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.
Lightweight but big.
No issues feeding or ejecting any ammo I ran through it.
Ease of Use: **
The midget slide and the stiff thumb safety are issues.
Stainless steel barrel and guide rod are nice, but the lack of a de-cocker and the single magazine are downers.
Takes some getting used to. Reset is fast. Single action is very light.
Ammo Capacity: *****
17+1 is excellent.
Surprisingly light for a pistol this size.
CZ-75 style with new ergos make for an attractive weapon, but the big, ugly lettering on the frame detract from the classic look.