IZH MP532 target rifle: Part 5
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
IZH MP532 single stroke target rifle.
This report covers:
- Got it!
- Adjusted the butt
- Fixed the rear sight
- Windage adjustment
- Sight adjustment
- The test
- Discussion 1
- Discussion 3
Sometimes BB gets it right, and today is one of those times. Got a lot to tell you so let’s get started.
Adjusted the butt
I’m shooting the newer (made in 2007) IZH MP532 today and the butt had been adjusted for maximum length of pull in an earlier report. This time I put it back to where it started, with the butt pad flush against the wood on the stock.
Fixed the rear sight
Part 4 covers the design and quirks of the rear sight in great detail, so read that to see what I discovered and what I did to fix it. I will show you one more thing today.
Reader Halfstep noticed in Part 4 that, like the elevation, the windage on the rear sight also adjusts both grossly and with precision. Two screws are loosened to slide it into the range where the precision adjustments can be made.
Loosen those screws and slide the rear sight in the direction you need to adjust the strike of the round. This is the gross adjustment. The knob on the left side makes the precision adjustments.
I discovered while fixing the elevation that the precision adjustments don’t move the strike of the pellet very much — maybe two pellet diameters at 10 yards. So that gross adjustment that I showed in Part 4 is critical. And you want to get it into the range where you can adjust in both directions.
I found that a little of the gross adjustment moved the pellet a lot. It took three shots to get into the right range. When I did get it right the pellets were hitting slightly left, so I used the precision windage adjustments to correct.
I shot five-shot groups with 7 different pellets from the MP532 off a sandbag rest at 10 meters for today’s test. Instead of talking you through each of them I’m going to show all 7 and then discuss them.
Remember, this rifle has an older pump cup, so I warmed it by pumping the rifle halfway about 20 times before shooting the first shot. Then I would pump it halfway and then all the way for every shot in the test.
I sighted-in with RWS Meisterkugeln Rifle pellets. Five of them went into 0.179-inches at 10 meters.
Five Sig Match Pb pellets made this 0.193-inch group at 10 meters.
The IZH MP532 put five H&N Finale Match Heavy pellets in 0.072-inches at 10 meters. This is not just the best group of this test — it may be the best group I have ever shot with a 10-meter rifle. It’s certainly among the best!
Looking at these groups it’s easy to pick the pellets you want to test further. The Finale Match Rifle, the H&N Match Green, the RWS Meisterkugeln and the Sig Match Pb pellets all deserve more testing. But I think the Finale Match Rifle will turn out to be the best. If that isn’t the smallest 10-meter group I ever shot, it’s certainly one of them. How much luck was involved? Probably quite a bit, but more testing will sort that out.
Is the IZH MP532 target rifle accurate? You betcha! The best of these groups are as good as I typically get with any 10-meter rifle. I said in an earlier report that I wondered if the 532 shot like the Daisy 853. Well — it’s better. It’s fully equal to the best single stroke target rifles made. The odd rear sight and lesser ergonomics push it down on the quality scale, but the price for a new-old-stock rifle ($600-650?) is equal to or slightly better than what you will pay for an equivalent FWB 300S or an FWB 601, and about the same as what a nice Walther LGR costs.
Did fixing the rear sight problems in Part 4 solve the accuracy issue? Without question it did. In fact, I learned from just this test that the designers intended that both adjustments on the sight be used — the gross ones to get into the range and the precision ones for the final adjustments. That makes me wonder all the more about the sight on the older rifle, because it’s obvious the Russians knew what to do.
So — what about the older rifle with the different rear sight? What do I do about that? Well, to my mind the best solution would be to buy one of the new rear sights off eBay as long as they are available, because nothing else is going to fit the rifle without some machining. But I will be selling that rifle after this report and I don’t want to spend my money that way. So I will mount a scope to the 11mm dovetail rails that are on the receiver and shoot with that. I’m guessing the older rifle will be just as accurate as this one and may even like some of the same pellets.
The IZH MP532 10-meter target rifle is quirky, well-made and accurate. It has a great adjustable trigger and a simple powerplant mechanism that should last for a long time. The stock is purposely left rough for the owner to modify to suit his needs and tastes. This has been one of two accuracy tests of the two rifles I have. Next we will look at the older rifle and that will finish the series.