I have made it a fast rule never to write about a new Russian hunting gun until I personally see it in the shop. Too many times a “new development” failed to make it to the consumer at the last moment. That’s why, even though I’ve read and heard a lot that Baikal is working on an inertia-operated semi, MP-156, I haven’t written a word about it. But starting this autumn, you can actually buy one in a Russian gun shop. Not that it would be a good idea. Continue reading
A few years ago a guy from the town where I used to live was driving home from an unsuccessful hunt and saw a hare hop along the road. He thought what the heck and purposefully hit it with his brand-new Audi. I have to say the Mid-Volga region is home to some of the biggest hares in the world, the biggest weigh over 7 kg. There was a boom, the driver’s side air bag went on, the car stalled and wouldn’t start again. The guy went out and saw the front bumper had a hole in it that looked like someone shot the car with a bazooka, and some important-looking liquid pouring out. So the hunter had to go home in a cab, and have the car towed to the dealer’s (it was still under warranty!). The next day he dropped by the dealership, and heard the hare went right through the bumper, the AC radiator, some power steering piping, and the main radiator, and stopped only at the engine block, bending the alternator belt assembly. The projected repair bill was about $10,000 and wasn’t covered by the insurance. As the guy was trying to digest the news, the manager asked if he wanted the hare. The mechanics found the critter as they examined the car – dead, of course, but still in one piece. The owner said just keep it. Now the manager had the problem of how to properly dispose of the carcass – by Russian law, you can’t just throw it away, you have to surrender it to a special service. But one of the mechanics said nonsence, the proper way to dispose of a hare is to eat it. He took the carcass home, cooked it, and later claimed it was the most delicious meal in his life.
The Baikal MP-155 semi-auto gets an upgrade, including a new walnut stock made on a brand-new Italian СNC machine. The new design features a thinner pistol grip and fore-end, and is said to be more ergonomically correct.
Other improvements in the updated gun include better recoil pad, new extended magazine cap, and sling swivels.
Are there any faithful followers of this blog? You haven’t seen any Russian hunting shotgun related content lately, have you? Heads up! Next week I’m starting to post again, and no, the book isn’t out yet, but peeepooooll…. have I got news for you from Russian gunmakers? Hell yeah!
I used to frequent http://www.shotgunworld.com, as Humpty Dumpty, and the blog stats tell me many people come here from the links on that forum. I have to inform you that for some reason I can no longer access Shotgunworld from Russia. It’s not about my IP address, because I tried proxies and different IP addresses and it didn’t work. It’s not about my PC, as I tried various devices and it didn’t work. Moreover, on vacation in Spain I could access Shotgunworld just fine. So, if you’ve been wondering why Humpty Dumpty no longer posts, comments, and answers PMs on Shotgunworld, now you know.
Each issue of the Russian Hunting Magazine features two stories in condensed translation into English. This is one of these stories from June 2017 issue.
Text and photo by Katarina Stern, Latvia.
What’s that? The enemy of the people, the alarm clock? No, that’s my friends, calling to tell they’re late. A thick fog caught them midway to me. So there’s enough time to pack up – a thermos with coffee, some sandwiches, a rope, two knives, gloves and spare socks go into a big black plastic tub, and the tub goes to the trunk. I’m ready.
I’m ready for my first beaver hunt with dogs. Continue reading
This is a story I wrote for BookYourHunt, an online platform that connects outfitters and hunters worldwide. If you’re interested in travelling to hunt, this is your place to go – over 2,500 hunting opportunities with about 350 outfitters from 43 countries, convenient search engine and personalized service, and a guarantee that you can’t find a better deal anywhere else.
Argentina is the wingshooter’s paradise. For a devoted bird hunter, “Cordoba” is not “a town in Spain”, but “doves galore”; other Argentinean provinces, such as Santiago del Estero and Salta, are also famous for dove shooting opportunities, and pigeons as well, and in the province of Entre Rios you can vary your hunting experience with perdiz (partridge) and ducks. The limits on pigeon, perdiz and ducks are generous, and on doves there’s no limit at all – in Argentina, they are pests that do immeasurable damage to agriculture. Hunting is the most efficient of legal crop protection methods, and hunters are often farmers’ only hope, so there’s no moral remorse and no reason to restrain yourself…
… except the amount of shooting you’re going to do. Continue reading