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Happy 2017 Everyone!

Dear readers of this blog,

no matter what brought you here – a search engine, a link on your favorite forum, or a regular visit to see what new is there on Sportingbookworm – thank you for coming over in 2016. People mark and celebrate the passing of periods of time in hope that the next one will be better than the previous, and there really are good things to expect in the next 2017.

For lovers of Russian hunting shotguns, there are reasons for optimism. In spite of what I wrote in the previous post, good news are coming from Baikal: new Italian machinery is being installed, and planned for launch next year, and plastic-stocked MP27, I’ve been told, are on their way to the consumers.

For lovers of hunting stories – there are quite a few good ones in stock that I haven’t posted for want of time. Set off some time for reading next year.

For conversationalists this blog has had little to offer recently – but this is going to change.

For all misery and drama that the outgoing year has brought into the world, it was a good time for me and for this blog. I wish it was so for you, and I wish you all peace, love and happyness in the year 2017.

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Russian Hunting Shotguns

The First IzhMech Repeater.

It’s  a 3-shot semi-automatic announced as a new development of IzhMash (later Baikal) in 1959 (so it’s metaphorically if not technically the great-grand-daddy of MP153). It has alloy receiver with A-5-ish humpback profile and from the description it works on Browning’s long recoil principle. The prototype had replacable chokes with Cutts compensator.

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What you think is tubular magazine is not – it’s just a hold for the barrel to travel over. Apparently, the two-shot mag is somehow housed in the receiver and/or the grip (sorta Cosmy-style).

I’m trying to figure out if it was an original development or, like many Russian guns, had  a prototype in a Western gun. Any ideas?

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Rifles, Russian Hunting Shotguns

What’s Going on with Baikal.

This year saw numerous articles in the national gun and hunting magazines covering the Kalashnikov Group – a holding company that controls a number of Russian gunmakers and defense industry enterprises. The group, apparently, is trying hard to improve Russian gunmaking industry, and the stories about it mean to fill you with hope. This includes Izhevsk, the home town of the Baikal brand. Continue reading

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