Česká zbrojovka Open Plant in Slovakia

Defense News reports that CZ has partnered with Sitno Holding to open a firearms manufacturing facility in Slovakia.

Czech firearms manufacturer Ceska zbrojovka and Slovakia’s multi-industry manufacturer, Sitno Holding, have announced plans to open a new firearms plant in Kremnicke Bane, Slovakia, reported local newspaper SME.

The production facility will make a wide range of weapons and will supply the Slovak armed forces. One of the plant’s main products is to be a semiautomatic 9mm pistol, the CZ 75 P-07 Duty.

“This investment could spur the development of high-quality defense production in Slovakia,” said Ludovit Cernak, CEO of Sitno Holding.

CZ is located in Uherský Brod, just inside the Czech side of the Czech Republic / Slovakian border, two and a half hours drive from Kremnicke Bane, Slovakia.

[ Many thanks to Lance for emailing me the link. ]

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  • Lance

    I do know Slovak Armed forces are holding onto the VZ-58 for its service rifle. But pleased they are supplementing the CZ-82 with the CZ-75.

    • Doesitmatter?

      Guess what will be next. Business is business, politics come second.

    • From what I hear, I wouldn’t change the good ol’ vz. 58 for the new crappy “BREN” rifle for anything.

      Vz. 58 is one of the simplest and most clever firearm designs ever – I’m very sad it’s not being developed further (well, except for some tuning companies).

      • Doesitmatter?

        You are right. This weapon, although may not look as robust as “kalash”, it has some advantages. It is even possible to score with it at 200m reasonably well. What is mostly quoted as a shortcoming is lack of optical rail. This is solveable too; have seen tilting back/ snap forward rail arrangement on one Hungarian gun.

        My impression of Cz805 (do not like the synomymum BREN since Enfield never layed hand on it) is that this in put together on order without any creative spark. Uninspiring, dull copycat of AR18 with aluminum jacket. Just wonder, what will happen with that jacket (especially in front unsuported region) if it gets hard smacked. The gun will be immediatelly out of service.

      • W

        I have a Czechpoint VZ58 and it is a blast to shoot. One has to appreciate the design of a weapon that has a milled receiver, yet it is lighter than a AK. In my opinion, it is more reliable than the AK’s rotating bolt because of its locking breech action; obstructions to the massive ejection port are extremely unlikely.

        I havent heard about or seen a CZ Bren for that matter, though once its introduced to the civilian market ill purchase one. Ill assume it is a excellent weapon since its built by CZ, which in my opinion, is one of the most underrated firearms in the US.

      • Lance

        I like the VZ-58 as well in many ways im glad Slovakia is staying with the VZ its a good weapon I just think if they make in 5.56mm and add some rails it be just as good as any AK-101 on the market.

  • Stella

    Hopefully this means that (in the future) stocking of CZ pistols will be more consistent. Finding certain models can be very difficult.

  • bob

    I read a similar article (jane’s offshoot I think) with the understanding that new facility in Slovakia was mainly set up due to increasing exports to the U.S. by CZ. The Slovak military is way too tiny and underfunded to support a defense industrial base.

    • William

      It likely also is EU exports, CZ is popular in Austria as well (and we have a much larger shooters base than SK/CZ)