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CZ and Colt make it Facebook Official

The Czech-based parent company of CZ and Connecticut’s Colt has come to an agreement, leaving the European gunmaker increasingly American.

Announced on Thursday, the Česká Zbrojovka Group, or CZG, will acquire a 100 percent stake in the historic Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC as well as its Canadian subsidiary, the Colt Canada Corporation. CZG has agreed to a cash and stock deal that includes $220 million upfront and the issue of just over 1 million shares of newly issued common stock. The combined group will have annual projected revenues of over $500 million.

The heads of both companies painted the merger as a strategic step in which both stand to make great gains as brands.

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Czech Army doubles down on CZ-made weapons (duh)

Czech Republic-based CZUB has secured a significant tender to supply the Czech Army with new rifles, pistols, PDWs, and grenade launchers.

The award, announced by the CZ Group last week, includes 16,000 BREN 2 rifles; more than 21,000 CZ P-10 pistols; 1,600 CZ 805 G1 underslung grenade launchers; and nearly 100 CZ SCORPION PDWs along with training ammunition.

In all, the tender is expected to be worth up to 2.35 billion Koruna ($93 million USD) with deliveries by 2025 and follows up on some 40,000 CZ-made small arms bought by the Czech military in the past decade.

The Czech Army already uses CZ BREN rifles, CZ P-10 pistols, and CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers and are set to get a bunch more by 2025. (Photo: Czech Army)

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BREN, is that you?

Of course, whenever one says the name, BREN, one thinks of the famous Czech-British (Brno-Enfield) light machine gun that served the Allies well during WWII– and the British Army well into the 1980s.

The more classic BREN gun was a thing of beauty. 

However, in more recent years, CZ has been making the Bren 2, a design that has been well-received in Central Europe. Available over here as a pistol, the gun was introduced on the consumer market in a carbine format last month and I caught one at SHOT Show while in Vegas.

Derived from the company’s select-fire Bren 2, a modular combat rifle in the same vein as the FN SCAR, Remington/Bushmaster ACR (nee Magpul Masada), Radom FB MSBS Grot and Serbu Diabolus, the Czech-made gun uses a carbon-fiber lower and stock mated to a lightweight aluminum upper.

The new CZ Bren 2 Ms Carbine

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Goodbye, BREN, hello BREN 2

CZ’s 805 BREN line, a commercial variant of a modular light carbine developed for the Czech military, was nice. I say was because, with the exception of its select-fire cousin still being made for military sales (France, Egypt, Hungary and about a half-dozen other countries have entered into contracts for them of varying sizes) the 805 BREN was discontinued in its semi-auto commercial version.

The replacement?

Meet the new CZ BREN 2 Ms pistol, offered in both 7.62×39 and 5.56:

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Psst, need a GPMG? (paperwork required)

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Pic of post-sample Czech UK vz. 59 belt-fed general purpose machine gun in 7.62x54R that arrived at CzechPoint this month from the bonded warehouse after U.S. Customs clearance.

Paperwork will be submitted tomorrow to begin transfer to the SOT Dealer who purchased it. These are beautiful *unissued original factory machine guns* dated from 1994 and, if you are a LE or Mil end-user or SOT dealer with a signed letter, they are $3950, which is a steal for new-in-crate GPMGs.  Form 6 and Form 3 required.

The UK vz. 59 is an abbreviation for Univerzální kulomet vzor 59 (Universal Machine Gun model 1959), routinely shortened to UK-59. It is a right-hand belt fed machine gun utilizing non-disintegrating metallic 50 round link belts of which multiple belts can be linked together. Full auto-only, they have a 700-800rpm cyclic rate and weigh just 19.10 lbs.

Now that is a Scorpion with a subtle sting

The classic Skorpion machine pistol dates back to the Cold War and CZ redefined that .32ACP room broom into a polymer framed 9mm a couple years back with the semi-auto blowback-operated CZ-USA Scorpion EVO.

Last year, the Czech Republic-based company added to the line with the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 carbine, which sports a 16.2-inch barrel and is offered with a faux suppressor built specifically for CZ-USA by SilencerCo.

However, 16.2-inches can seem so long on an otherwise handy pistol caliber carbine so SilencerCo has come to the rescue and converted a limited run of 35 Scorpions to short barreled rifles, complete with side-folding stocks and an  Omega 9K suppressor (delivers 131.5 dB reduction on 9mm) with a direct thread 18×1 mount.

How sweet it is.

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