On October 12, 2019, CZ-USA’s shotgun product manager Dave Miller and a group of 4 youth shotgun athletes will be attempting to set a new world record. This 5-person team will see how many clay targets they can shoot in a 12-hour period. Their goal is to beat the current world record of 4,602 targets.
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Athletes who wanted to be part of the 5-person team went through a 2-part qualification process. The first part took place at the 2019 SCTP Nationals and the A.I.M./Grand American. All the athletes who entered participated in a 50-target clay shooting challenge. CZ-USA recorded their hits and included them as 50% of their total application scores. I, along with their parents, enjoyed watching these kids shoot. They supported one another with words of encouragement, high-fives and hugs as they walked off the field.
For the other 50% of the application, athletes each submitted 400 to 500 word essays explaining what the shooting sports means to them and why they deserve to be on the World Record Team. A CZ-USA team reviewed all the essays (not an easy task) and added the scores to the shooting part of the qualification.
On Friday, September 6, Dave Miller announced the team on a Facebook video, which included a male and female from both the SCTP Nationals and A.I.M./Grand American. Here are the winners:
On 10/12 – from 10:12 a.m. until 10:12 p.m. at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, Kansas – the team will begin its attempt at achieving a new world record. Why these odd times you ask? It’s an ironic fluke because, as it happens, the team will be shooting the CZ 1012 shotgun. So, from now on this date will be known by CZ-USA as “1012 Day.”
CZ’s 1012 is the next evolution in its semi-auto shotgun line with a gas-less spring bolt operating system. Instead of redirecting gas from the barrel to run the action, the 1012 uses a spring within the bolt to store energy during the shotgun’s recoil and expends this energy a split second later to rotate and unlock the twin-lug bolt head from the barrel extension to withdraw the spent shell. The major advantage of this gas-less system is a much less stringent maintenance schedule, perfect for all the clays the team is planning to shoot in a 12-hour period.
The CZ 1012 is a 12-gauge shotgun with a 28-inch barrel length and over length of 49-inches. It is available with a black, bronze or grey receiver, Mossy Oaks Blades synthetic camo or black synthetic. The price also includes 5 extended chokes. MSRP: $659 to $779
The 1012 Day event itself is free and open to the public. CZ-USA’s demo trailer will be onsite with its shotguns and pro-staff to give attendees the opportunity shoot some clays. Powder Creek Shooting Park will have food trucks and vendors to visit . The park’s trap, skeet and sporting clays fields will be open for shooting. Ken Taylor, host of Outdoor Guys Radio, will be emceeing and giving play-by-play updates throughout the day. It’s going to be a fun event. Women’s Outdoor News will be onsite with social media updates throughout the day, too.
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