“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
I’ve spent a few joyful hours today admiring the catalogue of Joh. Springer’s Erben 22nd Classic Auction over a cup of coffee, and while I’m not really into handguns, this 1897 Roth-Theodorovich that graces the cover of the catalogue is definitely something else. Its ugliness is so complete that it approximates beauty. But the action is not just about ugly pistols – click on “more” to see some of the beautiful and unusual rifles and combination guns that will go under hammer on April 20.
No, that’s neither a misprint nor an oxymoron. This is an accurate description of a few models developed by TsKIB (Central R&D Bureau for Sporting Guns, Tula, Russia) for the sake of professional fur hunters. The idea was that trappers needed a combination gun, but a combination gun is by definition two single shots in one stock. What do you do if you want a quick follow-up shot with the same caliber? A pack of young designers were let loose on the problem, and here are some of the solutions they came up with: Continue reading