The beast from the east: a Tula MC6-03 OU shotgun …

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE
RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE

Back during the Cold War, America fought with the Soviet Union about most things, including about who could win the most medals at the Olympics Games.

As part of USSR’s attempt to beat at trap and skeet shooting, the country developed several shotguns for Soviet shooters. The most successful design was a plainer version of the OU you see here. With that gun, the Soviet shooters crushed other shooters at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games and piled on more medals in subsequent competitions through the 1970s.

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE
RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE

Mechanically, the OU pictured here is the same gun those Soviet shooters used. I’ve shot one just like it many times, and I can tell you it’s a fantastic target gun. While it’s heavy (like a target gun should be), it handles well and is a pleasure to shoot. It smashes clays, too.

RARE 12g TULA 12g MC6-03 OVER UNDER  SKEET/TRAP, TWO-BARREL SET, CUSTOM CASE: EXTREMELY RARE ON CURRENT MARKET CASED RUSSIAN(USSR) TULA (NOT BAIKAL) MC6-03 TWO SET OF BARRELS CUSTOM SHOTGUN FROM 1978. BARRELS 28.5″ (FULL/IMP MOD) 26″ TULA RETRO CHOKES(SKEET/SKEET). Price: $3500

Montana. I sure am missing it…

In my mind, heaven would be spending every autumn chasing birds. You would start in Saskatchewan and head south, and you would defintely spend a lot of time in Montana.

I’ve hunted out in Montana a couple of times. The last one was a few years ago – maybe 5+ now – and we were in the northeast corner above the Hi Line. The experience was fantastic — lots of wild birds, very few hunters, and quiet little towns (this was before the oil boom). I really miss it.

Until I make it back there, I’ll have to live vicariously through videos like this from the folks at PRO Outfitters. Just press PLAY to join the journey.

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