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CZ P07 vs P09: What Are the Differences and Which is Best?

CZ P07 vs P09: What Are the Differences and Which is Best?

When it comes to quality handguns, you can’t go wrong with CZ. And if you’re looking for a quality CCW, the P07 and P09 have no doubt come across your radar.

But, what's the difference between CZ P07 and P09, and which one is right for you?

All in all, the CZ P07 vs P09 are very similar but do have a few differences that distinguish them from one another. While both feature CZ’s customizable Omega trigger system, the P09 is a full-sized service pistol while the P07 is compact and designed for concealed carry.

In this article, we’ll break down the differences between the CZ P09 vs P07 to help you determine which is the best choice for you.

CZ P07

When it first hit the market in 2009, the P07 was the first of the CZ 75 variants to feature the convertible Omega trigger system, allowing users to completely assemble and disassemble the pistol without tools or gunsmithing experience.

This feature also allows you to customize the way you carry the P07. Its convertible decocker/safety system allows you to carry it either cocked and locked or decocked with a double-action initial trigger pull, depending on your preference.

This compact 9mm pistol was specifically designed for concealed carry, weighing only 27.7 ounces. It has a magazine capacity of 15 and comes with CZ’s standard fixed three-dot sights, a stippled grip, and an accessory rail.

In 2014, the CZ P07 received a few upgrades, including the addition of forward cocking serrations, interchangeable backstraps, metal sights, and smoother edges, making it easier and more comfortable to carry than ever.

If you’re looking for a new CZ P07 holster, check out our selection of custom IWB, OWB, and pocket carry Kydex and hybrid holsters.

CZ P07 Handgun - Vedder Holster's Photography

CZ P09

First released in 2013, the CZ P09 is essentially the full-sized version of the P07 and is the first of CZ’s full-sized pistols to feature a lighter polymer frame.

The P09 also features CZ’s Omega trigger system, offering the same easy disassembly and versatile conversion between a decocker and manual safety system. It also comes with interchangeable backstraps and has an integrated Picatinny rail for added accessories.

This full-size pistol was designed for duty use but makes a great general self-defense weapon as well. This 9mm weighs 31 ounces and has a larger capacity of 19. It comes with fixed three-dot sights and a stippled grip.

If you’re looking for a new CZ P09 holster, check out our selection of custom IWB, OWB, and pocket carry Kydex and hybrid holsters.

CZ P07 - Handgun Side Photography

CZ P09 vs CZ P07: Specs

CZ P07
CZ P09
Barrel Length
27.7 oz
31 oz

CZ P07 vs P09: Size & Capacity

Size and capacity are where the P07 and P09 really differ.

Since the P07 is a compact pistol and the P09 is full-sized, it should come as no surprise that the latter weighs and measures more. The P09 weighs slightly more than the P07 at 31 ounces and 27.7 ounces respectively.

The CZ P07 dimensions are 5.3 inches tall, 1.46 inches wide, and 7.2 inches long with a barrel length of 3.75 inches while the P09 stands 5.79 inches tall, 1.46 inches wide, and 8.1 inches long with a barrel length of 4.54 inches.

Both pistols are chambered in 9mm, but the P07 has a capacity of 15 while the P09 holds up to 19 rounds. Both models also come in a state-compliant 10-round version.

CZ P07 - The P07 on the ground with mag - Vedder Holster's Photography

CZ P09 vs P07: Ergonomics


Both the CZ P09 and P07 are built with a lightweight black polymer frame and a stippled grip for improved purchase and comfort.

Both pistols also come with interchangeable backstraps, allowing users to choose between small, medium, and large depending on their hand size.

Slide & Barrel

Both of these CZ handguns feature a Picatinny rail, allowing you to mount the aftermarket accessories of your choice. They’re also designed with durable cold hammer forged barrels.

The P09’s slide and barrel are a bit longer than the P07’s, measuring 4.54 inches and 3.75 inches long.

CZ P07 vs P09: Sights & Optics

The CZ P07 and P09 feature identical sights, coming with fixed metal three-dot sights for improved accuracy. Both pistols can also be upgraded with aftermarket sights of your choice. Neither comes optics ready out of the factory.

CZ P09 vs P07: Controls


Both the CZ P07 and P09 come with robust safety features, including an interchangeable ambidextrous decocker that can easily be converted to a manual safety; a safety stop on the hammer; and a firing pin block safety.


Both pistols come equipped with CZ’s convertible Omega double action/single action trigger system, which is a simplification of the CZ 75’s hammer ignition method. The Omega system’s trigger parts are interlocking, which allows users to fully disassemble and re-assemble the firearm without the use of tools or gunsmithing experience.

This system also allows you to choose whether you want to carry the gun cocked and locked like a 1911 or decocked for a double-action first trigger pull. The choice is yours!

CZ P07 - Close up photography of the CZ P07 - Vedder Holster's Photography

FAQ: P07 vs P09

Will CZ P09 Mags Fit P07?

It’s always a plus to have guns with interchangeable magazines. After all, spare mags cost money, and the convenience of being able to use the same ones in multiple guns can’t be argued.

But, what is the difference between CZ P07 and P09 magazines, and will one work with the other?

As we’ve already discussed, the CZ P07 vs P09 have a wildly different capacity, with the P07 capable of holding up to 15 rounds while the larger P09 can accommodate 19. So, it goes without saying that their magazines are different sizes.

That being said, the longer P09 magazine will fit into a P07 – it will just stick out a little bit. The shorter P07 magazine, however, will not fit into a P09 because it’s too short to fully set.

Are the CZ P07 and P09 Discontinued?

There has been some misinformation spread that the CZ P07 and/or P09 have been discontinued by the manufacturer. But, we’re here to assure you that while some versions of each pistol are no longer in production, both models are still being manufactured and sold by CZ!

Which is Right For Me?

At the end of the day, the best choice of firearm for you depends on your personal needs, preferences, and intended use.

Generally speaking, however, most people prefer the compact P07 for concealed carry due to its smaller frame and lighter weight. The P09 is an excellent choice for home defense and duty use and is the best choice for those looking for maximum capacity.

No matter which pistol you choose, you’ll need a quality concealed carry holster to carry it in. If you’re in need of a new IWB, OWB, or pocket carry holster for either the P07 or P09, visit our Holsters by Gun Model page for Kydex holsters that are custom-made for your weapon of choice.

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Mikayla Blair

After launching her career as an award-winning journalist in the American Southwest, Mikayla Blair joined the Vedder Holsters team as a content writer in 2021. She writes about all things guns, holsters, and concealed carry, and is especially passionate about women's self-defense.

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