Colt CZ Group SE
Colt CZ Group SE (Colt CZ or the Group) was founded in 2013 as CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE. 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, the Group acquired a majority stake in 4M Systems, which it gradually increased to 100%. 4M Systems supplies tactical equipment. In 2018, the Group acquired a stake in Vibrom, a company specialized in MIM technology. In 2020, the Group acquired a minority stake in Spuhr i Dalby AB, a Swedish manufacturer of optical mounting solutions for firearms.
The same year, the Group completed public offering of its shares on the Prague Stock Exchange. In May 2021, the Group 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.
In April 2022, the Group changed its name from CZG - Česká zbrojovka Group SE to Colt CZ Group SE to reflect the expansion and integration of the Group and to emphasize the importance of both key brands, Colt and CZ (Česká zbrojovka).
Samuel Colt is issued the US Patent for the first Colt firearm
The Single Action Army revolver is introduced and secures a US Government contract.
The Colt Model 1911 is officially adopted by the US Government as its standard firearm
The beginning of the production of firearms in Uherský Brod
Colt receives its first government contract for the M16 rifle, an improved version of the AR-15
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)
Colt Defence LLC purchased Diemaco and renamed it Colt Canada
Samuel Colt is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
Establishment of CZG
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 the Group's shares on the Prime Market of the Prague Stock Exchange
Acquisition of 100% stake in Colt
Change of the Group name to Colt CZ Group SE
Colt CZ Group has completed the acquisition of Swedish company Spuhr i Dalby.