SAR B6P Review

The B6P pistol is a modernized clone of the world famous CZ-75 manufactured by Turkish arms manufacturer Sarsilmaz.  Sarsilmaz, now importing it's products in the Untied States under the moniker SAR USA, is one of the biggest light arms producers in Europe the sole supplier of pistols for the Turkish military.  Their experience in pistols, revolvers, and shotguns spans 131 years.  So how does that experience translate in this latest incarnation of one of the world's most recognizable, and beloved handgun designs?

At first glace, the B6P is everything you would expect from a CZ-75 clone.  Same profile, sights, slide lock and safety levers.  Same “retarded, midget slide”, as Mr. Colion Noir likes to call them.  The B6P is a full-sized, single-action/double action pistol with a 4.5″ barrel, steel slide, and polymer frame available in 9mm and with a capacity of 17+1.  It is also available in a compact version, with a 3.8″ barrel and 13+1 capacity.

The first thing you notice about the B6P is the weight.  Unlike the original CZ-75, and even some of SAR's other CZ-75 variants, the B6P has a polymer frame.  At 28 ounces, the B6P is surprisingly light and the grip feels very comfortable in the hand.  The grip has a nice texturing on the front and backstraps that  is very aggressive, yet comfortable.  The sights are standard 3-dot style.  Controls are not ambidextrous.

Takedown is standard fare.  Retract the slide slightly to line up two markings on the slide and frame, then punch out the slide lock lever.  The slide rails fits inside the frame, which reduces recoil and makes the fit very tight.  The slide is milled steel.  The barrel and guide rod are stainless steel.   The fit and finish is excellent.

The trigger is flat steel with no beveling or checkering of any kind.  The double action pull is long and smooth and it stages the hammer to a half-cocked position.  Single action is incredibly light.  I had a hard time getting used to the light single action trigger and it's very fast reset and found myself snapping off shots from time to time before I was ready.  This isn't a fault of the pistol, at all.  If you are used to striker-fired or DAO guns, like I am, the trigger will take some getting used to.  I find that to be the case with all SA/DA guns, but the B6P was particularly challenging.  The reset is so fast and crisp that I had a difficult time adapting to it.

The CZ-75 is a classic, classy design.  SAR has cheesed it up a bit, with big blocky text molded into the polymer frame.  “SINCE 1880”, “SARB6P” and “MADE IN TURKEY” adorn the right hand side of the frame, while SAR USA logo appears in a medallion on the grip panels.  To me it was too much.  I would have preferred to see the Sarsilmaz medallion on the grips instead and a smaller font used on the frame.  Something about the size of the font screams “airsoft gun” to me.  It lacks the class and elegance of the CZ and even the European SAR pistols.  In my opinion, less is more.  The etched “SAR ARMS” on the slide is sufficient.  The rest is overkill.

Accuracy was very good, with nice groupings when I could overcome my aforementioned problems with the trigger.   The recoil is comfortable and controlable.  The grip texturing, while aggressive, is not uncomfortable at all.  The size and shape of the full-sized grip make it a very easy shooter.  The B6P ate everything I fed it, including hollow points, full metal jacket rounds, and even cheap Russian steel-case stuff.  I never experienced a single failure of any kind.

My biggest gripe with the B6P was the thumb safety.  Like the slide and slide lock, the safety lever is metal, and it is amazingly stiff.  It was difficult to flip on without canting the gun in your hand to apply additional pressure.  Simply flipping the lever up with the side of my thumb was impossible.  Flipping the safety off was not as bad, but not easy, either.  The safety also does not de-cock the hammer, so dropping the hammer on a live round must be done manually.  Given how difficult this was to manipulate, I would not trust my life to this weapon.  When seconds count, having to fight to disengage the safety could cost you your life, and I don't particularly want to spend time tweaking the lever when it should work smoothly out of the box.

The Sarsizmaz B6P is a good CZ-75 clone.  With an MSRP of just over $300, it a good range gun which leaves you enough cash for extra magazines and ammo and is of sufficient quality to merit a higher price point.  I would consider it a range gun, though, due to the stiff thumb safety.   If you've always wanted a CZ-75, but don't want to shell out the cash it would take to get one, the SAR B6P is a reasonable choice.

Concealability: **
Lightweight but big.

Accuracy: ****

Reliability: *****
No issues feeding or ejecting any ammo I ran through it.

Ease of Use: **
The midget slide and the stiff thumb safety are issues.

Features: ***
Stainless steel barrel and guide rod are nice, but the lack of a de-cocker and the single magazine are downers.

Trigger: ***
Takes some getting used to. Reset is fast. Single action is very light.

Ammo Capacity: *****
17+1 is excellent.

Weight: ****
Surprisingly light for a pistol this size.

Firepower: *****

Aesthetics: ***
CZ-75 style with new ergos make for an attractive weapon, but the big, ugly lettering on the frame detract from the classic look.

Comfort: ****

16 Comments on "SAR B6P Review"

  1. I own this gun . i love that gun .My gun thumb safety was stiff to right out of the box but it gets smooth after some time. I shoot around 1000 rounds of it works flawlessly .I love the finish of this its fantastic.

    • The Armed Lutheran | December 13, 2012 at 10:57 am |

      Glad you like it. I am impressed with the quality, for the most part, except for that darn safety lever. Hoping, as you say, it will loosen up. The gun feels really good in the hand. Unfortunately for me, I don’t shoot SA/DA guns very well. Hoping that improves with practice, too. Thanks!

  2. darr anderson | December 18, 2012 at 9:27 am |

    Just bought the b6p from a friend. I was wondering what the best type of ammo would be best to buy and what to stay away from. One for target practice and one for home defense. Thanks.

    • The Armed Lutheran | December 18, 2012 at 11:11 am |

      There are lots of options to choose from. Lately I’ve stocked up on Aguila 124gr FMJ for target practice and competition. It’s inexpensive and I have found it reliable and cleaner than Russian steel-case stuff like TulAmmo or Wolf. If you can stock up on TulAmmo for practice, I have found it to be very affordable and reliable in 9mm. It’s just dirty. I prefer the Hornady 115gr Critical Defense for my carry and home defense guns. There are lots of good ones, though. Speer Gold Dot is good. Federal Hydra-Shok. Winchester PDX-1. Cor-Bon. Maybe some others can chime in here.

    • The Armed Lutheran | December 18, 2012 at 11:14 am |

      Oh, and one more thing. Whatever you do, don’t go cheap on the defensive loads. Expect to pay $18-25 for 20 rounds. You can go cheap on target ammo, but not defense.

  3. Brandon Ellison | January 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm |

    For the life of me I cannot seem to find anymore info on this gun. I just bought it two days ago and was very impressed with its fit and finish and the feel of it in my hand. Firing the pistol was very pleasant even though it was only a 9mm it felt very natural at the range, considering I am use to shooting larger caliber pistols. My only gripe with the pistol is the lack of accessories and the only spare mags i found were through EAA. Just wanted to hear some more feed back from someone else who owns one of these.

    • Adam Thompson | March 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm |

      I also recently bought a SAR B6P compact and am having trouble finding accessories except through EAA. Have you had any luck in the last few months finding accessories anywhere else?

  4. Jeff Vross | May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm |

    I recently purchased a B6p for my wife and I liked it so much I bought myself one. I initially ordered extra mags. from EAA, but they cancelled the order for the below reason.
    EAA Corp
    Order Number: 14791
    Detailed Invoice:
    Date Ordered: Friday 26 April, 2013

    The comments for your order are

    We understand the order was placed for item# 170819 106rd, however the President of our company has made a decision that we are not able to ship anything over 10rd. due to the current law changes that are ore will be implemented. At this time they do not offer a 10rd yet. This order will be cancelled.
    Thank you

    I just thought I would pass this along and your right, had them in stock and I received the extra mags. in days after ordering them. My only problem is trying to get the mags. to hold the 17 rounds. Is anyone else having this issue?

    • The Armed Lutheran | May 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

      I want a 106 round magazine! Whoa.

      • Jeff Vross | May 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm |

        The 106 round magazine was a type error on their part. I had ordered 4 17 round mags. which they said were only 16 round mags. I called EAA about the cancelled order and the people I spoke with were frantic. I kind a felt sorry for the lady on the phone.

    • I could only get 14-15 rounds in my magazine

  5. love my B6P it holds 17 as it should, put 300 rounds of the cheapest ammo I could fine. Tulammo I also used Academy’s cheap brand, it ate everything near it. hell I had some OLD I mean old blazer ammo from the 90s just sitting around. no big deal. ate it all. I used it in SA/DA I put a few HP thru it. wow, I took it along with my Browning Hi Power. to BE honest. it’s ever bit as good of a shooter. I would trust my life with this sar b6p anytime.

  6. SarBeliever | May 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    I just want to say, I really like my B6P. I have put about 200 rnds through it so far, have just gotten another 300 and 4 new mags. 2 from MecGar off and 2 E-Lander’s. Tested both with orange rounds, they function so far, the MecGars are a little snug. I read through and measured the dimensions of the magazines, so a little tip, just about any CZ-75 mags will work.

  7. I have a sar k2- 45 and am very happy with it. My safety lever was stiff but I like its positive click. Its loosened up. And im sure the B6 would do the same.
    As far as the markings. I don’t mind made in turkey. If anything people will see it and second guess what they read…”wait..made in turkey?”
    I shoot tight groups with mine. And as far as a “clone” im not so sure. Yes the slide rides inside the frame. But that’s a characteristic of function choice.
    With these poly guns I never see as pretty if grip lines as steel frames. This is another one of those guns.
    Last thing. Trigger. K2-45 Its smooth double and even smoother and lighter single. I got alot of the same issues with reset and shots that were unexpected. I think alot of this has to do with my first gun being a 1911 which has a shorter pull no take up and heavier weight.
    im considering the b6 either the 4.5inch and 3.8inch for carry. And I also like the manual decock. Its not a downside. Just a characteristic chosen for these pistols and they have proven very capable and reliable. I plan to get a few more SAR pistol

  8. Something I read on one of the forums might help with the safety lever. Some people are cutting a half coil out of the spring that puts tension on it with great success. If someone is ok with the dis-assembly of that part of the mechanism they can give it a try. Also, I don’t know if they have parts for this particular CZ variant but has some springs and other parts for the CZ and clones.

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