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To lighten the design, the upper receiver, lower
housing, gas system and handguard were streamlined, saving about a pound compared to the original
Bren 805. The Bren 2 has an adjustable gas regulator
with three positions that can be changed by hand: a " standard " position, an " adverse " position that opens a larger
port for cold or dirty conditions, and a third, closed position
that blocks the gas system for manual functioning.
CZ-USA began offering the Bren 2 Ms (modular semiautomatic) in pistol format in 2019. The pistols are offered
in 5.56 mm NATO and 7.62x39 mm, each in three barrel
lengths. In pistol form, the Bren 2 is nearly identical to
the military rifle, except that it has a receiver endcap
instead of a stock, and is semi-automatic-only. A 16 " -barreled 5.56 mm rifle version is scheduled to be released this
year. For 922(r) compliance, the Bren 2 rifle is outfitted
with American-made parts, including a modular handguard
similar to the one used on the Scorpion rifle, and uses a
factory-style folding and telescoping stock.
In pistol form, the Bren 2 comes equipped with a
receiver endplate that has the provision for an AR-15-type
pistol buffer tube for mounting an arm brace or cheekpiece.
The bolt and carrier system of the CZ Bren 2 Ms shows obvious influence
from the ArmaLite AR-18 design. The gas system on the CZ Bren 2 Ms
is adjustable either by hand or using a cartridge. The three positions
are " normal, " " adverse " and closed for manual cycling. The gas tube
assembly on the CZ Bren 2 Ms can be cleaned on both the outside and
inside with the scraper portions of the supplied multi-tool.

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The charging handle on the CZ Bren 2 Ms (above)
can be switched to either the right or left side.
It does not reciprocate with the bolt, but can be
used as a forward assist.

The upper receiver and handguard feature a 14.75 " section of Picatinny rail. The aluminum handguard has one
M-Lok-compatible slot at each of the 3-, 6- and 9-o'clock
positions. The Bren 2 pistol is supplied with metal, folding
front and rear sights. The front post is adjustable for elevation, and the rear aperture for windage. A three-dot " luminescent " system on the sights glows after being exposed to
light. The Bren 2 pistol's flash hider is compatible with the
NATO Rotex-V suppressor attachment system.
The Bren 2 Ms pistol I tested was a 7.62x39 mm version with a 9 " barrel, a mimic of the Bren rifle adopted
by the GIGN, the elite French police tactical unit. The
sample pistol was supplied with a factory test target
that showed a three-shot, 25-meter group of just under
half-an-inch (no doubt fired from a machine rest). In
my testing, from a bench at 25 yds., the pistol averaged
1.5 " groups using the factory sights. Accuracy is aided
by the Bren's exceptional trigger. Two-stage, it has a
brief initial take-up before breaking crisply at just more
than 3 lbs., followed by a short and tactile reset. From
the 9 " barrel, muzzle velocity still approached 2000
f.p.s. with 123-gr. bullets. Reliability was perfect with
every type of ammunition I used, including steel-cased
budget rounds, high-end self-defense loads and even
round-nosed, soft-point hunting ammunition.

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