There’s hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of CZ semi-automatic pistols. The first CZ handguns were designed by Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod, the most famous firearms manufacturer from the Czech Republic. The company itself was established in 1936. CZ pistols are so well-known mainly due to the fact that the manufacturer has branched out to more than 100 different countries across the globe over the last century. The most popular of the brand’s subsidiaries is undeniably CZ-USA, a company currently based in Kansas City, Kansas. The American subsidiary is responsible for the import and distribution of CZ products in the United States. CZ-USA has also recently acquired Dan Wesson Firearms, who produced some of the most interesting clones and variations of M1911 pistols as well as a number of different revolvers.
CZ ranks among the top ten small arms manufacturers in the world. Apart from handguns, CZ also produces a wide array of other firearms. Their current offer features the following types of guns - rimfire, centerfire, tactical, battle, sniper, and semi-automatic rifles as well as submachine guns, shotguns, and launchers. The manufacturer’s most popular design is without a doubt the CZ 75. This semi-automatic pistol was introduced in 1975 and it is one of the original "wonder nines", featuring a staggered-column magazine, all-steel construction, and a hammer forged barrel. It is widely distributed throughout the world and is the most common handgun in the Czech Republic.
Besides the CZ 75, other popular series of pistols are the CZ P-07, CZ P-10, CZ Shadow and CZ Shadow 2. The current output of CZ’s production accrues nearly 300 thousand firearms a year, but the production still increases. One of the company’s main aims is to eventually increase the production to over half a million guns per year.