Oooooh I love this development (via Insty, thankee as always):
CZ-USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of Czech firearms manufacturer Česká zbrojovka a.s. Uherský Brod (CZUB), announced today plans to locate their North American Headquarters and build a new manufacturing facility on approximately 73 acres at the Port of Little Rock. CZ-USA plans to implement a two-phase approach with an investment of up to $90 million and create some 565 jobs over a six-year period. CZ products are considered some of the highest-quality firearms in defense, competition and sport shooting around the world.
Indeed they are. I’ve owned several CZ / Brno guns in my life, and the only thing I can say is that I’ve regretted selling (because: poverty) every single one of them. In fact, here’s my list of Four CZ Guns I Would Own In A Heartbeat (in no specific order):
It is quite probably the most popular dangerous game rifle in Africa. Arrive at any safari camp with one of these bad boys, and the guide / PH will nod his head approvingly. Back in a previous life, I used a borrowed 602 (chambered in .458 Win Mag) on a large lion, with astonishing results. (As the saying goes: “The .458 Winchester Magnum: delivering pain in equal amounts at both ends of the rifle!”) More recently, the Cape buffalo head which fills most of a wall in Doc Russia’s den came from a beast taken with his .375 H&H 550.
CZ 550/557 Lux (any caliber):
I prefer the “hogsback” stock over the straight “American” style, but regardless of stock, the 557 (old: 550) is quite possibly the greatest rifle to be had anywhere for the price, and the single-set trigger (4lb pull to 3.5 ounces, with just a single forward push on the trigger) is beyond reproach. My 550 was chambered in 6.5x55mm Swedish, I sold it to a Reader because poverty, and I’ve regretted it ever since. (However, he tells me that he’s taken many, many deer with it since, so I don’t feel too bad.) What I love most about this rifle is that you can pick pretty much your favorite chambering (even the new 6.5 Creed!), and CZ makes it.
CZ 75B (9mm/.40S&W)
I have spoken before of my respect for this wonderful pistol, so no more need be said.
CZ 455/457 (rimfire)
Sure, you can get a better .22 rifle than the 457 (old: 455), but you’d have to spend a lot more $$$. As a 455 owner once put it to me: “If you can’t one-hole a brick of .22 with this gun, you’re the one at fault.”
And now a bonus:
Brno ZKM 611 (.22 Win Mag)
This was made by Brno before CZ bought them. CZ doesn’t make the little 611 takedown rifle anymore [sob] , and that’s a pity, because it is the only rifle I’ve ever picked up and shouldered where it immediately felt like it was an extension of my arm. Want, even second-hand.
The 611 has been replaced by the CZ 512 semi-auto , which also comes chambered in .22 Win Mag (as well as .22 LR):
Of all the CZ guns on this list, the little 512 is the only one I’ve never fired. I’m reliably told that the 512 is an improvement. Hmmm… have to say, I prefer the 611’s looks.
So welcome, my friends* at Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod (CZ-UB). Sorry you ended up in Little Rock instead of in my state, but hey… we’re almost neighbors (in Texas-distance terms, barely a couple 6-packs up Interstate 30), so expect a visit as soon as you open your doors. (One question, though: why did CZ-USA move out of Kansas City?)