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Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

The Soviet Union isn’t the first country that comes up when you mention fine shotguns to people. It isn’t the last, either. In fact, it doesn’t come up at all. That’s because very few people know that the Soviet Union made fine shotguns.

Starting in the 1950s, the USSR began building a Soviet-made shotgun for their Soviet Olympic shooters. The over-under shotgun you see evolved from that program. It’s MT-7 (not an MU-7), and instead of being build for competitive shooting, it was made for hunting.

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

For few of these guns made it out of the USSR, and even fewer made it here to the States. It on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends on 11/17/2013 @ 7:00:00 PM ET. Here’s more info on it from the seller:

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun: An exquisite and rare Russian Made Baikal Best Quality Nickel Engraved 12 ga MU 7 model Over/Under shotgun. 2 ¾” shells. 29.5” solid rib barrels choked Imp/Full. Ejectors. LOP of 14.5” to end of recoil pad. 1.75” Drop at comb and 2.75” at heel. Weight 7.5lbs. Non import marked. Three piece take down forend. Production estimated around 1970.

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Hand nickel engraved receiver to the highest quality including animal scenes of deer, moose along with scroll engraving on receiver, tang, and barrels. Original blue on barrels is excellent with one tiny scratch on left side toward muzzle on close inspection. Outstanding European walnut made with English straight stock with hand checkered wood which is excellent with original finish. Bores are bright and shiny. Originally manufactured with an automatic safety, the original owner had this changed to a manual safety (transfer bar included if you want to change it back).

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

This gun was thought to have been brought into the US by Control Data Systems of Minneapolis in the 70’s or possibly early 1980’s during the period of detente as a barter with Russia for computer goods. The USSR, unable to use hard currency, would often pay in gold or other means…in this case shotguns! Originally made for the European market, this gun still has the Cyrillic-Russian characters for fire/safety!

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

Baikal MU 7 12ga Over-Under Double Barrel Shotgun

2 Responses to “Rarely seen in America: a Baikal MU 7 12ga over-under…”

  1. steve says:

    better pictures on LAURITZ.COM lot. 3186817, auction ends in 4 days in Denmark, really cool gun. bids shown

  2. Gregg says:

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Gregg

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