Boasting what the company bills as the same look and feel of full-sized centerfire rifles, there are a host of new CZ 457 rimfires on the market.
The most expansive new offering in the line is in the CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer which uses a special Manners carbon-fiber composite stock and a tapered varmint-profile heavy barrel with a 1-in-16 twist rate.
The series– designed for rimfire competition or as a trainer complement to full-sized rifles– includes suppressor-ready variants with 24.875-inch and 16.5-inch barrels as well as a non-threaded version with a 20.5-inch barrel. All three run in the 7-pound range.
The way the newer 457s differ from CZ’s legacy 455 series rimfire rifles is that the new guns have a two-piece interlocking bottom system rather than the previous stamped bottom metal and offer a 60-degree bolt rotation, which allows better optic clearance, than a 90-degree bolt throw. Further, the 457s have a fully-adjustable trigger.
In a smart move, CZ retained the same 5-round polymer mag as the 455s, as well as the popular ability to easily swap out barrels without tapping in the help of a gunsmith.
MSRP of the CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer, across all barrel lengths, is $1,144, a price that will likely be a bit less at retailers.
CZ 457 Pro Varmint
Another version of the rifle, the 457 Pro Varmint, ditches the Manners stock in favor of a simpler black-painted laminate stock. It comes standard with a 16.5-inch suppressor-ready barrel. With a weight of 7.3-pounds, it has the same standard features of the 457 line to include an adjustable trigger, 5-round detachable magazine, and two-position safety.