First Look at 7.62×39 CZ Bren 2, More Details on Pakistani Trials Rifles

Earlier this week, we reported about the Pakistani Army seeking a new rifle to replace its aging license-produced Heckler & Koch G3 and Chinese Type 56 rifles, and now new details – and most excitingly, new images – have come to light.


Pakistani military officials peruse a lineup of rifle hopefuls from FN, Kalashnikov, Zastava, CZ, and Beretta. Image source:

First, it seems the Pakistanis are not considering the 5.56mm caliber for their next-generation rifle. Previously, I reported that the Zastava M21 and CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles being considered were in 5.56mm caliber, but this is not the case. Photos of an industry show-and-tell have been released, and show not only the Zastava M77 in the 7.62x51mm caliber, but also the as-yet unannounced and unseen CZ Bren 2 rifle in 7.62×39!


A surprise: Zastava was nor showing off either their 5.56x45mm M21 or 7.62x39mm M70 rifles, but a modernized version of their 7.62×51 M77! Image source:



A much bigger surprise: Česká zbrojovka brought out a brand-new rifle, the CZ Bren 2 in 7.62×39! Note the new pattern straight-insert constant-curve magazine. Image source:


In 2013, CZ announced the multicaliber 807 Bren, offered in 7.62×39 for the Indian military (although no photos surfaced), but the 7.62x39mm version of the newer 806 Bren 2 has come completely by surprise, as does the totally new pattern of magazine designed for it.

Thanks to Retiv for the tip!

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 is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Giolli Joker

    Saddam’s body doubles got new positions.
    I’m happy for them, I thought they were left jobless…

    • Eric S

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Andrew

      Are you saying they all look alike? You can’t say stuff like that in Obama’s America.

    • SP mclaughlin

      They should go back, their country needs them.

    • Patriot Gunner

      HAHAHA! You Sir have won the internet comment of the day award. That was frickin’ hillarious.

  • 2hotel9

    Sad to say, that was my first thought when I saw the pic! Glad to see sensible people finally running a military procurement process and rejecting .22 in favor of a real rifle cartridge. .30! FTW!!!!

    • Garmanarnar

      Said someone who doesn’t understand the basics of terminal ballistics.

      • 2hotel9

        Sprout a sense of humor, Francis.

    • Tom

      Ah the calibre war must make it into ever story.

      But seriously whatever arguments one might have over 5.56mm Vs 7.62mm (be it NATO or Soviet) the former remains a lot easier to train people to shoot accurately which is still a massive advantage over .30 cal rounds.

  • Petto

    It is a new pattern of magazine? wow , i thought it was a AR47 Stanag type of magazine
    New magazine looks like a magpul AK magazine but with the AR catch hole

    • When converting from 7.62x39mm to 5.56x45mm, this design allows for the use of M16-type magazines with the insertion of a simple magazine well sleeve.

  • Wetcoaster

    This probably explains the lack of ARs or the Type-97 in the contest. I wonder if we’ll see the HK417, SCAR-H, or a modernized Type-81 showing up though

    • Just Sayin’

      CMG should’ve entered the Mutant.

  • gunsandrockets

    No caliber change. How interesting.

  • Andrew

    Now they just need to make a 7″-8″ pistol version so I can SBR it!

  • Devil_Doc

    Hmm.. I’m liking that M77. We’ll be seeing that imported to the US on the 5th of never.

    • Scott P

      We did import the M77 but Century stopped it because no one was buying them.

    • Vhyrus

      I had an m77. Gun itself was rock solid but it kicked like an angry mule. Magazines were the real killer though. Hard to find and expensive. Ended up selling it for an AR 10. Some guns just work better in 308.

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Maybe they should focuss a little less on a new rifle and a little more on preventing terrorist groups within their own country from bombing civilians….

  • De Facto

    Bren 806 in 7.62×39? Without AK mags? I need this.

  • Aimz

    The Pakistanis seems to be a lot more sensible towards procuring a new firearm as opposed to the Indians. Makes perfect sense…there are huge parts of Pakistan in which every military aged male owns a firearm. In India, firearm ownership is next to impossible for most of the population…

    • UCSPanther

      Considering the lawlessness in parts of Pakistan, you would be crazy not to have a firearm…

      • Aimz


    • lhecker51

      I have nothing positive to say about that festering puss hole, terrorist sponsoring, Christian hating country.

  • Heebrew Hammer

    When you said BREN i thought you were talking about an actual BREN in 303 converted to 7.62×39…

  • wysoft

    Come on Zastava, sell us those damn M77 magazines.

    It may be the most accurate AK I own, but damn those Csspecs mags are a chunk of cash.

  • Matt Shermer

    Wonder if the A-762 is gonna be on the table as an option, and not just the AK-12.

  • Kris

    All of those guys once were Saddam Hussein “Doubles”. Thats crazy.. lol

  • lhecker51

    Pakistan is not our ally and is a threat to all western nations. We need to destroy their nukes before the terrorists get their hands on them.