Make: Baikal, imported by EAA Corp.
Serial Number: 9833934B
Year of Manufacture: Modern
Caliber: 12 Gauge, 3” Shells
Action Type: Pump Action Box Magazine Fed Shotgun
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “IZH-81KM 9833934B 12 – 18,4” over a mark that looks like a “C” with an upside down squared “U” inside. The left side of the receiver is marked “BAIKAL (RUSSIA) / EAA CORP> COCOA, FL / Made In Russia”. On the bottom of the receiver “9833934B” is marked. The right side of the receiver is marked “ “Baikal” “ in script. The right side of the barrel is marked “90 MPa 0,00” followed by a proof or manufacturers mark followed by “98”. Also marked on the barrel’s right side “READ OWNERS MANUAL / BEFORE USE / 12ga. 3” “.
Barrel Length: 20”
Choke: The bore measures 0.728” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: The shotgun is mounted with a front sight only. Please see photos.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece stocks are dark stained hardwood. There is checkering at the pistol grip, a sling swivel is installed on the bottom of the butt stock, and it has a hard plastic butt plate marked “Baikal”. The fore arm has a groove around the circumference in the “corn cob” style. There are no chips or cracks in either stock. There is also a sling swivel mounted on the front of the tube mounted under the barrel. The LOP measures 14 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the butt plate. The stocks rate in about Fine Plus overall condition, showing only storage marks.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. There is no erosion and the muzzle crown is good.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear on the tube caused by the sliding of the pump arm. Both sides of the frame show some rubbing / surface scratching, these are primarily under the ejection port. The Screw heads are sharp on the butt plate. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this gun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is one 5 round magazine provided. Marked on the left side of the magazine is “ ‘Baikal’ / 12 ga. 3” / 934 1”. The magazine has some scratches on it from where it is inserted into the receiver.
Our Assessment: Without the box magazine inserted, this appears to be just another pump shotgun. However, there is no access into the receiver from the tube the fore arm slides over, as there would be in a traditional pump shotgun. Once the box magazine is inserted this shotgun takes on an entirely different and business-like appearance. In modern 3 gun competitions the ability to reload using this method, might be a distinct advantage. The ability to insert magazines containing different types of shells could also prove advantageous. The ability to have magazines loaded with different shells could also make this a good choice as a shotgun for home defense. Give this shotgun a chance, you might be surprised how well it works for you.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This gun can be transferred in California.
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