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Over a decade ago, Czech engineers Radek Hauerland and Milan Trkulja combined their talents to create the CZ 2075 RAMI. Intended to compete in the subcompact market, the RAMI has become something of an icon.

Anyone using a larger CZ pistol will find the controls and action of the RAMI familiar. The pistol is available with either the traditional selective double-action (DA) safety or a de-cocker in the BD version. The sights are excellent examples of combat sight: high visibility and with three dot inserts. The front sight is dovetailed in place, and the rear sight can be drift adjusted. The CZ slide rides inside the frame, rather than on it. This results in a low-bore axis compared to other hammer-fired pistols. This also means that sometimes, the user will find purchase difficult when racking the slide.

The RAMI helps alleviate this with prominent cocking serrations. The frame front and back straps are textured with vertical cuts for proper adhesion. Coupled with the checkered rubber grips, the user has good abrasion in firing.

The slide lock and safety are protected by a recessed portion in the frame. Because lightweight pistols recoil more and have less surface area, the support hand sometimes drives into the controls, causing a malfunction. The recess addresses this concern (note: The Rami BD version does not have the recess). The pistol is supplied with a flush-fit 10-round magazine and an extended, 14-round magazine. The extended magazine is supplied with a sleeve, so the fit is considerably enhanced.

 

Handling Impressions

The RAMI is short and stout. With the 10-round magazine in place, few shooters will be able to grip the pistol without their pinky fingers hanging over. When possible, I would carry the supplied extended, 14-round magazine and use the shorter magazine as a spare.

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The 14-round extension magazine supplied with the pistol

Still, part of the appeal of the RAMI pistol is its small footprint. As an example, I often carry the CZ P-01 compact. The RAMI is considerably smaller, and while skeptical at first, I found the RAMI to indeed be a much more concealable handgun. I prefer a compact-sized handgun and find the CZ P-01-sized handgun nearly ideal. It has excellent control, accuracy and reliability. The RAMI would have to offer a lot of concealment with little comparative loss in combat ability. The trigger action is as smooth, as on any other CZ, breaking at 12 pounds DA and 5.5 pounds single-action (SA). I like the DA first-shot trigger, especially for a pistol to be carried concealed close to the body. Yet, when fired in the SA mode, accuracy is good enough for accurate placement on man-sized targets well past 25 yards.

“ … part of the appeal of the RAMI pistol is its small footprint.”

The pistol has a relatively light weight of 26 ounces; nevertheless, it is controllable with 9mm +P loads. It is heavier than most of the polymer-framed 9mm crowd. And despite the double-stack magazine, the pistol’s handle isn’t a difficult fit for most hand sizes. The dangling pinky issue can be addressed with sufficient cramping of the fingers with some hand sizes, but most will let the digit hang.

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The RAMI field-strips easily. Construction is robust.

With the 14-round magazine in place, height is raised by about .75 inch—a worthwhile tradeoff. The magazine release is positive in action, wide and easily manipulated.

 

Firing Exercises

I gathered together a selection of both training and personal defense ammunition and headed to the range. I was careful to compare results with the RAMI to those of other handguns, including the larger P-01, as well as other handguns in the subcompact 9mm class.

I lubricated the pistol and loaded the magazines with Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain FMJ. I carried the pistol in a belt slide-and-IWB combination aptly named the Chameleon from Barber Leatherworks.

I placed a number of TacticalSystems.com targets at the 7-yard line. Drawing and firing with a smooth press of the DA trigger, I was able to achieve center hits with the RAMI at every DA stroke.

I practiced lowering the hammer and then pressing the trigger again for a DA trigger press. Once the first shot is fired, the slide cocks the hammer for subsequent SA fire.

Here is the real advantage over the typical subcompact DAO pistol: The SA trigger press is smooth and crisp with a rapid reset. Fast hits were realized in transitioning between targets. Control is excellent. Compared to the P-01, the RAMI has a short sight radius, and this means that the margin for error is greater. You must pay close attention to sight alignment with any handgun but particularly with a short slide pistol.

“ … when fired in the SA mode, accuracy is good enough for accurate placement on man-sized targets well past 25 yards.”

Riding the trigger to reset, aligning the sights and properly pressing the trigger gave me good hits. I fired more than 150 rounds during the evaluation stage—without a failure to feed, chamber, fire or eject.

I cleaned and inspected the pistol and found no signs of excessive wear.

I returned to the range with a freshly lubricated pistol and three types of defensive ammunition, which I selected for their value in a short-barrel 9mm. These included the Speer Gold Dot 124-grain +P, Fiocchi Extrema 124 grain and the Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain EXP. The EXP is an extra-power load that exhibits the greatest velocity possible without resorting to +P pressure. The Speer Gold Dot load is the short-barrel version. The bullet is made of a softer lead alloy to ensure expansion in the shorter barrel.

The Fiocchi load is standard pressure and offered mild recoil. The Black Hills Ammunition EXP exhibited greater recoil, and the Speer Short Barrel +P exhibited the greatest recoil. None was difficult to control and recover.

“ … the RAMI is compact enough to serve just as well in concealment and better in combat ability … ”

The table below illustrates the accuracy achieved with these loads at the 15-yard line from a standing barricade. Ammunition choice might be personal, but the user must select a load with service-grade reliability and good cartridge integrity. These loads fill that requirement. I fired 40 rounds of each load, both in combat firing and from a barricade rest. Feed reliability was excellent, with no failures.

Accuracy Results

Load

Velocity

Avg. Group

Black Hills Ammunition 115-grain EXP

1,160 fps

2.2 inches

Fiocchi 124-grain Extrema

1,090 fps

1.8 inches

Speer Gold Dot 124-grain Short Barrel +P

1,150 fps

2.3 inches

Note: Accuracy was for a five-shot group and achieved with these loads at the 15-yard line from a standing barricade.

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According to the author, the CZ 2075 RAMI 9mm is among the top concealed-carry 9mm pistols in the world.

In the end, I am impressed. While I still carry the full-sized CZ 75 when possible, I often carry the compact and useful CZ P-01. The RAMI is a viable alternative. While some velocity and combat ability is given up, the RAMI remains a formidable firearm. Nothing is sacrificed in reliability.

The RAMI differs considerably from the original CZ 75 (right) but uses the same lockwork and features the same reliability as the original CZ.

The RAMI differs considerably from the original CZ 75 (right) but uses the same lockwork and features the same reliability as the original CZ.

In certain situations that might have called for a snubnose .38 or single-column 9mm compact, the RAMI is compact enough to serve just as well in concealment and better in combat ability—worthwhile reasons for owning the RAMI.

Selective Double-Action

This is a DA first-shot pistol with a safety that allows the hammer to be carried fully to the rear and safety-on. I believe the original intent was to allow the pistol to be placed on “safe” after the first shot had been fired and that tactical movement could be done safely. You don’t want to de-cock a pistol during a gunfight, even when running to cover. Some shooters prefer a de-cocker action. The BD RAMI offers this system.

Some of us prefer a manual safety. The RAMI, safety, as on the original CZ 75, cannot be placed in the “on” position when the hammer is down. The hammer must be lowered by controlling the hammer as the trigger is pressed.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2016 print issue of Gun World Magazine.

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