Establishment of the arms factory in Uherský Brod in 1936

Today’s Česká zbrojovka a.s. was built as part of a large-scale transfer of strategically important production capacities of the former Czechoslovakia as far as possible from the western borders threatened by Nazi Germany. In Uherský Brod in the south-east of Moravia, a brand new arms factory was established, which was one of the most modern and most efficient factory worldwide, and which, in the first years of its existence, was successfully engaged primarily in the highly demanding production of aircraft machine guns.

Start of the production of the CZ 75 pistol in 1975

The CZ 75 pistol, revolutionary in a number of aspects, was the work of the legendary designer František Koucký, who worked on its development based on an assignment of today’s Česká zbrojovka a.s since 1969. This firearm with perfect ergonomics and unique double-action trigger mechanism co-defined the category of “Wonder Nines”, i.e. large capacity SA/DA pistols in the 9 mm Luger calibre, and has long been one of the most popular of them.

Start of the production of CZ firearms in the United States in 2019

In cooperation with CZ-USA, the production of the first CZ firearms was launched in Kansas City, Kansas. These include selected models of the successful CZ P-10 series of pistols. Other versions were added in the same year, namely CZ P-10 F (full-size), CZ P-10 SC (semicompact) and CZ P-10 S (subcompact).

Founding of the CZ-USA subsidiary company in 1997

The position of Česká zbrojovka, a.s. on the world’s most prestigious firearms market has significantly strengthened by the establishment of the subsidiary distribution and service company CZ-USA. This subsidiary started its activities in California, but in 1998 it relocated to Kansas City, Kansas, where it still operates. Within the creation of Česká zbrojovka Group, CZ-USA became an independent business entity.

Start of the production of the CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW pistol 2006

Important milestones in the development of Česká zbrojovka a.s. also include the start of the production of the primarily sport version SHADOW of the successful CZ 75 SP-01. The partially tuning elements of this excellent all-steel pistol, which is successfully applied as a weapon for personal defence and for military and law enforcement, were subsequently used in other CZ pistols. Until the launch of the CZ SHADOW 2 in 2016, the original Shadow dominated the Production division of IPSC shooting. The greatest achievements include two World Champion titles won by Adam Tyc.

Ceremonial assembly of the millionth pistol of the CZ 75 series in 2007

After Česká zbrojovka, a.s., was founded in 1992, pistols of the CZ 75/85 series became its backbone products for a longer period. It showed in a significant increase in production volumes as well as in extending the offer by other versions: special sport pistols, compact and subcompact pistols. So, already in the autumn of 2007, the ceremonial assembly of the millionth CZ 75 pistol took place, at that time still including all versions. The production volume of the standard size CZ 75/85 pistols exceeded one million manufactured pieces in 2014.

Year in the name of growth and expansion in 2017

Thanks to the successful new generation of firearms, Česká zbrojovka, a.s., now employs more than 1,900 employees. The company extended its representation into more than 100 countries all over the world. In March 2018, the conclusion of a licence agreement for the production of CZ service pistols in Hungary was announced. The key milestone of 2017 was the start of the production of CZ P-10 C, the first representative of a brand new family of striker-fired pistols, which, compared to the competition, boasts a variety of imaginative innovations and great user characteristics.