This was the darkest year of the Second World War in Soviet Russia, and guns were desperately needed to fight the invading Germans. At present the IJ is not being imported into the U. What we have here is basically a Russian copy of the famous Walther PP Police Pistolwhich was widely used all over Europe by both Police and civilians at the time the leaders of the Soviet Union decided to replace their aging Tokarev service pistol.
The new pistol was to serve as the duty sidearm of the various branches of the military, as well as the police, the KGB, and all other government agencies.
It would become the service standard for the entire Soviet Union and its satellites. Locked breech designs were rejected in favor of a simple blow back mechanism in order to hold down manufacturing costs. The result was the adoption of the famous Makarov pistol, which is a slightly simplified Walther PP with an enlarged trigger guard. Russian cops and soldiers need to be able to reach the trigger while wearing heavy winter gloves. It was chambered for a Russian version of the.
The new Russian cartridge used an odd diameter.МР-18MH в калибре 223 rem, начало пристрелки
Ballistically it remained a near twin of the. Like the PP, the Makarov pistol has a fixed barrel, a plus for accuracy. The Mak has a rebounding hammer, and it is safe to carry an IJ with the safety off and the hammer lowered over a chambered cartridge.
The IJ is a smallish service pistol, about the size of a Glock 19 in height and length, but slimmer due to its single stack magazine.
The steel magazine holds 8 cartridges and is released by a European style heel clip. The empty weight is. Most of the various Communist countries produced Makarov pistols locally in their own factories. Quality and workmanship varies depending on the country of manufacture. The Makarov pistols produced in Russia. The IJ is an all steel pistol with a polished blue finish and a fully adjustable rear sight. It came with two magazines and sometimes other accessories, such as a cleaning tool and a service style holster.
My IJA Mak, the test gun for this review, is chambered for the. It is a reliable and well made pistol that feeds modern JHP bullets without a problem. When brand new the actions of IJ pistols are a bit rough, but they smooth up nicely with use. I have shot a lot of service autos with worse triggers. The ballistics of the. Suffice to say that with top JHP factory loads the.
Shooting a Mak is a straight forward proposition. The magazine is loaded by simply pressing each cartridge down on top of the last. When a loaded magazine is inserted into the pistol the open slide can be released by pressing down the slide release lever. The slide will strip the first round from the magazine as it runs forward, and the pistol is ready to shoot. The double action trigger pull is quite heavy if it is used for the first shot, but for subsequent shots the hammer has been cocked by the rearward movement of the slide and the pistol functions in single action mode.
As with any blow-back action pistol, the slide return spring is pretty stiff, and it takes a fair amount of effort to retract the slide manually. The accuracy of the IJ pistols I have fired is good compared to most. The owner's manual that came with my IJ states that the pistol is intended for shooting at ranges up to 50 meters. The Mak has a good, solid feel in the hand, especially with the optional rubber grip.
I have found that both men and women enjoy shooting the IJ For this article I tested my Baikal IJA at 25 yards from a bench rest with three different factory loads.
A couple of warnings may be appropriate.Posted: Sun Oct 27, am. Posted: Mon Oct 28, am. Its a Russian Baikal, as marked on the butt plate. Built like a brick outhouse and not of much value. Most still around, here anyway, have become 'tractor' guns. Here in the dense woods of Eastern Canada, Baikal's are well respected guns.
Nothing fancy, but they are good working guns. They generally are tightly choked. You have a good, inexpensive, hunting gun. If you do your job, the Baikal will do its job. Posted: Mon Oct 28, pm. Good evening, You can see on your last pic all you want to know except the production year. Posted: Tue Oct 29, pm. I would refinish it. Its not worth anything as a collector piece. Its only value is the utility it provides you.
It doesn't take long to strip off the old finish then stain and put on some new finish. I personally think they look good with an oil finish. You can touch up the bluing a bit with one of those kits from Crappy Tire. One tip I was given was do the bluing on outside a nice warm summer day. Do lots of light coats as opposed to one heavy coat. Seems to work well as I did some touch ups on one of mine. So for a few bucks, you will have a sweet little hunting gun and you will have learned a bit along the way.
The IJ is nothing fancy, but it will dispatch a pile of grouse if that is your game. You can always sell a Baikal. Page 1 of 1. Previous topic Next topic. Author Message ccg Post subject: made in ussr baikal 12 gauge single shot Posted: Sun Oct 27, am.
Utility Grade. Sans Peur. Post subject: Re: made in ussr baikal 12 gauge single shot Posted: Mon Oct 28, am. Field Grade. Post subject: Re: made in ussr baikal 12 gauge single shot Posted: Mon Oct 28, pm.
Tournament Grade. Post subject: Re: made in ussr baikal 12 gauge single shot Posted: Tue Oct 29, pm. You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot post attachments in this forum.Posted: Mon May 22, pm.
Hi, I have never owned a Baikal shotgun, but am now considering buying a used single-shot IJ in good condition, mainly because I was thinking my oldest son who is now 12, could use it under my supervision of coursein order to get some practice in shotgunning. Also, if he gets interested, passes the required hunters exam, and learns to handle the gun safely, I'll take him waterfowling this fall.
So my question is, is there a way to tell if steel shot can be used. The gun has a full choke screwed on, but they can sell other chokes for it. Posted: Tue May 23, am. Posted: Tue May 23, pm. Thanks for the info. It is a screw-in choke, but for lead shot since it is full. Don't think he'll be shooting so many birds with a single-shot gun that the price would really matter.
Posted: Thu May 25, am. It would be a simple matter surely,for you to get a choke tube suitable for steel,You are right next to Russia so they must sell quite a few Baikals and accessories in Finland?. I have the IJ in 12 and 20 gauge but with a fixed modified choke in both guns,I sent Baikal a e-mail recently about using steel in these and they said a moderate amount of steel shells would be no problem. If Bismuth is available though,it might be a better bet than steel anyway.
Posted: Thu May 25, pm. Yes, Baikal is probably the best selling shotgun in Finland, it's sold in most gun stores and gives good value for money. Good to hear that steel shot is okay in moderate amounts. Actually a 20 ga. On the other hand, I already have 12 and 16 ga. Posted: Fri May 26, am. I can still use lead shells in my 20 gauge at this stage,the non-toxic for waterfowl only applies for 10 and 12 gauge guns here but its reviewed yearly and will change soon I think.
Your politicians must be smarter than in most other countries, when they have not yet banned lead for 16 and 20 ga. By the way, you must have hunting season in New Zealand right now, has the bird flu reached the south Pacific already?
Posted: Sun May 28, pm. I can assure you our politicians are every bit as stupid as elsewhere. There are no non -toxic shells in 16 or 20 ga available down here yet which is the reason given for allowing lead,but having said that there was no real problem with lead shot here in the first place,just a case of copying other countries in phasing it out for waterfowl hunting when there was no need to.
Waterfowl hunting season usually opens the first weekend of May and lasts for about 10 weeks,bag limit around 25 per day in most parts of the country and you can use magazine guns pump or auto up to their full mag capacity no plug required like in some countries.
No sign of bird flu here yet,but no doubt it will get here eventually. Page 1 of 1. Previous topic Next topic. Author Message henrik. Field Grade. Humpty Dumpty. Presentation Grade. If it's a screw-in choke version, you can use steel shot in it. But you'd better get a special screw-in tube for steel.This would dictate the purchase of a centre-fire, a gun I was entirely ignorant of.
What did I know about them? Having no spare cash, in fact a credit card that was still groaning from the excesses of Christmas whatever I bought had to be cheap. I began doing some research on the ballistics of the various centre-fire calibres and settled on a. Looking then for a rifle chambered in. A little research revealed that it was very similar to the shorter cased. So the. Good things come wrapped in plain brown paper Good things come wrapped in plain brown paper II Unwrapping the brown packaging revealed a surprisingly attractive box.
Having purchased other firearms from the former Soviet Bloc I was expecting plain rough oil-stained cardboard so this was most encouraging. The label on the end of the box declared in a mixture of Russian and English the contents to be 1 x synthetic stocked. Also in the box was 20 rounds of Highland.
Next task was to try and figure out how to put the thing together. Next task was to scope this. Much of the criticism directed at this gun relates to the length lack-of of the 11mm grooves machined into the receiver. To call them short would be damning them with faint praise frankly. I had a 11mm dovetail to weaver base already purchased off eBay.
In the end I spent time with a file modifying the adapter by removing enough of the adapter groove outsides to fit the adapter onto the available receiver groove length -just.
Note that the adapter base is thinner forward of the first allen screw:. Modified adapter base fitted: click for larger. From here it was a matter of fitting a set of low B-Square weaver rings and tightening everything up real tight before fitting a Tasco scope I had sitting around looking for somewhere to be. It has a nice weight to it, it seems to point very naturally when put to my shoulder. Hello, very nice gun, I would like an equal. But here in Argentina is difficult to obtain.
By the way, it is possible to lover the hammer while the gun is disassembled fits in a pilot case my pressing a metal tong at the bottom of the action.Forums Recent Posts New posts.
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I must say that I do not know almost anything about shotguns, but I think the MP is known as Baikal IJ too depending of the market area. With all the options out there why a Baikal if I might ask? Ahnkochee Bushmaster. I see the current Baikal line as a nice alternative to what's currently on the market.
The Rossi stock design has been getting funkier and funkier, and as stated no more wood. Ahnkochee said:. Mykos Scout. It's internal hammer, which appears to be the same with the MP The wood on it is nice and oil finished, not some junky varnish like most wood stocks you get these days.
Well, why not a Baikal? I want wood stocks eliminates Rossi I want slug capability again, eliminates Rossi HR guns aren't my thing. They don't feel right to me although I like the exposed hammer.Model identification of Russian hunting shotguns that were exported through official channels is usually very easy. Most guns proudly bear their model designations stamped on the action or barrel s. This is a query I recently received from a very knowlegeable Russian gun enthusiast in Pakistan:.
At first sight, there does seem to be much in the way of model ID, but, like Sherlock Holmes used to say, it will take me more time to explain how I arrived at my conclusion from evidence than it actually took me to identify this gun. This gun was made in the USSR. The evidence is the remains of the words to this effect on the left side of the frame:.
Not yet. There were four generations of this model, known under three different names: 58, 58M and 58MA, and knowing which specific submodel this gun is would help us to narrow down its possible mfg date.
It is perfectly clear that this gun is either M or MA. In the first years of production, Izh had semi-oval, rather than semi-circular, stock-action joint as well.
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The difference between M and MA is mostly in the inside, and can be determined by a click of the safety — in MA it is, as the model letters suggest, automatic. So, this gun was made some time between and The Soviet sign of quality happened to precisely match Dodge logo, and so it would be a big copyright issue if guns with these image were sold.
I expect some relegious people would be reluctant to wear a gun with a pentagram on it, too. The problem with model ID of this gun, as a matter of fact, come down to years of hard use and substandard gunsmithing it saw.
All screws are misaligned, and I think I see a piece of foil sticking out from under the hinge pin — which would indicate a homemade attempt to fix loose barrels.
However, in spite of all abuse, this gun still goes bang and, in some parts of the world, is considered a perfectly usable and even desirable hunting weapon.
Is this really a Baikal? Like Like. What you see on the side of the action is not the safety, but the barrel disengagement lever. You turn it downwards, then open the action as for reloading, and the barrels come off for cleaning or whatever.
This lever was introduced in ; before that, the same effect was achieved by pressing the front trigger and simultaniously opening the gun. I am looking into buying an IJ with exactly the same stamps on it, but we cannot identify the stamps for the choke? Can you point me towards a translation of the remaining stamps or any other indication how choke can be told from the stamps? The seller cannot find any other markings on it no numbers, stars or anything else.
Like Liked by 1 person. Neither was it necessary, since almost every gun came with standard constrictions — for 12 and 16 gauge Izh it was. The chokes for these guns are on the top left barrel. Aleksei Morozov's page. Greetings from Australia! I have an IJ58 MA and wish to identify the year of manufacture. If you respond to me by email, I can send you pictures of the markings. I recently acquired a shotgun from a local gun show and I believe it is a Baikal but am looking for more information on the date of manufacturing.This would dictate the purchase of a centre-fire, a gun I was entirely ignorant of.
What did I know about them?
Having no spare cash, in fact a credit card that was still groaning from the excesses of Christmas whatever I bought had to be cheap. I began doing some research on the ballistics of the various centre-fire calibres and settled on a.
Looking then for a rifle chambered in. A little research revealed that it was very similar to the shorter cased. So the. Good things come wrapped in plain brown paper Good things come wrapped in plain brown paper II Unwrapping the brown packaging revealed a surprisingly attractive box.
Having purchased other firearms from the former Soviet Bloc I was expecting plain rough oil-stained cardboard so this was most encouraging. The label on the end of the box declared in a mixture of Russian and English the contents to be 1 x synthetic stocked. Also in the box was 20 rounds of Highland. Next task was to try and figure out how to put the thing together. Next task was to scope this.
Much of the criticism directed at this gun relates to the length lack-of of the 11mm grooves machined into the receiver. To call them short would be damning them with faint praise frankly. I had a 11mm dovetail to weaver base already purchased off eBay. In the end I spent time with a file modifying the adapter by removing enough of the adapter groove outsides to fit the adapter onto the available receiver groove length -just.
Note that the adapter base is thinner forward of the first allen screw:. Modified adapter base fitted: click for larger. From here it was a matter of fitting a set of low B-Square weaver rings and tightening everything up real tight before fitting a Tasco scope I had sitting around looking for somewhere to be. It has a nice weight to it, it seems to point very naturally when put to my shoulder.