Long CZ’s flagship series of over/under shotguns, the Redhead Premier has only been offered in 12- or 20-gauge so the 16-gauge offering is new, with the company acknowledging, “the last decade has seen a resurgence in this do-it-all shotgun chambering.”
As with the rest of the series, the 16-gauge Redhead Premier features a one-piece CNC receiver and Turkish walnut furniture. It is intended as an all-purpose O/U shotgun with uses ranging from shooting trap and clays to clocking in on long dove hunts.
Other standard features include auto ejectors, a single selectable trigger, and 28-inch barrels with an 8mm flat vent rib and fixed IC/MOD chokes. It has a Bradley-style white front bead and a 2.75-inch chamber. Weight is listed as 8-pounds.
The MSRP on the CZ Redhead Premier Over/Under in 16 Gauge is $988, a price that will probably be closer to $888-ish at retailers.
Here at Guns.com, we have long been preaching the versatility of the 16-gauge shotgun and it seems both gun and ammo makers are responding to increased demand for the vintage hull. For instance, last year Stevens announced a line of new Model 555 over/unders catering to 16-gauge fans.
Today, dozens of 16-gauge field loads are in production by Browning, Estate, Federal, Fiocchi, Hevi, Kent, Remington, Winchester, and others including those loaded with alternative steel and bismuth shot rather than traditional lead.