No matter whither it was in real steel or in airsoft the SCAR has been touted as both an ergonomically and functionally well made gun. In this review, we look further east on the European continent to another country famous for its weapon’s manufacturing, the Czech Republic and specifically CZ. The subject of today’s discussion is the the CZ Bren, specifically the A2 variant. The real steel counter part to this AEG was as times called the Czech SCAR but how does the Bren actually stack up to the SCAR.
For the purposes of this review, the particular model we will be looking at is the A2 version. The differences between both A2 and the A1 is the A1 version is the variant with the longer barrel. The initial impression from looking at the gun is that you will see that it does bear an uncanny resemblance to the FN SCAR 16 or SCAR Lite. Some of these similarities start up front where you will find the mock adjustable gas block which closely resembles the SCAR. Other similarities are the placement of its charging handle, which can be changed from one side to another, and a folding, adjustable stock.
The airsoft version that we have here is the Pro Line. The upper receiver of the gun is made of metal and the lower receiver is polymer, like the real one. The Bren has lots of rail space for you to mount all your accessories with rails on both the bottom, top, and sides. The side rails can also be removed if you so choose to. As we know the SCAR has good ergonomics, the Bren is no slouch. The pistol grip fits nicely in your hand and you have easy access to the the fire selector which is ambidextrous. The throw lever allowing you to switch between different firing modes is right where you want it to be which means you don’t really have to strain your hand to reach it, further more, it clicks into places well. The fire indicator is in the unique CZ style with the dots indicating what mode you are firing in. Finally coming to the stock, and from a feeling stand point, this is probably the only part of the gun I am slightly reserved about. While it does have an adjustable cheek rest and you can adjust its length of pull, how it feels in your shoulder does not feel as good or snug as that of the SCAR. While folding the stock to its side doesn’t get in the way of the ability to fire the gun the stock doesn’t have a hook to keep it in place but it does lock into place quite firmly.
An added feature to his gun is that it sports a quick change spring system. You can adjust it by simply removing the stock to access it. You can remove the stock by pushing out the pin holding it in place and slide the stock down. You can access the battery compartment here and it takes a small Tamiya type battery connection. The gear box that comes with the Bren is version 3 and will take all standard version 3 upgrades. The gun also includes flip up front and rear sights and a 360 round high cap magazine. Do note that this gun does not take regular M4 magazines and you will need to get an adaptor to allow you to use standard M4 mags. There are versions of the gun that come standard with the M4 adaptor already installed as well.
Shooting the gun was satisfying to the extent that it worked well and the trigger pull was consistent. The fly of the BBs can be a little scattered at times but I am pretty sure that can be remedied with heavier weighted BBs. The full auto cycling rate was fair for an unupgraded gun. Ergonomically, shooting it and moving with it felt good and dare I say a little better than the SCAR.
After taking an overview, is the CZ Bren the Czech SCAR? Well, yes, in the same way both Wagu and Kobe are both beef. They are both good just one is going to be ever so slightly better than the other or vice-versa depending on who you ask and their tastes. While they both have similar ergonomics, the SCAR just felt more solid and felt ever so slightly more refined. This is no knock to the Bren as its proved to be a very capable gun and best of all, when you hold it in your hand, even with the heavier scope, its feels lighter and more nimble than the SCAR. But what do you guys think? Do you think the Bren deserves the monicker “Czech SCAR” let me know in the comment section below.
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