Today, Polish military magazine MILMAG (https://www.milmag.pl/) released pictures of the new CZ Bren 2 308 variant chambered in .308 Win.
In 2016, in Pakistan, when I was first introduced to CZ 807 series, my first question was – why do you still have a quad rail when you can have Key-Mode or M-Lock?
CZ 807 assault rifle is very light, to begin with, but a modular handguard is a sure way to make it even lighter and improve the balance. The leader of a CZ trial team answered “the time for that will come’. I am glad the time finally came.
Currently, there is no official information available about this new CZ Bren 2 308 variant, but since the cat is out of the bag, I guess I can share what I know.
In 2016, the Pakistan army held trials for its service weapon replacement. You can read more about it here. One of the contenders was CZ, it entered the trials with two different weapons, CZ 807 and… another CZ 807.
Those two weapons, despite having exactly the same name, were chambered in two different calibers, 7.62×39 and 7.62×51. The first one entered the trials right away, the second one was introduced later. Shortly after the 7.62×51 variant was demonstrated for the first time, I managed to take some pictures and for over two years never showed them to anyone.
As far as the performance of CZ Bren 2 308 during the trials – I don’t think it is ethical to share such information publically without the approval of the manufacturer.
I can tell two things for sure – with match .308 ammunition, CZ 807 was very accurate, demonstrating solid groups at 100 meters distance. Second – in 2016, the .308 version was on a very early stage of development, and rifle probably improved a lot in the last two years.
As far as specs: magazine capacity of the 2016 version was 20 rounds, but according to a TFB readeragazine is 25 rounder, according to CZ demonstrators in Bzenec” (thanks!).
The rifle has a signature CZ adjustable folding stock, the ergonomics resemble that of an AR15 with an ambidextrous magazine release located under the tip of a trigger finger and bolt catch being on the left side of the weapon. The safety is also ambidextrous.
We will see how soon CZ will catch up with an official announcement, but it is already clear that this version of CZ 807 will join the ranks of modern battle rifles such as SCAR-H, HK-417, Beretta ARX-200, SIG 716 and many AR-10 variants available on the market. With such a diversity of variants, it looks like the golden age of .308 only begins now.