It’s that time of the year again. The firearms industry gathering known as SHOT Show is around the proverbial corner. In the run-up to the gun biz Super Bowl, we’re fielding a constant stream of press releases, new product launch teasers, and 2017 product catalogs. As usual, TTAG will be carpet bombing the red carpet event: I’ll be joining RF, Dan, Nick, Tyler and Joe Grine in Las Vegas to blog the be-Jesus out of the Constitution-loving confab. Meanwhile, there’s CZ . . .
On Thanksgiving CZ announced its new P-10 C pistol, which they say is “improving on perfection.” Clearly that’s a reference to their own, excellent product line and not poking any competitive bears. Naturally. Click here to view or download a PDF copy of the CZ-USA and Dan Wesson 2017 New Product Guide, which includes all of the MSRPs and much more detail. TL;DR? Since you asked . . .
Seen above: the CZ BREN 2 (click on any photo to enlarge it). While the BREN 2 is a LE/Mil-only affair, it’s worth mentioning because it includes some evolutionary changes to the 805 BREN. It’s a lighter overall firearm than its forebearer with a non-reciprocating charging handle that works as a forward assist. CZ BREN 2 also boasts fully ambi controls including a bolt release inside the trigger guard.
The 805 BREN S1 is now available in pistol and carbine flavors, in 5.56 and, new for 2017, in 300 BLK. If black’s not your thing FDE lovers can get a BREN in that fine hue as well.
CZ’s offering the Scorpion Evo S1 pistol with a carbine forend and a 5″ KAK Flash Can mounted to the 7.7″ barrel (threaded in both 18×1 and 1/2×28). The Scorpion Evo S1 may look like an odd duck — okay, it is an odd duck — but it’s highly customizable. You can add a pistol stabilizing brace for SBR looks without the NFA hoops (no shouldering please!), or can pay your dues to go full SBR. Starting in this config saves time and money as compared to SBR’ing the standard pistol then swapping the forend, or SBR’ing the carbine then swapping for the shorter barrel. Either way, it’s ideal for running a suppressor underneath the carbine forend (which I reviewed here).
The P-10 C is CZ’s big release of 2017. It’s safe to say a lot of people will contemplate the P-10, channel their inner Laibach and declare “GLOCK is GLOCK.” But just as every auto manufacturer sells an SUV, there’s still plenty of room in this pistol category for a CZ “GLOCK.”
Make no mistake, the CZ P-10 C is unique in its own special way. We’re talking a fully ambidextrous slide stop and magazine release. The ergonomics, trigger, slide serrations, accessory rail, threaded barrels (cold hammer forged with standard land-and-groove rifling), and an aggressive MSRP set it apart from GLOCK’s Peach Tree pistol.
Upon breaking my CZ T&E loaner down, I was surprised to find extremely burly guts — likely the largest barrel lugs and frame lug I’ve seen in any similar gun. Not to mention big steel frame inserts and a fat metal bar for the slide stop. We’ll put the P-10 through its paces and report back.
CZ’s offering the P-09 in a suppressor-ready version with threaded barrel and tall night sights. It will now hit the shelves in slimming black along with the you-can-have-it-in-any-color-as-long-as-it’s-Urban-Gray predecessor. [ED: is Urban Grey some kind of slam against the English weather?] With the extended magazine bases, the P-09’s capacity is an astounding 21+1 rounds.
Last year CZ released a Kadet Kit for the P-07. This year they’ve expanded the line with a version for the P-09. It rocks the new target sights from the Shadow 2.
Poetically enough the SP-01 Phantom — effectively a polymer-framed SP-01 Tactical — is back from the dead. It arrives bearing improvements like a new polymer formulation and swappable backstraps. The product catalog points out that this is the current sidearm of the Czech Army.
It’s hard to beat a CZ Shadow for USPSA Production Division competition. According to CZ, the Shadow 2 does just that. The new gun sports a higher beavertail, undercut trigger guard, reduced-mass slide, more weight on the dust cover, swappable mag release with adjustable extension lengths, and new trigger components to improve pull and break while shortening reset. Rather than dressing-up in CZ’s normal polycoat, the Shadow 2 wears a nitrided finish. If bling’s your thing, its also available nitrided with black or Urban Gray polycoat applied on top, with black aluminum grips.
Dan Wesson’s new pistols will go up in a separate post, so for now we’ll stick with CZ and simply name the new long guns for 2017 (check the full catalog for details). A lot of new options here:
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