A Czech Gun You’ve Probably Never Seen….

…well, unless you’re Czech. Or Canadian. It’s the CZ 122 Sport.

It’s marked with the logo of CZ-UB and appears to owe nothing to the CZ-75. It’s just an attractive, modern .22 target pistol. (Look how low the bore axis is!)

A few of these were imported about ten years ago… to Canada. None to the Great Red White and Blue South. So they have more to gloat about than the bulk of the world’s greatest hockey players.

And no, we don’t know why they weren’t brought here. Maybe they think they can’t be price-competitive with Rugers, Brownings and other mass-produced .22 plinkers?

We think we’d want one even if it wasn’t a CZ, because it’s cool looking. Maybe there are some echoes of the Kratochvil brothers’ vz. 50 service pistol and vz. 52 army pistol designs in it? It’s got just a little “space gat” vibe to it.

We found it here, and there’s a Reddit thread where the guy who posted the picture said this about it:

CZ 122 sport edition. Chambered for .22LR. Not too much other information on this specific gun. Shoots like a dream and is pretty space-ey.

From my understand they are mega rare. No idea on production run. They are 875 grams, hold 10 rounds and are 24 cm long. Buddy found it here in Ottawa and has seen one other out in Calgary. According to some people of gun blogs from 2005 they didn’t import them into the states.

Wonder what it’s story is. We’ll have to dig into the latest Czech language sources and see.

Which brings us to a poll…

Is there too much Czech/Czechoslovak/CZ here?

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As ever, we value your opinions. And we reserve the right to act on them, or not!

28 thoughts on “A Czech Gun You’ve Probably Never Seen….

  1. Steve from Downtown Canada

    Czech guns, like Czech strippers, deserve endless appreciation. Keep it coming!

    1. alan Ward

      And Czech hockey players whose initials are Jaromir Jagr!
      i keep thinking the batard is a CZ product. Oil his joints a little and he keeps on operating at a high level for over 40 years.
      Nice to know we get a few gun things that our American cousins do not.

      1. E Garrett Perry

        Damn right Jagr’s a CZ product, but he’s had a lot of hard use. Must go through a bottle of FireClean every match, just for his knees. Why FireClean? Because unlike BreakFree, you can fry Bramborak in what’s left, and have a snack for halftime!

  2. James

    Well,voted in poll and noticed anyone can make a poll there,hmmm….,how about a poll about polls?

  3. John M.

    OK, the magazine is in the grip, but the ejection port looks like it’s up ahead of the trigger guard. How the heck does that thing work?

    -John M.

      1. John M.

        Ok, that’s a helpful picture. Is there a two-piece barrel, or does the barrel end where the slide ends and the front of the frame is an affectation?

        -John M.

        1. John M.

          OK, I figured it out courtesy of a Polish (?) guy on YouTube who sets some sort of record for muzzling himself:

          He breaks it down and at about the 2:06 mark starts going house on it with some sort of spray (szprej?). As he moves it around, you can see that the barrel sits below that weird opening and runs the full length of the pistol.

          -John M.

    1. Bret Stevenson

      What appears to be an extractor (in the left side view) is actually the take-down tab to release the slide from the recoil spring’s tension. Look at photo that “whomever” provided of the right side view and you’ll see it actually is a crossbar that goes through both sides of the slide as well as the rounded crossbar above it.
      Hope this helps.

  4. archy

    ***We think we’d want one even if it wasn’t a CZ, because it’s cool looking. Maybe there are some echoes of the Kratochvil brothers’ vz. 50 service pistol and vz. 52 army pistol designs in it? It’s got just a little “space gat” vibe to it.***

    If we take the Wayback Machine back to the vz.50 and the vz.52, then we might want to consider
    a look for the input of a little mechanical DNA from the Whitney Wolverine and the S&W M41as well. Maybe as a conscious influence of utilizing those elements of design that successfully addressed
    a design challenge, maybe just the *great minds think alike* common answer to similar design
    challenges. Maybe some of both?

    Come to think of it, Roger Hillberg, one of the Wolverine principal designers, maybe the only one, did some of the design work on postwar High Standard rimfire target pistols, too-he was chief of design at HS.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Actually, I have some more information on this pistol and its design. It was produced only in two very short runs.

  5. Bloke_from_ohio

    I was unaware of the plethora of Czech small arms unil I found this blog. I was only barely alive for the very tail end of the cold war through, so I blame my ignorance on youth.

    I am not a collector, but I enjoy the spoils of Hogboses’s obsession. Keep up the good work! Maybe some day I will get a VZ 58. The stripper clip loading is a fun looking trick.

  6. Jack

    I figure this is part of the things you’re passionate about. Not quite my wheel house, but I can appreciate that it’s part of yours. This is a fantastic endeavor for a variety of reasons (coverage, commentary, acerbic writing, etc.) so the Czech stuff can’t be too bad.

    1. Hognose Post author

      I have a nearly new vz. 52/57, some vz. 24s, a vz. 22, and a couple of Brno M95 Mannlichers waiting for a writeup. Your patience will be rewarded. Concentration on pistols is just because that is the book I am trying to finish.


    Hmmm…it’s a cool looking piece, but I don’t really think it qualifies as a modern target pistol. It just wouldn’t be competitive against current guns IMHO. Hopefully this dissension in the ranks won’t see me cast into the wilderness or anything. :-)

    I shot ISSF rimfire matches for many years using a Feinerkbau AW93, and that magnificent piece of German engineering was what I’d call a modern target pistol. Among other things, the AW93 features an orthopaedic grip and a trigger that is adjustable in almost every dimension.

    A lot of Weaponsman readers probably aren’t all that familiar with esoteric high-end rimfire target guns. I strongly recommend y’all Google around for pieces like the AW93, the Pardini SP, the Match Guns MG2 and the Walther GSP. They are truly remarkable firearms that represent the state of the art in handgun accuracy.

      1. Hognose Post author

        Mike, I took the liberty of making the link live. That’s some funny stuff! You guys have to read it all the way to the end.

  8. Simon

    I use a GSP for competitions as well, but not all competition styles allow the use of exotic grips and other specific target equipment. The GSP is very heavy for a rimfire as well, and that excludes it from some rulebooks.

  9. Docduracoat

    I love when guns look like space age blasters
    The Steyr Aug still looks like an futuristic weapon and it is a 1970’s design
    I would by a 9 mm that looked like a ray gun
    I also want a car with fins!

    1. Hognose Post author

      I love those guns too. The new Prius seems to have vestigial fins. But my favorite is the ’60 Cadillac coupe.

  10. Looserounds.com

    yes there is a hell of a lot of CZ stuff

    It is your blog that I like to think you do for your self more than to meet readers tastes.

    Its not like I don’t have a compulsion to write a lot about a certain firearms MFG myself, ahem..

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