Cz958 Approved for Canada

Cz958 Approved for Canadian Sale

After spending over a year in the inspection lab, the Cz958 will finally be available to Canadian shooters soon. The RCMP have classified the rifle as non-restricted with a provision that barrels under 18.5″ will be restricted.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because it’s pretty clear where the Cz958 fits into Canadian law. I came to the same conclusion as the RCMP nine months ago when I did my initial review:

Exact dates and MSRP are still to come, but this reporter would hazard a guess of “right around Christmas” and “right around $1000.”

There are two big differences between this rifle and the Cold War’s Vz58: First is the extended dust cover with picatinny rail for mounting optics. The second is the extensive semi-auto only reciever. Even a dedicated machinist would have a serious challenge converting this into a machine gun, due to strategic milling of this new receiver.

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It’s predecessor, the Cz858, was on thin ice for much of the past 2 years when accusations were made that rifles had been built on “converted automatic receivers.” The last federal government restored the rifle’s status, much to the relief of owners. However it is unlikely that we’ll see fresh 858 imports anytime soon.

Instead, all the current rifles from Cz are likely to be the tactical and hunter variants of the 958s.

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Legal Note: I put this at the bottom because not everyone cares. If you’re unfamiliar with Canadian Law, let me clarify the two statuses referred to in this article…

Non-restricted firearms do not need to be registered with the government, do require a license to own, and have much more lenient transport restrictions. They can be widely used for hunting, carried while camping in the bush, and fired at improvised ranges.

Restricted firearms cover SBRs and handguns. These firearms must be registered to a licensed individual, be locked in transport, and may only be taken to an authorized range to be fired. It is very unlikely that Cz will bother making any 958s in a restricted format due to the overwhelming popularity of non-restricted firearms in this country.



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • Dylan

    I thought that the RCMP no longer had the authority to classify firearms since that new bill gained royal ascent. Feel free to correct me.

    • Indiana Finney

      From my understanding, C-42 had to do with th reclassification of firearms, such as the Swiss Arms debacle the other year. And the Type 97 prohibition before that. RCMP still manages the FRT for new imports.

      • Bacon Chaser

        What happened with the Swiss Arms debacle? Did the rifle end up in the clear?

        • Indiana Finney

          Eventually, along with the other 858s that were prohibited at the same time. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney used the powers of C-42 to re-class the Swiss Arms. I’m glad it happened, the Swiss Arms classic green was the first rifle I ever shot.

          • Bacon Chaser

            When I heard about that, I was seriously disturbed that a government agencies had that kind of power – to just unilaterally ban a firearm without any legislative reasoning or control.

          • Mike from Canmore

            One more thing about c42. It doesn’t allow the RCMP to change the classification of firearms one year after they were classified. …
            But now, that my moron compatriots, not only elected the liberals, but gave them a majority, it doesn’t matter, because they can just make any law they dream of.
            And only a complete moron doesn’t know by now what the Liberals want when it comes to firearms.

  • kgallerno

    I am shocked this rifle got classified this fast considering the Beretta ARX and the Type81 are still awaiting classification after close to 3 years. Hopefully our new Lie-beral masters will let the shipment in before they start dropping the hammer on us.

    • USMC03Vet

      Good grief.

    • Steve_7

      Personally I’m not clear on why you still need an FRT# if the gun is non-restricted. Apparently CBSA will only allow them in with an FRT# but there’s no legal basis for that since the registry was abolished. I think it’s time for importers to start importing the things and when it goes to a customs court, get the court to rule on what the classification is. There’s no way is a Beretta ARX anything other than non-restricted. I know its a hassle for the importers but there needs to be pushback, the registry is gone, there is no need for verification anymore.

  • iksnilol

    Considering the minimum barrel needed I’d get this in 5.56… with a pinned flash hider.

    Though I am not really a fan of the added weight because of the scope rail (and the lack of ability to use stripper clips),

    • Paladin

      Pinned flash hiders are an American thing, they don’t really apply in Canada. A flash hider can be used to affect the guns overall length, as and where it is relevant for classification, but unless the muzzle device is machined as part of the barrel it is not factored into the barrel length for purposes of classification, even if it’s permanently affixed.

      • iksnilol

        That kinda sucks.

  • INFI

    What in the 5 round mag is going on here?

    • El Duderino

      The (Canadian) Firearms Blog

    • Kelly Jackson

      It prevents you from shooting up a womens college with your Mini 14 because you couldn’t get a date.

  • Rock or Something

    Oh, that’s a nice looking AK.

    *ducks outta the room

  • Ed

    Sucks you Canadians elected a pure fascist who will restrict these rifles.

    • Joshua

      Harper was the Fascist, Trudeau, well, it was him or having the Fascist back, so, we’re gonna find out what he is.

      • Anonymoose

        Isn’t he a feminist, or something? That’s worse than a fascist, if you ask me.

        • Joshua

          there’s feminists and Feminists, and then there are people who call themselves feminists. As in the case of his father, we have no idea what Justin is, they both had the same response to debate questions, elect me and see what I do. Which you may consider to be better than saying one thing on the election trail and then hoping people forget it once your in office, but it does leave a lot of unanswered questions for my taste. So, in the words of the Zen Master, “We will see”

          • mosinman

            quite a wager your country took

          • mugwump

            We’re screwed. The carbon tax crap alone will raise the cost of EVERYTHING, plus Trudeau’s love of the UN will result in more globalist control of our sovereignty. Oh, snd the Keystone pipeline debacle will continue to kill off our only industry apart from growing weed. FFS. I hate Liberal crap.

      • Mike from Canmore

        The poster boy doesn’t have a month in office and his cronies already prohibited the Beoulf magazins.

        Enjoy your “Stop Harper” experiment.

        Bloody idiots.

        • Joshua

          First, I didn’t vote for him.
          Second, as I have said to everyone who brings the topic up, what is your genius alternative?

          • Mike from Canmore

            There was only one viable choice in this ellection. Harper.
            Not perfect by a long shot, but the only option….that if you cared for Canada.
            Have fun with carbon taxes, jihadi flood, gun control and trashing of the economy.
            Now you had your “change”.

            Enjoy

          • Joshua

            let’s ignore the political reasons he wasn’t an option for a moment, since this is supposed to be a politics free blog, and instead talk about his record on guns.
            in his decade of governing Harper really only did four things for gun owners; number one, he scrapped the long gun registry, which was undeniably a good thing, from an economic standpoint; if I remember the debate correctly, the registry cost the government $8 million a year, and no one was getting $8 million dollars worth of use out of it, and even with that $8 million savings, he still couldn’t actually balance the books.
            Number two, he signed an agreement with the UN to limit the international sale and transportation of arms, which causes some major headaches when trying to import arms, which you have to do since there is almost no firearms manufacture left in Canada, so, a net negative on that one.
            Third thing he did was the resolution of the Swiss Arms Debacle, which may come round to bite us in the ass down the road since now that the RCMP only get one kick at the can on whether or not to import something, they are going to take longer to make the determination, and are going to be more likely to say no, and the legislative branch still has the option to ban anything they want anyway, so that was at most a band-aid.
            Fourth and finally was his great “Common sense firearms law” which has almost no grounding in common sense. It was sold to us as a simplification of the Firearms Act, which, it really wasn’t, the only areas of the firearms act it simplified is Possession Only Licenses, and Authorization To Transport. The elimination of the POL, while it simplified a couple of things was redundant since POLs, by their vary wording, are self eliminating; the only way to get them was to have guns before the Firearms Act came into effect, and then opt to not acquire anymore guns once it did, most people opted to take the safety course and get a PAL, most of the people who got POLs later upgraded, and those who didn’t have relatives who have a PAL, who the guns are going to anyway, so the only thing that can do now is bite us in the ass when some politician comes back and says “Well as a result of this bill we now have gun owners who can legally acquire guns without taking the safety course. *gasp*” which by the way, the safety course is a joke. The changes to the ATT didn’t really simplify the Act either, it simplified the paperwork, slightly, now I will only have to do the paperwork once, instead of, maybe twice or three times. and by paperwork I mean calling Miramichi and then checking my e-mail and printing off a page. The only people who will see a benefit from it will be competition shooters who travel across province lines to compete.

            TL;DR Harper was no friend to gun owners, he gave us enough to keep us shut up. Which is pretty well what he did to his entire voter base, gave us enough that we couldn’t complain much. And we got sick of it.
            We’ve had Liberal governments before, we’ve even had Liberal majorities before, we will endure, we always do. Canadian gun owners are resilient. And quite honestly, it’s healthy to shake the tree of liberty occasionally, that is what makes the best fruit fall.

          • dsfs

            And you just proved that Mr Harper did more for Gun owners then any previously serving Prime Minister in History. You sound quite similair to the Traitor president of the NFA.

          • mugwump

            Agreed. NFA whiners never happy with anything and acting like children when adult discussions are/were required.

          • Joshua

            okay, so much for not political. He did some minor stuff on Firearms, he created a lot of problems for everything else. Weighed against what he did everywhere else, I would rather not have him. I would definitely not want Trudeau, but I’ll take him over Mulcair, and I don’t want either of them in four years.

            you want an adult discussion? okay, Harper gutted public services, he killed the science sector, he was held in contempt of Parliament. He shackled us to the TPP deal which looks like it will finish killing off Canadian Agriculture and our Ideas market.

            how can you as an adult condone that?

      • Bobd06

        You stop Harper morons should be picking up the tabs for his screw-ups.

        • Joshua

          as I did not vote for Trudeau, this comment has no bearing on this discussion

      • dsfs

        You have that seriously mixed up. You need a lesson in what a fascist is I believe.

        • Joshua

          Search Results
          fas·cism
          ˈfaSHˌizəm/
          noun
          noun: fascism; noun: Fascism; plural noun: Fascisms
          an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
          synonyms:authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More
          Nazism, rightism;
          nationalism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism;
          jingoism, isolationism;
          neofascism, neo-Nazism
          “a film depicting the rise of fascism in the 1930s”
          (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

          That’s Harper in a nutshell

          • dsfs

            Your delusional at best with that view. Enjoy the next 4 years with the pretty boy who will do more harm to law abiding gun owners in Canada then the Conservatives did.

          • Joshua

            okay, so much for not political. He did some minor stuff on Firearms,
            he created a lot of problems for everything else. Weighed against what
            he did everywhere else, I would rather not have him. I would definitely
            not want Trudeau, but I’ll take him over Mulcair, and I don’t want
            either of them in four years.

            you want an adult discussion? okay,
            Harper gutted public services, he killed the science sector, he was held
            in contempt of Parliament. He shackled us to the TPP deal which looks
            like it will finish killing off Canadian Agriculture and our Ideas
            market.

            how can you as an adult condone that?

    • Bobd06

      Yep. The urban vote is easily persuaded you don’t need guns and the earth is paved so we need to tax the air we breathe because of climate change.
      Idiots.

  • USMC03Vet

    If you need a license to own, but don’t have to “register” isn’t that essentially the same thing as being registered….

    • M.M.D.C.

      A pig by any other name…

    • Alex Agius

      eh idk, with a licence all they know is you could own a gun (not that you do) with registration they know what you have. Let’s say they banned handguns in canada then they would have a list with every legally held handgun in the country, if they tried to ban non restricted semi autos well that’s another story

      • Joshua

        there are lots of theories regarding a “Long Gun Registry” in Canada, but a non-restricted arm can be bought and sold privately, so long as you have a PAL (Possession and Acquisition License) you can buy, or sell a non-restricted arm without informing the RCMP or federal gov’t. which means, they can register that you bought the gun since they know who has PALs, and Gunstores take down your PAL number in order to confirm that you have a valid PAL, but after that they can’t track it. gift purchases are easy, and legal, since so long as you verify the other person has a PAL, the background check is already done. and if they come back and say, as in the case of the VZ58s that were non-restricted, “This gun is now restricted, give it back” you can tell them you sold it privately, and you have lost/misplaced the information about the sale. making a pseudo long gun registry basically useless, unless they are going raid the private homes of every single PAL holder to find them, which they would quickly find out is a very bad idea

    • Darkpr0

      It’s as much a registry as a 4473 is 🙂 But we can send firearms clear over the country through mail and have the arrive at our door, it’s a pretty decent trade.

    • Paladin

      It’s the difference between the gov’t having a list of licenced gun owners and having a list of all the guns they own. Perhaps by the time they come for my guns I’ll have sold all the non-restricteds to Mike from Canmore.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Is the receiver different than the one we got in the US?

  • Victor Lourenço

    Christ, that beaver-barf furniture is atrocious.

    • Leigh Rich

      Lol… too bad you can’t afford one. I have one. Neat rifle. The furniture is cool and unique.

      • Victor Lourenço

        Yeah, uniquely ugly.

    • Leigh Rich

      Victor Lourenço terrorist

      • Victor Lourenço

        Durka Durka Muhamad Jihad!!!!

  • Bobd06

    Cool

  • JamesRPatrick

    Super sexy. Very clever milling around the trigger, too.

  • Sulaco

    The US elected Obamie, we hardly have room to boast.