First Look: New CZ-USA Firearms for 2015
January 08, 2015
CZ-USA is poised for a big year in 2015 with a huge lineup of new product introductions planned ahead of the 2015 SHOT Show. Their new offerings encompass all aspects of CZ-USA's production, and there are more than 60 new or updated products slated for release ranging from sporting shotguns and hunting rifles to competition-ready pistols.
With 2015 marking the 40th Anniversary of the CZ 75's introduction, the company is releasing a limited edition CZ 75 pistol to commemorate the benchmark. The 40th Anniversary CZ 75 B pistol is hand-engraved with rainbow nitrided controls, extractor, grip screws and magazine baseplate, and it sports a set of high-grade California birds-eye Maple grips. Chambered in 9mm, the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition CZ 75 B comes in a leather-bound presentation case with two 16-round magazines. Only 1,000 will be produced, and each pistol is individually numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
One of CZ's highly anticipated products for 2015 is the new Scorpion EVO 3 S1 pistol, a civilian-legal semiauto pistol version of the company's Scorpion EVO 3 A1 sub-machine gun. A blowback-operated semiauto 9mm pistol with a 7¾-inch barrel, the EVO 3 S1 features CZ's newly designed low-profile sights, which ride on an 11-inch Picatinny rail for mounting optics. The Scorpion has ambidextrous controls, as well as a non-reciprocating charging handle that is swappable, and the reach to the trigger is adjustable. For those living in states where magazine capacity is restricted, a low-capacity version of the EVO 3 S1 is also available.
Other notable handgun introductions comprise of the CZ 1911 A1, 805 Bren PS1 and Dan Wesson Silverback.
The CZ 1911 A1 is a modernized reproduction of the classic Government model M1911A1 and is CZ's first 100-percent American-made pistol. The pistol features a few slight modifications but is otherwise faithful to Browning's original design.
The 805 Bren PS1 pistol is the first civilian version of CZ's 805 Bren A1 selective-fire rifle chambered in .223/5.56, while the Silverback in 10mm Auto or .45 ACP is Dan Wesson's only dual-tone 1911 currently available.
Kicking off CZ's new rifle introductions is an updated 550 Sonoran rifle in the company's popular "Western Series" line chambered for the flat-shooting .26 Nosler. As with previous Sonoran rifles this new offering weighs under 8 lbs., and features an olive drab Manners 100-percent carbon fiber stock and a fluted barrel. The rifle is ferritic nitrocarburized inside and out for corrosion and wear resistance and utilizes a single-set trigger and two-position safety.
CZ's rifle lineup also includes the 455 Training Rifle in .17 HMR, the CZ 455 Ultra Lux in .22LR, the 527 Youth Carbine and the limited-production 550 Safari Classics Craig Boddington Signature Series rifle in .375 H&H. The 455 Training Rifle shares many of the same characteristics as CZ's previous Training Rifle but adds the ability to swap the barrel and/or stock, and the 455 Ultra Lux pairs CZ's longest-barreled rimfire with the 455 platform. The 527 Youth Carbine is a scaled down version of the classic 527 Carbine available in .223 or 7.62x39mm, while the Boddington rifle starts with a 550 Magnum action and is custom-built from there.
A host of new shotgun offerings will be available for 2015, including models for waterfowl, turkey, upland game and models designed for skeet, trap and sporting clays.
One of these is the new CZ Sharp-Tail, inspired by the company's popular Ringneck side-by-side shotgun. The Sharp-Tail features a single selectable mechanical trigger and pistol grip as well as a one-piece CNC machined receiver with independent floating firing pins, coil spring operated hammers and newly designed sears. It is available in 12, 20 , 28, and .410 bore with single selectable 28-inch or 30-inch barrels, Turkish walnut stocks, single extractor and 5 flush choke tubes and ships in a plastic case.
For a closer look at some of our favorite new offerings from CZ-USA, check out the gallery below and visit CZ's website to view a full list of new products for 2015.
CZ 455 Training Rifle
CZ\'s popular Training Rifle has been adapted to the 455 platform. Chambered in .17 HMR, the 455 Training Rifle
shares the same popular features of its predecessor — it has the same 24.8-inch barrel, adjustable tangent rear sight and beechwood stock with Schnabel forend. Unlike the previous Training Rifle, the 455 Training Rifle gives the user the ability to swap out the barrel and/or stock.
CZ Western 550 Sonoran in .26 Nosler
CZ has expanded its Western 550 Sonoran line to include the popular new .26 Nosler
. The new offering incorporates many of the features found on previous Sonoran rifles including an olive drab Manners
100-percent carbon fiber stock and a fluted barrel. The 550 Sonoran in .26 Nosler also gets the same ferritic nitrocarburizing treatment for extreme corrosion and wear resistance.
CZ 75 B 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
It\'s been 40 years since the introduction of the classic CZ 75 pistol and CZ is commemorating the occasion with the CZ 75 B 40th Anniversary
pistol. The limited edition pistol is hand-engraved and sports a set of birdseye Maple grips. The CZ 75 B Anniversary pistol\'s controls, extractor, grip screws and magazine baseplate are also finished in a rainbow titanium nitride. Only 1,000 40th Anniversary pistols will be produced. Each one is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Scorpion EVO 3 S1 Pistol
The semiauto pistol version of CZ\'s
fully automatic Scorpion EVO
sub-machine gun, the Scorpion EVO 3 S1
pistol is a blowback-operated 9mm. It features a short 7.75-inch barrel, CZ\'s newly designed low-profile sights and an 11-inch Picatinny rail for optics. A low-capacity version of the Scorpion EVO 3 S1 is available for those living in states with restrictions on capacity.
CZ 455 Ultra Lux
The company\'s longest-barreled rimfire, the Ultra Lux, joins the 455 platform this year. The 455 Ultra Lux
retains all the same features as its 452
predecessor, including a 28.6-inch barrel, an adjustable tangent rear sight, a beech stock with cheekpiece and a 10-round magazine. Just like previous 455s, it also has the ability to swap barrels and stocks.
CZ 527 Youth Carbine
A scaled-down version of CZ\'s popular 527 Carbine
, the 527 Youth Carbine
features a 12.75-inch length of pull, a smaller grip with tighter radius and thinner forend. It features CZ\'s micro-Mauser action and single set trigger and can be modified with a standard carbine stock as the shooter grows too big for the standard Turkish Walnut stock. The 527 Youth Carbine is available in .223/5.56 or 7.62x39mm.
CZ 805 Bren PS1 Pistol
The first civilian-legal version of CZ\'s 805 Bren
selective fire rifle, the 805 Bren PS1
pistol is piston-driven and equipped with an 11-inch barrel chambered in .223/5.56. It utilizes standard STANAG AR-15/M16 magazines and features the same low-profile sights found on CZ\'s Scorpion. The 805 Bren incorporates a one-piece aluminum upper receiver with a monolithic Picatinny rail. Low-capacity versions are available for those in states with capacity restrictions.
CZ 1911 A1
The CZ 1911 A1
is designed to be a modern reproduction of the classic 5-inch 1911A1 Government model. CZ only modified the design slightly, swapping the checkered plastic grips for checkered walnut, adding a serrated slide stop, a magazine catch and a mainspring housing and using a stainless steel barrel. CZ also added a taller set of sights, with the front dovetailed in so that it can be swapped more easily.
An evolution of CZ\'s popular Ringneck
, the Sharp-Tail
is an entirely new product for 2015. Smaller than the Ringneck, the Sharp-Tail features coil springs instead of leaf springs and sports the same color case-hardened finish. It has a single selectable mechanical trigger and pistol grip and utilizes a one-piece CNCed receiver. The Sharp-Tail is available in 12, 20 , 28, and .410 bore with single selectable 28-inch or 30-inch barrels, Turkish walnut stocks, single extractor and five flush choke tubes, all inside a plastic case.
Dan Wesson Silverback
The only dual-tone 1911 in the Dan Wesson line, the Silverback
, available in .45 ACP and 10mm Auto, has a stainless slide with polished flats that features adjustable target style tritium sights, a serrated top rib and ball cuts on the dust cover. The Silverback\'s frame is finished in CZ\'s Duty black nitride finish and is rounded out with G10 full thickness grips.
550 Safari Classics Craig Boddington Signature Series
Built around a CZ 550 Magnum action chambered in .375 H & H, the Craig Boddington Signature Series
rifle is fully customized to Boddington\'s personal preferences. The barrel has been shortened to 24 inches, and an upgraded Safari Classics front sight and barrel band forward sling swivel stud have been added. The rifle features a new stock with a thin wrist and a slimmer, shallower, shorter fore-end. A red, one-inch Decelerator recoil pad is fitted to the end of an XX Claro Walnut stock. Upgrades on the metalwork include a jeweled bolt and Boddington'™s signature engraved on the floor plate as well as a 'œCraig Boddington Series' designation engraved forward of the action atop the barrel. Only 50 of these rifles will be produced, with five of those being left-hand models.
CZ 75 TAC II Shadow 9mm
A new offering from the CZ custom shop, the CZ 75 TAC II Shadow 9mm
combines several traditional and newer features into a tactical platform. A tuned factory 85 Combat trigger system with a shorter single-action reset results in a 3- to 4-pound trigger pull in single-action and a 7.5- to 8.5-pound trigger pull in double-action mode. Riding atop the Pre-B style slide is a Trijicon tritiumfront sight post and a serrated combat-style rear sight. CZ also introduced a similar Target II version
with target sights and a Picatinny rail system.
812 Waterfowl 12-Gauge
The 812 Waterfowl
is the first gas-less semiauto shotgun from CZ-USA uses a short recoil system to cycle the action. Clad in waterfowl camouflage, this 3-inch chambered 12-gauge has a 28-inch vent-rib barrel and comes with a removable magazine tube plug and five extended black chokes.
CZ 527 American .223 Rem.
The CZ 527
is now equipped with a Turkish Walnut American-pattern stock in a variety of calibers and configurations, including this .223 Rem version with a 1:9' hammer-forged barrel. Other notable features include a single set trigger, detachable 5-round magazine and optics mounting platform with included 1' steel scope rings.