Derrick sent me one of the rifles on my wish list, the IZh Baikal IJ 22.
The rifle wouldn’t shoot a pellet out the barrel. Although it’s an IJ 22, the rifle is .177 caliber.
Here is a Russian Airgun Forum thread on the rifle, with pics of the manual.
The rifle. Unique stock styling.
I love the stock detail at the wrist.
The other side.
The plastic medallion. Mine has the odd black streak on both sides.
”MADE IN USSR”! The rifle dates from the 1970’s and was produced for export, although I believe it was also sold internally.
The barrel has a release latch which I generally prefer to the spring loaded detent found on most modern spring piston air rifles.
The front sight has a great profile.
Let’s get started! The stock front screws.
With screw cups! That’s quality.
The front side stock screws.
I thought the rear screw on the trigger guard would be the rear action screw, but it’s just a wood screw. The front trigger guard screw was the action screw.
Butt plate and cap, with white spacers. Not sure what plastic they are made of.
The trigger block. Retained by a pin.
An anti-beartrap mechanism.
More detail of the anti-beartrap (or perhaps trigger cutoff is a better description).
More to come…