The modern BREN 2 assault rifle can be seen in the hands of more and more Hungarian infantry soldiers. It quickly became a popular weapon thanks to its modern, modular design, lower weight, and high accuracy with its optical aiming system.
CATEGORY: Assault rifle
MANUFACTURER: Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod
Back in the early 1970s, the Czechoslovak People’s Army decided to replace the vz.58 assault rifles, which fired 7.62×39 mm ammunition. Not only the weapon but also its calibre were altered, so the prototype, known as the Lada S, already used the 5.45 × 39 mm ammunition used in the Soviet AK-74 assault rifle. However, the almost completed development program of the assault rifle, which already had three types of barrels (185, 382 and 577 as a fire support weapon) at that time, was swept away by the 1989 regime change and the subsequent disintegration of Czechoslovakia.
Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod remained in the Czech Republic. The Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, which became a member of NATO, turned to the domestic factory again for a new machine gun: the base was again the Lada. Two types of weapons stemmed from it: the Project 805A (5.56 × 45, 7.62 × 39 and 6.8 millimetres Remington), and the 805B (7.62 × 51 millimetres and .300 Winchester Magnum).
The winner was the 5.56 × 45 calibre, and the army commissioned the CZ 805 Bren A1 (360 mm barrel) and A2 (277 mm barrel). After the test results and feedback, the improved Bren 2 was developed, which is now in service with the Hungarian Defence Forces in increasing numbers.
This is an assault rifle for firing single shots and bursts. It is short-stroke, gas operated, with three-position gas control, and rotary bolt. It has a modular design, so that its calibre can be altered through barrel and lock change. Three types of barrel (207, 280 and 357 millimetres in length) can be used for the weapon, depending on the task.
It has a lightweight receiver, made of aluminium at the top and special fiberglass plastic at the bottom, ambidextrous cocking handle, mountable on either side, ambidextrous magazine release and fire selector. The folding stock and cheekpiece are adjustable to the body of the rifleman. A short part of the upper part of the receiver and the front section of its lower part have a MIL-STD-1913 mounting rail on both sides.
5.56×45 mm and 7.62×39 mm. Magazine capacity: 25 rounds.
The Bren’s capabilities can be further improved with with various day and night optical sights to complement the open sight, flash suppressor, high-brightness or infrared light, laser aiming device, CZ 805 G1 under-barrel grenade launcher, or a vertical grip that incorporates a folding bipod.
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Author: Trautmann Balázs (honvedelem.hu)