Articles

  1. CZ-USA shooting tips and intro to the Scholastic Pistol Program

    Ever since the first batches of CZ-75s started floating into the country in the late 70s, these guns have made appearances in practical competition shooting. With that in mind, it looks like CZ-USA is moving forward with a series of shooting improvement videos as well as becoming involved in the Scholastic Pistol Program. The SPP, taking it one plate at a time One of the best programs for youth shooting in the country is the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
  2. The legendary Vz.58 rifle, CZ's answer to the AK-47

    In the 1950s, the Czech military, going their own way as usual, took a look at the Soviet AK-47 and decided, while the AK was nice, they could do better. The result was the Vz-58, which, produced by CZ, became one of the best modern rifles of the 20th Century. Origins After World War Two, the military of Czechoslovakia was, for better or worse, integrated into the Soviet-backed Warsaw Pact organization largely by fault of 1945 battle-lines and a deal made among the Western Allies in Yalta...
  3. Why you should own a CZ

    Hunting and guns are some of the things that Aaron is very passionate about. He writes for Gun Mate and in other websites where he shares information on these, interacting with bloggers and other gun enthusiasts like me. This article that he has written talks about some of the CZ guns available in the market and the valid reasons for keeping one at home Currently, many people are still not convinced that having a gun is a valid move. They say that these kill people. But if you really think...
  4. The CZ45 and its Florida Clone

    Just after World War Two, the CZ works began production of a new and efficient little .25ACP nine-shot pistol that could fit in the palm of your hand. Then, when they were cut off from importation, imitation became the sincerest form of flattery. The CZ45 Continuing pre-war work on the CZ36 pistol, Czech firearms engineer Jan Kratochvil perfected the design of a small, 15-ounce, five-inch long, blowback pistol chambered in 6.35mm Browning (.25ACP), then a popular defense round in Europe....
  5. CZ82 Vs the Glock 19

    One of the most popular compact CZ imports to the US is the C&R eligible Czech military surplus CZ82. We thought it would be an interesting match-up to compare this great little gun to another popular import from Central Europe-- the Glock 19. The CZ82 Introduced in 1982 (hence the '82 part of its designation) the CZ82 was designed by Augustin Necas of the CZ works as a replacement for the venerable CZ52, which we will cover in another article. The CZ52 was a 7.62x25mm Tokarev based...
  6. The Canadian Government coming for CZ-858 rifles

    In a sudden \'reclassification\' by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, two models of modern semi-automatic sporting rifles have now become banned in the Great White North. These include the humble CZ-858 rifle. What is the CZ-858? Based on the classic Cold War era vz.58 rifle, the CZ-858 was built in recent years from the ground up as a sporting rifle. Although based on a select-fire military rifle and using many surplus military parts left over from Cold War production, the 858 is and...
  7. The Vz.70 : Forgotten disco-era .32ACP CZ

    In 1970 the Czech government rebooted an existing handgun design to produce a neat little .32ACP pocket pistol that is a near clone of the Walther PP. This gun has marched off into history as the Vzor (model) 70, and it is a great little CZ. Roots from the 50s After the end of World War Two, the Czech government was looking for a nice new pistol for its police forces. The task to come up with this gun fell to the brothers Jan and Jaroslav Kratochvl over at the CZ works. (These same guys...
  8. The Vz.24 : CZ's first successful pistol

    After Czechoslovakia became its own country following the end of WWI in 1918, it inherited many of the former Austro-Hungarian empire's arsenals. Over time its armament factories expanded to two different works by 1924: Zbrojovka Brno (ZB), which was set up to make bolt-action Mauser style rifle and Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) that would make pistols, machine guns and other arms. It was then that CZ took over the task of making a new pistol that would be used by the Czech military, police, and...
  9. The new CZ 805 BREN Gun, oh how sweet it is

    After World War One the country of Czechoslovakia emerged from the ashes of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. The new nation had to build everything up from scratch. Her army, made up of men who had fought for the Russians, Austrians, and French, had an amalgam of arms and munitions that was as varied as the colors of the rainbow. The first thing the new country did was seek its own armament. In 1926 this led to a new light machine gun known in Czechoslovakia as the Zb.v 26. With its...
  10. CZ RAMI Czech Concealed Carry Dreamgun

    After the end of the Cold War, the Czech Republic, recently divested of both Soviet occupation and the Slovak half of their former country, needed a new gun. Specifically their police force, which had been saddled with a series of 9x18mm Makarov caliber pistols on demands from the Soviets, wanted to upgrade. This led to the RAMI. (The RAMI, right, compared to the legacy Czech police CZ52 and CZ82/83 series pistols) With 9x19mm being possibly the most common pistol round in the world, the...
  11. The CZ75 Pistol : Forty Years of Classic 9mm

    One of the neatest designs that have gained traction over the past few years in the US has been the CZ75 line of pistols. These durable and slim doublestacks have an interesting background that has made them available in a huge variety of styles and flavors. Why was it made? After World War 1, the country of Czechoslovakia rose from the ashes of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. This new country inherited a number of former Austrian military arms factories that became known as the Ceska...
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