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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Hunting in Russia

An Ode for Walked-up Hunts

by V. Chernykh.

Originally published in Russian Hunting Magazine, June 2017.

Condensed translation into English by me.

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Many European nations, like Poland, take hunting education very seriously, and you won’t get your hunting license until you pass an examination that proves you have enough knowledge and can apply it to practice. In this country, hunters are left to themselves in this respect. There’s no shortage of information nowadays about the theory of various hunts – but what’s the best way to start getting practical knowledge?

I began hunting with a group of friends who followed the classic Russian routine – Continue reading

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gunmaking

A French-English Dictionary of Gun Terms.

As a professional translator, I simply couldn’t pass this French-English dictionary of gun terms, comprised by users Argo44, WildCattle, L.Brown and ellenbr of www.doublegunshop.com . Here’s the link to the original discussion, and there’s a link to another online dictionary of gun terms , with as many as 5 languages!  Click more to access the dictionary.
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Just a pic of a French gun – purely ornamental.

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Purdey Double Rifle – House Style?

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A 9.3x74R double rifle by Purdey. Photo (c) Joh. Springer’s Erben

Post-modernism anticipated. Even though James Purdey pioneered the two-groove stalking rifle, and even is said to have coined the term “Express”, breech-loading double rifles by J. Purdey & Sons are extremely rare. Even fewer of them are built on the house’s trademark Beesley’s patent self-opening action – but what makes this 1898 Purdey double rifle doubly special is that it is used in combination with Jones underlever loclup.

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Wonderful Wildlife

Singing in the snow: capercailzie.

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A photograph by Valeriy Maleev, perhaps the best contemporary Russian wildlife photographer. It is a very rare shot, because capercailzie don’t usually do their spring mating song when the weather is that bad.

Valeriy started out as a hunter, a trophy hunter even, before he put down the guns and took the camera, and it might have nothing to do with the images he takes – his blog deserves a visit from anyone who enjoys pictures of wildlife – but there’s one thing that I can’t get out of my mind: all hunters turned photographers claim that you can no longer kill the species you take pictures of. There’s something very significant in this that I can’t put my finger on.

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Gun Control News: Russia to ban guns during Soccer World Cup 2018

On May 9, President Putin signed an executive decree that deals with security during the incoming Soccer World Cup (2018) and Confederations Cup (2017). The decree has provisions for registry of visitors, limiting air and ground traffic, mass assemblies of citizens not relating to the sport – and civilian weapons.

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Article 12 of the decree bans all legal actions with privately owned weapons Continue reading

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