Homegrown Handgun

For all its capability, the CR75 is probably one of the most under-appreciated weapons in the entire game. Even as long as it’s been around, you’re more likely to see it being used by a fresh spawn than by a fully-geared player. Despite that stigma, I’m here to tell you that it’s better than you think.

This compact 9mm was given to us in the 0.42 update, and it’s never really received the attention that it deserves. Join me as I talk about this domestic handgun and find out why you should really give it another look.

ČZ 75

As with many other weapons in the game, the CR75 as we know it is a mix of different variants of a real gun — the ČZ 75 pistol. Originally designed in 1975 by the well-known Koucký brothers of Czechoslovakia, it was a clean-sheet design with no attachment to the past whose original fate was to be export-only. It wouldn’t be until 1989 that it would see any use among Czech armed forces, but prior to that it gained a following among sport shooters that persists to this day.

The ČZ 75 featured uncommon design elements for its time such as a manual safety, allowing the gun to remain loaded and cocked with the safety on. It uses a linkless cam locking system and tilting barrel in combination with a slide that sits inside the frame rails, which together allow for a short recoil and tight barrel lock-up resulting in superior accuracy.

The CR75 we’re able to get our hands on seems to be primarily based on the SP-01 model pictured above, with a full-sized frame and a tactical rail under the barrel. Our in-game version also features a threaded barrel for the easy attachment of a suppressor, which is not standard fare for most production ČZ 75 pistols.


Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Large Supply of Confidence

Now that we’ve got four 9mm pistols vying for our attention, players often gravitate towards what is newest without much thought to their own preferences or the capability of the weapon. The CR75 has the advantage of capacity, sporting 15 round magazines plus one in the chamber for a total load of sixteen rounds.

All those rounds mean that you can get a lot done quickly with this pistol. In fact, with 9mm being so plentiful in most places, you may be inclined to take down players and zombies with this gun rather than waste more precious ammunition by using a primary. Those sixteen rounds are more than enough in most situations.

Ready for Any Job

Without any available optics and considering that this is a sidearm, the biggest limitation faced by the CR75 is range. If you keep within normal operating distances however, there is no role that this gun cannot play. It can be used as backup to a strong automatic, companion to a sniper, or a force to be reckoned with all on its own.

One task it is particularly adept at is fighting the infected. Find yourself some high ground, slap on a suppressor, and have fun making a whole town into your personal shooting range. Just don’t forget to stock up on ammunition before you put yourself in a situation where you could be ambushed.


The CR75 is able to accept the full suite of universal pistol attachments, meaning it can be suppressed as well as given a flashlight. This gives it far more flexibility than most of the other 9mm handguns, save for the recently introduced Glock.

Being able to use these attachments means that you’ve got choices, and when it comes to your weapons, choices are always a good thing. The suppressor makes this a great stealth tool, particularly if you’ve got a loud primary, and the flashlight means you don’t have to compromise your own safety to light up the night.


The best role for this handgun to play is that of a sidearm. While it can hold its own as your primary weapon, it works best when utilized as a companion to something else that has a narrow focus, like a sniper rifle. As part of a symbiotic relationship, it allows you to use the best tool for the job always, rather than compromising for a one-size-fits-all solution.

In part thanks to its versatility through attachments, this gun works well as a partner to nearly any primary. Automatics benefit from having an alternative to reloading, snipers have something that works better at close range, and even shotguns are assisted through having something that’s more accurate over medium distances.

Sweet Simplicity

Being a really common weapon is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the CR75 has become so ubiquitous that we’re all guilty of looking right past it from time to time as though it’s just part of the wallpaper or something. Since it can be found absolutely everywhere though, that also means it’s never out of reach, and ditto for its magazines most of the time.

Being fed by highly-prevalent 9mm ammunition is a huge advantage as well. You’ll almost never find one of these pistols without also finding a few rounds to chamber while you hunt down a magazine to complete the package, and you needn’t fret about wasting ammunition because you’ll likely stumble upon more in the next town you loot.

Common Firepower

Just because this gun is absolutely everywhere (along with its ammunition) does not mean you should consider it unworthy of your attention. The little 9mm still packs a punch, and with the advantage of the first shot you have no one to blame but yourself if you don’t walk away as the victor in a close range fight.

This handgun is more than the sum of its parts, and certainly doesn’t deserve the reputation it’s faced with these days. Get out there, see what it can do, and the next time you’re a fresh spawn desperate for a weapon, I promise you won’t pass it up.

Shared by Tatanko on February 8, 2016

The ninth in a many-part series covering the different weapons found in DayZ Standalone.

Many thanks to official forum user SGTHornet for assisting with the album.