Baikal MP153 Shotgun Review

    American Rifleman has reviewed the Baikal MP153 semi-automatic shotgun. They write

    Another catch was when loading the magazine. On the range we found that loading the shells into the magazine was not a smooth process. They tended to catch about the time the metal head reached half way into the magazine tube. We never determined the hang up, and it was only a momentary distraction, as with some additional pressure the round slid into the magazine

    In all, the MP153 shoots well and handles equally so. After some break-in with heavy loads it ought to shoot 1-ounce target loads with some dependability. The Baikal is intended for hunting, and although it’s a little rough around the edges, for $400 it’s quite a serviceable shotgun.

    The MSRP is $400, but it can be had for between $300 and $350. I nearly bought one a few years ago when I decided it was finally time to go semi-automatic. I ended up getting a Remington 11-87, which after a couple of years of tweaking and swapping out many factory parts for aftermarket parts, is now almost perfect.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!