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THE PRODUCTION HISTORY OF ČZ STRAKONICE FIREARMS

In September, 1919 the first factories were built under the name The South Bohemian Armory in Strakonice in the south of the Czech Republic. They took over the production of the Fox pistol, in 6.35 Browning, from Pilsen and it later became known as the ČZ 22. In 1921 The South Bohemian Armory merged with the Hubertus Armory, based in Prague, and in 1922 was re-named The Bohemian Armory. This merger resulted in the new trademark ČZ (in a circle).

Pre-World War II

The majority of products were for military and professional forces.
Production include some of the following:

Air Rifle
  • ČZ 35 - Military
Machine Guns
  • ČZ 28 - 7.92 mm - Light Machine Gun
  • ČZ 30 - 7.92 mm - Light Machine Gun
  • ČZ 38 - 9 mm Para - Submachine Gun
Pistols
  • ČZ 22 - 9 mm Browning - Army
  • ČZ 24 - 9 mm Browning - Army
  • ČZ 27 - 7.65 mm Browning - Semi-Automatic 
  • ČZ 28 - 34.5 mm - Signal 
  • ČZ 30 - 26.5 mm - Signal 
  • ČZ 36 - 6.35 mm Browning - Pocket (DAO version) 
  • ČZ 38 - 9 mm Browning - later model was ČZ39 
  • ČZ 38 Z - 9 mm Browning

Realizing the growing danger of war in the 1936s, and considering that Strakonice was about an hour drive from the Austrian and German borders, the company relocated in Uherský Brod in the eastern part of the country.

World War II

During World War II firearms manufacturing continued but the production range consisted of firearms designed and made in German armories.

Post-World War II

Production include some of the following:

Air Rifle

  • ČZ 35 - Training
  • ČZ 36 - Training

Machine Guns

  • ČZ 247 - 9 mm Para - Submachine Gun
  • ČZ 23 - - 9 mm Para - Submachine Gun
  • ČZ 25 - - 9 mm Para - Submachine Gun
  • ČZ 24 - - 7,62 x 25 Tokarev - Submachine Gun (later) 
  • ČZ 26 - - 7,62 x 25 Tokarev - Submachine Gun (later) 
  • ČZ 58 - - 7,62 x 39 mm - Submachine Gun 

Pistols

  • ČZ 47 - 9 mm Para
  • ČZ 471 - 9 mm Para 
  • ČZ 481 - 9 mm Para 
  • ČZ 52 - 7.62 x 25P Tokarev  

Rifle

  • ČZ 52 – 7,5x45 and 7,62x45 - Semi-Automatic

In 1954 the entire firearms production was, for safety, moved to the branch plant in Uherský Brod. Because of political and enconomic changes in 1989 in the Czech Republic the plant in Uherký Brod became independent. They continued to use the original trademark until 1992 when they registered their own - ČZ UB.

Modern ČZ Stakonice History

When ČZ Strakonice production resumed in the first half of 1990 the company was divided into several divisions and firearms were allocated to ČZ Strojirna Ltd.

ČZ Strojirna Ltd. also produced:

Air Rifle

  • ČZ 001 - Junior

Pistols

  • ČZ 150 - .22 LR
  • ČZ 52 - 7.62x25P Tokarev

Also

Parts for the Mauser 98 rifle, Hunter Classic ČZ 98 rifle, and the M6 Scout combination rifle/shotgun were produced for Springfield Armory in the United States. ČZ Strojirna Ltd. produced 50,000 M6 for the U.S. Army between 1993 to 2001.

LUVO Prague Ltd. (LUVO ARMS)

LUVO Prague Ltd. (LUVO Arms) took over firearms production from ČZ Strojirna Ltd. in 2006. The company continues to use the trademark ČZ (in a circle).

Pistols

  • ČZ TT9 - 9 x 19mm
  • ČZ TT9 PV - 9 x 19 mm
  • ČZ TT22 - caliber .22 LR
  • ČZ TT40 - .40 S&W
  • ČZ TT40 PV - .40 S&W
  • ČZ TT45 - .45 ACP
  • ČZ TT45 PV - .45 ACP
  • ČZ ST9 - 9 x 19 mm
  • ČZ ST765 – 7,65 mm Browning
  • ČZ TT556 Self-loading Pistol in caliber (5,56x23mm) .224 LUVO

Conversion Kit

  • ČZ TT9 - 9 x 19 mm
  • ČZ TT40 - .40 S&W 
  • ČZ TT45 - .45 ACP

Adapter

  • ČZ Adapter V22 - .22 LR

Rifle production 

  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (7,5”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (10,5”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (12,5”) - caliber 7,62 x 25 P Tokarev
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (14,5”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (14,5”) - caliber 5,45 x 39 mm
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (14,5”) – caliber .300 AAC Blackout
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (14,5”) - caliber 5,56 LUVO (5,56x23mm) .224 LUVO
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber 9 x 19 mm
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber .40 S&W
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber .45 ACP
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber 6,8 SPC
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16”) - caliber 7,62 x 39 mm
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (16,75”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (20”) - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (20”) Heavy Barrel - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (20”) Heavy Barrel - caliber 6,8 SPC
  • LUVO ARMS LA-15 (24”) Heavy Barrel - caliber .223 Rem. or .222 Rem.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (10,5”) - caliber .308 Win.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (14,5”) - caliber .308 Win.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (16”) - caliber .308 Win.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (18“) - caliber .338 Federal
  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (20”) Heavy Barrel - caliber .308 Win.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (16”) – caliber 7,5 Swiss (7,5 x 55 mm)
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (16”) – caliber 6,5 x 55 mm
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (20”) – caliber 7,5 Swiss (7,5 x 55 mm)
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (20”) – caliber 6,5 x 55 mm

Assault Rifle production 

  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (16”) – caliber .300 AAC Blackout
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (14,5”) – caliber 7,62x39 mm
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (7,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (10,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (10,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109 with GL M203
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (14,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (14,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109 with GL M203
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (16,5”) – caliber 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109
  • LUVO ARMS LA -16 (20”) – caliber 5,56 x45 mm NATO SS109

Sniper production

  • LUVO ARMS LA -15 (20”) Sniper - 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109
  • LUVO ARMS LA -15 (24”) Sniper - 5,56 x 45 mm NATO SS109

  • LUVO ARMS LA-10 (20”) Sniper - caliber .308 Win.
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (20”) Heavy Barrel – caliber 7,5 Swiss (7,5 x 55 mm)
  • LUVO ARMS LA-11 (20”) Heavy Barrel – caliber 6,5 x 55 mm 


Under the development are following weapons: 

  • LUVO ARMS LA-13 Self-loading Rifle (Sniper) in caliber .338 Lapua Magnum
  • LUVO ARMS LA-12 Self-loading Rifle (Sniper) in caliber 12,7 x 99 mm


In cooperation with the company Barrett we distribut Barrett Snipers 

  • BARRETT Rifles mod. 98B Sniper – caliber .338 Lapua Magnum
  • BARRETT Rifles mod. 92 A1 Sniper – caliber 12,7 x 99 mm
  • BARRETT Website: www.barrett.net



The company goal is to produce quality firearms for military, police, special forces and civilians markets worldwide.