Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) Opens Brazilian Gun Factory

CZ P-07 Duty pistol.

Jane’s reports that Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) has partnered with the Brazilian firm RT Trading to form CZ-Brasil, a gun manufacturer in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. The factory will employ 150 people to manufacture CZ P-07 pistols for the military and law enforcement.

Thanks to Albi for the tip.

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  • Lance

    Well the Military uses the Taurus PT-92FS so I think this is a LE pistol offered to Brazilian Police.

    • A.K. for T-7

      The brazilian Army uses the old model Beretta 92, the one with magazine release on the bottom of the grip, made in Brazil by Beretta of Brazil in 1976, before it was bought by Taurus. The other standard issue is the IMBEL 1911 A1 single stack in 9x19mm.

  • Lou

    Brazilian agency were restricted by law for a while to purchase only Brazilian made arms. That has since changed and a ton of Brazilian cops went GLOCK. So seeing CZ try to break into the LEO market in Brazil is expected.

  • Mike Knox

    Whenever a title has the word ‘Brazilian’ in it, my mind starts thinking about “ladies’ crotch horticulture” making me picture out weird settings..

  • Blake

    Brazil has a policy to charge a hefty import tax on certain manufactured goods that aren’t manufactured in Brazil (see also Foxconn shifting iPhone manufacturing there: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/24/apple-now-selling-brazilian-made-iphone-4-but-pricing-remains-high/). Not sure if it applies to firearms but it certainly does to electronics. This has pushed a lot of companies to open factories in Brazil recently.

    It certainly seems to be working well for them so far. Creates lotsa jobs & potentially lowers the cost for the consumer as it’s certainly cheaper to manufacture stuff in Brazil than in the Czech Republic (especially with the Brazilian Real taking a dive recently).

  • Igor

    Great news. But, still, a civilian Glock like G25 costs about USD2000 (4000 reais, minimum wage is 680 reais monthly). Some companies, like the previously mentioned Apple, like to open factories here but keep the ultra-high prices, just having more profit out of the tax insention.

    Taurus has their share of fault for this, but with those ridiculous gun prices, plus ridiculous ammo prices (~USD3.5 each for a .380), plus ridiculous restrictions (like, you are only allowed to buy 50 rounds per YEAR, yeah, fifty a YEAR), it’s no wonder why we don’t have a true market.

    Great guns, hope they can shake Taurus real hard.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Hi, Igor :

      I’m assuming by the tone and content of your post that you are writing from a Brazilian citizen’s viewpoint. Thanks so much for enlightening the rest of us about the exigencies of private gun ownership in your home country — those prices are incredible to behold. Am I interpreting this correctly, or did I miss something : US$3.50 per round for .380 Auto ammunition?

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    I certainly hope they succeed in this venture. The CZ-75 family constitutes some of the very best pistols available among those who know, yet are still grossly under-rated by the general shooting public mainly because of marketing and market timing issues.