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Baikal MP153 semi-auto

Mark Stone gets his hands on yet another Baikal shotgun and maintains his belief that these guns perform way beyond what might be expected of the name and price

Yes folks, its Moscow Purdey time again, this one being the Baikal MP153; a 3½”, gas-operated semi-automatic and another example of York Gun’s seemingly ever expanding portfolio of budget priced shotguns. Likewise, unless it is looks and a name you’re after, the MP153 is another example of just how good cheap semis are becoming; megabuck manufacturers please take note.

Available in black synthetic or full camo, either finish marks the MP153 out as a true working smoothbore. That said; the black anodised receiver on the tester displayed little resistance to a passing thorn bush, a fine but distinct scratch being the end result. However, I have no doubts of the finishes ability to shrug off the weather. Both butt and forend are blessed with distinctive sculpting and stippled inlays to improve or offer some grip. Typically the gun comes with a set of sling swivels that reminds us the Russians and even Europeans do things a bit differently to we Brits.

Looks like

Regular semi-auto users will immediately be forgiven for thinking that this gun looks remarkably like a more well-known American offering, and guess what… you’d be right. No names, no pack drill, but dependant on how you look at it, Baikal have taken certain styling details from a whole assortment of big names and successfully combined them into the MP153. That said this marriage of global forms has worked and very well too; the smooth flowing lines melding the action and gloss black barrel and heavy/light load self-regulating gas valve into one easy unit.

It seems to be the current form that assembling an auto is becoming more and more involved. Start with the bolt forward and offer the chamber and barrel ring to the receiver. Push part way then pull the bolt out of battery and the two parts will finally click together. What you’ve now got to do is manipulate the forend until it slides home, a process that may take more than a few moments. Stick at it, as eventually it will happen.

Flight lines

Unusually for me, I initially tried the MP153 on an evening’s duck flighting. What could go wrong, an auto shotgun on wildfowl, the two were made for each other. After comprehensively missing the first two mallards to come over, a serious rethink was needed, as this gun was certainly not throwing the Express Hevi-Shot loads where I expected it to…

It was the next Donald that demonstrated how the MP153 shot and that was as near flat as I’ve ever encountered, with the Hevi-Shot #5’s ably finding their mark. So this gave me a bit of a clue as to what to do for the following day’s clay shooting side of the test. As usual, 25 of Coniston SG’s skeet soon highlighted my previous evening’s findings that it was all too easy to shoot over the target. Also the Baikal’s slightly unusual weight distribution needs to be taken into account, as does its trigger pull as it showed a reasonable 7lb break, but with a rather lengthy take-up.

Tipping the scales at a pretty average 7lb 1oz, you soon realise that the gun’s bulk sits firmly in your leading hand. Whilst the slightly short butt and pull length of 14 1/8” with a drop at comb and heel of 1½” and 2¼” gives the distinct feeling that the rear of the pistol grip could be considered superfluous.

Halo

Looking towards the business end along the cross-cut 5mm vented rib, the main problem is the steel-proofed multi-chokes. Taking the overall barrel length to 28¾” each tube is cast with a large knurled ring to assist in fitting/removal. The negative of this is that even when concentrating on the target, the eye is constantly drawn to towards what looks like something fouling the muzzle, which is in fact the cross cutting haloing around the silvered bead.

Strange thing is, even when you take a clinical look at what’s theoretically wrong with this Baikal, not a single downside has even the most remote effect on how it shoots. Once you’ve mastered how and where it throws its patterns; not a single bird or clay is safe from the MP153’s deadly ability to add to your score or bag. The whole system efficiently and quickly cycles each and every load, not a single stove pipe irrespective of the heavy or lightweight Express ammo being used. Likewise recoil was most agreeable with the mechanism dialling out the majority of the punch. 

If it was me, I’d add some additional weight to the hollow plastic stock, if only to bring the point of balance slightly more towards the receiver whilst lightening up the overall feel. Apart from that, I can’t think of a single reason why not to buy this Baikal; its built like the proverbial tank, chambers and discharges the most fearsome 3½” rounds with consummate ease and will fulfil each and every task asked of it.

No matter how you view the MP153 or any other Baikal, these shotguns have carved themselves an awesome reputation for longevity, reliability and an ability to perform way beyond expectations or price. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; your average Russian hunter isn’t looking for engraving, just a good working tool to put food on the table. With Baikal’s MP153 I guarantee your fridge will never be empty.

We Reckon!

• Built like a tank
• Tough and reliable
• Cheap and effective

Technical Specifications
Name Baikal MP153 semi-auto
Calibre 12-bore (3 ½” chamber)
Capacity 2 +1
Barrel 28 ¾”
Action gas/piston (self-regulating)
Stock synthetic (black or camo)
Weight 7 lbs 1 oz
Choke Multi
Price £495

All Prices Are Guides Due to the Changes in US & European Exchange Rates

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User Comments
  • Spot on. It could do with a bit extra weight in the stock. I opened mine and stuck a line of car wheel balance weights inside to balance her out a little better.
    Mine takes serious abuse and i've been known to throw it over tall hedges rather than climb over holding it. You may take a bit of stick from others for using a cheap auto but mines never skipped a beat no matter what load i put through it.Not pretty but it puts the lead in the right place.

    Comment by: c.palmer     Posted on: 08 Aug 2009 at 09:27 PM

  • I agree that its a reliable semi auto shotguns and espically when we talk about price as compare to others semi autos its cheap but the company should concentrate on the outlook.Its Cosmetic value is not good enough,otherwise its a good semi auto shot gun.

    Comment by: Raheel Ameer Qureshi     Posted on: 27 Oct 2009 at 06:04 PM

  • I bought a brand new mp 153 ...... it is a great shot gun it is an accurate one with long range ... after shooting the first 100 shots it is always jamming ...i cleaned it many many times and still when i fire it is always jamming........thouhg i am oiling it before shooting,,,

    Does anyone have this problem with the MP153???

    Comment by: jean helou     Posted on: 31 Oct 2009 at 01:12 PM

  • have you tried better ammunition. (federal premium 3 1/2 inch)

    Comment by: dan     Posted on: 13 Dec 2009 at 02:44 AM

  • I bought my 153 this my 2nd hunting season with it after shooting an 870 for yrs. I did some research on the inter net and pricing I found the 153 and I'm one glad waterfowler. my friend always brings a back up for his bennelli a little dirt and she clogged up I've been on the banks laying in sand have gotten sand in the action just to watch it to just down right preform It does take a sometime to get use to the balance but after that it is SHOWTIME Want some bang for your buck try one. It all blue collar not a wall hanger

    Comment by: ed green     Posted on: 26 Dec 2009 at 10:12 PM

  • i have boght two baiakal shoy guns and was wounderingif you knew were to get chokes and a wrench to set the light and heavy load setting if you have any info it would be appreciated thanks wes

    Comment by: wes     Posted on: 07 Jan 2010 at 04:30 AM

  • I have using this shotgun for the last two years, my problem with this gun is its impact. The gun is shooting almost 18 inches high at the point of impact. I am using shaheen cartridges,, made by Wah industry of Pakistan , its ammunition is high quality and perfectully performs in other shotguns. Would you please guide in this regards. Thanks.

    Comment by: ali asjad shah     Posted on: 14 Jan 2010 at 06:04 PM

  • ali asjad shah

    Brother as of i know.
    Shaheen don't makes any Steel shots for shotguns.
    if they do now i am not sure.

    and have followed these instrucktions ?

    "
    For the first 100 rounds. use 1 1/4
    oz. loads or greater for break-in. Your shotgun was set at the factory to
    use 12 Ga./3 1/2 steel shot to 12 Ga./ 2 3/4" (1 1/4 oz.). After break-in, if you wish to use lead or tungsten based
    shot 12 Ga./3 1/2" rounds, then you must adjust the gas cylinder nut two turns counter-clockwise. If you wqish
    to use loads lower than 12 Ga./2 3/4" (1 1/4oz.) you must adjust the gas cylinder nut as required by turning it
    clockwise.
    " ???????????????

    Comment by: Afzaal     Posted on: 02 Mar 2010 at 02:59 PM

  • where can i buy 4 rounds tube extension

    Comment by: Russell     Posted on: 04 Mar 2010 at 05:03 AM

  • I agree with the above writer and would like to add that this gun can be dis-assembled right down to bare receiver in under one minute, including trigger housing assembly.

    To correct the balance of the slightly heavy forward pressure, I have added a five shot cartridge band with five shells to the stock. The super heavy duty gas system seems to make the balance of this gun tend forward slightly.

    Living somewhat free in the USA, so far.

    Comment by: Oldhitman     Posted on: 21 Mar 2010 at 03:51 AM

  • A great shotgun in a low price.

    Comment by: Nobel glasgow     Posted on: 03 Apr 2010 at 11:41 AM

  • Bought the baikal mp 153 after researching it on the internet.What a gun have been using it for woodpidgeon shooting have had no problems Great gun hoping to take it out duck hunting come september

    Comment by: G O'Halloran     Posted on: 06 Apr 2010 at 10:23 PM

  • i bought this baikal mp-153 some months ago at arround us$ 650.
    but i dont understand what is light load and heavey load system are made for.
    can eneyone answer.
    also i use this shotgun and after every shot i saw white smoke coming from barell,is there anyway to stop coming smoke or this is normal as all shotguns are working same.

    Comment by: asif khan     Posted on: 09 Jun 2010 at 06:27 PM

  • my live

    Comment by: imn     Posted on: 29 Jun 2010 at 11:52 PM

  • hi ive boyght a baikal it i have no commments 4 it bt i can say day itx da best shotgun ov the world i tried it 1st on an houbara it wax fall in two shots 4m a nice range......luv u baikal mp 153 fibered

    Comment by: mir fahad satakzai     Posted on: 10 Aug 2010 at 07:06 PM

  • baikal mp153

    Comment by: mohammad alghadoni     Posted on: 23 Aug 2010 at 01:52 AM

  • i want to buy mp153 from pakistan.can any friend from pakistan guide me which version i must buy?tnx

    Comment by: shahzada     Posted on: 04 Oct 2010 at 10:43 AM

  • can any body told me about chok fitting in baikal mp153

    Comment by: shahzada     Posted on: 04 Oct 2010 at 10:50 AM

  • i got my late brother s auto and i have shoot lots of shells with it .
    i put the worst shells i could find and it still worked. its a great gun .
    my s/s and my o/u have not left the gun locker this season.
    a good all rounder

    Comment by: by jim     Posted on: 20 Oct 2010 at 10:25 AM

  • I have a baikal 153mp walnut stock production 12/89 paid under 450.00 dollars in or around 2003-best shotgun I have ever had. Use same gun for all types of hunting-including smooth bore slugs have a record deer on the wall shot at well over 100 yrds with b-square mount. Coloniel arms made several choke tubes for me although I use factory imp cyl the most find that all high velocity shells including heavey shot shoot tighter patterns at longer range with more open choke. Do not be affraid to use adjustable valve on gun to regulate all types of ammmunition,the russian svt-40 rifle also has a gas regulator to do the same with any ammunition used for the rifle.This shows the true quality of russian utility in all things russian -excellent gun best price also has a stock that has drop at heal and cast from factory. What a gun.

    Comment by: mark kolarik     Posted on: 04 Dec 2010 at 06:16 AM

  • can some one call me or send me a e-mail i have a 153mp im guessing i cracked the forearm into 2 pieaces and am having trouble finding a replacement i was hoping to just order a synthetic stock and forarm could i pls get some help

    Comment by: Jake Calloway     Posted on: 14 Mar 2011 at 11:19 PM

  • Hi,

    Please can you updata for me (Baikal Mp 153), and tall me the price for this gun. Because my hobby is hunting,So please updata mee. And which city you have your shop.

    Thanks,
    Best Regards,
    Farman ullah

    Comment by: farman ullah     Posted on: 04 Apr 2011 at 10:15 AM

  • Sorry Farman Ullah - GunMart is not a shop. GunMart is a publication that independently reviews guns and accessories to help you choose the right gun for you.

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 04 Apr 2011 at 07:41 PM

  • dear hunters in Pakistan.
    im planning to buy baikal mp153 from peshawar,but the other day a friend told and complained that there are reports of jamming in the gun especially during duck hunt( may be dirt ot wetness).just want to know and take an advice whether this gun really has complanits of jamming and whats the price around in other cities of pakistan,as im going to get it around Rs47000.
    Thanks.drshahidafridi@hotmail.com

    Comment by: shahid afridi     Posted on: 24 Oct 2011 at 03:56 PM

  • Anybody have any issues with the bolt jamming shut on a live round? I am using 3 1/2" winchester XPERT HV steel shot 1 1/4 BB loads. I have shot about 200-250 rounds of 3" loads for the break-in. Made a miserable day goose hunting. Jam after Jam

    Comment by: Shorty     Posted on: 24 Nov 2011 at 03:52 PM

  • Hi
    I own one of these. Recently I had an accident and the gun ended up being submerged in salt water. When I got home I stripped the gun right down, washed, cleaned and oiled every part. Now the gun does not eject spent cartridges and for the life on me I can't work out why. Does anyone have any ideas? Common faults or something like that?
    Thanks
    Michael

    Comment by: Michael Wood     Posted on: 28 Nov 2011 at 06:28 PM

  • I am the proud owner of a mp 153. It has been a reliable and very fun shotgun. Got mine for $380 at a local gun show. At first I was unsure of it because i lacked knowledge about this firearm. after doing a little research online and reading the supplied manual I cleaned the new firearm and took it to the range. I used a 2 3/4 #8 shell. The first 30 rounds cycled find but then begin to fail to eject every round. A have seen a few people have this problem. The Baikal mp 153 has an adjustable gas system that actually works great. as the book stated I adjusted the gas adjustment nut with the supplied wrench..using the light loads I adjusted the nut counter clockwise towards the " light load" setting. Making small adjustments and firing a few rounds at a time I was easily able to solve this problem. Since then I have shot over 800 rounds of 2 3/4 without one single problem. You simply need to adjust the gas system to the ammo your using. As far as accessories for this weapon there are more than one would think. Any accessories for the Remington spartan also fit this gun. They are the same weapon. With that in mind I have been able to find choke tubes, rail mounts,stocks, and magazine extensions wade for this weapon. Right now I have a weaver rail mount with a holographic reflex sight. A extended ported steel shot ic choke tube. I can't say how much I love this shotgun. I can empty the mag absolutely as fast as I can pull the trigger. The reflex sight is a little unconventional in shotguns. I use it in skeet and all my bird hunting. The pairing is unbelievable. I raised the drop on the stock 1 1/4 inches to acomidate the sight by sanding the face of the stock to change the angle. This took about 10 min or so. The fit looks factory. Simply to say if you are thinking of adding this gun to your collection you can't beat it for the price. It a fun well shooting firearm. Buy one and enjoy

    Comment by: Russell sanguinet     Posted on: 16 Jan 2012 at 08:32 PM

  • I have an mp 153,which I have owned for about 4 years.I like the gun,and it cycles 2 3/4 and 3 inch rounds flawlessly,all day in the field,When I use 3 1/2 inch shells for goose hunting,the reciever/bolt jams in the back position,and the spring binds up on itself.
    It does this regardless of what brand or speed of 3 1/2 inch shell I use.it must be an excessive gas/recoil issue,but adjusting the gas pressure does not make any difference.
    I really like this gun for the money,but I would like to figure this problem out.I tried replacing the spring,with no results.
    If anyone has any ideas,I would appreciate the insight.

    Comment by: Dan     Posted on: 01 Apr 2012 at 04:41 AM

  • Have you made sure the two gas ports inside the barrel are totally clean and open

    Comment by: Russell Sanguinet     Posted on: 03 Apr 2012 at 03:27 AM

  • i want exact price and pictures of latest model of mp-153 semi auto 12 bore in wood

    Comment by: saleem     Posted on: 10 Apr 2012 at 09:33 AM

  • Hi Saleem, GunMart is a shooting magazine. We do not stock or supply any of these products, we independently review these products to help you make a choice..

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 10 Apr 2012 at 11:06 AM

  • Hi, l have a baikal mp 153 but it does not eject sent catridges. Can anyone help.

    Thanks

    Comment by: Mohamed Ceesay     Posted on: 20 Apr 2012 at 03:27 AM

  • The only thing we can advise is to take your Baikal to a competent gunsmith and ask for advice.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 20 Apr 2012 at 08:38 AM

  • I bought Baikal mp 153 camo from Kabul market, will you please inform about the your heihgest product for hunting guns from your company?
    Also inform me about the price and delivery.
    Thanks

    Comment by: M.Khaled     Posted on: 27 Dec 2012 at 01:52 PM

  • I'm afraid this is a website reviewing guns and shooting accessories, we do not stock or sell products.

    Comment by: Troll Hunter     Posted on: 28 Dec 2012 at 02:23 PM

  • Thanks.
    I bought one Baikal Semi Automatic Shotgun ( MP153 CAMO ) in Kabul market.
    Kindly you are requested to inform me about the use of chokes with details and pictures.

    Kind regards

    Comment by: M. Khaled     Posted on: 13 Mar 2013 at 10:44 AM

  • There is a good MP153 manual on the internet from EAA Corp -

    http://www.eaacorp.com/Manuals/mp153.PDF

    Comment by: Pat Farey     Posted on: 15 Mar 2013 at 12:20 PM

  • what kind of choke I must use to fire slug from MP-153 Baikal and what kind of slug I should use, also mention about the OZ to be used? thanking you

    Comment by: arif     Posted on: 01 Apr 2013 at 12:29 AM

  • which choke i should use in Mp-153 Bikal for duck hunting and which slug no i spose to use ? thanks

    Comment by: noor muhammad     Posted on: 02 Feb 2014 at 08:52 PM

  • Baikal brought out the revised and updated 155 which I am interested in. Are there any experiences?

    Would be great if gunmart would make a review of the 155 and compare it to the 153.

    Thanks and best Regards
    Richard O.

    Comment by: Richard O.     Posted on: 08 Jun 2014 at 04:24 PM

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