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CZ-USA 712 G3 Semi-Auto Shotguns: First Look

The new CZ 712 G3 series of semi-auto shotguns sport classic looks, modern features and cost half as much as other autoloaders. Here's a first look.

CZ-USA 712 G3 Semi-Auto Shotguns: First Look

(Photo courtesy of CZ-USA)

Built on an enhanced soft-recoiling CZ 712 shotgun, the 712 G3 shotgun smokes clay targets and tumbles game birds like autoloaders that cost twice as much! With a classic look and performance-driven features, shooters will be able to handle both light and heavy loads making the CZ 712 G3 a great choice no matter the situation.

The new CZ 712 G3 is at home on the clay target course or in the field. Its gas-operated mechanism softens recoil and cycles 2 ¾- and 3-inch shotshells. The shotgun comes with two pistons, for light and heavy loads. Either piston accepts a wide range of shotshells within its designation. With the light piston installed, soft recoiling shotshells for target shooting can be cycled easily. While with the heavy piston installed, the CZ 712 G3 can take on even the hottest loads waterfowl hunters use.  

The 712 G3’s chrome-lined barrels hold up under extended firing and ensure consistent patterns through five furnished extra-long Active-Choke tubes. The CZ 712 G3’s receiver and barrel wear a handsome, durable matte black finish that minimizes glare and can be paired with either black synthetic, camo, or walnut stocks.

Prudent shooters are sure to appreciate the shotgun’s ergonomics. The stock features a new thicker recoil pad that tames the kick from stiff magnum loads. With 1 3/8 inches drop at nose comb and 2 1/4 inches at the heel, the 712 G3 comes to cheek fast. Its 7mm ventilated rib instantly aligns the eye to target. 


A stock-to-receiver shim system allows left-handed shooters to change cast to allow their left eye to align perfectly with the rib. 


Laser-cut checkering on walnut stocks keeps hands from slipping and makes this one of the best-looking semi-automatic shotguns on the market. It has an oversize safety located in front of the trigger for instant access. The 712 G3 also features an oversize bolt release and a larger charging handle to speed operation with gloved hands. The 712 G3 weighs approximately 6 ½ to 7 ¼ pounds, depending on stock material and barrel length. 

712 G3 Synthetic Camo Terra Specifications

CZ-USA 712 G3 Semi-Auto Shotgun Camo Terra
(Photo courtesy of CZ-USA)
  • SKU: 06168
  • Firearm Type: Shotgun
  • Purpose: Target Shooting, Hunting, Home Defense
  • Chambering: 12 ga
  • Mag Capacity: 2+1, 3+1
  • Max Shell Length: 2 ¾ in, 3 in
  • Barrel Length: 28 in
  • Chokes: Active-Choke, 5 (F, IM, M, IC, C)
  • Stock: Camo Synthetic
  • Length of Pull: 14 in
  • Rib: 7mm Flat Vent
  • Overall Length: 47 in
  • Weight: 7.4 lbs
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • MSRP: $679.00

712 G3 Wood Stock Specifications

CZ-USA 712 G3 Semi-Auto Shotgun Wood Stock
(Photo courtesy of CZ-USA)
  • SKU: 06165, 06167
  • Firearm Type: Shotgun
  • Purpose: Target Shooting, Hunting, Home Defense
  • Chambering: 12 ga.
  • Mag Capacity: 2+1, 3+1
  • Max Shell Length: 2 ¾ in, 3 in 
  • Barrel Length: 26 in, 28 in
  • Chokes: Active-Choke, 5 (F, IM, M, IC, C)
  • Stock: Turkish Walnut, right-side palm swell
  • Length of Pull: 14.5 in
  • Rib: 7mm Flat Vent
  • Weight: 7.0 lbs, 7.3 lbs
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • MSRP: $579.00

712 G3 Utility Specifications

CZ-USA 712 G3 Semi-Auto Shotgun Utility
(Photo courtesy of CZ-USA)
  • SKU: 06170
  • Firearm Type: Shotgun
  • Purpose: Target Shooting, Hunting, Home Defense
  • Chambering: 12 ga
  • Mag Capacity: 2+1, 3+1
  • Max Shell Length: 2 ¾ in, 3 in
  • Barrel Length: 20 in
  • Chokes: Active-Choke, 5 (F, IM, M, IC, C)
  • Stock: Black Synthetic
  • Length of Pull: 14 in
  • Rib: 7mm Flat Vent
  • Weight: 6.7 lbs.
  • Safety: Crossbolt
  • MSRP: $579.00

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