CZ Urban Counter Sniper

CZ 557

CZ-USA showed off a new bolt action rifle at the SHOT Show called the Urban Counter-Sniper. Built on the 557 rifle platform, the new gun is a design built for precision shooting within 400 yards. The average distance of shots taken by law enforcement snipers is less than 100 yards. Consequently, this allowed CZ to build a compact design that still provides precise shooting at four times the average distance.

As one might expect, the gun is chambered in .308 Win. On this rifle, CZ opted for a 16″ barrel for better maneuverability while still providing excellent accuracy within 400 yards. According to the company, shooters can expect a velocity drop of about 150 fps when compared to an 18″-20″ barrel.

The gun is fed from a detachable, ten round box magazine. CZ uses an oversized bolt handle for better control of operation even when under pressure and wearing gloves.

A Manners carbon fiver composite stock is used. Unloaded, the gun weighs about 10.5 pounds without a scope. The top of the receiver has a Picatinny-type rail for the easy addition of glass. There are no iron sights on this rifle.

Other features include:

  • three prong flash hider that is QD suppressor compatible
  • fully adjustable trigger
  • two position safety
  • flush fitted QD points on left side of the rifle (not visible in the above photo)

CZ has not yet announced a suggested retail price on this rifle.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • iksnilol

    Cool. Seems like a well designed weapon for its purpose.

    Though I would have fluted the barrel.

    • thedonn007

      I want one. I don’t care how much it cost, as long as it is less than $500.

      • iksnilol

        Eh, I think it will be around 700-800 USD.

      • Bryan

        Champagne taste with beer money…Lol…the stock alone is almost that…I’m guessing $1500-$2000 area…at $1000, it’d be a bargain.

  • Tassiebush

    i wonder if the trigger is placed a little too far forward? Could only tell by handling one I guess.
    The bolt handle location and size looks awesome for speed!

    • Prone stocks tend to leave room behind the trigger guard so you can still access the rear action screw.

      • Tassiebush

        Ah i guess that makes sense. Hope it doesn’t impede it’s use.

        • iksnilol

          Just do what I do:

          Tie a string around the trigger and your finger… might count as an MG in the US tho.

          • Tassiebush

            haha that’s a diabolical work around!

          • iksnilol

            + it helps you from losing the rifle.

  • DW

    Poorman’s M40A5?

    • iksnilol

      I think it is better. Shorter and lighter whilst delivering the same or better precision.

      + I bet it is cheaper.

      • tb556

        Cz makes some great rifles; Id love to see how well the flash hider works to quel the fireball out of a 16in 308

        • HSR47

          It looks like an AAC 51T mount.

  • Giolli Joker

    Looks cool.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im reserving judgement until I see a price.
    $600-$800 sounds about right.

    • tb556

      I think the stock costs that much.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        And im out!

        • iksnilol

          Don’t go yet, CZ is really reasonable with their precision gats. CZ 750 can be gotten for like 1500 USD or something.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Man, I cant spend 1500 on anything right now. Im paying for school. I can barely afford bullets. Sometimes I take the M-16 out of the safe and put it on the coffee table while I play COD.

          • iksnilol

            xD

            I can feel you there. I am still looking for a good airgun to train with… as cheap as possible. Friggin impossible. So I feel like giving up and just getting a 1337 (that pump action pistol thing) and a stock for it. Since getting an airgun that would suit me would cost more than my car. I just want something with 5 shots that I don’t have to bend over backwads to charge. I mean, the Daisy 853 was perfect except for the part where the pump pivots about 10 meters. I just want something accurate with diopter sights that I don’t have to hold in an artillery hold… Also I want it to cost something like 100-150 dollars.

          • mazkact

            Lancer AEG M4 with a battery upgrade, no kidding. Some airsoft carbines and handguns can be quite accurate. “Better” airsoft guns are fun as heck and are great for maintaining your skills on the cheap.

          • iksnilol

            Airsoft? I don’t doubt it can be accurate, but can it be precise?

            I am talking about 5 shots, one hole at 10-15 meters.

            I was looking at the Daisy rifles, the 853 and 953. But they look awkward to shoot from prone due to the long powerstroke. Problem is I do shoot prone and from knee, preferably with a sling. Might have to drop the sling tho due to the powerstrokes involved (can’t afford a PCP). So I am thinking of going cheap here. Crosman 1377 (due to .22 being a hassle legally in Norway) with an 18 inch barrel (the 24 inch looked attractive but I am afraid of it breaking due to only having an 7/16 of an inch OD) and diopter and globe sights. I think I could do that for less than 200 dollars with the ammo.

          • mazkact

            If you can find one in Norway a

            AR2078B is a Chinese made side cocking single shot .177 Co2 pellet rifle with a diopter rear and a globe front sight with replaceable inserts, very nice trigger. Mine is just about my most accurate air rifle out to twenty meters.These are easy to convert to bulk Co2 fill or you can use two 12 gram canisters. With the Lancer AEG M4 I routinely hit 3″ swingers from 60 feet shooting Offhand, it really surprised me and the sights on mine replicate A2 style “carry handle” type sights. Airsoft is like anything else, some junk(lots of junk) and some nice ones that with a little work and finding the right projectile can be surprisingly accurate.

          • iksnilol

            That looks really good, I am sceptical of CO2 but might have to compromise 😛

          • Bart

            If you have a “real M-16”, then you clearly aren’t broke. An M-16 with the full auto giggle switch is a pretty pricey item.
            I assume you mean “semi-auto civilian legal AR-15” when you said M-16.
            🙂

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            No, I mean a full auto M-16 which I could afford when I got it but do you have any idea how fast I can burn up 240 rds of 5.56? Its an amazing weapon but expensive to feed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e00229ddcfb9242458f6430c930ebb389ac4a5c2b5f5bb81dbeddaeb0acb7d89.jpg

          • Mark

            You prove the aphorism: “You can have [almost] anything you want, just not everything you want.” 🙂

          • tb556

            Sill some SSG 69 rifles at CDNN left.

          • Kivaari

            I never knew anyone that had a good SSG69 until recently. We called them crew served weapons. One guy holding the rifle while a second guy worked the bolt. Mine was horribly inaccurate and the bolt usually was very hard to work. For the money, circa 1983, it was a crude rifle that cost $1200+ without scope and mounts. The importer did not import 1 inch (25.4mm) rings, thinking 26mm would work. They didn’t. There were three of at the range together and none of the rifles delivered what was being claimed in gun magazines at the time. Same for the HK91 rifles. All the gun magazines were telling us how tight they grouped. The best I could do with good ammo was 3.5 inch groups with a scope or iron sights. When I can get the same sized group using irons, that tells me it isn’t my shooting.

    • Treyh007

      They would be silly to charge anything more than $700-$800. I would think they would be competing with Remington and Savage with this rifle and they have similar rifles priced in this range.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Agreed, it’s a pretty basic rifle with nothing that hasn’t been done before.

      • Kivaari

        Savage insists on using very fragile sights on the rifles like the “Scout”. They will shoot great groups, they just use horribly poor sights. That’s for guys like me that prefer BUIS.

  • Mark

    I am perplexed why the barrel must shave inches for “maneuverability,” but it cannot shed pounds at the same time. As if a 5 or 6 pound rifle can’t achieve 400 meter accuracy?

  • AndyT

    Id guess the MSRP would be a touch north of 1k; the manners stock alone runs like $600. Also it looks like the flash hider is a suppressor mount. Looks like a nice gun, wonder if they would make a LH version?

  • Mark

    I understand that, but you generate little sympathy when you post pictures of a more-or-less $30,000 asset 🙂

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Sorry, wasnt trying to rub it in anyones face. I know others here have posted pics of their guns.
      This happens to be the only “large” caliber rifle I own.

    • iksnilol

      Well, if you look at it is kinda crappy for the following reasons:

      -Inferior plastic furniture and mags. Would definitely not use during winter.
      -Silly short barrel that overheats quickly and isn’t as efficent as it can be.
      -Can’t reliably take down a moose without dumping a mag in its head… preferably with M855A1
      -Fixed carry handle

      Just a friendly jab, no harm intended 😉

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    AI mags, or “other” ?

  • Jeff S

    I wonder how this will compare to the Tikka T3 CTR? A the very least I hope the mags are less expensive! I’m in the market for a tacticool bolt-action .308 and that Tikka is a front runner. Here’s hoping CZ gets this rifle on the market soon! I’m very interested in the MSRP/street price.

    • uisconfruzed

      I thought the same thing. The CTR has a 20″ barrel vs this 16″ CZ. It’s also 3lbs lighter.

  • uisconfruzed

    Nice, but 10.5 lbs for a 16″ barrel? The Tikka CTR is 7.5 lbs with a 20″ threaded barrel.

    • DIR911911 .

      my dpms is 10.8 with a 18′ barrel 3x bushnell and a bipod . . . and 10 rounds in the mag

  • Marcus D.

    I have never understood why police departments buy high end precision sniper rifles; they do not need the performance such rifles offer–and its our money they are spending on their pricey toys. Although the Secret Service might want to take long shots, police rarely, as the article states, take shots over 100 yards, a range where even some sub-$500 rifle will offer half MOA accuracy.

    • Kivaari

      Yup!. Washington State Patrol used off the shelf Remington M700V in .243 Win.
      A trooper did shoot a kid at A sheriff’s substation. The kid had taken hostages, lightly wounded a deputy. The kid used an extended magazine he had built for a Remington semi-auto rifle and a SMG he made in high school shop class with the teacher being OK with it.

  • Bob

    Come on CZ please do a 300 win mag. I have my 308s covered and I would like to try 300 win mag. Heres hoping!

  • Joe

    Where in the world are people coming up with these MSRP guesses? I’d be absolutely shocked if it’s lower than $1200….

    • iksnilol

      Eh, it is based on the CZ 527 which has a MSRP of 700.

  • Kivaari

    “Counter Sniper Rifle”. What an idiotic name for a sniper rifle. Any rifle you shoot at snipers with is a counter sniper rifle. Which shooter is the sniper or counter sniper when two snipers are trying to kill the other sniper?

  • Goody

    They make a 10 shot mag

    They make lightweight, accurate hunting rifles

    CZ scout rifle when?

  • James Young

    Why not get an AR10 to fill this role?