Review: CZ Upland Ultralight Over-Under Shotgun


I’ll be the first to admit that I’m more than just a fan of Shotgun. From the beginning of my development as a gun nut, I have always had a fond feeling toward CZ’s firearms and the brand in general. So, it came as a great surprise to me when I was handed a CZ over-under 12-gauge shotgun – specifically an Ultralight – since I didn’t even know they made shotguns. 

I was more familiar with their bolt-action rifles and their classy pistols. But, like the true gun nerd that I am, I embraced this new knowledge and the set of barrels that came with it.

Review Contents

Shooting Performance
Pros & Cons
Final Thoughts

What is the Upland Ultralight

CZ Upland Ultralight Over-Under Shotgun
If you’re noticing a green color on this shotgun, you’re not going crazy. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

I was quite surprised when I opened the box. Not only was it different from what I expected, but it was also green. Surely, I thought, someone had left their spray paint unattended at CZ. But to my surprise, it appeared to be a factory Cerakote job. Not out of this world, I guess, but not something I expected to see in a double-barreled European shotgun.

The barrel set was 28 inches long and came with a full set of hand-installed chokes. Over-under shotguns are such simple mechanical devices, so it came as no surprise to me that they were very similar in the function and controls to what I have handled in the past. I say simple, but they are beautifully simple, as I found out upon disassembly. Necessity and my child-like curiosity both managed to remove the receiver from the buttstock, and the mechanical beauty of pins and levers inside the gun impressed me.

CZ Upland Ultralight Over-Under Shotgun
Over-under shotguns are not terribly complicated, but there is a mechanical beauty in how they work. This CZ also does not aggressively eject the shells mechanically, and instead levers them out for hand removal, which is still a hunter-friendly feature. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

The barrel lock and safety are the only controls besides the trigger itself. They are mounted in the tang of the receiver. You slide the safety forward with your thumb to disengage and fire the gun. But in the safety button itself, there is a smaller selector to determine which of the two barrels goes off first. There is a very brilliant and simple connection that shifts the trigger’s movement between the two different sears. The barrel lock engages the bottom of the barrel block, securing the action closed. 

But Why So Light?

CZ Upland Ultralight Over-Under Shotgun
With the aluminum-alloy receiver, the gun is able to trim some weight. (Photo: Jeff Wood/

In my journey to the center of the receiver, I noticed something that I had missed. The Upland Ultralight was light for a reason. One of those reasons was the aluminum-alloy receiver. I noticed during my inspection of the gun that the barrel hinge pins were steel pressed into the aluminum receiver.

The furniture on the CZ was a traditional wood and quite plain to be honest. I suppose the designers at CZ were thinking this gun would be more of a workhorse than a delicate mantel piece. I suppose that would also explain the Cerakote finish. The butt of the gun also featured a simple rubber pad.