Czech gunmaker CZ strutted one of the company's least-known models on social media this week, the rare but very satisfying CZ-75 Automatic. 

The original CZ-75 pistol, designed in then-Czechoslovakia by the brothers Koucky in the 1970s, was and still is one of the most popular combat handguns of modern times. It served as the basis for a number of clones and half-brothers including Col. Jeff Cooper’s Bren 10, the BUL Cherokee, the IMI Jericho, the Tanfoglio TZ-75 series, and the short-lived Springfield Armory P9. 

However, "just" adding a simple internal sear controlled by a select-fire/safety switch on the left-hand side of the frame could transition the weapon from semi-auto (DA/SA) to a 1000-rpm full-auto machine pistol.


To keep the dragon fed, the standard 16 shot magazine was swapped out for a 25 or 30 rounder. To provide a hint of controllability to this portable flamethrower, a special 5.77-inch barrel extended out an inch past the slide and was ported to help keep the gun on target. The frame was provided with a dimple just forward of the trigger guard to hook a modified spare magazine in to serve as a makeshift foregrip.

Ensuing photo dump via CZ's FB page: 

CZ-75 Automatic,
Note the CZ-75 Automatic's spare mag attachment on the dust cover of the frame, allowing a spare mag to serve as a foregrip (Photo: CZ)


CZ-75 Automatic,
Note the extended barrel with top ports (Photo: CZ)
CZ-75 Automatic,
That sweet selector switch. (Photo: CZ)
CZ-75 Automatic,
The Automatic came between the original .32 ACP Skorpion machine pistol and the more modern 9mm Scorpion series. (Photo: CZ)
CZ-75 Automatic,
It was intended to compete for Mil/LE contracts against similar sporty 9mm pistols such as the Glock 18 and Beretta 93R. (Photo: CZ)

But of course, you didn't come all this way down the CZ-75 Automatic rabbit hole not to see one in action. Cue Larry Vickers with Vickers Tactical, who got his skilled hands on one back in 2016: