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CZ TS 2 Review: Competition Ready, Are You?

The CZ TS 2 builds off CZ's popular 75 handgun series but brings its own competitive edge...is it ready for the competitive stage? We find out.

    Looking for a competition gun that stands out from the rest?

    With a unique steel-frame design, CZ has some good characteristics and their TS 2 looks to offer a competition gun that doesn’t totally break the bank.

    She’s pretty, but can she run?

    We got our hands on a TS 2 to test out its capabilities and see if it can really hold its own competitively.

    So, hang with us as we walk you through the specs, features, pros, and cons, and even take it to the range to push the limits of speed with this 9mm pistol.

    By the end of this review, you’ll know whether the TS 2 deserves a spot in your range bag.

    Keep reading!

    Table of Contents


    Pros & Cons


    • Designed to reduce muzzle flip
    • Large mag release button
    • Lightweight trigger


    • Does not like to be shot dirty
    • Heavier than most options

    The Bottom Line

    With a flared mag well and a large mag release, reloads are quick and easy. The streamlined slide reduces muzzle flip and helps keep follow-on shots on target.

    CZ’s TS 2 is heavy but also a very appealing and purposefully designed competition pistol. While I know of others who have run their TS 2 without ever having an issue, the model we received did not like to shoot dirty.

    Specs & Features


    • Caliber: 9mm
    • Width: 1.57″
    • Length: 8.86″
    • Barrel Length: 5.28″
    • Height: 5.8″
    • Weight: 48.5oz
    • Capacity: 20 rounds


    • Serrated Fiber Optic Front Sight
    • Ambidextrous Safety

    Specification Source: CZ USA

    at Palmetto State Armory

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    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    In 1975, CZ 75 was released (hence the ’75).

    Its foundation was laid and held true until 2005, when CZ released the TS version, designed specifically for competition. This development led to several other competition variants, including the 75 TS Orange, Shadow 2, and now the CZ TS 2.

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    These pistols may not fall in a straight line from the family tree; however, they are all an evolution of the varying competition pistols from CZ. Each model and sub-model (orange, green, and bronze) produces a better product than the last.

    Who Is It For?

    The TS 2 is likely not an affordable gun to be used as an everyday shooter. It is also not the best gun for concealed or duty carry due to the lack of an accessory rail.

    That said, the TS 2 is a great gun for the competition handgun enthusiast.

    Fit & Feel

    CZ’s TS 2 is big and heavy…but it’s well distributed with reciprocating weight kept as low as possible to keep the gun on target.

    The trigger is super light at 1.4 pounds, which also helps with those repeat shots. Rounding out the ergonomics, its aggressively checkered aluminum grips feel good in my hands without giving off the grip tape feel some polymer guns may have.

    The gun is thick in the grip but manageable for medium-sized hands and above. The safety is easy to find with proper hand placement on the pistol, dropping into fire selection without hesitation.

    How Does It Shoot?

    This gun’s lightweight trigger is flat-faced and quick to respond. And the low reciprocating weight keeps follow-on shots on target with little effort and makes the gun a ton of fun to shoot fast.

    That said, while at the range, we ran into an issue…

    Good accuracy

    Specifically, this gun does NOT like to run dirty.

    I know of other competitive shooters who have run their guns for hundreds of rounds without a cleaning. That was not the case with the TS 2 we received from CZ.

    Left dirty, this gun ran into failure to feed issues…


    Since this is a little out of the norm, we sent the gun back to CZ to check out and look over. We’ll update this review as soon as we hear back, but in the meantime, we felt it was worth mentioning.

    *Update 12-12-22 After receiving the TS2 back from CZ we took it to the range and fired 200 rounds of 115 grain Blazer through. We had the same malfunction (pictured above) a total of four times.

    A simple tap on the back of the slide always solved the issue, but it’s a shame it continued to happen. Were this a purchased handgun, we’d feel obligated to keep working with customer service to resolve the issue.

    What Sets it Apart?

    The CZ TS 2 is one of many other CZ competition-based pistols. When compared to other models, the two big things that set the CZ TS 2 apart are the low reciprocating weight and the large mag release button.

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    If you’re not sold on the TS 2 due to the lack of an adjustable rear sight, the Racing Green version may be the best option for you.

    By The Numbers

    Reliability: 3/5

    Given that our TS 2 suffered some malfunctions when it was dirty, we’re knocking some points off reliability. We have reached out to CZ, and if this rating changes, we’ll be sure to update the article.

    Ergonomics: 5/5

    CZ has clearly put some time and crunched some numbers to design this pistol for competition. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but the weight distribution on this pistol is top-notch. Follow-up shots are more accurate than any other pistol I’ve shot, with the least amount of effort from the shooter.

    Accuracy: 5/5

    The CZ TS 2 was extremely accurate out of the box, with the serrated sights reducing glare in bright conditions.

    Customization: 2/5

    There’s not a lot of customization available for the CZ TS 2. If you are looking for something more, it’s likely offered in the Racing Green model already.

    Value: 5/5

     It’s not the cheapest, but the expectation of value is based on what you get. CZ put a lot of thought into the TS 2, which is very valuable, in my opinion.

    Overall: 4/5

    at Palmetto State Armory

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Upgrades for CZ TS 2

    • Adjustable Rear Sight
    • Thumb Rest
    • Different Color Grips

    Breakdown & Reassembly

    The full breakdown of the TS 2 is complicated when you’re doing upgrades…but for regular cleaning and maintenance it’s pretty easy. Here’s a video we made for it on our sister channel:

    Final Verdict

    I had never shot a CZ prior to this review, and I found I was pleasantly surprised. Steel-framed pistols come with some added weight.

    While I understand the pros and cons, those benefits never showed themselves so much so as they did with the CZ TS 2.

    This gun may be heavy, but when speed shooting, the CZ TS 2 is the best I’ve found for follow-on shot accuracy. If you haven’t shot a CZ TS model and are still on the fence, give one a try!

    Once you experience the reduced muzzle flip, you will be immediately disappointed in your other pistols’ ergonomics. (But if you just can’t get over the weight, look into the CZ P-10 F. )

    Would you compete with the CZ TS 2? Let us know in the comments below. Want more CZ? Check out our full list of the Best CZ Competition Guns!

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    20 Leave a Reply

    • Commenter Avatar

      I have a TS Orange, with replaced trigger, brilliant gun. For IPSC in Europe you almost only see the TS2, lots of friends have it, and I like that model alot as well.

      August 26, 2022 3:06 am
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        Sean Curtis

        Very cool Henrik, we loved this gun, glad it's working for you too!

        August 26, 2022 6:51 am
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      Bernardo C

      Great Review!
      Im seriously considering this handgun now for future competitions

      August 25, 2022 9:03 pm
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        Jacki Billings

        Thanks for reading!

        August 26, 2022 4:56 am
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        Sean Curtis

        Hello my fellow Austinite! Love what you guys are doing over there. Thanks for stopping by!

        August 26, 2022 6:52 am
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      Had no idea this had a longer barrel length than the shadow2. Very cool and thoughtful review. Super lightweight trigger! Any idea how the gun would hold up in dusty conditions?

      August 25, 2022 8:58 pm
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        Sean Curtis

        We're still waiting to get the gun back from CZ before we can answer it's future performance. Most of the people we've reached out to who have run this gun say it holds up really well and normally doesn't have feeding issues.

        August 26, 2022 6:53 am
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          I shoot the TS2 9mm and .40 (minor/major limited) in USPSA and love it. When I first got the 9mm and used 115gr ammo, I had issues with the gun not feeding. I started using 124/147gr after having a discussion with CZ USA. It solved the problem immediately. Now that the 9mm is broken in, it shoots 115gr without any issues. It never mattered if my gun was dirty or not.

          March 1, 2023 6:53 pm
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            Sean Curtis

            D.S. thanks for this feedback. CZ didn't give me that line but we'll keep it in mind for the future. I rarely condemn a gun for these early break-in issues, but simply point them out as a possibility to readers.

            March 2, 2023 11:26 am
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      Paul Anderson

      I own one, absolute machine, never had a problem with the gun being dirty, competition ready out of the box.

      August 25, 2022 5:29 pm
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        Sean Curtis

        Thanks Paul, that's the consensus we've gotten too.

        August 26, 2022 6:54 am
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      Reed Cundiff

      Cannot imagine reason to:
      1. Carry a self defense weapon this heavy
      2. Require accessory rails for self defense

      August 25, 2022 5:01 pm
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        Entering my 30th year as an LEO, I only know a few guys who carry such large guns for concealed carry, and they are pretty much laughed at by most people. Personally, I feel that what makes a concealed carrier happy, and if they can effectively carry it without it becoming a huge burden, then all the power to them.

        I carry a Hellcat or P365, sometimes carrying pocket-carry, which I preach against, but is sometimes the only way that I can effectively carry.

        Rail for personal defense: If you can carry this beast, you can likely add a WML without much of a stretch. As a home defense platform, a WML is mandatory and if you don't have one, you are simply WRONG. It's what will likely prevent you from having to fire, or if you do have to, will ensure that your shots are effective and true.

        August 26, 2022 3:43 am
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          Sean Curtis

          Jim, thanks for your service!

          Joshua said the TS-2 isn't really applicable to duty or concealed carry scenarios. But you're right, I remember guys who would have carried a Desert Eagle if the Sarge would've allowed it!

          August 26, 2022 6:50 am
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          Oops! Misread your post. Sorry. I'm a huge guy, and that would be way too much of a burden to carry day-to-day. Thanks SC and stay safe, blessed, and happy.

          August 26, 2022 8:41 am
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        Sean Curtis

        Reed, this is a competition gun, we're not trying to suggest anything else.

        August 26, 2022 6:56 am
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      We need to define "dirty ". Are we talking 50 rounds or 500 rounds? In other words will it get through a few stages in a match before choking? I do agree that heavy 9mm guns are fun to shoot. Thanks for the article.

      August 25, 2022 4:51 pm
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        Sean Curtis

        Fair point Mike, I followed up with Joshua and the feeding problems started shy of 200 rounds so it wasn't too far along. We're anxious to get the gun back and see if it will run as reliably as most people report.

        August 26, 2022 10:54 am
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          Did you get the TS2 back from CZ? I can’t wait for the update.

          October 15, 2022 10:33 pm
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            Sean Curtis

            Eric, we got the TS2 back and took it to the range in December, 2022. We fired 200 rounds of 115 grain Blazer through it and had the same hang up four times. Each time it cleared with a tap on the back of the slide. I can't help but think it's something with this particular gun since the TS2 has a solid reputation everywhere else I've looked.

            December 13, 2022 2:04 pm
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