My eyes roamed over the Czech sporter while it was still in its box. Suddenly, it felt
as though the calendar had flipped backward a few decades. At CZ, theyre still
making rifles the way they did 30 or 40 years ago. Instead of synthetic stocks, they still
depend on wood. Metallic surfaces are highly polished and blessed with an almost-black
finish - except, as noted above, the bolt.
There are hand-checkered panels on each side of the forearm and gracefully curved
pistol grip too. About the only concessions to modern manufacturing processes found on the
rifle were the pressed steel trigger guard and one synthetic part: the buttplate. Even the
detachable magazine was formed from extremely heavy gauge steel. Apparently, this little
rifle was assembled with several generations worth of use in mind.
About 400 rounds of assorted .22 Long Rifle ammunition were fired during the range
tests. In the beginning, the action was so tight the bolt demanded all kinds of extra
muscle in order to open and close it. A healthy dose of lubricant helped Ð but not much.
It took about 150 rounds or so before bolt manipulation began to ease enough to notice the
difference. Now, after 400 rounds, everything is still very tight, but opening and closing
the action is markedly easier than it was.
For the accuracy tests, a Weaver 1-3x variable was mounted in Millett mounts and set on
3x. Mounts were supplied by the distributor, CZ-USA. Whether all CZ rifles will be
supplied with mounts is unknown. Those that accompanied the rifle were easy to install and
required no further attention during the range tests.
All firing tests were conducted with the targets set up 50 yards from the bench. That
distance was dictated by the incessant windy conditions experienced in this area so far
this year. During each of the three different range tests, the wind gusted from 5 to 15
miles an hour, primarily from the left rear quarter. Naturally, I did my best to shoot
between gusts but wasnt always successful. Not surprisingly, most five-shot
strings groups were wider than they were tall. Still, considering weather
conditions, the CZ sporter proved to be darned accurate, especially with some brands of
Remingtons Sub-sonic was the hands-down, tight grouper. From the bench, five-shot
strings ran from an even .5 to .8 inch. Half-inch groups predominated. Winchesters
T-22 registered from .6 to one inch. Remington Hi-Velocity and Yellow Jackets werent
especially compatible with the CZ. Most strings spanned around 1.5 inches - nothing to
Finally, out of curiosity, one 10-round group was fired with Sub-sonic ammunition.
Measured from the centers of the highest, lowest and widest shots, all rounds clustered
into .8 inch wide and .5 inch high. Pretty darned good for a hunting .22
Although a 4 1/4-pound trigger pull might sound a bit on the heavy side, in my judgment
its just about right for a hunting arm. A sensitive trigger might be just the ticket
on a match gun, but it can be a real threat in the field. No, 4 1/4 pounds isnt
excessive at all. Besides, it was an incredibly clean-breaking trigger: no creep, no
crawl, no movement of any kind. As noted, the wind caused problems at times during the
range tests - the trigger never did.