Tour of the CZ (Česká Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod) Factory

Česká Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod (CZUB) is one of my favorite firearms manufacturers. Iconic weapons such as the Vz.58 and the CZ-75 came from behind the Iron Curtain and are still relevant today. The company itself has a rich and interesting history, as our guide – who had worked at CZUB for almost 40 years, and whose grandfather worked at the factory during World War II – explains.

CZUB History, 1934-1945

One thing I’ve wondered about for quite some time is exactly how to pronounce Česká Zbrojovka (the name of the company) and Uhersky Brod (the name of the town where the main factory is located). Boris of CZ was working the booth at IWA and prounounced them both for me. Also, our guide explains the difference between “CZ” and “Vz.”

Česká Zbrojovka Q&A

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • Todd

    CZ produces some of my favorite “walk-around” rifles. Old world quality, drop dead good looks and very competitive pricing make them hard to resist.

  • Dan Shea

    You didn’t happen to hear if they were going to release a civilian version of the Scorpion Evo 3, did you?

  • 4Cammer

    Thanks, that was cool. Of all the handguns that I have and have had, my CZ-75/85 platform models are my all time favorites.

  • Noir

    Well, “vzor” isnt 100% sinonimous with “model” as cz language uses both words, but vzor is used for military designation – vz.24, vz.58 rifles or vz.90 shoes – therefore vz. is more like mk. (as in mk.19) but with the year of adoption.

  • Mouldy Squid

    Thanks for those videos. My CZ 75 SP-01 has made me a convert to the CZ line.

  • Lance

    The Slovak military still use many VZ-58s and the CZ-75 is now there sidearms with a few CZ-82s in Officers service.

    Having all the fun Steve no fair. 😉

  • Noir

    Dan Shea: semi-auto Scorpion should be released by now – at least in CZ
    Price is slighty over the SP-01 Shadow costs..

  • Dan Shea

    Noir : would it be importable to the US through CZ-USA or a CZ dealer in the US? HK is just not friendly with making the UMP 9 accessible to the general public. Even if you could get one, getting replacement parts would be close to impossible. I am still waiting for the Kriss to show up in 9mm. They said later this year or early next. I am sticking to 9mm because I have access to lots of it for next to nothing.

  • Noir

    Iam pretty sure they want to export it, but US inport laws are quite strict (barrel too short, etc..) and CZ have to fill Czech army order first, then they should export some to Azerbaijan and then there is time for civilian market (at least in Czech).

  • andrew

    Lance, unfortunately for Steve, he wasn’t the one on the Europe trip – I was. I snuck up behind him at SHOT and knocked him over the head with a 1911, then stole his identity and went to Europe telling people that I was with The Firearm Blog.

  • gerry

    Been using the CZ-75’s and 85’s (ambi) since the late 80’s. Last month I picked up an SP01 Phantom and with 18 rounds on the clip need only two extra mags. If the smoke does not clear after one mag, I will be in deep

  • gerry

    Begging your pardons, I said clip when I meant magazine. I stand corrected.

  • Earl T

    Just back from the range, after an extended lay-off. Brought the Sig 226 and broke out the CZ PO-1 after many months in storage.

    While I was accurate with the Sig (more the pistol than me), I was surprised I was even more so with the CZ, my first-ever pistol purchase! Still an amazing firearm that CZ!