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. We also had to keep the predators away from my grandfathers homestead. Foxes,raccoons from his chicken coop and rabbits, deer from ruining his garden. All that was done “illegally” because if he ever asked the local government for permit, he would never get it or he would just get in trouble for no reason. Welcome to Communism.
Firearms were impossible to get by the time I was old enough to handle them. Luckily my grandfather had a small caliber bolt action rifle and rifle/shotgun combination, one of the most classic type of firearms to this day, in his possession from long time ago. I also had very old break open air rifle passed on to me through my other grandfather. You want to talk about spending a lot of time practising your rifle skills. No rat along the river or squirrel in the woods were safe during summer months.We fished a lot too, for carp most of the time, but fishing did not provide us with same type of excitement as shooting did.
I started playing hockey professionally in Czechoslovakia by the time I was sixteen years old and after coming to America to play in the NHL at nineteen, my outdoor activities were limited to short summers dedicated mostly to off season training. I was more than willing to put some of these activities on hold during my playing career. Then, after twenty years in professional hockey, I have retired and had more time to spend with my family and my hobbies. I immediately started to search for a handgun and a small rimfire to get back to plinking. We travel a lot and I visited gun shops in every corner of the United States. I always try to talk to people there and learn about their experiences with firearms. Seeing a Ceska Zbrojovka poster on the wall of a local gun shop in Ocala, Florida I quickly looked into purchasing CZ pistol and a rifle. After several weeks of shooting CZ 75 BD and CZ 455 .22LR I shared my great experiences with a friend/shooting instructor in Wyoming who found a way to put me in touch with Alice Poluchova from CZ-USA. That is the story how I became involved with guns especially the ones made in Czech Republic. I always say they make few things very good over there, hockey players and guns.