This is the RAREST Vz. 58 Rifle Ever Made

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV James Reeves interviews Mr. Stanislav Strizic, an engineer for CZ and a member of the design and testing team for the original CZ-75. Mr. Strizic designed a competition version of the Vz. 58 which was never commercially released, thus, only two prototypes exist.

The Vz. 58, or Vzor 58, is a rifle that was developed in the late 1950s in Czechoslovakia. Despite its visual similarity to the Soviet AK-47, it features a unique design and operation mechanism. The Vz. 58 uses a short-stroke gas piston system, differing from the AK-47’s long-stroke gas system, and has a distinct locking system where the bolt locks into the receiver. It fires the 7.62×39mm cartridge. Notable for its relatively lightweight construction, achieved through the use of aluminum alloy in various parts, the Vz. 58 was adopted by the Czechoslovak military in 1958.


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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Kirk_freeman Kirk_freeman on Jan 04, 2024

    A member of the CZ-75 design team is still around? He has to be mid-80s.

    • River_rover River_rover on Jan 04, 2024

      @kirk_freeman Your arithmetic is bad. I graduated high school in 74 and I'm 67. So assuming he went to college before he started designing, he could be as young as mid 70's.