It’s mid August and the rifles are getting sighted in. There is a growing excitement about upcoming hunting season for the beginner hunter I am. It is time to learn more about the process of ethical hunting. I consider myself more of a management hunter at this moment. I believe in gaining experience first before I try for the big trophy, but if the right buck comes across my crosshairs,it will be go time.
I made plans to go to Florida at the end of August to check on our farm in north-central Florida. Couple weeks before I went I approached a friend who is an avid shooter about possible wild hog hunt. He is a very good long distance shooter. I know for a fact he had killed a coyote in just over 600 yards. Not a hog hunter.He has friends who are much more familiar with wild hogs in the area.
Florida has the second largest wild pig population in the U.S. after Texas. There is approximately 500 thousand pigs in the state. You can find them from the Everglades in the south all the way to northern panhandle. read more »
I have been thinking about writing this blog for some time. There are several reasons for it. Last year we celebrated 100th year anniversary of the iconic 1911. I live in Wyoming and the caliber of choice in the “Old West” for self defense, target or competition pistols seems to be the .45 ACP. I also have the CZ 97 B in my collection. The idea of comparing those two pistols shot on the same day was very appealing. It is like comparing cars made in two different countries. The cars can have same engine power output,same size but they will feel different. These handguns were designed and produced for the same purpose. Self defense and upholding the law in the hands of citizens. Different variations have also made it to the holsters of law enforcement around the world. I will write the facts about these pistols and add my personal opinion too.
Dan Wesson Valor 1911 .45 ACP
This is one the finest, most accurate 1911 on the market. The accuracy out of the box is unmatched. It is a classic looking 1911. Mine is black with beautiful VZ slim line G10 grips that ensure tight grip under any condition. The Valor has 8 round magazine, pretty standard for 1911. It feels very comfortable and you want to shoot it more. More practice leads to better accuracy. This gun shoots exactly where you aim it. If you point at bulls eye from ten yards and can hold it there, you will punch bunch of holes through it. I have shot few hundred rounds through mine if not over a thousand and have not had any malfunctions. Accuracy and reliability is what you want from Valor when you are spending that kind of money. Yet you get exactly what you pay for. You can not say that about few other manufacturers I have had the displeasure to shoot. read more »
As many of you know I am an avid Sporting Clay shooter. It does not mean I am good at it, I just really enjoy the sport and the challenges that come with it. I was given a great opportunity this past winter to spent couple days and take lessons down in Vero Beach, Florida courtesy of CZ-USA. The instructor was Tom Mack, 13 Time All-American and worldwide known competitor in Sporting Clays events. I knew going into the lessons how good of a shooter Tom is and soon I have found out that he is as good of an instructor. His personality allows everybody to relax and to be able to focus on improvement of their shooting skills. I have to mention that Tom grew up in Michigan and he is a lifelong hockey fan. During the two days we spent together, we had some good conversation about the game of hockey. It never interfered with the teaching because Tom is a great professional. We could not help ourselves but use references from hockey to sporting clays and the other way around. Both require lot of refined hand eye coordination and focus. read more »
On 3/17 I was attending CZ & Dan Wesson Shooting Day at Hartford Gun Club in CT. We have created this event to get as many people familiar with CZ firearms as possible. Some might wonder why such a random location. Well here is little history on start of my career.
I played professionally in Czechoslovakia and also participated in the international hockey tournaments with country’s national team. That is where scouts for many NHL teams “discovered” my playing ability. After couple of years playing for the Czechoslovak National Team I was drafted by the Hartford Whalers. The franchise does not exist anymore, it was relocated to Carolina,but that is where I got my start in North America. read more »
Welcome to my new blog. I will be writing about my experiences with CZ firearms, attending conventions, participating in charitable fundraisers on behalf of CZ- USA, my personal favorite, and just enjoying the outdoors.
I would like to dedicate few lines to write about my background as an outdoorsman. I was very fortunate growing up in Czech Republic, formerly Czechoslovakia for those of you who want to be historically accurate, that my grandfather was my best friend and an avid hunter/outdoorsman himself.
In 1970’s and 80′ the natural environment was deteriorating very fast due to communist’s lack of regard to nature and natural resources. For that reason there was not enough hunting but lot more preservation work to be done. We would regularly hike through the countryside to observe the wildlife and try to improve the conditions in their environment like removing loose wire, cleaning up local stream or river and fixing feeders, which was absolutely necessary to save local deer population. Most people can not understand the environmental conditions of that era, but it was very rewarding effort to see the rabbits, foxes, pheasants, wild boar, deer and many other species to have it better in our little corner of eastern Europe. That was the preservation part of our efforts. read more »