I got my A01 LD CZ two weeks ago, since being on back order from January. I finally got around to shooting it yesterday.
Before I shot it, here's my take on the gun: It's freaking heavy! At 51 ounces, I expected this. However, it balances very well. It doesn't feel like I"m fighting to keep the gun up on target. It feels very stable. The grip panels are VZ and feel perfect for me as is, with the new grip frame. On a shadow two, I use a Lok Bogie with the palm swells, so I have fairly large hands. I can reach the double action fine, but If you have any smaller hands than mine, a reach reduction kit may be in order. It has a very nice beveled mag well. I usually run a extended mag release, but I did not have a problem hitting the standard release on this gun, but there again I"ve got monkey thumbs. The single action is the best I've seen on a CZ out of the box yet. There is pretty much no hammer caming, and very crisp, breaking just an ounce or two over 3lbs. This is no doubt due to the sear being pinned directly to the frame. The double action was around 8lbs, and while I've seen much worse, it wasn't the best out of the box I've seen either. Upon disassembly I found that there was no polishing of the trigger bar of sear/sear cage contact areas. I felt that for the price point of this gun, it should have received some attention before shipping, but it is supposed to be a "Production" gun, so oh well.
The front sight is a fiber optic, and in my opinion, too wide for the rear. Most all that come on factory guns are, so nothing too surprising here.
The rear sight is flat black, and the dovetail when compared to a Shadow 2 sight I had lying around, is larger front to back.
The front sight is cross dovetailed, not the standard CZ length wise dovetail pinned sight. The sear cage is not standard, as it appears to be milled steel. The hammer and sear pins are also different, being unidirectional, and with a recess in the frame for the larger end, and are firmly fit into the holes. No retaining pin on the hammer as per the 75.
Before shooting, I installed a 11 lb hammer spring, 11 pound recoil spring, extended firing pin, and polished some of the contact areas. When reinstalling the sear, I made a slave and assembled the sear cage out of the frame, which made the whole process of reinstallation pretty easy. I did not remove the hammer yet, but will be doing so later, as I plan to install a Cajun gunworks race hammer and sear in the future.
The gun already has a short reset disconnector installed, and it appears the hammer strut is polished and needs no work.
This work got my double action down to 5lbs 14 ounces or so, and single was 2lbs 14ounces, both give or take a ounce. The double action was considerably smoother, although not yet as nice as I'd like. I'll be working on that.
I do want to point out how nicely this thing was made. Man, it's nice. I took it over to TK custom, and let Tom and Eli check it out. They were both impressed. And this says a lot coming from some of the top revolver smiths in the country. Excellent machining with almost no tool marks. A true thing of beauty.
Yesterday, I got around to shooting it.
First, I really like the mags. The P09 series mag load easy, followers don't tilt, and I was able to load them into the gun fully loaded at 19 rounds without extra effort. I was shooting my typical USPSA load of 3.2 grains of vv n320 behind a SNS 147 grain coated bullet, with federal primers. This has been a accurate and reliable load for several years in all my other CZs.
I first benched the gun at 25 yards using a MTM plastic pistol rest. Not the best rest, nor am I very good at bench shooting. Most of the groups hovered around 2". However, I would often have one flyer enlarging the group. I shot one group close to 1 inch with 3 bullets in one hole. I truly believe this gun is capable of doing this every time. Just this shooter is not.
My impressions are: Damn it's soft! So mild to shoot. My normally mild loads were extra mild. I also shot 50 rounds of 115gr federal range/target through the gun. Although they were louder, they were not much different in regards to recoil and flip. This not the case in my S2. Although it is not by anyway harsh recoil in the S2, the difference in loads is much more pronounced. At the end of the day I shot 50 rounds of Federal Range and Target through my EDC P10 C. The difference in the two guns made it feel like I was shooting a .357 mag.
The weight makes the gun very forgiving. I do not have a holster yet, so I was not able to do any draws. But I shot some accuracy drills and some speed drills. I did a drill similar to what was shot at the SNS 400 recently. 4 head shots on a cardboard USPSA and 4 on a A zone only steel plate at 18 yards. I bombed this stage at the SNS. But the weight and stability of this gun really made it easy to land the head shots.
At 8 yards a double tap on the A zone plate was effortless. Aim once, pull trigger twice, two hits. I did some transition work. I didn't time this but I didn't feel that the extra weight was a handicap in any way. Plate rack at 25 yards was pretty easy to hit. In fact, I started overrunning my self, going too fast on the trigger, as the gun just hung there on the plate.
I put over 400 of my reloads through it, and 50 of the federal range and target with no issues what so ever. I did notice the primers on my reloads seemed a little flatter than when fired from my S2. Not exactly sure why. There were no signs of primer flow. I'll chronograph some ammo in the near future to see if there is much difference from the S2 to this barrel.
Is it worth the money? Well. It's with out a doubt the finest 9mm pistol I've ever owned. I love my S2s and are pretty much flawless and feel they are very well made pistols. However, the A01 LD is better made. Considerably better.
I don't really know how much better of a pistol you can buy. I think it will be a great USPSA production gun, bullseye gun, or just a damn nice target gun. When the trend is for 50 ounce steel griped ST/SV frame limited guns, a 50 ounce production gun makes sense. I need a holster, and some actual match time to determine if it really works better for me than the S2, but so far, it looks promising.
I don't regret the purchase, and once I have worked out the double action, I'll be perfectly content with it, and it'll in my collection whether it becomes a match gun, or just a damn nice piece to own and shoot.