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Old March 5th, 2021, 09:43 PM #1
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Thoughts on CZ Drake?

https://cz-usa.com/product/cz-drake/

Any thoughts on the CZ Drake? I want to get back into trap and skeet. I was never particularly good, so I donít want to go particularly high end. If I out grow it I out grow it. I figure I could use it for hunting if I ever get into it or if I bring a friend along.
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I've had several Turkish side by sides. They were nice looking but their screws were soft and they broke firing pins. Just buy a few spares and they will serve you well. I used mine in skeet and sporting clays and had a blast.
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Thoughts on CZ Drake?

I love CZ handguns but donít recommend their shotguns. Iíve been shooting shotguns for close to 40 years and the Turkish guns have always been problematic. Find a used Browning or used Beretta and youíd be way ahead. There are people at the top levels of competition that use them with great success.

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I love CZ handguns but donít recommend their shotguns. Iíve been shooting shotguns for close to 40 years and the Turkish guns have always been problematic. Find a used Browning or used Beretta and youíd be way ahead. There people at the top levels of competition that use them with great success.
What problems? Just curious because I also looked at the drake, but ended up spending a little more and going with the redhead premier. I've had it for a year with no issues, but don't shoot it too often.
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What problems? Just curious because I also looked at the drake, but ended up spending a little more and going with the redhead premier. I've had it for a year with no issues, but don't shoot it too often.
The Turkish guns tend to break. And the only people thatíll work on them are the manufacturers. If you shoot it a couple times a year itíll be fine for years. If you shoot it a couple times a week itíll break within a year. People want an over/under but donít want to pay $2000+ for one. The manufacturers try to fill that demand with little success. Remington and Ruger, and Mossberg have tried it too. If youíre using one to hunt with itís not a big deal because you donít shoot a whole lot of shells hunting. If you shoot clays with it the target count goes up real fast. My buddy received a letter from Ruger 20 years ago telling him the gun wasnít meant to be a target shotgun and he was shooting it too much. That was why it broke several times.
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I traded up from a Stoeger and the CZ is a much better gun all around. Time will tell how it holds up and service is. Not everyone can afford a Browning etc so I wouldn’t worry about it too much. There’s a few of us at the AGC shooting CZs right now.
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I traded up from a Stoeger and the CZ is a much better gun all around. Time will tell how it holds up and service is. Not everyone can afford a Browning etc so I wouldnít worry about it too much. Thereís a few of us at the AGC shooting CZs right now.
Awesome, thats probably where ill hit up first.

I am starting to wondering if I should go with a auto just for the single barrel. Ive never actually shot anything but a pump or auto.
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Awesome, thats probably where ill hit up first.

I am starting to wondering if I should go with a auto just for the single barrel. Ive never actually shot anything but a pump or auto.
I had the same thought and bought an O/U because I wanted a classic looking gun. Have you looked at the beretta A300? It's their entry level semi auto. A couple years ago they were around $600. Not sure what they go for now.
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I am starting to wondering if I should go with a auto just for the single barrel. Ive never actually shot anything but a pump or auto.
When an O/U is shouldered you donít see the bottom barrel. Your site picture appears just like a pump, auto, or single barrel. Thatís why the vast vast majority of competition shooters shoot O/Uís. The competition shooters spend big bucks on their guns, ammo, entry fees, lodging etc. Like boat, RV, motorcycle, or vacation home expensive.

The Beretta autos are great guns and not just because I shoot a Beretta!
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If this is for hunting, or very light clays use, that is a fine gun. If you plan on shooting a lot of clays, it's going to break.
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