CZ Bren 2 Finally Makes Debut on International Market

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At the 2016 Eurosatory defense trade show, Czech gunmaker CZ debuted for the first time its improved 806 Bren 2 rifle on the international market. The Bren 2 was announced in October of 2015, and improves on the 805 Bren by being lighter, having an improved selector with no two round burst feature, and other improvements based on feedback from the Army of the Czech Republic.

Despite having been announced eight months ago, the Bren 2 806 rifle has not been present at any industry trade shows, until Eurosatory. The rifle was, however, shown off to Pakistani officials in its 7.62x39mm guise in March of this year.

Compared to the somewhat chunky 805 Bren, the 806 Bren cuts 0.63 kg (1.39lb) from the weight of the previous rifle, thanks to a slimmer, more streamlined receiver contour that was designed specifically to be made out of machined aluminum. The 805 Bren’s receiver was originally designed to be injection molded of polyamide plastic, like a G36, but the production method was changed late in the design process. The Czech army is of course first in line for the new rifle, and it seems on track to purchase them pending state trials. A good bet for the second customer is previously-mentioned Pakistan, to whom the 806 Bren 2 offers compatibility with 7.62x39mm ammunition in a very modern platform. The 806 Bren 2 may also be set to compete in the French competition to select a new rifle to replace the aging FAMAS.



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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  • mechamaster

    CZ need to make promotion video about this !
    The bolt-carrier total fieldstrip is what make the 805 drawback. And curious to see how they improved that.

    • micmac80

      They didn’t .
      I shot the full auto both the old and new model, improvments are in small details only ,non reprociating charging handle ,bolt hold open and weight of the gun butstock.

  • aaa

    Please, Stop making a ugly fish gun

    • DW

      It’s a waffle gun ffs

  • d_grey

    It just might win over the Pakistani army as a second customer, there were reports that the rifle was received favorably, though I’m not sure how true the information is.

  • Green Hell

    I can’t look at this gun without triggering cringy OCD feelling every time. WHY the hell did they have to make those stupid waffles on magwell and stock so random and assymetrical?

    • Vhyrus

      Iz to deflect blood splashing from holes in many enemies of people before you, shot by glorious new rifle.

    • DW

      Asymmetrical waffle pattern for asymmetrical warfare

    • TJbrena

      Should’ve gone with triangles to ward off Illuminati believers.

      Or hexagons to attract bees and look more futuristic.

  • Vhyrus

    Wait, 7.62 x 39 with straight in mags?

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  • MPWS

    Likely second customer will be army of Slovak republic (former eastern part of Czechoslovakia).
    French procurement appears to be out reach since CZUB did not satisfy initial administrative formalities. Regarding Pakistani interest I doubt it too; that country is heavily connected to Chinese equipment supply due to political alliance. But, CZUB has some inroads in Mexico, Central and South America.

  • Volk

    I had no interest in these rifles until now, now that I’ve heard there is a x39 variant. If they bring that to the US market, it will instantly top my to-get list.

    • James Young

      What’s so special about the x39 in a new platform? Just modern ergonomics and a non-reciprocating bolt?

  • forrest1985

    Big fan of the CZ805 and this looks like an improvement if only slightly…nice to see an armed force developing a platform that isn’t an AR/AK (no hate, just nice to see variety).

  • Fox Hunter

    Pakistan? o great, not another terrorist state.

  • Jim

    Any 806’s coming to the states?

  • Fox Hunter

    They should have gone with the polymer receiver.

  • Sierra

    The Bren 2 will not compete for the FAMAS replacement. It came too late but soon it will be adopted by famous swat teams in several countries in Europe.

  • This in .308 would have been a nice contender to the SCAR 17, especially since it looses the reciprocating charging handle.