2015 is shaping up to be a big year for CZ. I just received their “New and Updated Products 2015” flyer, and boy do they have a lot going on. There was a ton of excitement on the interwebs about the pending release of the Scorpion Evo 3 S1 pistol — more info on that below, and we have one on the way for testing. But equally exciting may be the arrival of CZ’s 805 Bren to U.S. shores in civilian semi-auto-only flavor. Interestingly enough, this one is also first hitting the market in pistol form as seen above. Again, more details after the jump along with a full listing of all of the new products expected from CZ this year, to include the 1911 A1 previously mentioned, a 40th Anniversary limited edition CZ 75 B, Dan Wesson 715 revolver (I’m writing the review on this now) and a couple of new 1911s, plus plenty of new rifles and shotguns to boot. . .
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t personally excited about quite a few of these firearms. I’ve been shooting the Dan Wesson 715, the company’s return to manufacturing the revolvers on which its stellar reputation was built, for a couple of months now and it’s, well, stellar. Although the Bren and Scorpion are only available in pistol form for now, they maintain the ability to accept a Sig SB15 brace. Here’s hoping for rifle versions in the future, complete with extended handguards and such.
Without further ado, let’s highlight a couple of the releases and then I’m just going to list the rest. All of them are already up on the CZ-USA website’s New/Updated for 2015 page.
Piston-driven w/ adjustable gas block, 5.56/.223, 11″ barrel, STANAG mags (AR-15 mags), ambi controls including left/right-swappable charging handle, “multipurpose mounting point” on the rear for various slings, braces, or stocks (NFA).
Nick (and Colion Noir) already covered the news of a U.S. Scorpion Evo 3. At an MSRP of $849 with inexpensive magazines (like, under $20!), I envision this flying off the shelves. I know there will be one in my safe. In fact, the plan in my head is to file a Form 1 for turning it into an SBR, then running it with my Liberty Mystic underneath the hopeful future Scorpion rifle’s extended handguard.
Historically I’ve been a fan of CZ limited editions. I still wish I had picked up a Cold War Commemorative Edition when I had the chance. There was a jump of excitement when I saw the “40th Anniversary Limited Edition” text on the flyer but, gotta admit, it’s not really my cup of tea. They’re only making 1,000 of these but at an MSRP of $1,499 and with, shall we say, polarizing looks, I won’t be trying to snatch up as many up as possible for investment purposes.
DW is making revolvers again, and it all begins with the stainless steel 715 chambered for .357 Magnum/.38 Special. This actually isn’t new for 2015 as it began shipping at the very end of 2014, but it’s close enough to be listed here. Possibly the coolest thing about it is that it still uses Dan Wesson’s interchangeable, tensioned barrels and barrels from previous-gen DW revolvers fit on the new frames. I’ve shot mine sufficiently now to form an opinion on it, and am starting to put the review together now, so watch this space if you’re interested in the 715. It’s pretty dang awesome, though.
CZ offers a whole bunch of rimfire rifles, many new or updated for 2015, and all of which are extremely nice. If you’re looking for something a step up from an inexpensive youth-like plinker that’s nice enough to pass down through generations, accurate enough to back up the high-end looks, but priced extremely reasonably, CZ’s lineup is worth a look. There’s everything from tacticool to super classy. Nick reviewed a 455 Varmint and went a full 5 stars on it.
Actually, I couldn’t leave this one out since it’s listed on the flyer but not yet on the website. The 512 Tactical appears to take CZ’s 512 action and forgoes the wood in favor of tactical accouterments — the production version will look slightly different from the one above, and we’ll check it out at SHOT. It can be challenging to find a good semi-auto in .22 WMR, and the 512 is apparently one of them. Now it’s appealing to a new audience. Field strips easily and uses the same magazines as the CZ 455 rifles. A factory threaded barrel is great.
CZ’s centerfire rifle offerings are vast and extremely nice as well. James Grant reviewed the 750 Sniper and came away all smiles and 5 stars. What you see above is the 527 Carbine, which, like all of CZ’s .223s (they also accept 5.56), receives a faster 1:9″ twist rate for 2015. I actually think it’s a great choice in the other available caliber, 7.62×39, since that ammo is so inexpensive. Especially if you roll your own ammo, this could be a fun suppressor project with some ~220 grain subsonic loads. More power than .300 BLK in supersonic, same ballistics in subsonic, but at 1/4 the price. In 2015 the 527 is also available in a youth stock in both calibers (the “Youth Carbine”), as well as in a Varmint Thumbhole laminate stock configuration with a 24″ heavy barrel.
CZ is releasing or updating a whole bunch of gorgeous over/unders and side-by-sides for 2015 along with lots of shotguns for hunting use, but I thought I’d highlight the second generation 712 Practical. This extended-capacity semi-auto is intended for 3-Gun style competition. It’s more or less competing against shotguns like the Beretta 1301 Tactical that I reviewed last summer and the big-name 3-gun jobs, but at a much lower price, and to those ends I’ve been playing with a 712 Practical — although Gen 1 rather than the Gen 2 being released in 2015 — for a month or so now and will put together a review sometime in February. The G2 version brings some small changes to the barrel lock ring and it adds the glossy finish accent on the rear of the receiver sides.
There’s a lot going on that I didn’t highlight above. It should be on CZ’s site here if you’re looking for more info. In the list below, if it’s red it’s new, if it’s blue it’s updated:
|CZ HANDGUNS SUPPLIED WITH MAGAZINES OF 10 ROUND CAPACITY OR LESS|
|CZ SCORPION EVO 3 S1 cal. 9mm Luger – 10rd mags|
|CZ 805 Bren PS1 pistol cal. 223/5.56×45 – 10rd mags|
|CZ 1911 A1 cal. 45 ACP – 2x7rd mags|
|CZ HANDGUNS SUPPLIED WITH MAGAZINES OF 11 ROUND CAPACITY OR MORE|
|CZ 75 B 40th Anniversary cal. 9mm Luger – 16rd mags (1000 pcs production)|
|CZ SCORPION EVO 3 S1 cal. 9mm Luger – 20rd mags|
|CZ 805 Bren PS1 pistol cal. 223/5.56×45 – 30rd mags|
|CZ 75 SP-01 SHADOW TARGET II, 9mm, black – 3×18 rd mags – BY CZ CUSTOM|
|CZ 75 SHADOW TAC II, 9mm, black – 3×18 rd mags – BY CZ CUSTOM|
|DAN WESSON FIREARMS|
|DW 715 Revolver cal. 357 Magnum, stainless|
|DW VALKYRIE, .45 ACP, black, two dots tritium sights – 7 rd mags|
|DW SILVERBACK, .45 ACP, stainless/black two tone, Bomar style target night sights – 8 rd mags|
|DW SILVERBACK, 10MM, stainless/black two tone, Bomar style target night sights – 9 rd mags|
|CZ 455 TRAINING RIFLE, .17 HMR, beech, 5 rd mag|
|CZ 455 VARMINT THUMBHOLE FLUTED cal. 22 LR, brown laminate thumbhole stock|
|CZ 455 ULTRALUX cal. 22 LR, 28” bbl|
|CZ 512 TACTICAL .22 LR|
|CZ 512 TACTICAL .22 WMR|
|CZ 527 LUX, .223 Rem., 5 rd mag 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 LUX, .223 Rem, 5 rd mag – LEFT HAND – 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 FS, .223 Rem., 5 rd mag 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 AMERICAN, .223 Rem., 5 rd mag (1” rings incl.) 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 THUMBHOLE VARMINT, .223 Rem, 5 rd mag, Shady Camo Laminate 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 YOUTH CARBINE, 7.62X39., 5 rd mag|
|CZ 527 CARBINE, .223 Rem., 5 rd mag 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 YOUTH CARBINE,223 REM, 5 rd mag 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 EURO VARMINT, .223 Rem, 5 rd mag 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 M1 AMERICAN, .223 Rem, 3 rd mag, black polymer, (1” rings incl.) – 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ 527 AMERICAN, .223 Rem, 5 rd mag, (1” rings incl.) – LEFT HAND – 1:9 Twist rate|
|CZ ULTIMATE HUNTING RIFLE, .300 Win. Mag., 3 rd fixed mag, (30 mm rings incl.) – 1:10 twist rate|
|CZ ULTIMATE HUNTING RIFLE, .300 Win. Mag., composite, 3 rd fixed mag, (30mm rings incl.) = 1:10 twist rate|
|CZ “WESTERN SERIES” 550 SONORAN RIFLE, .26 Nosler – Manners 100% carbon fiber stock, fluted bbl|
|CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS – CRAIG BODDINGTON SIGNATURE SERIES CZ 550 MAGNUM .375 H&H|
|CZ 550 SAFARI CLASSICS – CRAIG BODDINGTON SIGNATURE SERIES CZ 550 MAGNUM LEFT HAND .375 H&H|
|CZ 557 SPORTER SYNTHETIC .30-06, black synthetic stock, fixed magazine|
|CZ 557 SPORTER SYNTHETIC .270, black synthetic stock, fixed magazine|
|CZ 557 SPORTER SYNTHETIC 6.5×55, black synthetic stock, fixed magazine|
|CZ WINGSHOOTER ELITE 12-28, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ WINGSHOOTER ELITE 20-28, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER TARGET 12-30, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER REDUCED LENGTH 20-24” – 13” LOP, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER 12-26”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER 12-28”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER 20-26”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ REDHEAD PREMIER 20-28”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ SOUTHPAW STERLING 12-29”, two tone silver|
|CZ SPORTER, STANDARD GRADE G2 12-30”, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ SPORTER, STANDARD GRADE G2 12-32”, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ SPORTER G2 12-30”, #3 circassian walnut, engraved, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ SPORTER G2 12-32”, #3 circassian walnut, engraved, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ SPORTER, STANDARD GRADE G2 12-30”, ADJUSTABLE RIB, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ SPORTER, STANDARD GRADE G2 12-32”, ADJUSTABLE RIB, adj. comb, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUNS|
|CZ SHARP-TAIL 12-28”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ SHARP-TAIL 20-28”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ SHARP-TAIL 28-28”, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ SHARP-TAIL .410-28”, fixed IC/MOD chokes|
|CZ SHARP-TAIL TARGET 12-30”, KICK’S extended 6 choke set|
|CZ 712 UTILITY G2 12-20”, black polymer, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 SYNTHETIC G2 12-28” with sling stud cap, black polymer, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 G2 12-26”, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 G2 12-28”, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 ALS G2 12-28”, fully adj. ATI polymer stock 12”-14” LOP, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 TARGET G2 12-30” with stepped rib, FO Front sight, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 ALS G2 12-26”, fully adj. ATI polymer stock 12”-14” LOP, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 712 PRACTICAL G2 12-22”, extended magazine, M4 style adj. stock, 5 choke tubes|
|CZ 720 G2 20-26”, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 720 ALS G2 20-24”, 3 choke tubes|
|CZ 812 WATERFOWL 12-28” with sling stud cap, waterfowl camo with black shell carrier|
|CZ 612 MAGNUM WATERFOWL 12ga, RealTree Max 4 Camo – 28” bbl with sling stud cap|
|CZ 612 MAGNUM TURKEY 12ga, RealTree AP Camo – 26” bbl with sling stud cap|
|CZ 612 TRAP 12ga – 32” ported with raised rib|