Things I liked:I’ve been competing with one of these for a couple of years now. It’s not the prettiest gun around, but it shoots with all of them. In typical Russian fashion, they didn’t put a lot of effort into cosmetics: shiny metal and colored anodizing. External tool marks abound and the finish is basic black. The barrel and the trigger are pretty top end. The sights lack some of the top end adjustments, but once set, there aren’t many reasons to change them. No adjustable widths, but several replacements with different are included, as are tools and a cleaning rod.
10M air pistol competitions have been likened to shooting in church. The little “pfft, pfft” and the clicking of actions being closed on new pellets is about it. The loudest sound is typically an IZH-46 cocking lever being shut. I shoot in a couple of air pistol leagues. A few Daisys, a couple of Izzys and lots & lots of $XXXX pistols. I’m typically the guy who won’t give the winner any slack. I’ve won a couple of matches by a point or two, came in second or third by a point or few.
Things I would have changed:The clump of wood attached to the frame could be used as it comes from Baikal, but I don’t recommend it. It’s more of a packing crate; the grip that fits your hand is somewhere inside. Like carving a statue of an elephant, start with a lump of wood and whittle away everything that doesn’t look like an elephant. Look at the grips of the competitors most likely to win any given match and you’ll see Dremel marks and Bondo in between the tech stickers.
Don Nygord's old website has a pretty decent description of you to go about fitting the grip to your hand. What others should know:I just looked at the Pilkguns website & they’ve decided to no longer carry the Izzy, so they're not in competition with the guys at Pyramid.Air. Still lots of excellent Izzy info there, including a slide show on changing the piston seal. I haven’t needed to yet in 5000 rounds. Their “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Shooting Tens” has good advice for any bullseye-type competition. There are also trigger & sight adjustment diagrams for many of the other competition pistols, for those who won’t read their instruction sheets. Great fun!!
Things I liked:They're inexpensive. Good for a junior group that launches thousands of pellets in five inch groups. For the top few that can "hold the black", these don't cut it. Things I would have changed:Nothing really. I bought cheap pellets & got exacly that. What others should know:Many deformed pellets. A LOT of variation in weight, shape & head size. But they are inexpensive.
Things I liked:Good basic targets. The NRA air pistol matches I shoot use these. Things I would have changed:Maybe a little stiffer, for cleaner holes. Or maybe we should change our backers more often. :) What others should know:Nah!
Things I liked:good, basic targets. International matches typically use thes single bull targets. Things I would have changed:Crisper paper for cleaner holes. What others should know:Shoot closer to the center or better scores. :)
Things I liked:Price & availability Things I would have changed:Not much What others should know:I've seen scores up to 570 out of a possible 600 fired with these pellets. By a 16 YO girl who kicked my butt with them.
Things I liked:Consistency Things I would have changed:Not much What others should know:Excellent, underrated target pellet. This one is the mainstay of our junior program. From a rest, this pellet will chew the ten ring out of a paper target. Our SIUS electronic target gives me a 100+ in a simulated finals off the same rest. Wish I could shoot as well for real.