If you be so inclined (and possess appropriate funds) you could amass a near complete collection of TsKIB’s over/under shotguns at the next Rock Island Auction. Here’s what there is:
MTs-5 20-gauge, 1979-80 vintage. TsKIB’s dedicated small-bore action. These are light and slim guns, on alloy receiver, quick-handling in spite of seemingly tall action, and my favorite of the lot. Highly commendable as a bird dog gun, although you might want to open the chokes somewhat. That would be one of the last MTs-5 made, as during the next few years the model would be replaced by MTs-105 with steel receiver. Estimate $3,000-$5,000 Link.
MTs-7 12-gauge, 1968-69 vintage, making it one of the earliest guns of the model. MTs-7 is arguably TsKIB’s best over/under, and I am a bit surprised with myself why I didn’t give it the first place. Perhaps, it’s the price estimate – $10,000 – $15,000. Oh, and Rock Island Auction describe the engraving as “a pair of snipes in flight in a wooded scene”. The birds are actually woodcock. A lovely gun indeed.
MTs-6 12-gauge, 1974-75 vintage, single trigger Trap and Skeet two barrel set combo. These combo were TsKIB’s things, although I don’t know how they figured out stock dimensions. MTs-6 was TsKIB’s entry level action, but they handle and shoot on par with any other model. Second set features the famous Tula chokes. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000. See more.
MTs-8 12-gauge, 1978-79 vintage, single trigger Skeet gun with ventilated rib. Do I have to mention Tula chokes? The gun with which Soviet athletes ruled the Skeet fields in the 1960s and 1970s. Looks virtually unfired. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000. I’d be hard pressed to choose between a Skeet MTs-6 and Trap and Skeet MTs-8.
MTs-109, 12-gauge, 1979-80 vintage, double trigger back action sidelock ejector. By all standards it has to be the best gun of the five, both by original maker’s positioning and the features. It’s a mystery to me why it’s estimated twice as low as MTs-7 above, at $5,000-$8,000: after all, it’s a sidelock, it has ejectors, it’s in better condition, and the 10 year difference in production date shouldn’t account to much: the “bad” years for TsKIB do not begin until Leonid Brezhnev’s death (1982) at the earliest. Could be the difference in sellers’ expectations, the auctioneer’s marketing trick, or simply a good old sleeper. Click to see more.
P.S. I do love the Baikal-branded original cardboard boxes on the guns.