Shooting Guns In The Czech Republic

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While staying in Brno, CZ I went to a local range to try out some Czech made firearms. The range is called Trigger Service.

They have two ranges. Range A is your traditional range with lanes and electronic pulley system for setting paper targets out to a set distance. Range B is for training and has steel poppers, I prefer Range B

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I rented the following guns:

CZ-75 SP01 Shadow

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PPK Scarabeus

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CZ Scorpion Evo3

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In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of the Bren and PPSh-41

They were all a blast to shoot. I was only able to shoot the rifles in Range A and the “pistols” in Range B. They allow pistol caliber in Range B.

Here is the video from Range B.

 

And here is the video from Range A. Bren and PPSh-41



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Zachary marrs

    You wore a vector shirt? How many dirty looks did they give you?

    • Nicholas C

      That is cause I love my Vector. And I made the shirt.

      • Zachary marrs

        Dont worry, I have a shirt that says “rock out with your glock out”, so im always being followed by mall cops

  • puns

    “czeck that out”
    so much pun

    • Mike

      Shut up Barbara!

      • John Kelly

        Good god! A fellow RT fan?

        • Sam Schifo

          There are dozens of us! Dozens!

    • Michael R. Zupcak

      As a proud Czech, “Czechs Mix” was a brief nickname for me in middle school. I think “Czech Mate” would’ve been cooler, but would probably be better suited to someone who’s half Czech and half British 😉

  • Mike

    You forgot to take pictures of the Bren and PPSh-41?! Curse you!!!

  • Rob

    I feel like the repeating of shoots was a bit silly, like you could have cut to different shots and maintained the audio. From first person. Only nitpick though

  • Dracon1201

    I would buy one of those BRENs. They are amazing.

    • Nicholas C

      It is nice, but I feel like it is too similar to the SCAR. Might as well get a SCAR.

      • Scorpy

        If all external things (price, availability, etc) would be equal, would you say either has advantages or disadvantages over the other? Or any other “normally available” modern rifle? If the price is reasonable (not too far from 2000 euros), it could easily rival any other quality semi rifle. Czech firearms have a good reputation over here in Europe.

        Good choice with the Shadow! Probably the best stock pistol I’ve fired… OK, granted, it’s the pistol I’ve shot the most with, but still. The ergonomics are fantastic, and the weight and low bore axis make it really easy even for beginners to shoot. With a trigger job (which isn’t expensive usually), the trigger feel is just ridiculous. You can also reload it by just slamming the magazine in, no need for other manipulations…

        I’m not too far off saying the CZ pattern pistols, especially Shadows, are one of the most common pistols in Finland. Most likely right behind Glocks.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Czech-made firearms of virtually any type have a well-deserved reputation for outright quality second to none all over the globe, the United States included. It is a combination of competitive marketing by rival manufacturers, insufficient knowledge on the part of many potential buyers, lack of sufficient exposure to the general shooting public and higher-end pricing ( you get what you pay for ) that has tended to limit more widespread acceptance here in the U.S.

          Among more knowledgeable firearms enthusiasts, I have lost count of the number of times friends and acquaintances have regretfully decided against purchasing a Czech-made weapon that they really, really wanted because of budgetary issues — and this includes not only first-time purchasers of Czech guns but also those who already own one or more of these fine firearms.

        • Nicholas C

          I did not get much trigger time with the Bren. So I cannot attest to it’s accuracy. It feels too similar to the FN SCAR16. The Bren is a great gun, however I don’t think the aftermarket support is nearly the same for the Bren. There are loads of parts and upgrades for the FN SCAR.

          When looking at the nuances. because they are so similar, I prefer the SCAR over the Bren solely due to the fact that the SCAR has a bolt lock and release whereas the Bren only has a bolt hold. The SCAR stock has an adjustable cheek comb. The Bren has a unidirectional cheek piece that can be flipped 180 degrees for a lefty shooter. Other than charging handles on the Bren and SCAR, the SCAR does not need to be further modified for a lefty shooter.

          You are really splitting hairs between the two, I think. Of course as I said, I don’t know how well the Bren performs at longer distances and how accurate it is compared to the SCAR 16.

  • mechamaster

    Wow, scorpion EVO 3 and friends !

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Unless I’m missing something, the PPK Scarabeus is really a vz.61 Skorpion in the original .32 ACP ( 7.65mm Browning ) caliber, complete with original wood pistol grip. ambidextrous cocking handle and folding wire stock.

    A very solidly-made, reliable SMG / PDW that gets the job done, and with plenty of stopping power at close range ( in spite of the supposedly “weak” .32 ACP round ) due to the very controllable yet high rate of fire and negligible recoil that enhances accuracy and shot placement.

    • Nicholas C

      Yeah I could not really find much information about the PPK Scarabeus. And other than the name, it looks just like a VZ61 Scorpion.

      • Robert

        PPK
        Scarabeus were made by Zbrojovka Holice. They modified original vz. 61s (which probably
        belonged to the Peoples militia in communist era) to semi-auto version.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          Hi, Robert :

          If that’s the case, it would be quite similar to the Czech Small Arms ( CSA, formerly D-Technik ) ) semi-auto vz.61 imported into the United States by Czechpoint-USA. Incidentally, the Czechpoint web site ( http://www.czechpoint-usa.com) has some very well-made demonstration videos with excellent slow-motion close-ups of various weapons, including the vz.58 rifle and the vz.61 Skorpion. The CSA vz.61 is classified in the U.S. as a pistol and as such has no buttstock due to BATF rules, but the Czechpoint video clearly demonstrates it’s accuracy even without the benefit of one due to low recoil.

          According to the Zbrojovka Holice web site, the company suspended it’s storefront operations on February 28, 2014.

    • Gallan

      Yep, concealed weapon of choice by Dicaprio in the film Body of Lies.

    • Anon. E Maus

      .32ACP gets a lot of shit, but it’s really not that bad of a round, at least not in a gun such as the Vz.61, where you have a stock and the guns mass to help you further tame its already mild recoil, a bit of a longer barrel, and a roomy magazine. You can really put a lot of shots on target.

      And hey, if .32ACP is good enough to kill Hitler, it’s an acceptable cartridge in my book.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Agreed — that’s why I specifically said ‘supposedly “weak” .32 ACP round’. The .32 ACP ( a.k.a. 7.65mm Browning ) cartridge may not have anything like the energy on target of a 7.62mm x 25 Tokarev, 9mm Parabellum, .45 ACP, .38 Special, .40 S & W or similar full-powered cartridge, but it is still an effective tool when used correctly within the sort of ranges one would expect with a compact SMG, PDW or pistol, and with the added advantage of lower signature and much greater controllability in rapid-fire / automatic fire mode.

  • rodney yu

    what kind of red dot is on the Scorpion Evo 3?

  • Kovacs Jeno

    I spent two whole days there, excellent range!

  • James Young

    What? No review of the Skorpian or the Bren? Any answer when we’ll see the Skorpian sold as a pistol I’m America?

    • iksnilol

      You can already buy semi-auto scorpions in the US. I found one on Armslist for 500 with 3 mags.

      Also, why did you write “Skorpian”? It is Škorpion whicj means Scorpion (the animal) in English.

      • Nicholas C

        I think he was referring to the Evo3 Scorpion.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      The vz.61 Skorpion in it’s original form ( but converted to semi-auto ) has been available for some years now from Czech Small Arms ( formerly D-Technik ) via their sole U.S. distributor, Czechpoint-USA.

      If you are referring to the Skorpion EVO 3 version as shown in this article, it’s a different story — at least for now until full BATF approval is obtained ( if ).

      • James Young

        Yeah, the Evo 3 is what I’m talking about. Sorry, I wasn’t clear.

        • DiverEngrSL17K

          That’s okay — if and when the EVO 3 ever makes it over here, I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of us lining up to buy one :).

  • Thom

    How is an open-bolt WWII SMG in any way weird?

    • Nicholas C

      It is just weird to me. I thought I said “I am not used to this”