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GUNS Magazine June 2011 Digial Edition - Page 36
RICK STAPLES MAkEr: hu-Lu ANTALyA CAddEsI NO: 58 42710 - hu-Lu BEy-EhIr / kONyA TurkEy IMPOrTEr: Cz-usA P.O. BOX 171073 kANsAs CITy, ks 66117 (800) 955-6615 WWW.GuNsMAGAzINE.COM/Cz-usA hammer CLassiC Sidelock, exposed hammer GauGe: Choke: aCtion tyPe: 12 5 (F, IM, M, IC, C) CaPaCity: I am a vintage skeet and clays shooter, and yes, I mean both guns and the shooter as well. When Cz-usA came out with their hammer Coach gun several years ago, I immediately liked it, except—the barrels were too short. The action and feel and fit were right, just a bit abbreviated on the front end. I pestered some of the Cz folks at trade shows to put some longer barrels on the gun. Evidently I was not the only one. When I learned they had in fact, cataloged the Hammer Classic, I was at my local dealer pestering him. Jeff Neumann at the Bullet Hole in Overland Park, Kan., was able to get one in the store. The Hammer Classic is a 12-gauge gun with 30" barrels and weighs 7.3 pounds. It has a length of pull of 14.5" to a steel buttplate, a solid raised rib and—best of all—it has a sliding safety like a conventional hammerless gun. I know some purists will frown on that, but for me it works great. The CZ Hammer Classic has double triggers. Personally, I like double triggers on a SxS field gun. It makes choke selection quick and easy. I also think it makes great sense for sporting clays too. If I have a complaint about the gun it would be the wood. On my gun the wood is not anything to rave about. It is functional and it fits, but I would like to see an upgrade to the wood. I realize this would make the gun more expensive. It is nice to have a very functional and reliable SxS hammer gun that costs less than $1,000. The fit of the wood on my gun is very good. I have some name SxS guns not fitted this well. The receiver is color case hardened and contributes to the vintage appeal. I took the gun to the skeet field and worked it out. With the 30" barrels and the 7.3-pound weight, keeping the gun moving on clay targets is not a problem. No one would accuse the gun of being whippy. I was lucky to get the gun prior to the World Vintage Classic event in Lexington, Ky. This Old school looks with modern performance for clays and game. CZ hammer CLassiC BarreL LenGth: 2 14-1/2" (front trigger), 13-1/2" (back trigger) droP at ComB: droP at heeL: overaLL LenGth: LENGth Of PULL: 30" 1.5" 2.3" 7 .3 pounds Black chrome barrels, case-hardened receiver Single bead Turkish walnut PriCe: stoCk: siGhts: fINISh: WeiGht: 47-1/2" $917 hammers back on the CZ hammer Classic shotgun at Station 1 during the World Vintage Classic. The CZ hammer Classic has a beautiful case-hardened action, twin triggers and a sliding tang safety. Photo: Jack Schmidt. vintage event is ramrodded by one of the nicest men you will ever meet, Hal Hare. This event requires the shooter to call for the target, and experience what seems to be the longest 3 seconds, or less, delay before the target is thrown. This harkens back to the 1935 rules of skeet. It is entertaining to watch. I caught myself several times shaking like a German Shorthaired pointer, waiting for the bird to flush. On a beautiful June day I was able to make the practice pay off. I won the doubles skeet event and was runner-up in the hammer-gun skeet event of the vintage classic with the CZ hammer gun. Since then I have shot trap with it and many more skeet rounds with no complaints—other than I miss a target or two—but that isn’t the gun’s fault. Just recently I traveled to South Dakota to open the pheasant season just outside of Draper, S.D. I hunted there with the Miller Matthews Outfitters. Clayton Miller was able to put our party of 10 into the middle of pheasant hunter’s heaven. I was in the right place at the right time, and the Hammer Classic worked like a charm. I soon had a limit of the beautiful 36 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2011