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MTs-22 semiautomatic shotgun
Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Shotguns

Lots of Fun about Nothing: Moscow Arms&Hunting 2019

You know what? I’m happy… about my visit to the Arms&Hunting 2019 outdoor show.

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A composed pair of MTs-7 shotguns signed Arthur Turner Sheffield
Без рубрики, gunmaking, Russian Hunting Shotguns

Something You Don’t See Every Day: A Composed Pair of MTs-7

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail with photographs of two MTs-7-12, which look just like an MTs-7-12 is supposed to look, except that they were marked “1”, “2”, and “Arthur Turner Sheffield” on the ribs. Continue reading

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"Passport" of Grandpa's gun, front and back covers
Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Shotguns

All That Remains: Identity Tag for Grandpa’s Izh-54

I long thought that document was lost, but this summer, why looking for some totally unrelated document at my parents’ place, I stumbled upon it:  the “Passport” for Grandpa’s old gun.

The “Passport” is a gun’s individual identity document, that Soviet gunmakers used to issue with each gun. It is a piece of thick, glossy paper, which, when folded over, makes four pages of roughly passport size. Currently the identity tag is included in the Owner’s Manual, but until the late 1970s the Owner’s Manual and “Passport” appeared as two different documents.

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Medved-3 self-loading hunting rifles
Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Rifles

Medved-3: A Soviet Hunting Carbine

Medved’ (“bear”) is a series of Russian semiautomatic hunting carbines. Unlike some later rifles, Medved is not a sporterized military action. The first generation – there were four all in all – was designed in the early 1960s and were chambered for the 9.3x54R round. They were volume produced to supply professional hunters with something more efficient than Mosin, Mauser, and other bolt-action rifles left over from WWII.  All Medved series carbines were developed and made by IzhMash. Continue reading

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baikal mp-156 inertia operated shotgun
gunmaking, Russian Hunting Shotguns

MP-156: Improvements and Features

Good news: MP-156, Baikal’s first inertia autoloader, is not as bad as my previous post made it sound. IzhMech responded to the customer complaints, and improved their guns significantly. The quality is still a lottery. But, while in the first lots the share of lemons was as high as 50%, today at least 9 out of 10 guns perform well out of the box. Not yet in the Benelli league, admittedly, but that at least makes it worthwhile to say something about MP-156 design. Continue reading

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