The topic of this post was to be determined by a poll, but it ended in a tie, so I’ll try to match the expectations of both parties in one go. Continue reading
Baikal may not be too quick with introducing the promised novelties – I have yet to see even MP27 with a plastic stock in the store, to say nothing of the inertia-operated MP156. But at least MP-155 for left-handed shooters is available in stores, with a choice of wood or black plastic stock.
In preparation for my wild boar hunt, I decided to equip my old go-to Izh-58 with a red-glow sight. This allowed me to get an empirical answer to one of the most frequently asked questions about Russian hunting shotguns: is the front sight screwed in?
And the answer is… Continue reading
The owner uses home-made shells reloaded out of flare gun ammo. The apparent difficulty with pumping comes from the fact that “Selezen” has a slide lock, which has to be disengaged by pressing a lever before the action can be cycled. By Ivan Languev
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.
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?
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