Last Saturday a few of us were at the skeet club in our cherry popping headquarters (Sialkot) and amongst other things, we decided to do an informal review, sort of a comparison between two Russian over and under shotguns. Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Sporting" and Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Hunting".
Both guns are at heart the same, one is kept to a bare minimum in order to be light enough for hunting/field purposes whereas the other is accessorized in a bid to excel at skeet/sporting use.
Each and every participant was given a Ménage à trois moment with both Russian shot spitting beasts. Their respective reviews will be added here. before we begin, kindly do keep in mind that one is for sporting purposes so designed as such whereas other is for hunting purposes therefore a head to head comparison holds no true value. Two different animals for two different habitats, its as simple as that. therefore it is pointless to compare them on typical characteristics such as the barrel length and weight. However we will compare them on the basis of such elements which are common across both shotguns and are irrespective of activity they are employed in.
1. Denovo Sb.
2. Owais Sb.
3. Topak Sb.
4. Stigma Sb.
1. Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Sporting"
2. Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Hunting"
One can clearly see the palm swell in sporting model here. it literally fills the hand offering much better grip
Just look at the checkering detail in sporting model with crisp and sharp lines.
Owais Sb. having a go with the hunting model.
Denovo87 Sb. trying out the sporting model
Now thats what we call a money shot.
Stigma Sb. giving sporting model a run for its money
Another money shot. this time I'll take the credit, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Owais Sb. giving Stigma Sb. some precious pointers in lead and follow through.
Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Hunting" displays the famous sense of (or lack of, if you prefer) Russian finish and attention to detail but on the other hand Baikal MP-27-EM-1C "Sporting" is a lot better finished. it looks miles apart when it comes to the quality of furniture and accessories.
Finish: Sporting wins hands down. its way better finished.
Furniture: Again Sporting wins hands down. its features way better and nicely finished furniture
Checkering: Sporting by far offers better checkering. on hunting model it is nothing more than bare minimum.
Recoil pad: Sporting offers nice and soft recoil pad similar to the ones available in high end shotguns plus it has a plastic heal to aid in quick mounting whereas in hunting model it is hard and ugly.
Recoil: Sporting definitely kicked alot less. it could be due to higher its weight and it could be due to it 30 inch ported barrels.
Muzzle Flip: Noticeably less muzzle flip in sporting. Infact it was so less that in first glance the gun doesn't seem to flip at all. only at close inspection one can see that it does flip. probably due to its ported barrels. second shot was an absolute pleasure.
Sights: I specially liked the sighting characteristics of the sporting model. it offers 10mm wide rib which was definitely more clearer in the peripheral vision. plus it has a big front bead (did not like the quality) compared to the tiny front bead of hunting. to me that too made a lot of difference. hunting model is supplied with a 7mm rib which is nothing to write home about.
Grip: I liked the grip of the sporting model. it offers palm swell along with a wide forend which aids in better gripping this gun. on the other hand, hunting model too has good grip adequately designed for hunting purposes. therefore I do not think there is a clear winner here.
Swing: Sporting definitely has better swing probably due to its slightly muzzle heavy weight. whereas hunting model offered faster mounting probably due to its less weight and neutral balance. again no clear winner here.
Bang: hunting was far more quieter compared to sporting but we cannot declare one winner over the other because sporting model has ported barrels and we all know that porting amplifies the bang considerably.
Overall pleasure: I don't know but I'm hooked. the sporting model is a real pleasure to shoot. if I would have kept my eyes closed, I would have never noticed that I'm actually shooting a budget shotgun. the pleasure is such phenomenal. on the other hand, the hunting shotgun feels very much like, you know! like a Baikal we all know.
If one has the option to buy just one budget over and under shotgun, by all means the wiser choice would be the Sporting model because with only slight difficulty it can be easily employed in hunting/field. on the other hand, in sports/skeet utility it would simply outclass the hunting model. besides that, it looks and feels very much unlike a budget shotgun. this should be the reason enough to acquire this Russian scattergun.
I heartily thank and offer my gratitude to Denovo87 Sb. and Owais Sb. for inviting us to Sialkot for a whole day of skeet under the bight sun and for their playful and superbly enjoyable company and in the end hosting a wonderfully delicious dinner. I also offer my thanks for Stigma Sb. and Topak Sb. for coming over from their respective cities and giving even more colors to this wonderful gathering of friends.