Between the 17th and 19th February 2012 a major tournament took place in the United States, the Florida Open 2012, an IPSC pistol shooting event (shot in accordance with the American rules of the USPSA) in which selected shooters from Česká zbrojovka also competed. The tournament took place at the shooting range at which, in the year 2014, the World Championship in IPSC shooting will be held. Our contestants, at the beginning of the season and having just arrived, flying in from frozen Central Europe exhausted, were not absolutely in top gear but, nevertheless, in competition with close to 400 competitors from America and Europe they definitely made their mark, taking a number of top places.
Robin Šebo (who usually shoots in the Open Division) won the Production Division using the CZ 75 SP 01 Shadow pistol, while another shooter from Uherský Brod, Marián Vyšný, finished third, using the same gun as the winner. European champion Edward de Cobos of Spain was only able to squeeze into second place between these two shooters. For Robin this was an even more significant achievement, since this was the first time that he had shot in this division in such a major international tournament.
Another victory in the Florida Open 2012 was achieved in the Single Stack Division by the American shooter, Angus Hobdel, for the CZ - USA subsidiary company, using the Dan Wesson pistol. This quota of successes was additionally augmented by shooter Martin Kameníček who, in the Open Division, very strongly challenged by outstanding American shooters finished seventh overall and second in the International category, i.e. in the rankings of foreign shooters.
The tournament was organised by the former excellent U.S. shooter, Frank Garcia, and for the shooters from Uherský Brod it served as a perfect preparation for future World Championships. At the same time the tournament also confirmed the dominant position of the CZ 75 SP 01 Shadow Pistol as the weapon of choice of the world's top shooters.