A (Pricey) Roller Delayed Handgun! The Czech Vigrand 007

James Reeves is at IWA Outdoor Classics where he stumbled upon the first roller delayed pistol he’s seen in decades, the Vigrand 007. While this is an interesting design, like most roller-delayed firearms, it won’t be cheap. According to Vigrand’s website about the V007:

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The Guns & Gear Used by Real Counterterrorist Operators

Join James Reeves as he takes you on an exclusive journey into the world of the Czech counterterrorist unit, URNA. James visits URNA’s state-of-the-art facility to train alongside their elite operators and work through their arsenal, including the legendary Heckler & Koch MP7 and 416, and their Glock 17 sidearms. From mastering the compact and versatile H&K MP7 to experiencing the renowned reliability of the H&K 416, this video provides an up-close and personal look at the firearms that URNA relies on to protect their countrymen.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Classic Czech or Modified Train Wreck?

Welcome everyone to the 181st edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only has a Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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TFB EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Production Development of The CZ P-10 C – Part 3

The CZ  P-10 family has grown. CZ started with P-10 C and decided to expand the family to cover both subcompact and full-size guns. The CZ P-10 C is called a compact gun, but I like to consider it less than full size. It is bigger than a Glock 19, with a longer grip. It doesn’t quite fall into the category of a compact pistol in my opinion. I won’t lie, I do wish there was a slightly shorter grip version of the P-10 C, similar to what FN did with the 509M. CZ knocked it out of the park with their other two guns. The CZ P-10 F and the CZ P-10 S. This new family did come with some significant changes.

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TFB EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Production Development of The CZ P-10 C – Part 2

The P-10 C has drastically transformed since its pre-production model.  CZ considered comments and concerns from pre-production validators.  They did change some features that I personally miss.  They improved on others. I believe the pre-production P-10 C was one of the strongest pre-production guns I have ever handled.  Strongest in the sense that it was the most polished and finished of all pre-production guns I have been in contact with.  CZ really tried to produce an all-in-one perfect design, at arguably, one of the best price points. Certainly, the most bang for your buck, pun intended.

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TFB EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Production Development of The CZ P-10 C

The CZ P-10 C is quickly becoming an iconic pistol. Chambered in 9×19, the P-10 C has many features that other pistols in its category do not, while being more affordable than many of its competitors.  I’m not going to give a clinical description of the firearm — I’m here to tell you why I fell so deeply in love with this pistol and why it usurped the M&P and Glock as my favorite striker-fired pistol. This will be a three-part series through the evolution of pre-production to current manufactured P-10 series pistols.

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Czech STRIKER SR-17 Semi-Automatic Pistol

STRIKE s.r.o. is a firearms designing company located in Zlin, Czech Republic. The company has developed a semi-automatic hammer fired pistol which has several interesting design solutions. The pistol is called SR-17.

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10 Reasons Why Vz. 58 is NOT an AK

No, Vz. 58 is not an AK version. The recently released video by Kalashnikov Media was just a good additional source to start talking about this topic. This rifle is so many times confused with the AK, that even Kalashnikov Media dedicated a separate video in their video series called “Kalashnikov: Around the World” to tell the history of this Czechoslovakian firearm and explain why it is not an AK. The point of this article is to show that these are different rifles. Which one is a superior design? It is an arguable matter. Both have advantages and shortcomings.

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[SHOT 2018] CZ USA Continues the Scorpion Innovation and introduces Suppressors

CZ-USA had a number of new products for this year, most importantly their additions to the Scorpion both on the LE and civilian markets. The company is also introducing reflex suppressors that are direct thread to their rifles and Scorpion line.

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PICRA Family of Cartridges from Czech Republic

Browsing through the CIP cartridge standards while doing a research, I noticed several cartridges named PICRA. The name was unknown to me and apparently, it is unknown to many others too. So I thought why don’t I do a little research to find out who has designed these cartridges? It was a matter of simple web search to find that company’s website. It turns out, that there is more than a couple of cartridges developed by them. In this article, we’ll learn about the PICRA company and take a brief look at their cartridges.

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Iconic and Unique: The UK Vz.59 General Purpose Machine Gun

Very few service machine guns can compare in pure unique points to the Czech 7.62x54mmR UK vz 59 General Purpose Machine Gun, adopted in 1959 as the squad and platoon level belt fed machine gun of the Czech Infantry in the Warsaw Pact at the time. The weapon is still soldiering on today among the Czech and Slovak Infantry, although it is being slowly phased out by the FN Herstal M249 and Mk.48 machine guns.

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Marcolmar: Bringing Czech and Russian Beltfeds to the Civilian Market

Marcolmar is a small but very dedicated company in northern Indiana that produces semi-automatic beltfed versions of historically significant small arms from the Soviet era. Tackling a very difficult task such as taking the Czech Uk.59 GPMG and turning it into a legal, semi-automatic, ATF approved firearm that you could purchase through an FFL isn’t a small task at all. The owner David Bane, brings his passion of military and small arms history to life, along with an outstanding crew behind him to back him up. In this video he takes us through the timeline of his company, and will be doing so for the next several episodes of TFB TV.

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A Belt-Fed Bren Gun with a Fatal Flaw: The Experimental X11E4 at The Armourer's Bench

After World War II, the UK sought to modernize its small arms, many of which were based on designs originating from before the First World War. For its medium machine gun, the British were still using the reliable but increasingly obsolete Vickers water cooled gun in .303 caliber. With the adoption of the 7.62 NATO by the UK, trials were held to select a new air-cooled general purpose machine gun, which resulted in the adoption of the excellent Belgian MAG. In these trials, however, was tested a belt-fed variant of the magazine-fed Bren gun, called the X11E4. This gun is the subject of an article over at The Armourer’s Bench, as well as an accompanying TAB video, embedded below:

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10 POUND 60mm Ultra Light Mortar Adopted by Polish Special Forces Group

The Polish Special Forces support unit Jednostka Wojskowa Nil has ordered a batch of 27 60mm vz. 99 Antos ultralight mortars, following up a previous order earlier this year. MilMag has an excellent article detailing this acquisition and the features of the Czech-engineered Antos, which you can read by clicking the link here.

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Cz557 Ranger Rifle Submission: Hidden Benefits to Military Competitions

The Canadian Rangers, our official presence in the Northern reaches of the country, have been carrying the World War II Lee Enfield rifle since their inception in 1947. In the extreme cold of the Canadian arctic, the Lee Enfield is tough enough to survive transport, and reliable enough to continue feeding and functioning in the toughest situations. But 70 years on, the rifles are showing their age, and stocks are no longer what they once were. They need replacing.

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