CZ 557 American
The CZ 557 American joins CZ’s new centerfire platform, the 557. This line of rifles represents a departure from the Mauser-style bolt found on CZ 550 models. Instead, the 557 bolt action features a short extractor and plunger-style ejector for a smooth bolt operation and enhanced ejection of spent brass.
The short extractor or “push feed” system also makes it easier to load a single round in the rifle. Many shooters prefer single loading for their range work, while hunters in a hurry often need to get that one cartridge in the chamber – fast.
The CZ 557 American features a 24-inch, cold-hammer-forged and lapped barrel. The longer barrel helps squeeze out more feet per second than shorter 16- and 20-inch barrels, especially for the hotter rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor and the 7mm-08 Rem (both available in the short action 557 American line).
The CZ 577 rifle has an American-pattern stock, complete with a strong pistol grip and just a bit of a palm swell. Add in the classic checking on the grip and forend, and the rifle will remain in hand even in wet and cold conditions.
With a high comb and no sights, the CZ 557 is for use with a scope, and built-in 19 mm dovetails mean there are no bases required to attach that scope. A good set of rings will mount the optic directly to the receiver for a simpler, more robust attachment.
Equipped with a 2-position safety, you can cycle the bolt while the rifle is on “Safe.” To top it off, it comes with a fully adjustable trigger that allows the owner to tune weight, creep and overtravel to their liking.
Jeremy Mallette is co-founder of International Sportsman, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. His father taught him to shoot at age six, and he received his first firearm at age eight — a 1942 Colt Commando .38 special revolver. Jeremy enjoys collecting unique firearms, and shooting them.