Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod

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Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod
Type Joint stock company
Industry Firearms
Predecessors Česká zbrojovka
Founded 1919 (1919) (Jihočeská zbrojovka)
1936 (1936) (Uherský Brod factory)
Founders Karel Bubla
Alois Tomiska
Headquarters Uherský Brod, Moravia, Czech Republic
Area served Worldwide
Products
Employees 1317 (as of 2012)
Subsidiaries
  • CZ Export Praha
    (1993, export activities)
  • UNION CS
    (1993, Slovak market)
  • CZ-USA
    (1997, US market)
  • Zbrojovka Brno
    (2008, Brno Rifles)
Website www.czub.cz

Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (ČZUB) is a Czech firearms manufacturer.

History[edit]

Česká zbrojovka

ČZUB was established on 27 June 1936 as a branch of the Česká zbrojovka Strakonice armament firm in the small Moravian town of Uherský Brod in Czechoslovakia, now in the Czech Republic.

After World War II all the firearms manufacturers were managed by a single central agency which required that "Any firearm exported will bear the BRNO markings"; this is why many ČZUB firearms bear BRNO markings.

Throughout the Cold War ČZUB manufactured a wide variety of military small arms including the Sa vz. 58 assault rifle, the Škorpion vz. 61 submachine gun, various .22 caliber training and target rifles and the very successful CZ 75 family of pistols.

In 1991 the Czech weapons factories were "de-centralized" and began business as free market companies. In 1992, Česká zbrojovka a.s.(PLC), Uherský Brod became private, moving into the free world economy and eventually establishing a small arms presence in over 60 countries.

In 1997 ČZUB established a permanent presence in the United States with the founding of CZ-USA. ČZUB and CZ-USA continue to expand and dominate the small arms market world wide, with military, police, defensive, sporting and recreational firearms.

The ČZUB factory employs some 2000+ engineers, craftsmen and business personnel, making it one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the world.

Notable developments[edit]

Over the years Česká zbrojovka has developed several revolutionary or highly influential designs in various fields of small arms, most notably:

Production[edit]

Handguns[edit]

CZ 75 SP-01
CZ 92

Smallbore rifles[edit]

  • Model 242
  • Model 243
  • Model 244
Model 244

Bigbore rifles[edit]

  • CZ 550
  • CZ 750
  • CZ 584, calibre 7×57R; 5.6×52R; 6.5×57R; .243Win; .308Win, etc.

Aircraft machine guns[edit]

  • LK 30
  • MG 17

Military rifles[edit]

Sa vz. 58

Submachine guns[edit]

Škorpion vz. 61

Under-barrel grenade launcher[edit]

Shotguns[edit]

  • The CZ 581 Over and under shotgun, 12/12 bore;
  • The CZ 585 Over and under shotgun; the over and under rifle/shotgun; the CZ 582 prepared for SKEET shooting

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Signal / Flare pistol
  • Components for the infantry fire-support machine gun models MG 34, MG 81, and the K 35 anti-aircraft cannon
  • The UB 070 and 071 Alarm/Starting Pistols
  • Signal pistols, models 44/67. Produced between 1981–1983
  • Model ZKP 493 target pistol
  • Air-rifle models Z 47, 235, 236, 237,612, 614, 618, 620, 624, 630, 631, 632, 634, 800, 801 and 802
  • Air-rifles. Models 802, 803, 603, 608, 612, 615, 618, 620, 622 and 624, mainly calibre 5.5 mm
  • Slavia air-rifles - the 603, 608, 612, 620 and 622
  • Air-pistol, Model ZVP, calibre 4.5 mm
  • The APP Automatic Gas-fired pistol
  • The Tex 086
  • The Tex, Model 3 - a break-barrelled air pistol
  • Model CZ 75D Compact 4.5mm Calibre CO2 pistol
  • Three-shot automatic shotgun - CZ 241, in 12, 16 and 20 gauge
  • Over and under shotguns, calibres 12,16 and 20
  • Over and under ČZ models 581 and 584 - 586
  • The ZKK 600, 601 and 602 hunting rifles(calibers ranging from .243Win-.248Win)
  • The ZKW 465 Hornet rifle and the ZKW 465 Fox rifle
  • The ZKM 452, 561, 573 and 581 small-bore rifles
  • The ZKW 465, 680
  • The CZ 537 rifle

See also[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • David Pazdera, Ian Skramoušský: Česká zbrojovka. Historie výroby zbraní v Uherském Brodě [Česká zbrojovka. History of weapon manufacturing in Uherský Brod], 2006, ISBN 80-903450-9-3. Two chapters online [1] and [2].

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