September 11, 2019 100

ZB26: The Best of the Light Machine Guns

ZB26: The Best of the Light Machine Guns

100 Replies to “ZB26: The Best of the Light Machine Guns”

  • Jan Jordán says:

    VZOR translation : pattern, design, model,type etc.

  • Gert Madsen says:

    What about the Madsen? Surely with a name like that it must have been the best …

  • Tomas T says:

    in hidden and dangerous pc game this was the best gun for sniping lol 😀

  • marksman axis says:

    Hope make compare between Bren and ZB26

  • John Smith says:

    Best machine gun

  • Pablo Astini says:

    If somebody could answer me… Did the british pay a liscence, stole this design or what… Seems to me that the bren gun is no less than a freaking copy of the zb vz 26…

  • Wajid Ali says:

    I am Pakistani I have a zb26 …..

  • Alex Cheremisin says:

    How would it compare to a Bren?

  • Jay Felsberg says:

    Hmmmmm the section armed with M1s and a 30-06 ZB-26/30/33….I remember Ian Hogg noting this possibility in his small arms book in the Ballentine series. A proper light machine gun would have been a serious upgrade over the BAR

  • Ajax ___27 says:

    České titulky!!! 😀

  • David Fawkes says:

    Hello Jesus and others,

    Do you Know where I can find a specific book discribing this magnificent weapon in detail ?

    Thanks a lot to you and the community 🙂

  • __ says:

    Listen mate…I am Czech and I have one of those things home. When I saw video from american I was thinking " Ohhh my god, lets see this guy and gues how many things he say wrong". But….you are really profesional. Thank you. Thumbs up!

  • Nam Minh says:

    I thought the best LMG was the Ultimax 100?

  • интересная личность says:

    Your pronounciation of Praha is pretty good!

  • Retarior says:

    Man its not Vaclav…. you should read it as (Vaaatslav) – Václav, the long á stands for long sound of aaa, and also C in our language is not equal to K as in yours, but you are supposed to pronounce it more like: TS… but the T at the beginning should be almost unheard.

  • Erebus66 says:

    I'm sure I'll be eaten alive for this but doesn't the top-fed mag block a massive portion of the shooter's peripheral vision while shooting?

  • Koro Plays says:

    Looks like an upside down BAR

  • Morgan says:

    This definitely Czechs out

  • SilverDax says:

    It puts the "Br" in Bren

  • MyMatK says:

    Licence of this gun was sold to England to Enfield factory. They made after that BREN which is BRno ENfield. So BREN is actualy upgraded ZB26

  • haRd8106 says:

    Great video, great comment, lots of historical and technical information, great machine gun, great work! Thanks!

  • Elijah Miller says:

    Why are the Czechs so good at guns

  • UCSPanther20 says:

    Probably one of the more influential LMGs, where its legacy was carried onto the Bren and STG 44, and still lives on in weapons like the VZ 58, VZ 52 LMG and the UK 59.

    I'd love to have one of these in my collection.

  • you_the __drink says:

    That kind of looks like a Madsen mg

  • Anders Axmark says:

    This is hands down the best channel on the interwebs.

  • Jonathan Allen says:

    This and many of the chech weapons became the most sought after as soon as ww2 ended and the focus went to Israel

  • Jonathan Allen says:

    There is a nice old video of a GI throwing one out a window. He had to sneak up on the German who killed and wounded many Americans as they were trying to cross a bridge. He threw the gun out the window to signal that they could continue to cross.

  • Al Codie says:

    OK so between the ZB26 and a Bren Gun which one is better ?

  • Felice Graziano says:

    Beautiful gun but too fancily machined for a nation VS the entire planet

  • _ VesBraun says:

    I think if a large magazine BARs (50-70 rounds) would have been developed and implemented, they might still be in operation today… in modern furniture.

  • colinmoriarty says:

    Will this be easier to get when it becomes C&R age?

  • Mischa Nester says:

    Does the distance of uninterrupted barrel before the gas port compared to the Bren gun make a noticeable difference to muzzle velocity?

  • Bernd Felsche says:

    Downward eject, as with Bren, means that the hot brass piles up under the hand and sometimes finds its way up the gunner's sleeve. More of a problem in times when gloves were not standard issue… Like when I was in the Australian Army Cadets in the early 1970's

  • GodILoveAlcohol says:

    *Spandau memes intensifies

  • Kwony_TeK says:

    It reminds me of an upside-down BAR

  • Nipps Welmactt says:

    When the gun is quality, cost effective, AND aesthetic <3

  • Martin Šach says:

    Czechoslowaks, not czechs. The split of Czechoslowakia occured at 1991, wich was a few years after 1926… ZB= Zbrojovka Brno (The arms factory of Brno city)

    The fact, that Germany was practicaly given Czechoslowak weapons, tanks, aircrafts and defensive forts (not to mention its whole economics, wich was one of the 5 top economics of the world at that time – even when compared with US, Soviet union, or other gargantuan countries), when Britain and France (with other countries, like the Italy) signed a treaty, wich commited the czechoslowakia to surround its (freshly fortified everywhere around the borders with germany, and PREPARED for hard defence against more than 10 times bigger German army) border regions (based on a false notion, that german minority – in that regions somewhere major in numbers, is threatned by czechoslowaks) to germany.
    Czechoslowak allies, bussiness partners and "friends" of France and Great Britain, seem somewhat surprised, when the wehrmacht marched a few months after the Threaty of Munich, into Czechoslowak main city of Prague and occupied whole of czechoslowakia, when its best and most costly defence was practicaly GIVEN to nazi germany. Not to mention actions of Poland, Hungary and Soviet Union, who saw in that situation a possibility to get a bite of Czechoslowak land for themselves. The reason, why Germany swooped the rest of the Europe (aside of military genious of Blitzkrieg doctrine in its time and fact, Germany prepared war from the end of the first one), is, it did have a Czechoslowakias economics, resources and in numerous cases even PEOPLE (BTW czechoslowaks were on the "Final solution" scale of the biggest duche on the same level as jews, only were ment for extermination LATER, not simply to be shot on sight – as the poor jew neigbours was. It is funny, as Americans sometimes know about attack and occupation of Poland as a "start of the war", but do not count ARMED OCCUPATION OF SOVREIGN COUNTRY of Czechoslowakia as the start…

  • Hiromuz says:

    For whoever made czech subtitles: good job man, i would never expect such quality at this kinda niche yt channel, very nice!

  • Brian Coley says:

    Thought it was a BREN gun?

  • Leonard Maus says:

    The better BREN

  • Aumann04 says:

    The Germans called it MG 30 (t).

  • Captain Picard says:

    Your videos are top notch Ian.

  • LampOfExperience says:

    Großdeutschland used them, so it wasnt just non-wehrmacht units. It was also frontline wehrmscht units.

  • emp96ElminD says:

    Sexy, simple, effective. Gotta love Czech weapons, in many ways quality like a German and simplicity of a Russian gun.

  • Rebius says:

    A few details from a czech guy 🙂 btw you have pronounced Praha really good 😉

    Czechoslovak and not Czechoclovak
    LK vzor 26 and not LK vizor 26

    otherwise good video 😉

  • walt7500 says:

    I have a 1/6 model.

  • faunbudweis says:

    BREN stands for Brno+Enfield

  • Stinks says:


  • planescaped says:

    Is the chauchaut behind Ian's head the one he won?

  • John Wang says:

    China adopted ZB26 (probably domestically made though) before fighting against Japanese invasion back in WW2. My grandfather can't appreciate ZB26 more for saving his squad countless times.

  • Ali Eid says:

    How could they aim?

  • General William T. Sherman says:

    We now see where Shitmeisser copied the design for his Shitgewher from smh!

  • Machine Gun Mike says:

    Shockingly great condition for a transferable! I just bought a Bren, and the similarities are definitely easy to spot. Great video as always!

  • 01Bouwhuis says:

    Police and security services in ww2 is still the ss

  • Fábio says:

    ZB26 vs MG-34? Which was more competent at LMG role??

  • Dan Haynes says:

    >see some post about how a relic mag for one of these was found on the former eastern front, used by the Germans presumably
    >immediately think “That looks cool and somewhat obscure, I bet there’s a forgotten weapons video on it”
    Godamn ian you really have done everything

  • Todesnuss says:

    Praha is Prague. Why's that the name of a 'little factory'?

  • PalookaD says:

    Haha 41 people bought a BAR

  • jameskbarron says:

    Not a fan of top loading magazines. And I really can't see the need for an AG on a magazine fed weapon. For its time, I'm sure it was very impressive, but I don't see any major improvements over a BAR, which I would also not want to carry into battle as a SAW or LMG.

  • bretnmannn says:

    Between the T99, the ZB26, the Bren and the BAR, I would go with the Bren in real combat.
    The quick change barrel feature of the Bren makes it the best bet in by book.
    As far as magazine fed squad type LMG's goes; I own and shoot three T99's, a T96 and a BAR.
    I have fired a T11, a ZB26, and a Bren.
    Still, the T96/T99's are a real sweet shooters, and I have found no need to oil or wax the cartridges.
    Finally, all but one of the dozen or so T99 barrels I own have chrome plated bores, but all three T96 barrels I have do not.

  • Matthew Bailey says:

    Rex seems neat.

  • King One says:

    This is the main machine gun used by Chinese forces in ww2.

  • Shadow747 says:

    I thought it was british

  • HRÁČ 555 says:

    Jsem hrdý čech
    I am a proud czech

  • Blu CZ says:

    Shame that in Czech Republic we must have permit to own full auto and police do not like giving it. This gun its so cheap in Full Auto, but we are civilians and we suck so only thing we can own its semi auto that is 2 times more expensive. Btw I HATE EU.

  • OGAR35 says:

    When I first saw the FN FAL disassembled, I was really surprised. And having shot vz. 26, MG 34 and 42, I would always take vz. 26.

  • Excurrahee says:

    served into the 80s as the BREN L4

  • _jeff _ says:

    czechs made very good weapons but never had the opportunity to fire it themselves

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  • Angel Comrade says:

    My country (yugoslavia) used this in ww2.My grandfather used this and he said that when he shooted standing was fucked but on the legs (pods or whatever) its too much easier

  • soumyajyoti mukherjee says:

    So which is better? Bren? Or this?

  • theKaisersose101 says:

    i think in pre-WW2 weapons manufacturing there is kind of a holy trinity, the Czechs, the Belgians, and the Fins

  • ProEngine says:

    ZB26 is the only reliable heavy fire of the Chinese army in World War II. There were no tanks, no guns, no mortars. Only ZB26 blocked the Japanese army. In addition, the Japanese mortars will soon retaliate if the shooting points are to be changed quickly. The Japanese army also has poison gas and germ weapons. So they played for eight years without winning.HAHAHA~

  • yuval beery says:

    Praha is pronounced Prague

  • Yuri Moon says:

    “24 countries can’t really be wrong”, F-104 Starfighter: (•-• ) ( •-•)

  • Huge Bartlett says:

    So at last,I now know what that side wheel is for! Adjusting the rear sight,very clever. Altogether,an extremely ingenious LMG. Also,I thank the Powers that be,that our people had the good sense to adopt it as the Bren,just in time!

  • MrSniperdude01 says:

    And yet the Nazis still took over… weird

  • wazza33racer says:

    Ive shot the Bren, its very controllable for the power of the cartridge……….a credit to its designers.

  • John Doe says:

    Anyone remember this gun from Hidden & Dangerous 2? This was the Germans' only infantry machine gun for some reason lol

  • Floyddog22 says:

    I’m crying because I love my country (I’m only 50% but I love the country)

  • the Beatles help says:

    Nice mechanics in this gun

  • Ruzuchi says:

    Czech guns, yayy! Best there are. One of the few things im proud for being Czech. 😀

  • Zakk Zero says:

    Anybody know the model of the gun in the center in the background?

  • Deniz Metinoğlu T. says:

    Didn't know this gun existed until just now. So, the British Bren gun was basically an updated version of this Czech light machine gun.

  • varun009 says:

    Europe makes the best stuff. God I love stuff.

  • Red Tsar says:

    The daddy of the Brno-Enfield.(Bren)

  • Pck Kaboo says:

    Once upon a time.. top feed magazine are popular with rifles, Lmg

  • abel p p says:

    Spanish FAO

  • AstrraTV says:

    Still I think that MG 42 is better.

  • Florian Hug says:

    What's the thing that a lot of lmgs/guns from that period have their magazine on the top?

  • 孫鈺 says:

    Oh the weapon my great grandfather used to fight Japanese.

  • José Manuel LACLETA says:

    I’ve got pictures of my father firing such a gun during is military service at the end of the forties (1947 or 1948) in Spain. As a brilliant Law student went through the NCO and then sub-lieutenant or junior lieutenant (“Alférez”) courses offered to students, which would serve two periods in apring and summer of their third and fourth year in University. He then left active service as a sub-lieutenant ant of “Milicias Universitarias” (which would later be called IMEC for Instruccion Militar de complemento. As an officer in the reserve, if mobilized he would have been a junior Lieutenant. This was the standard squad light machine gun in these late forties early fifties in Spain. Our army would later use the MG42 (or MG3).

  • Nifty Schnifty says:

    ….And when the germans showed up, they decided that these were pretty cool guns, and ,well , they just ???????? keep them theyselfes………

  • Sam Nukic says:

    Looks like a BREN FAL love child

  • Jim Yao says:

    That is my favourite machine gun

  • Marek Zakravsky says:

    Yeah we did it well

  • John Wilson says:

    Nice design. And hopefully in the relatively near future you'll get a chance to shoot one.🤞

  • Tom says:

    It was called praha cause that's the Czech name for Prague in

  • Jakub Staníček says:

    Its a shame that ZB factory didnt have the idea of using intermediate cartridge… Im coming straight from Stg44 video, and it struck me how easy it would have been to adopt this gun into hammer fired closed bolt assault rifle, the action is quite similar to Stg44 except that its open bolt.

  • spapanek1 says:

    You pronounce it correctly – Praha:) You have great channel and I enjoy every one of your videos. And Czech gun of course is great thing to see. Keep going great job. Thank you Ian.

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