The New CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer/SR in .22LR

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The CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer/SR was designed by CZ-USA to provide a shooter with the same look and feel of a full-sized tactical rifle while allowing for more economical .22LR training.

The special Manners carbon-fiber composite stock on the CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer/SR provides a rock-solid platform. It is finished in a stylish, three-color camouflage pattern with a base of carbon fiber peeking through the background. The stock itself is built with multiple layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass, hand-laid in high-temperature epoxy resins to create the ultimate in strength and durability.

The Varmint Precision Trainer/SR features a 24-inch, tapered Varmint barrel for precision shooting with other barrel lengths available. The “SR” in the model name means Suppressor-Ready, and the rifle sports 1/2×28 threading at barrel’s end. This rifle drive tacks-quietly!

This rifle and all members of the CZ 457 family, now feature an American-style push-to-fire safety. To make the rifle a bit more comfortable in hand, the action has also been trimmed back nearly one-inch in length, and slab-sided to reduce the footprint and weight of the actions.

To improve shooting with a scope mounted on the 457’s, CZ-USA replaced the 90º bolt rotation of the past in favor of a 60º rotation, provides more room between bolt handle and scope for easier cycling of rounds. The change also allows for the use of scopes with larger ocular bell diameters and lower ring heights.

There’s no need to buy an expensive after-market trigger with the CZ 457 family of rimfires. The 457’s now feature a trigger that is adjustable for weight, creep and overtravel, so it can be fine-tuned for each shooter.

Other features include a detachable magazine system and a hardy nitride finish that stands up to hard use in the field. For ease of optics mounting, an 11mm dovetail is milled right into the receiver.

Another version of the rifle, the 457 Pro Varmint Suppressor-Ready, is a bit nimbler thanks to a 16.5-inch barrel.  The 457 Pro Varmint is outfitted with a black-painted laminate stock which incorporates features found on much more expensive stocks, without pushing the overall price of the rifle through the roof. The short barrel gives plenty of time for the cartridge to get a full burn, while also increasing the rigidity of the barrel.

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer Suppressor-Ready 24″ Specs:

  • SKU: 02356
  • Caliber:  22LR
  • Stock: Manners Composite
  • Mag. Type: Detachable
  • Mag. Cap: 5
  • Trigger: Adj
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length:  24.875 In.
  • Weight: 7.56 Lbs.
  • Barrel :  Heavy Cold Hammer Forged
  • MSRP: $1,144.00

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer Suppressor-Ready 16.5″ Specs:

  • SKU: 02338
  • Caliber: 22LR
  • Stock: Manners Composite
  • Mag. Type: Detachable
  • Mag. Cap: 5
  • Trigger: Adj
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 In.
  • Weight: 7.1  Lbs.
  • Barrel :  Heavy Cold Hammer Forged
  • MSRP: $1,144.00

CZ 457 Varmint Precision Trainer 20.5″ Specs:

  • SKU: 02358
  • Caliber: 22 LR
  • Stock: Manners Composite
  • Mag. Type: Detachable
  • Mag. Cap: 5
  • Trigger: Adj
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length: 20.5 In.
  • Weight: 7.49  Lbs.
  • Barrel :  Heavy Cold Hammer Forged
  • MSRP: $1,144.00

CZ 457 Pro Varmint Suppressor-Ready Specs:

  • SKU: 02359
  • Stock:Black Painted Laminate
  • Mag. Type: Detachable
  • Mag. Cap: 5
  • Trigger: Adj
  • Sights: None
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 In.
  • Weight: 7.3 Lbs.
  • Barrel :  Heavy Cold Hammer Forged
  • MSRP: $588


  1. avatar Just Sayin (OG) says:

    My CZ455 Varmint (discontinued, 2018) sports a 20” bull barrel that I had my gunsmith thread ($60). Wicked accurate. Like 10shots into a single hole at 25yds accuracy.
    Likes subs the best. Shooting w/ a can on it is the best; more quiet than an air rifle.

    Straight toss up between it and my Ruger PRR. Both are in 22lr. Both prefer subs for accuracy. Both have great ergos w/ perhaps the edge to Ruger for its adjustability.

    1. avatar Just Sayin says:

      And I would mention here that it was a JWT comment years back in a review he wrote that mentored me. He wrote, “You can tell a lot about a shooter by the 22’s he owns.”
      That motivated me to see the 22lr in a different light. And I proceeded with future additions accordingly. My shooting experiences (and collection) are better for that guidance. Thanks jWT.

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      In my part of the world it would retail for $1800-2000. Exchange rates combined with low volumes will push up the price.

      A RPR would be better value. Even without the adjustable stock. The police freaked out about the adjustable stocks making the gun more concealable, despite the length reduction being no more than 4-5 inches on a rifle length firearm. So the stocks were pinned by the importer in the mid-position. Too long for my son and on the short side for me.

  2. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    the shorter receiver and lighter weight (457/ 455) is atractive, but i wonder if the guts aren’t more robust on the previous.
    i’m sort of on the fence with bolt .22’s- the semi’s are too much fun. i get it for competition, but anscutz/ feinwerkbau/ hammerli etc. are a different bird. that’s where the toggle and tbolt stuff would be satisfying.
    train with the real deal. i don’t really get the 22/ 45 either.

    1. avatar Geoff "Guns. LOTS of guns..." PR says:

      ” i don’t really get the 22/ 45 either.”

      Me, neither, kinda seems alien in the ones I’ve shot.

      Then again, I haven’t spent a ton of time with the 1911 platform, so that likely explains it…

  3. avatar Mark N. says:

    Pretty pricey. Drop the fancy carbon fiber stock and the price drops by half. Even a fancy wood stock is 25% less.

    There are a group of new .22s in the $600-$1000 price range with great ergos, varmint barrels and adjustable stocks. Ruger, Savage, CZ and Christensen arms come immediately to mind. I’d love to see a shoot off to see which one tops the rest, especially at range (100 yards or more).

  4. avatar That Jason says:

    Got a Tikka T1 that puts 5 rounds of CCI SV into a group you can cover with a quarter at 100 yards.

    And that cost me less than $500.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      I have a friend who is a fan of the Tikka T1X. With the right ammunition it is single-hole accurate out to 100m, but he did replace the barrel and did a lot of other custom work.

  5. avatar California Kid says:

    I suggest that you also consider the Bergara B14R. It is also very accurate and you can use Remington 700 aftermarket stocks and accessories.

  6. avatar possum says:

    Cz makes some mighty fine rifles, but good luck selling them in America right now. Everybody is wanting something bigger and in a self loader

  7. avatar million says:

    Parent of a CZ455 Scout owner here. If butter was an action, it would be this rifle.

  8. avatar Wiregrass says:

    My 452 American is still my favorite rifle for plinking and targets.

  9. avatar Wayne Fisher says:

    Became a CZ fan when I inherited my dear friends .22LR. He kept telling me he had found the world’s most accurate .22. Nah, said I, my old daddies remington with a scope, called the Super Sniper Twenty Two, would smoke his new fangled weapon. When I got his CZ…I was wrong. That little dude is one accurate pig, as described by dearly departed friend. A 100 yard squirrel head popper. I did do a little work on the trigger, which helped.

    My nephew asked me what brand rifle he should get in .22 mag. Oh, without question, get yourself a CZ. So he did. I figured he would need a trigger for it so I bought one and had him bring the rifle over. He looked at me and said, I don’t know Unc…this trigger is pretty sweet. I tested it for a while and sent the aftermarket trigger back, further enhancing my loyalty to CZ. We took it out back and he proceeded to punch a single jagged hole, 5 shot group, at 100 yards.

    Always a fan of the .22mag, an inherently accurate round in my opinion, I was taken aback by the accuracy of the .22 mag with the CZ. Never really seen anything like it in my 55 year shooting carrer.

    Get yourself a CZ in whatever caliber, you will not be disappointed. If you are…you just can’t shoot. 😁

  10. avatar Don from CT says:

    $1100 gets you a Kidd 10/22 in a Victor Company Titan stock. Mine shoots 1.25 MOA with CCI standard velocity at 100 yards.

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