Russian MP-155 Shotgun in "Profi" grade.
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MP-155 “Profi” Grade

Since 2018 the Baikal MP-155 semiautomatic shotgun is available in the “Profi” grade. The difference from the standard model amounts to a) Ceracote-coated receiver, and b) hand-checkered walnut stock and fore-end. Everything else is your regular MP-155, and even the plastic-tipped fore-end, as far as I know, is now standard for all wood-stocked MP-155.

So far the “Profi” grade comes only in 12 gauge, with 760 mm (30″) barrel and 76 mm chamber. The regular grade guns are available with walnut or plastic stock, in 12 gauge with 760 or 710 mm (28″) barrels, and 20 gauge with 710 and 610 mm (24″) barrels. The 20 gauge MP-155 also comes with a “Lancaster” oval bore, that is effectively a rifle, for slug shooting.

To say the Russian public loved the “Profi” grade would be an overstatement. A number of experts immediately offered criticism, pointing out, for instance, that hand-checkering is not perfectly executed. Doubts also exist as to the durability of the Ceracote coating. One gun guru writes that he found a drop of Ceracote on the barrel, tried it with a penknife, and the Ceracote fell right off. Honestly, that doesn’t sound too convincing to me: you can’t judge adhesion to specially treated alloy surface by how well the coating sticks to untreated steel surface. On the other hand, the fact that excess Ceracote did end up on the barrel doesn’t sound too encouraging.

Anyway, just about any coating will be an improvement over the regular black thing they cover the receivers with, so in general the application of Ceracote technology is to be welcomed.  The real question is, does it justify the price increase?

The MSRP for the “Trophy” grade Baikal MP-155 is, at the time of writing, 46,190 Rubles (roughly $699), and cheapest regular grade gun goes for 30,690 Rubles (roughly $465). The most affordable 12-gauge gun with walnut stock is listed at 32,200 rubles (roughly $489).

Would you pay almost half again for hand checkering and Ceracote finish on the receiver?

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Moscow arms hunting expo 2018
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A (somewhat belated) Report on the Arms&Hunting Moscow 2018 Expo

The Arms&Hunting Expo Moscow, which takes place annually in October in the Gostinny Dvor Expo Center, is, to quote Russian Hunting Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Mikhail Krechmar, a way to tell what the next year will be like for the Russian hunting and hunting gun industry. This is, of course, only partially true: like any attempted futurology, an analysis of the expo can’t account for black swans. Allowing for this, let’s see what’s going to be in store for the Russian civilian gun industry as of October 2018. Continue reading

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Auction Prices for TsKIB Guns in Europe

“How much does my gun cost?” is one of the most common question about Russian guns – especially MTs (a.k.a MC, a.k.a. MU, a.k.a. Vostok) by TsKIB, Tula. Usually, with high-end guns, the best hints on the gun’s price come from what the hammer falls on at gun auctions. But the produce of the “Soviet Purdey’s” seldom grace the halls of Holt’s, Julia’s, and other auction halls. However, as many as five MTs guns could be found in the catalogue of Joh. Springer’s Erben XXIII Classic Auction (Nov. 9, 2017, Vienna, Austria). Continue reading

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“They Don’t Make’m Like That No More!” – endurance tests of Baikal MP-153 and MP-155

“How long will my gun last?” – an important question not just for a shooter on a budget.  Some brands measure estimated service life of their shotguns in thousands of shells the gun will fire. For example, Baikal MP-153 semiauto was guaranteed to last 3,000 Magnum rounds (1050 Bar service pressure), and so is its successor, MP-155. How well do the Russian autoloaders live up to these promises? In the natural course of events, the search for the answer would be long and difficult, as few hunters keep accurate records of shots fired and all hunt under different conditions. To make things faster and somewhat more scientific, some journalists and marketers run endurance tests, with thousands of rounds fired in the course of a few days.

But before I tell you how well (or badly) MP-153 and MP-155 performed at such tests (and show a couple of videos with MP-155), let me offer you something absolutely vital for correct interpetation of the results. Continue reading

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Baikal MP 156
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MP 156 – First Baikal Inertia-Operated Semiautomatic Shotgun

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

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MP-155 Gets a New Stock.

MP155newstock

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.

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Russian Hunting Shotguns

Breda Antares vs. MTs-21.

One of the most common questions about MTs-21, which was Russia’s most popular autoloading shotgun until MP153, is whether it was an original development or a copy of an imported design. I could write at least 3,000 words about it, but let’s see if these two videos will not do the job better:

    MTs-21 takedown.
    Breda Antares takedown.
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