CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE
CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE (CZG) was founded in 2013. However, its history dates back to 1936 when the Česká zbrojovka firearms factory was established in Uherský Brod. The factory was built prior to WWII by the Czechoslovak state with the strategic aim of moving firearms production further away from the German border. It was one of the largest and most modern armaments production facilities in Europe. The factory’s production of a full range of firearms started to develop gradually after WWII, resulting in strong product positioning in the major segments of the firearms market.
In 1997, CZ-USA was established in the United States to handle local distribution, sales and service of firearms. In 2001, René Holeček became one of the two key shareholders of the Group. In 2004, Česká zbrojovka acquired the firearms division of Zbrojovka Brno and, subsequently, it acquired Dan Wesson Firearms through CZ-USA in 2005. In 2014, René Holeček became the controlling majority shareholder of the Group. A year later, in 2015, CZG acquired a majority stake in 4M Systems, which it gradually increased to 100%. 4M Systems supplies tactical equipment. In 2018, CZG acquired a stake in Vibrom, a company specialized in MIM technology. In 2020, CZG acquired a minority stake in Spuhr i Dalby AB, a Swedish manufacturer of optical mounting solutions for firearms.
The same year, CZG completed public offering of its shares on the Prague Stock Exchange. In May 2021, CZG acquired a 100% stake in Colt Holding Company LLC, the parent company of the US arms manufacturer Colt, as well as its Canadian subsidiary Colt Canada.
The beginning of the production of firearms in Uherský Brod
CZ-USA established in the United States (importer of Česká zbrojovka products to the USA)
René Holeček became one of the key shareholders of Česká zbrojovka
Zbrojovka Brno acquisition (manufacturer of hunting rifles and provider of customized solutions)
Dan Wesson acquisition (American gun manufacturer)
René Holeček became the majority shareholder of the company
Acquisition of a majority stake in 4M Systems (manufacturer of tactical equipment for military & law enforcement)
Acquisition of a stake in Vibrom (technological manufacturer)
Framework agreement with the Army of the Czech Republic
Acquisition of a stake in Spuhr i Dalby (Swedish manufacturer of optical mounting solutions for firearms)
IPO of CZG shares on the Prime Market of the Prague Stock Exchange
Acquisition of 100% stake in Colt