Česká zbrojovka firearms
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CZ stands for Česká zbrojovka which means Czech Armory. Most CZ-marked firearms are connected with Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (ČZUB) – a Czech firearms manufacturer since 1936. CZ is a registered trade mark.
In the bygone era there were however other factories associated with the name Česká zbrojovka ("Czech Arms Factory" in Czech), often rendered simply as "ČZ" in general. Below you can find list of different producers of weapons in Czech republic of all the times.
The factories include:
- Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (ČZUB) – since 1936
- Zbrojovka Praga – founded before 1917, and active as of 2007[update]
- Československá státní zbrojovka (Zbrojovka Brno) – 1917–2007
- Česká zbrojovka Strakonice – since 1919
- Zbrojovka Vsetín (ZVI)  – since 1937 (as of 2007[update])
- Alfa-Proj  – since 1993 (as of 2007[update])
- Arms Moravia (Technoex)  – founded 1993
ČZ (or CZ) is an abbreviation of Česká zbrojovka, while vz. (or Vz., vz, Vz) is an abbreviation of vzor ("model"). In most cases, only weapons adopted by the Czechoslovak or Czech military have sign "vz." in the name, although there are some exceptions from this rule. Sa (or Sa.) is an abbreviation of samopal ("submachine gun"). The Czech army used the term "samopal" for Sa vz. 58 though it is an assault rifle, so this may be as an analogy to Russian term automat.
Czech Weapons (ČZW) was a subsidiary group of Česká zbrojovka who develops and evaluates firearms.
Developments and Products
- ČZW-556 (Czech Republic - Assault Rifle - 5.56×45mm NATO)
- ČZW-762 (Czech Republic - Light Machine Gun - 7.62×39mm M43)
- ČZW-438 (Czech Republic - Personal Defence Weapon - 4.38×30mm Libra)
- ČZW-438 M9 (Czech Republic - Submachine Gun - 9×19mm Parabellum)
- ČZW-9 (Czech Republic - Submachine Gun - 9×19mm Parabellum)
- ČZW-9M (Czech Republic - Submachine Gun - 9×19mm Parabellum)
- ČZW-9PS (Czech Republic - Submachine Gun - 9×19mm Parabellum)
- ČZW-9FC (Czech Republic - Submachine Gun - 9×19mm Parabellum)
- ČZW-127 (Czech Republic - Anti Materiel Rifle - 12.7×99mm NATO)
- ČZW-40 (Czech Republic - Grenade Launcher - 40×53mm)
- RAG-30 (Czech Republic - Grenade Launcher - VOG 17)
- SAG-30 (Czech Republic - Grenade Launcher - VOG 17)
To see the full article about firearms produced by this company please see * Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (ČZUB)