Product review: Baikal MP-153 Shotgun

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Product review: Baikal MP-153 Shotgun

Postby BillyG » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:34 am

If you are in the market for a reasonably price don't-give-a-crap-if-I-beat-the-bejeus-out-of-it shotgun, the Russian made Baikal MP-153 is one to consider. I purchased one last week and have run 500 rounds through it at the trap range with out a hick up. It is basically a copy of a Remington 1100 with simplified internals. Shoots a beautiful 50/50 pattern with any of the four extended choke tubes provide. Carlson's ( http://www.choketubes.com ) makes nice aftermarket tubes from Baikal shotguns. The finish is basic Russian matte black. If you have any refurb'ed surplus Russian weapons, you will be familiar with this type finish. Not extremely durable, but gets the job done. Comes in green or brown camo also. Brown is the most common camo available in the US. Loaded with 5 shells, the gun is slightly barrel heavy but not overly so. Empties as fast as you can pull the trigger. You can hear a slight "spoing" sound as the recoil spring does its thing...but I did not find it annoying. This is a gun that is meant to be used without fear of "denting the wood" as it were. This is not a gun you would buy for looks to impress the boys in the duck blind. They may laugh at you until you drop the first few birds.

Field stripping for cleaning is a 30 second exercise. Minimal parts to remove. The most difficult part is unscrewing the spring/forearm cap. The only critical spot to clean is the gas ring/port. Cleaning it is easy. I just use some spray brake parts cleaner and then a light lubing with some slippery stuff of your choosing. If it takes you longer than 10 or 15 minutes to clean, you're being too anal.

Here's a link to some Italians who did a 50,000 round torture test over 5 days with a MP-153 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFhK0ifNJ7g ).

If you purchase one, let me recommend doing so through Davidson's Gallery of Guns ( http://www.galleryofguns.com). You will get prices from several participating dealers in your area. Prices will vary from dealer to dealer. Pick the dealer that floats your boat and tap the "Accept" button and a partial amount of gun will be placed on your credit card. Email tracking and delivery notification is provided. Gun usually arrives at dealer in 3 to 4 days. Dealer will call you to arrange pick-up and finalize payment and FFL paperwork. Easy peasy. To top it off, Davidson's gives a Life Time warranty on anything they sell. Read the warranty, it is strait forward and sweet. Makes considering a Russian shotgun a no brainer if it worries you.

I also own two Baikal MP-310 Sporting over and under shotguns. One has over 10,000 rounds through it without a single mechanical misfire (several dud shells) or mechanical failure. If you are looking for a cheap sporting clays gun that can take abuse, look no further than the 310 series. For a very short time the Browning/Guerini/Perazzi crowd scoffed at me...the first round silenced all the disparaging remarks.

For home defense types, a Remington 1100 tube extension screws right on bringing the capacity up to 10 rounds. There is also a competition model with Pic'y rail and other doo dads for those so inclined.

Links to this tough workhorse below;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbaM44S3 ... ata_player

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt1QV3DF ... ata_player
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Re: Product review: Baikal MP-153 Shotgun

Postby RickH » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:22 pm

I've got the Baikal IZH-27 O/U; another very good gun for the money.
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Re: Product review: Baikal MP-153 Shotgun

Postby BillyG » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:22 am

The 310 series is the same as the IZH-27. These scatterguns have had several different names here in the U.S. depending on the importer. Great guns for the money. Ugly, rough around the edges...but once run-in and loosened up, one hellava gun.

After putting this MP-153 through the paces, I have to say, if I had to grab only one long arm going out the door...the MP would be it. Holds 6 to 10 rounds (with extended tube). Hunting or home defense use (little long for HD, but works in a pinch). Eats anything I have run through it; high brass, low brass, name brand or cheap no name. Did not clean it for the first 500 rounds. After breaking it in with the recommended 100 rnds of 1&1/4 oz. or better...I fed it 1 oz. light target loads up to 1 oz. Sabots without needing to adjust the gas. I just put another 400 rounds through it this past weekend and it performed flawlessly. Gets hotter than a sumofabitch around the 200 rnd mark, but the synthetic fore grip sheds the heat very well. This is going to be a great swamp and foul weather gun :wub: :wub: :wub:
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Re: Product review: Baikal MP-153 Shotgun

Postby Tin Man » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:55 am

I can't believe that they ran 50,000 rnds thru that gun and reloaded it by bending down over that chair the whole time.... :rotfl:
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