For CZ, the prestigious IWA OutdoorClassics exhibition in Nuremberg is the traditional time to introduce their new products from the sports weapons and hunting weapons portfolio. Therefore this year, the Uherský Brod company and their sister company, 4M systems a.s., showcased a number of interesting products in a joint exhibition. The most noteworthy ones were also presented at a press conference which took place on Friday, 9th March 2018.
The 45th IWA OutdoorClassics saw CZ introduce their brand new sniper rifle, the CZ TSR, to the professionals for the very first time ever. This .308 Winchester rifle with a 26” barrel and 1:11 rifling should replace the CZ 750 M1S1 model. From the very beginning, its design was based on suggestions brought forward by users from the armed forces, it is therefore primarily intended for the military. Apart from other things, it is highly durable and has a guaranteed lifetime of 10 000 rounds, based on testing carried out in extreme conditions. In addition, it offers high accuracy using standard factory ammunition over long term, achieving excellent results of less than 1 MOA, that is, about 2.91 cm at a distance of 100 m. The bolt is fluted, the trigger mechanism is fully adjustable and the same applies to the stock which can be set to fold to either side.
Two more pistol models from the Uherský Brod company enjoyed a lot of attention from the visitors as well as journalists, the CZ P-10 C OR and the CZ Shadow 2 OR. The OR stands for Optics Ready, designating model variants whose slides have been modified to allow easy and highly stable attachment of modern miniature collimator sights. For each model, specially designed mounting plates have been machined and covered with an extremely durable surface finish by nitriding. The slide modification is the result of unique CZ know-how. Thanks to this, the company has managed to perfectly match the shape of the plates with the design of the weapons, thus achieving an exceptionally low position for the collimator sight without compromising the safety and reliability of the weapon. The main advantages of the CZ Optics Ready pistols include exceptional robustness, strength and durability of the mount, low mount height, easy sighting of the collimator sight even at longer distance, and an option to use raised co-witness mechanical sights in case of any failures of the optics (for the CZ Shadow 2 Optics Ready a special plate with a rear sight is being prepared).
In 2018, CZ has added three more variants of the third generation of the ever popular rimfire Kadet adapters for CZ pistols to their portfolio. It has been a very interesting choice indeed, with one of the models being for the CZ P-09, a polymer SA/DA pistol in standard size. A similar solution of a rimfire conversion has also been created for the all-steel CZ 75 SP-01 and CZ Shadow 2 models.
The CZ P-09 Kadet is available as a separate conversion as well as a complete and affordable rimfire pistol. The CZ 75 SP-01 Kadet is offered as a separate adapter only, since the complete rimfire pistol would be prohibitively expensive due to the costs of the steel body manufacture. Perhaps the most surprising addition to the family of CZ rimfire pistol conversions is the CZ Shadow 2 Kadet, which will be sold as a separate adapter only as well. It can be attached to the weapon quickly and easily by any owner of this primarily sports large-calibre pistol.
In the long rifles sector, there are two new models inspired by the popular universal hunting and sports rifle, the CZ 557 Varmint. In the Medium category it is the CZ 557 Varmint Synthetic with an original symmetrical polymer stock and adjustable buttplate, and in the Lite category it is an innovative light rifle, the CZ 527 Varmint MTR.
Moreover, the CZ 557 line has welcomed a new addition, the CZ 557 Lux II., with which CZ responded to the wishes of more conservative customers. Hence the new rifle has a traditional single set trigger, a safety that allows the user to operate the bolt even when engaged, and a 610 mm long barrel. The models for 7x64, 8x57 IS and .30-06 Springfield cal. use a 5-round fitted magazine, the .308 Winchester model has a removable 4-round magazine. A 10-round magazine can be purchased separately.
One of the most refined light rifles ever, the legendary CZ 527 “mini mauser”, has a long history that can be traced back to 1948. It would be hard to find better evidence of the extraordinary qualities of this model. In 2018, this model series shall undergo an extensive upgrade whose aim is to catch up with the current trends and offer customers the best ever performance and parameters. The upgrade has brought improved accuracy, achieved by a modernization of the manufacture process, aided also by the use of mechanical sights, borrowed from the CZ 557. More and more CZ 527 models have muzzle threads for the attachment of silencer and other accessories. What is more, customers will also appreciate the fact that the wooden stocks of the CZ 527 with mechanical sights, the Exclusive Ebony Edition and the new CZ 527 MTR are now oiled rather than lacquered. The reason for this is not just a more elegant look and perfect impregnation but also easier repairs of scratches and dents.
The sister company of CZ, the 4M systems, have showcased a number of new tactical backpacks in Nuremberg, although the most significant new product in their portfolio was a ballistic vest, the Spider 2.0.
This year’s IWA OutdoorClassics welcomed 1 588 exhibitors (including, of course, CZ) that showcased their products in 11 exhibition halls covering an area of over 100 000 m2, with 50 000 visitors from 155 countries coming through the gates. Also, 8 out of the 10 participating companies and about two thirds of the visitors came from countries other than Germany. So once again, the IWA OutdoorClassics trade fair has confirmed its reputation as one of the most prestigious international gatherings of companies and professionals dealing with anything relating to hunting, sport and defence shooting, outdoor activities and security matters.
The CZ stand at the IWA 2018 attracted a large number of visitors from the ranks of professionals
New products for the 2018 presented at a press conference
CZ TSR - the new sniper rifle
Optics Ready pistol - the CZ Shadow 2 OR
CZ 527 Varmint MTR, an ingenious light rifle