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Your gun may be marked IZH-53M or MP-53M and may have any one of these mfr names: IZH, IZH-Baikal or Baikal. They all come from the same plant and are manufactured to the same specs. The guns are identical.

This handy Russian breakbarrel pistol will keep you shooting for hours! The light cocking effort is just the beginning of the many great features in this bargain-priced airgun.

The molded plastic stock has an ambidextrous grip, so everyone can shoot it equally well. The rear sight is adjustable, making it easier to quickly home in on your targets. The rifled steel barrel is hammer-forged and quite accurate! To keep fingers safe during loading, it has an anti-beartrap mechanism to prevent accidental closing before you're done loading. In fact, if you try to shoot the gun before the barrel is completely back into the correct position, it won't shoot.

This pistol is ideal for plinking, shooting targets and spinners, and all-day fun.


Click the AMMO link to stock up on pellets. Check the ACCESSORIES link for targets and safety gear.
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Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Velocity360 fps
Loudness2-Low-Medium
Barrel Length8.46"
Overall Length16.02"
Shot Capacity1
Cocking Effort13 lbs.
BarrelRifled
Front SightPost
Rear SightAdjustable for windage and elevation
ScopeableNo
TriggerTwo-stage non-adjustable
ButtplateNone
Suggested forTarget practice/Fun
Trigger Pull2.0 lbs
ActionBreakbarrel
SafetyNone
PowerplantSpring-piston
FunctionSingle-shot
Weight2.67 lbs
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By Frank A from USA on 2014-08-24
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Things I liked: The accuracy, weight, and overall quality are excellent for the price. It's easy to cock, and is well balanced. The rear sight has extremely fine detents, so getting a perfect center is easy.

Things I would have changed: I think the trigger design on this pistol needs an adjusting screw. The length of the first stage pull is very long and uneven. At times it would move almost effortlessly, and at other times it was rough.

What others should know: It is important to remove the action from the stock and clean and lube everything. It looks like the factory sets these up for long term storage. All the grease should be removed and the proper oils used. The bore needs to be cleaned as well. After doing that this pistol performs well. Mine is extremely accurate because I polished the trigger sear, and installed an adjuster. It is possible to get a true hair trigger on this gun. I am able to adjust it for a perfect release. I have read other reviews that complain about the sights. Any problems with them are remedied by cleaning and lubing.

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By Alexandre from Canada on 2014-07-04
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Things I liked: Accuracy, trigger and easy to cock

Things I would have changed: Sights and power

What others should know: The rear sight windage adjustment froze and is now impossible to move. Good thing it froze at the right windage. At 25' it's easy to shoot a .75" group. My gun had a very smooth trigger from the start.

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By mark from USA on 2014-04-30
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Things I liked: A tank of a pistol. Not heavy at all but of an earlier era as far as looks. Pretty good trigger, other companies can learn from this one. Good sights! Fine accuracy for the price. 10m is about it on distance.

Things I would have changed: Dovetail for scope or red dot.

What others should know: You can make a plate out of "L" shaped aluminum and mount a scope base via the side, mine works very well. Very little recoil/noise-a basement friendly pistol for sure. These Russian guns are fun to shoot!

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Item Description

IZH53M [PY-597-1214]
A fun gun to shoot all day!
Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Max Velocity360 fps
StockSynthetic
GripAmbi
ColorBlack
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