The Kalashnikov USA MP-43 continues to be the world's most reliable and value-driven side-by-side shotgun– and might just be the one you need. Find out more about this durable shotgun as you read on.
Kalashnikov USA MP-43: The Ruggedly Durable Shotgun
The Kalashnikov USA MP-43 has a well-balanced design. Its barrels shoot excellently with a world class quality. It has automatic sears and triggers with double-locking tang safety locks, making it safe to carry around in the field. This gun also has an auto-selector, single selective trigger, and ejector. The barrels has screw-in chokes and is chrome-lined and hammer-forged. Its chamber is chrome-lined to prevent corrosion.
The Kalashnikov USA MP-43 is a staple of production for the past 55 years. It's a fitting hunting shotgun for the vermin and pigeon shooter. The MP-43 makes an excellent general purpose gun with its sling swivels, 3-in chambering, and semi-beavertail fore-end.
- Barrel: 26″, 28″
- Capacity: 2-shot
- Features: Side-by-side
- Finish: Blued, nickel
- Gauge: 12, 20, .410
- Sights: Bead front
- Stocks: Walnut
- Weight: 6.5-7.2 lbs
Ease of Use and Performance
You'll be getting what you see from this gun. It's a bit front-heavy given its balance point is an inch ahead of its action cross-pin. This gun's weight is actually not a disadvantage since most live quarry shooters use over/unders with the same weight. The recoil is noticeable when using heavier loads.
Pros and Cons
- Has a complex lock-work but well made
- Automatic sears and triggers
- Tang-safety locks
- You get what you see
- Ejectors are permanently sprung giving stiffness in operation
- Noticeable recoil when heavier load is used
Overall Verdict and Price
Its price may vary from $250-$350(used) or $550-$600(new). This is a fair price for a world class gun with history in craftsmanship embedded in it. With the Kalashnikov USA MP-43, you'll be shooting vermins and pigeons left and right!
Take a closer look at the Kalashnikov USA MP-43 by watching this video:
The Kalashnikov USA MP-43 is a practical gun. This gun has mastered simplicity with its structure and finish. I would definitely want to try this out in the field!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.