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sassnetguy50

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Ammunition and firearms, though mostly shotgun ammunition and shotguns, from the Eastern Bloc were by no means uncommon here in Denmark during the cold war. There were a few Danish importers who specialized in that field.

 

Baikal is still a big brand when it comes to shotguns here - and you will also find the occasional Baikal Margolin pistol in .22LR.

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13 hours ago, sassnetguy50 said:

What level is a Baikal shotgun there?  I've only seen economy models imported here years ago.

 

It is my impression that Baikal has always been a budget brand here, the more high-end models being reserved for the Soviet elite at the time.

 

Generally Baikals, even the cheaper optians, are fairly high quality - if not slightly rough. Baikals are known to requite a fairly long break-in period due to very tight tolerances.

 

Today it would probably be possible to import Baikals more high-end offerings, but considering the lack of prestige connected to the brand outside of Russia, I doubt anyone would find it feasible.

 

Baikal made (makes?) a very nice double barrel pseudo hammer shotgun (the "hammers" are not hammers, but external cocking pieces) which I am rather fond of, I would very much like to get my hands on one for CAS. They are extremely durable and hard wearing guns.

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