The IZH-12’s gunstock, forestock, shotgun rib, and safety bolt were upgraded and added a few new features. The upgraded model is indexed as IZH-27 and is known today as the Kalashnikov USA MP-27.
Kalashnikov USA MP-27: The Classic Hunting Weapon
The Kalashnikov USA MP-27’s predecessor (IZH-12) was upgraded in 1973. This beauty is known as the first shotgun with shafts vertically aligned. Hunters from USSR widely recognize and use this gun. The dependability of MP-27 was perfected to give the shooter both a high reliability and good balance. MP-27 is considered as a classical hunting weapon. Learn more about this beauty as you scroll on.
The MP-27 has various models to provide wide choices to choose from. The MP-27EM-1C gives the best value in sporting clay action. The notable upgrades made to its predecessor include change in its gunstock and fore-stock. Additionally, the shotgun rib was changed to be a ventilated one. They also added interceptors to the safety bolts and an installed ejector. The frame at gunstock was changed and they installed a rubber recoil pad on its butt.
- Gauge: 12, 20, .410
- Stocks: Walnut
- Barrel: 26″, 28″
- Weight: 7.84 lbs
- Features: Over/under
- Sights: Bead front
- Capacity: 2-shot
- Finish: Blued, nickel
Ease of Use and Performance
The dependability of this gun was perfected, ensuring it has a good reliability and good balance. This beauty lived up to the earlier models, retaining the virtues its ancestors built. Very comfortable to use, the Kalashnikov USA MP-27 also has a great shot pattern. In addition, this shotgun has a spacious trigger-guard bow and I was able to shoot with gloves on without experiencing any inconvenience.
Pros and Cons
- Good point of balance
- Comfortable to use
- Firm butt-pad, making recoil manageable
- Great shot pattern
- Spacious trigger-guard bow
- A little heavy to use for sporting clay
Overall Verdict and Price
Brand new Kalashnikov USA MP-27 is priced at $600 and around $350 to $450 for the already used ones. For a very modest price, this beauty is practically a steal! With its superb features, you’ll have a reliable shotgun without being broke.
Watch some skeet shooting using the Kalashnikov USA MP-27 in this short video:
The Kalashnikov USA MP-27 is a good choice of gun to be considered. MP-27 is famous among hunters and with the upgrade it has compared to its predecessors, it’s not really surprising. I really enjoyed trying out one in the field and would definitely love to use it again in the future.
Do you own a Kalashnikov USA MP-27? What features do you love most about this shotgun? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.