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CZ 241 – CZ’s one-of-a-kind

Česká zbrojovka has been known for plenty of firearms spread across different categories. Sports shooters enjoy the original concept of CZ 75. Armed forces, especially in former Czechoslovakia loved Vz. 58 rifles and Vz. 61 subguns. Hunters have been using famous CZ bolt action rifles like ZKK 600, CZ 527, or the more recent CZ […]

CZ 75 Champion – CZ goes IPSC!

CZ 75 has been a flagship of the CZ portfolio since it was introduced in 1975. Despite its slow start, this groundbreaking combination of extremely low recoil, superb accuracy, very decent trigger pull, high capacity magazine, and perfect ergonomics attracted the attention of many sport shooters. The pistol seemed to be ideal for plenty of […]

CZ 512 – A Great Plinkster

Do you like plinking? Ah, yes, we know you do! Everybody enjoys sending those tiny little .22 lead rounds down the range. This is the reason why semi-auto rimfire rifles have been so popular ever since the .22LR cartridge was invented. Let’s have a look at the story of CZ’s own plinker. Back in the […]

Tarantule – a mysterious water cannon

So you thought water guns are just toys for kids right? Let us prove you wrong. CZ has always been known for innovations in the firearms industry and their prototype water cannon known as Tarantule is no exception. What does it do? You most probably ever heard of a water jet being used to cut […]

CZ 247 submachine gun – Pick your angle!

If there is a specific common feature of the Czechoslovak firearm’s design in general it certainly is, and always has been ingenuity. One of the interesting examples of this statement is a submachine gun known as ČZ 247. Let’s have a look. Back in early 1946 Czechoslovak authorities decided it was necessary to introduce a […]

CZ 80 Prototype – The Czechoslovak PPK

The first decade after World War II was the golden age of the Czechoslovak firearm’s design.  One of the most successful designs was the venerable CZ 50 pistol. Back in the late 1940’s Czechoslovak police wanted to replace obsolete CZ 27 pistols in the holsters of their servicemen. The initial request was to introduce a […]

ZKK 600 – CZ’s hunting bestseller

For centuries Czech gunsmiths were famous for their high-quality hunting rifles and nowadays these pieces of firearms history are often pinnacles of private as well as public collections. Generally speaking until the end of WW1 vast majority of firearms produced in the area of later Czechoslovakia was a custom work based on the precise requirements […]

CZ 83 – In the shadow of CZ 75

If you have ever been looking for a second-hand CZ handgun you must have come across a used Vz. 82 pistol or its commercial variant CZ 83. Is it any good? Let’s have a look. Back in 1975 CZ factory was given a task to create a new handgun chambered in 7,65mm Browning (aka .32 […]

CZ 2000 LADA – a Czech AK clone

If somebody told you that CZ made a very decent AK-clone in the past I bet I know your answer. „Vz. 58 is not an AK-clone, it is a completely independent design!“ And you would be right. However… Czechoslovakia had a pretty unique position among the Eastern Bloc countries in terms of firearms design. While […]

Skorpion 9×19 aka “The Evo 2”

You don’t have to be a firearms expert to know Sa vz. 61 nicknamed „Škorpion“. Its design is extremely iconic and so are the main features of this subcompact submachinegun. But there is much more to the story than you may think! Vz. 61 was designed in the late 1950s by one Miloslav Rybář and […]