History and Modernization of the Vz58

In this episode of TFBTV, Edward takes a look at 3 different variants of the Vz58 platform, the Czech army’s issued rifle, and looks at how the firearm has changed since the original design in the 1950s. We look at aftermarket parts, mounting systems, and have a short review of two specific optics.

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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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  • micmac80

    VZ58 makes sense here in Europe where surplus ones cost under 400$ , but i see zero interest in new build one that cost much more

    • iksnilol

      Why not? Lightweight, compact and pretty decent accuracy.

    • FarmerB

      Err, I got one, CSA, new.

  • Marc

    You lost me early on with the “v-zed” comment.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Maybe you didn’t like his Canadian accent.

    • Joseph Goins

      “Zed” is the French pronunciation for the letter “Z.”
      It is commonly used around the world.

      • HSR47

        If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?

        • Cymond

          If all my friends jump off a bridge, then either they have a good reason, or I have bad taste in friends.

          • HSR47

            My point is that the “everyone else is doing it” argument isn’t a good one.

          • Gun Fu Guru

            When did he say use that argument? He stated fact.

          • HSR47

            “”Zed” is the French pronunciation for the letter “Z.”
            It is commonly used around the world.”

            For those who have a reading comprehension impairment, the implied statement here is “The rest of the world does it this way, and you silly Americans should too.”

            In other words, he’s arguing that we should change how we refer to that specific character.

          • Gun Fu Guru

            You are assuming something for which there is no basis.

          • Joseph Goins

            You are the one with the “reading comprehension impairment.”

            #1. @gunfuguru:disqus is correct. I stated a fact and did not argue.
            #2. You read into something that was not implied in any way.
            #3. I am an American. Why would I say “you silly Americans…”?
            #4. “It is commonly used around the world” is not synonymous with “the rest of the world does it this way.”

            If I said “thieves are routinely executed in the Islamic world,” would you assume that I think we should do the same?

      • Marc

        Is he French – Canadian, where his native language would be French, eh?

      • Anonymoose

        Zed is how Brits and other Commonwealth folks say Z.

    • iksnilol

      What’s the problem with pronouncing letters differently?

      I mean, to me, there’s no American alive that pronounces “c” correctly. I still listen to what you have to say even if it grates mye ears.

      • CourtLively

        non-‘Murican = wrong.

      • FarmerB

        Had a local here (in Bay area) look at me crossways because I forgot to say “Tom-ate-to” instead of “tom-ar-to”. I mean, of the six options for a sandwich – what did she think I was asking for?

    • Graham2

      So you let it spoil the video for you, try to man up!

  • Joseph Goins

    Edward is slightly awkward on camera. I suspect he’ll get more comfortable with experience.

    • I’ve been doing gun videos for 4+ years now. I suspect I’m as comfortable as I’m gonna get. 😀

      • Joseph Goins

        You can always try looking at the camera a little more.

        • Trust me, I want to. Every flippin video I get literally dozens of gunnies asking for me to provide them with more fulfilling eye contact. But then I’m out on the range and my mind is chasing gun ideas not making the 1000 yard stare at the lens. Who knows, someday?

          • mig1nc

            Its all good. Nice video.

          • CourtLively

            You need more beard, tatts & Sunglasses to connect with “gunnies”.

      • KestrelBike

        I see what Joseph is saying, but I think your style is just fine, it’s who you are and this was a great, informative video. Keep ’em comin, Edward!!

      • iksnilol

        Try wearing sunglasses.

    • Der Fuhrer’s Furor

      He does an excellent job. Actually more engaging than Alex C who tended to put me to sleep.

  • pithy

    Its good to see the Canadian side of the gun world. Interesting how the gun laws vary so widely from US standards. What does it take to get an SBR setup there?

    • The_Champ

      Put really simply, in Canada a semi auto with a barrel shorter than 18″(what you’d likely call an SBR) falls into the “restricted” category. Therefore there is nothing special required to purchase one(besides a firearms license allowing restricted guns). What changes with restricted guns is transportation rules(double locked), and that it can only be fired at an approved range(no coyote hunting).
      Most guns are restricted because of barrel length, but some, like AR’s, are restricted just because. So any AR is restricted, regardless of barrel length. Also all pistols are restricted.

      • Joshua

        there are some pseudo ARs that are not restricted, AR-180 is not, I believe. been a while since I looked into it all. there is still a minimum over-all length requirement, even a restricted rifle still has to have a barrel over 4.2 inches. but in terms of SBR, we haven’t heard of that. if you can own a handgun you can own a 16″ AR or what have you, it just follows the same rules as handguns instead of rifles. But then considering most ARs in Canada follow handgun rules anyway….

        • pithy

          Interesting. Thanks, gents.

      • Gus Butts

        A Canadian company called Alberta Tactical Rifle (ATRS) makes non-restricted AR-15s and AR-10s. They changed how the upper mates to the lower making it not compatible with real AR lowers. It is thus considered not an AR variant. They also included an FN FAL-type side-charging handle just because. Here is a picture of a Modern Hunter, their non-restricted AR-10. The smaller version in 5.56x45mm is called the Modern Varmint. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d224139950740c325716968989492dd04aae1b643a499b37f8f249a4dabc9c1.jpg

        • The_Champ

          That is a neat(but expensive) work around. Good to have options I guess

  • Gus Butts
  • W Rusty

    I don’t see anything better than a Yugo AK variant. 5 round mags just don’t do it for me. Gotta have a 40 or 30 round mag.

    • iksnilol

      Much lighter, chrome lined barrel and stripper clip compatibility seems better for me, and I’m from Ex-Yu.

  • valorius

    The guy in the photo is operatin’.

  • Der Fuhrer’s Furor

    Good review. Cool gun.

  • Al Wise

    Awesome report. Personable, knowlegable, real. Great job.

  • Ed

    Just tacti cooling a rifle. Seems most of the Slovak Army is staying with the original.

  • kreatin

    Great review. Show more confidence though man, you clearly know your stuff! Keep good eye contact with your camera.

    And just alittle thing I found funny was the height over bore comment about piggy backed red dots but that SBR 58 had a chin weld with that eotech haha

  • rjackparis

    The most polite Gun review ever.

  • Bungameng

    “the Czech army’s issued rifle”

    Former issue rifle. Now all units have CZ 805 BREN / BREN 2.

    Although they sometimes still train with vz.58 because those are what the warehouses are full of.