CZ TS 2 – A new generation of the successful sports special
Sooner or later, all shooters will fall under the spell of competing in the IPSC and will need a high-performance weapon for remaining competitive in this adrenaline-fueled sport. With limited factory-supplied options on the market, this new offering from CZ is all set to stand out.
Shooting in the IPSC can be a quite demanding activity for a firearm. It’s not only the competitions themselves, but also the intensive, long-term training that requires tens of thousands of shots per year. The pistol, among many other things, must perform with absolute reliability and deliver high accuracy at all times. Advancing to a higher level is unthinkable without making this investment.
Fortunately, it’s easy to see what the most successful shooters choose across the various divisions. For top-level wins, the pistol must be up to the rigors of training and competition. Using this method, you will quickly learn that one of the few companies that produce truly great sport pistols for IPSC is Ceska zbrojovka, a.s. (CZ).
The first generation of the CZ 75 TS pistol was, and still is, a fantastic firearm. Developed by top engineers with extensive experience in the design and manufacture of firearms, it was one of the best firearms available for use in the Standard Division for many years.
Over the course of time, CZ itself has changed, undergoing a radical modernization of production equipment that began in 2006 and incorporated not only the latest in manufacturing technology, but an improvement in materials as well. Not a company to rest on past achievements, CZ’s research and development process has also seen many progressive and forward-thinking changes. The combination of these many factors has contributed to the extraordinary success of the latest generation of CZ weapons.
Members of the armed forces were the first to gain the benefits of this new approach, with a great leap forward regarding military and defensive firearms. CZ then turned its attention to sport shooters. The introduction of the CZ Shadow 2 model in 2018 confirmed that they were setting the bar higher in all respects. In fact, many thought that the CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow was the absolute pinnacle in the development of the classic all-steel SA/DA model from the 1970s. Then this second generation of the Shadow came along and shook the industry, owing to the fact that it was better in all essential areas – and was beautiful as well.
The CZ TS 2 was built completely independently of the CZ Shadow. The similar features and elements are only the result of using a unified base of components, as well as application of the same technologies. The same goes for the design, which has proven itself to be very successful for both the CZ Shadow 2 and the CZ TS 2, as it is equally at home as a sports model and defensive weapon.
A new level of refinement
The CZ TS 2 model is once again equipped with a single-action only trigger mechanism. The new TS features a sport trigger, with short trigger travel and quick reset – which will be greatly appreciated by more advanced shooters.
The pistol comes with a new frame, which is produced with modern CNC machines. The new manufacturing technologies used for the second-generation CZ TS 2 allow for precise tolerances down to a hundredth of a millimeter for a much tighter parts fit that results in both increased shooting accuracy and an extended service life.
When creating the new frame, CZ designers collaborated with shooters to design a frame with advanced geometry that may not seem different upon visual inspection, but is instantly appreciated when in hand. The combination of a newly designed slide with two pairs of massive serrations contributes to easier, faster and more reliable handling – and ultimately – easier, faster and more reliable hits on target.
The improved ergonomics and intelligent distribution of mass result in refined operation, even when shooting quickly. There is minimum muzzle rise and return is prompt and natural. If you were satisfied with the first generation in this respect, you will definitely be excited about the CZ TS 2 – you will be able to shoot it faster and more accurately.
The front and back straps have new, more prominent checkering to ensure secure handling, regardless of whether your hand is sweaty or covered with mud. There are debates about the texturing of the gripping surfaces on the new CZ pistols, as users considered some checkering too aggressive; but with this new model, it seems that a compromise has been reached that is ideal for everyone.
The new mechanical sights can be seen as a success. They consist of a 1 mm red fibre optic front sight and a relatively high, adjustable metal rear sight. The hammer features the usual shape found on CZ’s new sport specials, with a slanting design and large relief hole. It is definitely worth mentioning the new machined magwell that guides the anodized duralumin magazine into place. The flat grips are also made of anodized duralumin.
The new generation TS has a highly durable finish, which protects the weapon against weather, sweat and scratches. But even though the latest CZ weapons are not completely indestructible (users are unpredictable in this respect), they come really close.
In addition to the base model of the CZ TS 2 series, CZ is introducing the Racing Green and Deep Bronze hand-fitted models with custom components for more advanced ISPC competitors. In the near future, you can look forward to the launch of even more CZ TS 2 models.
We would now like to take the opportunity to write about the base model, which is especially suitable for beginners and intermediate shooters in the IPSC Standard Division and USPSA. This model is also a good choice for hobby target shooting with a large-caliber pistol.