The Ultimate Russian Survival Gun: The Baikal IZH 94

While not rare, the Baikal IZH 94 seen in the video below, is chambered in 12ga AND 7.62×39 is one very cool firearm. Manufactured in Russia by Baikal Arms and imported by U.S. Sporting Goods, the IZH 94 incorporates both a 12 gauge shotgun barrel and a centerfire rifle barrel in an over/under, double trigger, configuration. The shotgun barrel is threaded to accept choke tubes and the gun comes with cylinder, improved cylinder, modified and full choke tubes, adding to its versatility.  The gun’s overall length is only 40 inches.  For cleaning and transport, the IZH 94, also known as the MP 94, takes down quickly in a manner similar to most over/under shotguns.

The short overall length and medium weight of the IZH 94 combo gun make it easy to carry through heavy brush and over rough terrain. The gun shoulders and points very easy for fast target acquisition and steady shots. The triggers are far enough apart that you will not get confused as to which trigger you need to pull for your intended barrel of choice.

Other versions of this firearm pair a 12 gauge barrel with rifle barrels chambered in .223, .30-06 and .308 Winchester. Additionally, smaller scale models are available that pair a .410 shotgun barrel with barrels chambered for various rimfire rounds.

The gun comes equipped with an integral, 11 millimeter dovetail scope mount as well as one of the most unusual open sights I’ve ever seen.  Windage adjusts by simply turning a screw behind the rear sight blade, but it appears that elevation is adjusts by increasing and decreasing barrel tension via a screw between the barrels. According to the manual, the gun is preset for 100 meter shooting and that it should only be adjusted if necessary.


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