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Old April 2nd, 2014, 11:57 AM   #1
 
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While I am not into the cowboy shooting competition, I must admit I find the hammer shotguns I see being used there pretty cool. I have owned some of the cheap Chinese hammer guns now and then, but found them to be pretty shoddy workmanship and in a couple of cases a bit dangerous to shoot.

So when I found some "good" Hammer guns recently I jumped at the chance to acquire a few. I now have three. Best of the lot is a beautiful CZ 20" bbl color case hardened 12 gauge with really nice wood. then comes a pair of Rossi Overlands...a 20 gauge with an 18.5" bbl and a .410 with 28" bbl. They all shoot great and look just fine in their home defense role !!

Top-Rossi- .410 ga***Middle- Rossi 20 ga***Bottom- CZ 12 ga






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I'm a sucker for hammers too, and I've sure had a hankerin lately for a Winchester 97.
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I've been wanting a classy shotgun from yesteryear. Yours look great. I have pumps and semis, but I would love a SxS with hammets. Nice collection!
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Congrats!
I think they'll look nice beside my Henry and Single Six.
I don't own a shotgun yet and now you're giving me ideas
How's the price compared to new models?
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Thanks for the comment. I have seen so many of the Chinese guns in the $250-$300 price range that I was slow to jump up a bit for the Rossi's. They ran just under $400 used but used very little ! The CZ was NIB unfired but from a private party who was afraid of it. It books at @$800 but I traded a Springfield 1911 for the shotgun and $200 in cash so I did ok.
As I said I am thinking these three are keepers, at least for now.
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I have a J Stevens arms and tool co sxs 12ga,circa 1916 or older. It's in very nice condition and in working order...not worth a lot but definitely worth keeping.
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Congrats!
I think they'll look nice beside my Henry and Single Six.
I don't own a shotgun yet and now you're giving me ideas
How's the price compared to new models?
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These are relatively new guns, The CZ was made in 1996...not sure about the Rossi's but I think they at 2000 or 2001 plus or minus a bit. Definitely not "old-timers"
CZ recently discontinued their hammer-gun line.
Where are you in CA? I grew up and lived a long time in the High Desert in SoCal.
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These are relatively new guns, The CZ was made in 1996...not sure about the Rossi's but I think they at 2000 or 2001 plus or minus a bit. Definitely not "old-timers"
CZ recently discontinued their hammer-gun line.
Where are you in CA? I grew up and lived a long time in the High Desert in SoCal.
Thanks for the clarification. They look old school to me. When I go to LGS, I see mostly modern 'tactical' looking shotguns. A little new knowledge helps
I am in Sac county.
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I like the CZ....it has that real, old west 'Unforgiven' look...nice find!
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I like the CZ....it has that real, old west 'Unforgiven' look...nice find!
The CZ is beautiful and handles well, but this old man just reminded himself that one should not fire both barrels of a 12 gauge loaded with buckshot while leaning on his walker ! hehehe. It is a bit of a THUMPER !

The 20 gauge, while having a bit shorter barrels with more blast noise, has much less recoil. I have not fired the 410 yet, but with longer barrels and smaller gauge, I would anticipate a milder reaction there.
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Nice pickup. I love hammer guns too.
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While I am not into the cowboy shooting competition, I must admit I find the hammer shotguns I see being used there pretty cool. I have owned some of the cheap Chinese hammer guns now and then, but found them to be pretty shoddy workmanship and in a couple of cases a bit dangerous to shoot.

So when I found some "good" Hammer guns recently I jumped at the chance to acquire a few. I now have three. Best of the lot is a beautiful CZ 20" bbl color case hardened 12 gauge with really nice wood. then comes a pair of Rossi Overlands...a 20 gauge with an 18.5" bbl and a .410 with 28" bbl. They all shoot great and look just fine in their home defense role !!
Exactly my view, except my CZ is a 12 bore and the 20 & 410 are Rossi Overlands...after owning two sets of the Long-Dong Machine Works Rough Metal 12 & 20 gauge Chinese copies.
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I picked up a CZ hammer gun last year and love it. I also agree that it has some kick with the metal butt plate.
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I prefer my doubles to be 'hammerless'. Break it open and then close it: and it is cocked! And no external hammers to snag on things, either.
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