Russian Hunting Shotguns

It Finally Happened!

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All since mid-1990s I’ve been hearing how TsKIB’s workforce, both designers and the “hands” who actually build the guns, are dissatisfied with the management and are quitting their jobs en masse. And all the time I’ve been waiting for some of them to start their own gunmaking business. Well, looks like it finally happened!

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Без рубрики, Rifles

Some Words on TsKIB Double Rifles.

From 1962 to 1987 Soviet citizens could not own rifles. Those who needed a rifle for work – professional trappers, reindeer herders and such – could have one issued by the organization that employed them, but the rifle would be the property of the organization. Private ownership of rifles (and handguns) was banned. Some Communists, however, were more equal than others…

-Леонид Брежнев в Залесье, 1973 год

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Russian Hunting Shotguns

A Perfect Symbol of a Gun.

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Whether you’re wary of the Danai or not, gift-giving is an essential part of diplomacy. But, ever since the old story of Darius and the Scythians’ present of mouse, bird, frog and arrows, there’s been messages that miscarried – and this gun could be one of them. Continue reading

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Russian Hunting Shotguns

The Best Russian Gun Ever.

Which gun is the best is the question that hangs on your definition of ‘best’ness, and for some the best Russian hunting shotgun may well be MP153 or Ij27. Normally, however, people quote exclusiveness, high quality and original design as key criteria. If you want to put it all in a word, that would be “uncompromizing”  – meaning no effort is spared to make the gun as beautiful and functional as possible, and no design is too complicated for the craftmanship of the makers. From this point of view, there’s no question that the best gun ever made in Russia is… 1800995

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A new direction in gun art?

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This is a .577 Nitro double rifle by Peter Hofer, a German bespoke gunmaker. I only read about it in a magazine (and that’s where the pic comes from, sorry about the quality). There are two unusual things about this gun, one leaves me cold and the other stirs my interest somehow. The one that I don’t care much about is that the stock is said to be filled with electronic gadgets, including a shot counter and a remote controlled GPS module, which can be used to retrieve either the gun if it is stolen, or the hunter if he gets lost in the African bush.

The one that makes me thinking is… but first I have to make a few statements, which are, I hope, self-evident.

First is that best gun making  is a form of art. Continue reading

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