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    Product: IZH 53M Air pistol

    IZH-Baikal IZH 53M Air pistol Air gun
    Review entered on 2010-09-10 10:59:01

    Overall rating:4.0 4.0

    Value for money:5.0 5.0

    Accuracy:4.0 4.0

      By David from USA on 2010-09-10
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    Things I liked:I spent time taking a hard look at this spring pistol before buying, reading reviews here and online. There's not a lot of information out there. However, I was thrilled to open the box and find a quality air pistol. For $55, you are getting a real gun. At this price point, I have yet to see an air pistol that doesn't feel like a toy. I own a Saiga 7.62 mm rifle, also made by Izhmash, and this has the same rugged utilitarian build quality. I opted to pay an extra $10 for the "10 for 10" service from Pyramid, 10 shots through the chronograph and basic inspection for fear of the dreaded sighting issue talked about below. At 25 feet I do have the sights adjusted low, but not all the way down. I still have two notched of play in downward rear sight adjustment. And, living in the northeast, I can shoot this pistol all year without running into temperature issues that would effect co2 performance. Great little pistol, great design object, and it's made by Izhmash. At this price, you can't really go wrong. I'm really happy with it.
    Things I would have changed:At this price, nothing.
    What others should know:Still in the break in period, only 70 pellets through the gun. Looking to see what kind of groups I can get once broken in. My freehand shooting is not great, haven't bench rested it yet. Using match pellets only in this one. Great service at Pyramid, Erika set me up with a pellet matched to this particular air pistol, and is very knowledgeable. H & N Finale Match for targets, along with a Beeman pellet for just plinking around.
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