The Questions and Answers Page.

Have a question about a hunting shotgun made in USSR/Russia?

Model identification, when it was made, how to date it, proof marks, export can I shoot steel through it, what loads to fire in is, choke dimensions, engraving, the meaning of inscriptions and markings, what gun is better, opinions and comparisons, ejectors and extractors, disassembly, fixing and gunsmithing tips, wood and finish, value, price, Tula, TOZ, Baikal, Vostok, Izhevsk, Zlatoust, Vyatskie Polyany, TsKIB (CKIB), Bekas, Saiga, Vepr, MP, MTs (MC), side-by-sides, over/unders, semiautos, single shots, what is the best and worst Russian gun ever – and anything else you’ve been wondering about.

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132 thoughts on “The Questions and Answers Page.

  1. Tommy Hofstad says:

    Thank a lot for that! 👍 Good to know that steel is no good. As for the date of the gun, you narrow it down to 3 years, and that’s way better then not have ping a clue. Again, thanks! 😊


  2. Wally says:

    I have a baikal o/u 12ga the model number is IJ then I cannot make out the rest I am looking for the wood for it if you know where I could buy it and the model number thanks Wally


    • Wally, “Ij” is not a model number, it’s the maker’s name. Model number is a number – “12”, “27”, etc. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good news for you, outside the former USSR stocks for Russian shotgun are almost unobtainable.


  3. Marios Souzou says:

    Hi Aleksei

    what is the current value of the Vostok MTs7 brand new if still in production?
    Found one used in very near new condition .
    Wonder what is worth. In the UK they are not much appreciated . It has 29.5 inches barrels choked Imp Cyl and 3/4 double triggers which makes me wonder if that is how it came out of the factory – usually they were 1/2 and Full.

    Thanks from sunny Cyprus



    • Hi Marios,
      MTs-7 is no longer in production; MTs-7C that TsKIB has been making until recently is a different design. It was priced in the neighborhood of 200,000 rubles, which would be 3 to 5 thousand Euro depending on exchange course, but I don’t think you can really compare old 7 and new 7C. Old guns were much better in quality, but didnt’ have many important features. All Soviet TsKIB guns in the West are underappreciated: zero brand recognition. As for the chokes, most guns came from TsKIB with standard chokes, but you could really have any configuration if the gun was made to order. If the chokes are standard, they would be marked ДС1 and ДС3.


  4. Peter van Walraven says:

    I think I have a Baikal 58.
    Seriøs number E04823.
    Do you have any idea about the year of manufacture?

    Best regards

    Peter van Walraven


  5. Daniel Herder says:

    Hi I was looking for more information and specs on a ussr izh-17 single barrel shotgun made in 1966 12 gauge, I inherited it from my grandfather but there is not much info online about it. Mainly looking for information of what ammo I can use with it, including modern ammo, and possibly value. Thanks

    Liked by 1 person

    • Daniel, sorry I didn’t reply at once. The Izh-17 single shot is the same gun as Izh-18 (Remington Spartan 1xx, MP18) but with external hammer. The action is strong and will handle any modern shell. The choke was not designed for steel shot, however, so you’d better limit yourself to lead or soft-as-lead shot. As for the value, I’m afrait it’s mostly sentimental.


  6. Dear sir/
    I am Tayyab Gul fom Pakistan . I purchase one shot gun Baikal 155 in Pakistan market can you help out me this gun is original or not I write the gun serial number .
    Please varifiy this number 1615519075.
    Best Regards
    Tayyab Gul
    My contact number is 00923009764598

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Tayyab, I’m not associated with the maker in any way, so I can’t verify if the gun with this number left the maker. The number itself looks genuine for 2016 mfg (first two digits) model 155 (digits 3-5), and 19075 is within the production voluem of the model.


  7. Damian Kochery says:

    I recently purchased a second hand SBS shotgun which is good condition, The owner claimed it to be Russian make . But there is no name or anything written on the gun , except some engraving and marks .. Is there any method to identify the make of this gun ??

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  8. Tom says:

    Hi Aleksei,
    I have MU 111-12 SS. Serial no. N800475 What is there to be said about this shotgun and its value. For images just send me an email and ill reply u.
    Thanks in advance, Tom

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