Summer is coming to an end for us in Wyoming and I started making travel plans to teach and mentor young hockey players throughout the West. I will try to fit some hunting in between but giving back to the game that gave me so much comes first. I have talked about our responsibilities so much in the last few months because I have never fully understood the importance until the last couple of years. Takes one to age some to fully get it. I believe I got it now, mostly due to my wife’s prospective.
The last two guns I wanted to mention from the “summer plinking series” are the 612 Field pump and the new PO-7 9mm along with the brand new 22LR adapter. It also comes in .40 S&W and the adapter fits as well.
I have shot the PO-7 a lot since it’s introduction in 2012 but never as my primary gun. That title belongs to the 97. If you don’t shoot certain gun enough, every time you pick it up it seems like a new thing. And every time i wonder why I do not shoot this gun more or carry/travel with it. Well that’s changed. During last shooting session in our beautiful National Forrest I made the decision that the PO-7 is coming along everywhere the 97 is.
It is completely different gun as far as caliber, size, weight etc. The results, meaning accuracy is what makes these two guns my one two punch. The compact 9mm almost completely disappears in my large hands and the recoil becomes non existent. It took few years of consistent pistol shooting but I am finally taking advantage of the Omega trigger system. It is so good and good reason why I will send the couple of 97s to Custom Shop for trigger work (when I can part with them long enough).
Much has been written about the PO-7 but the news of today is how easy you can turn your carry/self defense/target hand gun into your favorite plinking pistol. CZ-USA now offers 22LR adapter that comes with two ten round magazines. It could not be easier to swap 9mm or 40 S&W slide, barrel and magazines. The process is exactly the same as field stripping your gun for cleaning except once the slide stop comes out you take 9 or 40 slide off and put the 22 slide on with it’s own specific slide stop. You are shooting the same gun with same grips, same weight and same trigger but lot cheaper. I can see two problems here. Problem one is everybody wants to shoot this gun. My daughter, her cousins, friends, their kids and there is not enough time for me to have fun with it. The problem two is only a problem if you’re bad with small objects like I am. KEEP TRACK OF THE 22 SLIDE STOP!
The last gun I had the privilege to enjoy this summer was CZ 612 Field. The no nonsense pump 12 gauge has very nice walnut stock. The stock was what drew my attention to it. It is very hard to find good pump shotgun with nice wood stock these days. I am somewhat traditionalist. I have had long guns with synthetic or composite stocks but the wood is “warmer” and timeless. This gun means business. Simple, durable and will hit anything from upland game to clays at your local club. 12 gauge is the most versatile shell there is, simplicity of the pump action and CZ quality standard make this gun stand out.
Last few years we’ve seen great growth in sales and also in debate what are the best guns to have in case there is a catastrophic event. I always lean towards simplicity and durability. Today’s competitive firearms market pretty much guarantees accuracy amongst the most major manufactures. Without guns being accurate they have no chance to break into market let alone to stay there. We all know at this point what CZ shotguns can do in the field, on water or in the club.
I am planning to put 612 field into my brand new custom truck travel case because it can do everything well. It’ll will come on every trip to possibly knock the upland birds or waterfowl from the skies, shoot running wild hogs with the 00 buck or take deer where rifles are not legal for hunting.
Do not forget in case of catastrophic events you might need to defend yourself or your loved ones while you’re out there looking to put meat on the table. 28″ barrel might be little long to make it ideal self defense gun but desperate times call for desperate measures.
While hunting Snipe in Louisiana swamp we had big wild hogs running all around us last winter. I only had # 8 shells in my shooting vest. I will not make the same mistake this year. The 612 is coming along with lots of #8s but few 00 buck too. Shooting and killing running hogs is pretty good adrenaline rush.