergonomic’s the glock grip is really subjective, some people (people with mongoloid hands like me) really like it.
    While it is nice how high up you can grab the Cz; it’s biggest flaw ergonomics wise is it does not have a slide to grab; very short and annoying to work with compared to the glock. New shooter will and do struggle operating the slide; it’s no plug and play… and while it does teach you to really grasp the slide hard, I can see even experienced shooters struggling to operate in a high stress scenario, wet/cold conditions, and or unconventional circumstances like offhand shooting.

    Now I will give it to the CZ, that because of its frame over rails design to make a shorter slide; felt recoil is noticeable less in comparison to the glock. This coupled with the ergonomics of a higher grip make it a very easy to control pistol. This isn’t as noticeable with larger framed glocks like the G17 bit you do see it in comparison to more snappy sub compact models like the g43.

    Lastly they both have a great aftermarket, and while the Glock aftermarket it is made up of a lot of junk/subpar products; CZ does have a very large, accessible market of quality parts; I mean look at the scorpion, easily the most modable pcc on the market.

    1. Lester C Gensey

      No.1…. He’s a Marine and I can guarantee you he has shot more guns than you have! No.2…. He did not compare the glock to a CZ 75, or C75 as you call it! Obviously a CZ 75 has a nicer trigger pull. Look, the guy did a solid review on 2 guns just to give some perspective to people who might be trying to decide which gun to buy in this price range. Don’t make him out to be a dunce.if your so much more informed and experienced in shooting go write your own review and post it

  2. During the last month or so I have been doing a lot of reading regarding the pros and cons of the Glock and the CZ. There is a lot of opinions out there, some very Glock/CZ pro and the other way around. But when it comes to selecting a gun, the gun must work for you. So for a while I was doing my reading, and this week was my ‘’Take it and Shoot week’’…. So I visited two different shops, one was very Glock pro.. and the owner gunned CZ down right from the start, this completely put me off to spend money with them. But neither the less I opted to shoot the Glock 17.
    The gun (without mag) feels light, the grip was ok…
    The shooting: The recoil was not bad at all, but one thing that made me loose interest was the sights…im not a pro-shooter at all, but I can say I grew up with guns running around shooting birds with a .22 at age 12.
    I was very frustrated with the aim as most or almost all of the target was overshadowed by the sight.
    Hence the grouping @ 10m or 10.9 yards was very disappointing.
    Today I visited another shop and selected the CZ P07.
    Right from the start the salesperson made me feel welcome, Keeping Glock and CZ. He had good things to say about both. (Respect) But using the CZ P07 himself and owning A P01,P07,P09 and the Shadow 2 gave me a good information on all the models.
    First feel of the Gun: Very Nice. The grip not bad at all.
    Shooting it was an absolute pleasure, for some reason I remembered that the recoil on the Glock being less…but I might be mistaken. But what I noticed very soon is that I felt very comfortable with the gun. So that I even loosened my grip completely and just had fun with it. Lol Getting exited here just thinking of it.. there is nothing as nice to have the smell of gunpowder on your hands at 9:00 on a Thursday morning lol
    The sights did not bother me at all… trigger felt nice and light ( I have big hands)… but most important of all is my accuracy….way better than the Glock.
    So Im getting quotations for the CZ……..
    Thanks My 2c’s

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