Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod

Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB) is an engineering company based in Uherský Brod, whose main activities include the production of service, hunting and sports firearms. It is owned by the Czech company ČZ Partners SE, which also owns other companies with related production programmes.

Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod
Joint stock company
IndustryFirearms
PredecessorČeská zbrojovka Strakonice
Founded1919 (1919) (Jihočeská zbrojovka)
1936 (1936) (Uherský Brod factory)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Revenue4,996,687,000 Czech koruna[1] (2017) 
773,098,000 Czech koruna[1] (2017) 
675,162,000 Czech koruna[1] (2017) 
Total assets4,777,464,000 Czech koruna[1] (31 December 2017) 
Number of employees
1800
Subsidiaries
Websitewww.czub.cz(Czech)
cz-usa.com(USA)

CZUB currently has around 1800 employees. It is one of the largest Czech exporters, exporting its products to more than a hundred countries around the world. The company is among the top ten small arms manufacturers in the world and five that manufacture automatic firearms.

History

1936 – Establishment of the arms factory in Uherský Brod

Today’s Česká zbrojovka a.s. was built as part of a large-scale transfer of strategically important production capacities of the former Czechoslovakia as far as possible from the western borders threatened by Nazi Germany. In Uherský Brod in the south-east of Moravia, a brand new arms factory was established, which was one of the most modern and most efficient factory worldwide, and which, in the first years of its existence, was successfully engaged primarily in the highly demanding production of aircraft machine guns.

1949 – Start of the production of Sa vz. 26 submachine guns

After World War II, the joint-stock company Česká zbrojovka was nationalized and its branch factory in Uherský Brod, which became independent in 1950, gradually became the main Czechoslovak manufacturer of small firearms. Its most famous products from the immediate post-war period were the Sa vz. 23 submachine guns, chambered in the common 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge (Later the 7.62x25mm Tokarev in vz. 24/26 after Czechoslovakia joined the Warsaw Pact). The Sa vz. 23 were the first production-model submachine guns with a telescoping bolt, which the bolt wraps around the barrel, which made the vz. 26 shorter and more compact than the other submachine guns at the time. By 1953, 545,000 were produced in Uherský Brod, 345,000 of which were of the 7.62 mm Tokarev variants.

1959 – Start of the production of the vz. 58 assault rifle

The vz. 58 assault rifle (Designated as a submachine gun in the Chechoslovak military) chambered in the 7.62×39 mm cartridge, was a Czechoslovak alternative to the Soviet's AK-47 with an original design. This exceptionally well-designed firearm was produced in Uherský Brod for the national armed forces as well as for export until 1984 and the total production volume reached about 920,000 units.

1962 – Start of the production of the vz. 61 Škorpion machine pistol

The well-known compact vz. 61 Škorpion machine pistol was an ingenious and very successful attempt to fill the gap between submachine guns and semi-automatic pistols. More than 200,000 of these machine pistols in the standard .32 ACP cartridge were produced in Uherský Brod until 2000, and small batches of these machine pistols in the .380 ACP version were produced in the 1990s.

1975 – Start of the production of the CZ 75 pistol

The CZ 75 semi-automatic pistol, revolutionary in a number of aspects, was the work of the well-known designer František Koucký, who worked on its development based on an assignment of today’s Česká zbrojovka a.s since 1969. This firearm with perfect ergonomics and unique double-action trigger mechanism co-defined the category of Wonder Nines, i.e. large capacity SA/DA pistols chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum, and has long been one of the most popular of them.

1992 – Founding of Česká zbrojovka, a.s., Uherský Brod

Privatization of the state-owned enterprise Česká zbrojovka transformed it into a joint-stock company, which concentrates its activities in its main plant in Uherský Brod on the development and production of high-quality firearms, while utilizing its remaining capacity for the production of high-precision components for the automotive and aerospace industry. It is a Czech company owned by Czech shareholders.

1997 – Founding of the CZ-USA subsidiary company

The position of Česká zbrojovka, a.s. on the world’s most prestigious firearms market has significantly strengthened by the establishment of the subsidiary distribution and service company CZ-USA. This subsidiary started its activities in California, but in 1998 it relocated to Kansas City, Kansas, where it still operates. Within the creation of the international holding Česká zbrojovka Group, CZ-USA became an independent business entity.

2004 – Acquisition of the firearms production of Zbrojovka Brno

In order to preserve the famous tradition of firearms production in Brno, Česká zbrojovka a.s began preparing to take over the Firearms division of Zbrojovka Brno, a.s. The newly created company, originally named BRNO RIFLES, started its activities at the turn of 2006 and its domain was the production and development of break action firearms. In 2008 it became a subsidiary company of Česká zbrojovka a.s. In 2010 the company was renamed to ZBROJOVKA BRNO, s.r.o.

2005 – Acquisition of the Dan Wesson Firearms brand

Česká zbrojovka, a.s., through its subsidiary CZ-USA became the owner of one of renowned American arms brands – Dan Wesson Firearms. This company, originally a revolver maker founded in 1968 by a grandson of the well-known Daniel B. Wesson, with its Czech-American management soon became one of the most distinguished manufacturers of modern clones of the famous M1911 pistol.

2011 – Entering the market of firearms for armed forces , beginning of the rearmament of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic

Beginning of the mass production of the new generation of CZ 805 BREN A1/A2 assault rifles, CZ SCORPION EVO 3 A1 submachine guns and CZ 805 BREN G1 grenade launchers, which were used to rearm the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic.

2016 – Building of assembly capacities in Peru

Česká zbrojovka a.s significantly penetrated foreign markets by opening a separate space for the assembly and repairs of CZ pistols at the FAME army plant in Lima, Peru. The Czech company participated in the project by supplying modern equipment and tools and training of technical personnel. This enabled the Peruvian company to assemble CZ guns, provide service and sell them on the Peruvian market and then throughout Latin America. It was the first case of technological transfer of Česká zbrojovka a.s to this promising region.

2018 – Establishment of the CZ Group holding

Since 2018, Česká zbrojovka a.s has been part of the international holding Česká zbrojovka Group SE that, in addition to the parent plant in Uherský Brod, gradually incorporates other companies with related production and development programmes.

2019 – Start of the production of CZ firearms in the United States

In cooperation with CZ-USA, the production of the first CZ firearms was launched in Kansas City, Kansas. These include selected models of the successful CZ P-10 series of pistols. Other versions were added in the same year, namely CZ P-10 F (full-size), CZ P-10 SC (semicompact) and CZ P-10 S (subcompact).

Notable developments

Over the years Česká zbrojovka has developed several revolutionary or highly influential designs in various fields of small arms, most notably:

Current production

Pistols

  • Series CZ P-10
    • CZ P-10 F
    • CZ P-10 C OR
    • CZ P-10 C
    • CZ P-10 SC
    • CZ P-10 S
  • Series CZ P-10 NATO
    • CZ P-10 F 9x19 NATO
    • CZ P-10 C 9x19 NATO
  • Series CZ P-07/09
    • CZ P-07
    • CZ P-09
    • CZ P-09 FDE
  • Series CZ P-07/09 NATO
    • CZ P-07 9x19 NATO
    • CZ P-09 9x19 NATO
  • Series CZ 75
    • CZ 75 B
    • CZ 75 B Ω
    • CZ P-01 Ω
  • Series CZ SHADOW 1
    • CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW
    • CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW ORANGE
  • Series CZ SHADOW 2
    • CZ SHADOW 2
    • CZ SHADOW 2 SA
    • CZ SHADOW 2 OR
    • CZ SHADOW 2 URBAN GREY
    • CZ SHADOW 2 ORANGE
  • Series CZ 75 TS
    • CZ 75 TS ORANGE
    • CZ 75 TS CZECH MATE
  • Series KADET
    • CZ P-07 KADET
    • CZ P-07 KADET URBAN GREY
    • CZ P-09 KADET
    • CZ P-09 KADET URBAN GREY
    • Adapter CZ SHADOW 2 KADET
    • Adapter CZ P-07 KADET
    • Adapter CZ P-09 KADET
    • Adapter CZ 75 SP-01 KADET

Rimfire Rifles

  • Series CZ 457
    • CZ 457 VARMINT
    • CZ 457 MTR
    • CZ 457 ROYAL
    • CZ 457 PREMIUM
    • CZ 457 AMERICAN
    • CZ 457 LUX
    • CZ 457 TRAINING RIFLE
    • CZ 457 JAGUAR XII
  • Series CZ 512
    • CZ 512
    • CZ 512 TACTICAL

Centerfire Rifles

  • Series CZ 527
    • CZ 527 VARMINT
    • CZ 527 VARMINT LAMINATED
    • CZ 527 VARMINT MTR
    • CZ 527 CARBINE
    • CZ 527 CARBINE SYNTHETIC
    • CZ 527 NIGHT SKY EDITION
    • CZ 527 LUX
    • CZ 527 AMERICAN
    • CZ 527 THUMBHOLE
  • Series CZ 557
    • CZ 557 VARMINT
    • CZ 557 VARMINT LAMINATED
    • CZ 557 VARMINT SYNTHETIC
    • CZ 557 ECLIPSE
    • CZ 557 LUX
    • CZ 557 LUX II.
    • CZ 557 LUX LH
    • CZ 557 LUX SA
    • CZ 557 AMERICAN
    • CZ 557 AMERICAN LH
    • CZ 557 RANGE RIFLE
    • CZ 557 PREDATOR
    • CZ 557 SUNSET VALLEY
    • CZ 557 GREEN VALLEY
    • CZ 557 GREY VALLEY

Semi-automatic rifles

  • Series CZ BREN 2Ms
    • CZ BREN 2MS .223 REM 11"
    • CZ BREN 2MS 7,62x39mm 11"

Semi-automatic carbines

  • Series CZ SCORPION EVO 3 S1
    • CZ SCORPION EVO 3 S1 CARBINE
    • CZ SCORPION EVO 3 S1

Submachine guns

  • CZ SCORPION EVO 3 A1

Assault rifles

  • Series CZ BREN 2
    • CZ BREN 2 5,56x45 8"
    • CZ BREN 2 5,56x45 11"
    • CZ BREN 2 5,56x45 14"
    • CZ BREN 2 7,62x39 mm 9"
    • CZ BREN 2 7,62x39 mm 11"
    • CZ BREN 2 7,62x39 mm 14"
  • Series CZ 807
    • CZ 807 5,56x45 mm 16"
    • CZ 807 7,62x39 mm 16"

Battle rifles

  • CZ BREN 2 BR 7,62x51 NATO

Sniper rifles

  • CZ TSR

Grenade launcher

  • CZ 805 G1

Older products

Handguns

  • ČZ pistol, Modell 27 Kal,7.65 mm
  • ČZ pistol, caliber 7.65 mm
  • ČZ pistol, caliber 6.35 mm
  • Model LK 38 pistol, 9 mm caliber
  • DUO pistol, caliber 6.35 mm
  • Target pistol, Model ZKP 493
  • CZ 40P (Limited run, no longer in production)
  • CZ 45
  • CZ 50
  • CZ 52
  • CZ 70
  • CZ 82 and CZ 83
  • CZ 100
  • CZ 110
  • CZ 122
  • ZKR 590 Grand revolver, in calibers .38 and .22 and 7.62 Nagant short
  • CZ 40B Joint venture with Colt

Smallbore rifles

  • Model 242
  • Model 243
  • Model 244
  • Model 245
  • Model 246
  • Model 247
  • ZKM 452 2E
  • CZ 452
  • CZ 453
  • CZ 455
  • CZ 511
  • CZ 513
  • CZ 527, caliber .17 Hornet; .204 Ruger; .223 Rem; 7.62x39, etc.

Bigbore rifles

  • CZ 550
  • CZ 557
  • CZ 584, calibre 7x65R; 7×57R; 5.6×52R; 6.5×57R; .243Win; .308Win, etc.

Aircraft machine guns

  • LK 30
  • MG 17

Military rifles

Submachine guns

Shotguns

  • The CZ 581 Over and under shotgun, 12/12 bore;
  • The CZ 585 Over and under shotgun; the over and under rifle/shotgun; the CZ 582 prepared for SKEET shooting

Miscellaneous

  • Signal / Flare pistol
  • Components for the infantry fire-support machine gun models MG 34, MG 81, and the K 35 anti-aircraft cannon
  • The UB 070 and 071 Alarm/Starting Pistols
  • Signal pistols, models 44/67. Produced between 1981–1983
  • Model ZKP 493 target pistol
  • Air-rifle models Z 47, 235, 236, 237,612, 614, 618, 620, 624, 630, 631, 632, 634, 800, 801 and 802
  • Air-rifles. Models 802, 803, 603, 608, 612, 615, 618, 620, 622 and 624, mainly calibre 5.5 mm
  • Slavia air-rifles - the 603, 608, 612, 620 and 622
  • Air-pistol, Model ZVP, calibre 4.5 mm
  • The APP Automatic Gas-fired pistol
  • The Tex 086
  • The Tex, Model 3 - a break-barrelled air pistol
  • Model CZ 75D Compact 4.5mm Calibre CO2 pistol
  • Three-shot automatic shotgun - CZ 241, in 12, 16 and 20 gauge
  • Over and under shotguns, calibres 12,16 and 20
  • Over and under ČZ models 581 and 584 - 586
  • The ZKK 600, 601 and 602 hunting rifles(calibers ranging from .243Win-.248Win)
  • The ZKW 465 Hornet rifle and the ZKW 465 Fox rifle
  • The ZKM 452, 561, 573 and 581 small-bore rifles
  • The ZKW 465, 680
  • The CZ 537 rifle

See also

References

Literature

  • David Pazdera, Jan Skramoušský: Česká zbrojovka. Historie výroby zbraní v Uherském Brodě [Česká zbrojovka. History of weapon manufacturing in Uherský Brod], 2006, ISBN 80-903450-9-3. Two chapters online and .
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