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Kalashnikov USA MP-43 | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews



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.


Gun Info

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.


Gun Specs

Gun Specs | Kalashnikov USA MP-43 | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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  • 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

Ease of Use and Performance | Kalashnikov USA MP-43 | Gun Carrier Shotgun Reviews

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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!

Do you own a Kalashnikov USA MP-43? What can you say about this beauty? Let us know 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.

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