CZ S805 Bren Pistol

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Before Christmas, CZ-USA announced the impending importation of CZ S805 pistols – the first S805 pattern weapons to see importation to the United States. The pistol will be available with an adapter for a SIG brace. From CZ’s Facebook page:

It’s a Christmas miracle! This week’s ‪#‎MondayMorningCZSneakPeek‬ is another of our parent company’s firearms that folks have been asking about for years. The CZ 805 Bren PS1 is imported as a pistol. A piston-driven semi-auto, it has an 11-inch barrel, aluminum frame and takes AR-15 mags.

The best part about it is the availability of an adapter to mount an aftermarket arm brace. The brace coupled with the highly effective factory two-port brake makes the Bren incredibly stable to shoot in pistol form.

CZ-USA’s website has a description of the pistol, which is based on the NATO PDW variant, and a somewhat sparse list of specifications:

The first civilian-legal form of our 805 Bren is the PS1 Pistol, equipped with an 11″ barrel in .223/5.56. Utilizing the ubiquitous STANAG magazine used in the AR-15/M16, the 805’s action is housed in a one-piece aluminum upper receiver with a monolithic Picatinny rail.

At the rear of the action is a multipurpose mounting point, fit from the factory with a single-point sling attachment.

The addition of our accessory arm brace adapter coupled with the effective factory-equipped two-port brake makes the Bren impressively stable to shoot in pistol form. It shares the same low-profile sights as our Scorpion — an adjustable aperture rear and post front.

Unlike many of its competitors, the S805 features a modular magazine well, which allows CZ to easily offer to the US market the STANAG magazine compatible module as an accessory. CZ has (rightly, in my opinion) estimated that a proprietary magazine for the S805 pistol would be a serious hindrance to the weapon’s acceptance by US civilian shooters. The Czech military 805 will utilize proprietary translucent magazines.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • hydepark

    $2000???? Next.

    • thedonn007

      $1,000, I might think about it. $2,000, no way.

    • Jeff Smith

      It’s expensive, but that’s actually competitively priced. I’m not sure of the MSRPs, but the SCAR and the ACR are both selling above $2,000 at Bud’s Gun Shop.

    • Ian Thorne

      That’s what you have to spend on a gun designed less than 50 years ago. Advancement has a price.

      • Sam Schifo

        In reality though these “next generation” rifles are nothing more than modernized AR-18s; the AR-18 was designed in 1963. Actually, the majority of Western modern assault rifles owe their lineage to the AR-18.

  • thedonn007

    I would bet, that with the sig brace installed, this pistol would be just as long as a Tavor at around 26.5″.

  • andrey kireev

    If it was right around $1500 it wouldn’t be too bad, also if it was a full-size rifle…

    • Ian Thorne

      Street price will be right about that $1500 point after the initial rush. And they are importing the stock, so do your paperwork and the carbine is yours. Or even just arm brace it and call it a day.

  • echelon

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they’re bringing this to the US, but somehow I’m just not super stoked for this. I’d rather own the carbine version myself.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I won’t out too much weight on price because that’s obviously over market for a pistol. The quoted price for the EVO3 was very wrong iirc.

    But anyhow… You’ve made your intentions clear CZ… Now let’s see how well you follow through on it this year.

    • andrey kireev

      You meant to say the evo was cheaper than it was supposed to be ? I don’t think there’s such thing lol

  • MclarenF1Forever

    Ouch, about 3-500 more and you can get the SCAR 16. Pricing seems out of wack compared to the Scorpion EVO 3. Maybe because the latter is mostly polymer, while this has quite a bit more metal in its construction, and the piston driven system is more expensive as well compared to the blow-back action in the Scorpion. But at 2.5x the cost of the EVO 3, I’d rather have that and a Sig MCX.

  • Sure happens doesn;t it:-)

  • Paul Epstein

    I don’t think it’s something to be shrugged off as pointless whining. While the guns are capable in some respects, certainly they’re lethal, people aren’t buying these for genuine combat use (they would use the SBR or select fire versions). For the most part, it’s a range toy, and so the ‘cool factor’ goes a decent ways but not as far as most companies seem to believe.

    If anything, I feel kind of sorry for the importers, because they’re probably going to have to sit on these for a long time and sell them at a discount. I think the $600 dollar range would sell these out in a heartbeat, sure, and CZ probably can’t produce these at a cost where that’s profitable, but it’s a long way from there to nearly $1900 and I think you’ll find demand picks up sharply for every $100 that can be taken off the price.

  • gunsandrockets

    That is one expensive way to deafness. 11 inch .223, Ouch!

  • AK™

    TFB reader: What the f**k is that?

    TFB: It’s me Bren gun..