CZ's "Beautiful" PDW: A Sadly Unfinished Project

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at CZ headquarters to talk about the CZ “Beautiful” PDW. The “Beautiful” is a secret CZ project that was never finished and never revealed to the public – until today. The “Beautiful” was given this nickname probably because it is aesthetically hideous, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and James and Karl both think the “Beautiful” is one gorgeous PDW. Will this ever be finished and released? Probably not, but at least we get to share it with you.

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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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  • Guillermo Piedras Guillermo Piedras on Mar 13, 2024

    I just wonder why no one has considered .357 Sig or 9x 25 Dillon as a PDW cartridge? I know that there were attempts to produce a 10 mm variant of the MP5 but the cartridge recoil caused cracks in the weapon, IIRC.

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    • PDWSmith PDWSmith on Mar 14, 2024

      @Andrew The way CMMG innovates while maintaining maximum compatibility with stock AR components is amazing. They also do a reasonably good job of actually stocking and selling their innovations. Unfortunately, the way they package what you can buy limits buyers' ability to mix and match AR components once you've "gone CMMG".

      For instance, you can buy their Dissent BCG by itself, even though it's useless without their proprietary upper. You cannot buy their proprietary upper (complete or stripped) by itself, even though once you have one BCG it would be useful with the whole gamut of standard AR barrels. You can buy a Banshee (RDB) bolt/barrel combo, but not the superior Dissent (bufferless RDB) bolt/barrel combo.

  • Armed Partisan Armed Partisan on Mar 15, 2024

    TFB-TV has finally beaten Ian McCollum on the discovery of a forgotten weapon! Congrats!
    If I had to guess as to why this prototype was abandoned (other than the obvious issue of funding during an economic downturn) I would wager that the claw tended to do one of two undesirable things: first, it would probably tend to push the cartridge back down into the magazine instead of grabbing the rim (especially when the mag was almost empty) AND/OR it would slam the front of the bullet into the front of the magazine, and seat the bullet deeper into the case, causing occasional high-pressure issues. The latter could be mitigated or eliminated by having a strong "seat" at the top of the mag that would support the shoulder of the cartridge, but I cannot think of an easy, surefire way to keep the claw/fork from occasionally jumping the rim by forcing the round down into the mag.

    Another observation: how many rounds is that magazine? It looks like a coffin magazine, like it might be quad-stack on the bottom, and double or single stack at the top? Any insights would be appreciated on that front, but overall, it's a pretty neat design.