About eight months ago one of the most taken for granted firearms on the market became unavailable in Ireland. The humble Baikal shotgun from Russia could not be purchased due to the conflict in Ukraine (the Baikal is made in Russia). Thankfully the guns will shortly be available again here in Ireland. This is the first time I remember such a situation occurring. The shortage of the budget gun caused a conundrum as there is little else available on the world market to rival the Baikal in terms of quality, reliability and durability at a comparable price. The brands only weakness is in the woodwork which is a softwood and cannot take too much abuse and can crack, but at the price the guns sell at, something has to give ! This is a minor problem however and the baikal over compensates for this minor issue with the quality of the steel put into the guns. The steel seems to last forever as do the mechanics and firing pins. IGT will have a new consignment of Baikal over and under,…Read more about Baikal shotguns to become available soon !