THE CORRECT CONTEXT
You have to remember that the
IZH-46M is a $300 single pump pneumatic match air pistol
as opposed to a $1500-$3000 olympic grade CO2 or PCP
match air pistol so it must be put into the correct
context as I am talking about this pistol, not one that
costs 5 to 10 times more. I should also state that I am
relatively new to air pistols and bought this as a way to
practice at home for smallbore pistol target shooting. So
I may not use all the correct terms and 'buzz words', but
will hopefully get my points over.
When my wife first saw
this pistol her initial comment was 'now you have bought
a toy'. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is
a precision firearm and deserves to be treated with the
respect and the safety as such.
OK, now we are on the
same page let my review begin.
Upon receiving my
shipment via Fedex I opened the extremely well packaged
box (great packing job by PyramydAir) and found the heavy
duty carboard pistol box which is then enclosed in a
sealed heavy duty plastic bag to keep moisture out and
the pistol in good condition and it seems to have worked.
The pistol was in great condition and had a sparing
application of good ol' Russian preservative on it. Also
in the box sealed in their own sealed plastic were the
1 x owner's manual
1 x Acceptance Certificate from the Baikal factory
1 x brass cleaning rod
1 x multitool screwdriver (for replacing sights, etc)
1 x steel pin punch
1 x small bag containing an alternate front and rear
sight, spare piston seal and 2 x o-rings
The IZH-46M seems to be
a robust and well made pistol. There are few if any sharp
edges nor burrs on machined parts. It could be considered
a wee bit 'neanderthal' compared to it's $3000
counterparts but it is simple, effective and performs
just fine and that works for me.
INSPECTION, CLEANING and LUBRICATING
Read the manual if
needed ... then my first job was to give the pistol a
once over to ensure all appeared to be where it was
supposed to be and all appeared ok. Then I cleaned the
preservative from the outside metal areas and then
preceded to work on the bore. Now I do things different
to most in this area. First, using the supplied cleaning
rod and patch I pull through a dozen or so times with
Iosso bore cleaner. This being a very mild abrasive paste
smooths out the microscopic imperfections in the bore. I
then pull through several times with a patch with CLP and
then dry patches until they come out clean. I now removed
the pump handle and the piston and clean all preservative
from the bore and piston of the pneumatic cylinder. After
reassembly no more than two drops of PellGunOil in the
cylinder ensures it has enough lubrication and will seal.
A smear of petrolium jelly on the hing pins complete my
initial cleaning and lubricating.
NOW FOR THE
Now I am ready to test
fire. I put five pellets through the pistol gun just to
function test it. First thing I notice, having large
hands and long fingers is that the grips will need some
work, Sharp edges on the grip and palm rest need to be
rounded at least and preferably with the use of a dremmel
scalped to provide a comfortable hold of the pistol.
Aftermarket grips can be bought but will probably need
work anyway so I will stay with the originals for now.
Trigger is ok straight
out the box for now also. When a gun of any kind is new
it takes time to wear everything in. There are always
small manufacturing burrs and imperfections on anything
man made. I have read on air gun web site upwards of 2000
pellets to be fired to ensure all parts are mating
together like trigger sears etc. After this initial stage
'fire-in' stage I will get serious with trigger
adjustments. With that said I dispise pre-travel and
over-travel and will adjust down both of these to
something a tad more to my liking before I go too far.
Having long fingers I will probably need to get the
trigger as far forward as I can also. Actual trigger pull
can wait but feels pretty good straight out of the box.
The long pumping handle
makes for very easy charging of the cylinder. I have read
its about 14lbs and may be a struggle of sorts for a
junior but I found it very easy but it may test your
muscles after 60-100 loads or so in a session. This pistol
also has a dry fire ability without compression. All that
is required do this is to move the slide forward
releasing the spring loaded bolt. Pivot the bolt all the
way up until you hear/feel the sears engage. Then push it
all the way down until it locks back under the slide and
squeeze the trigger. I have read that on the 'izzy' the
trigger feel dry firing is different to actually firing which is not
good for high level shooters. Personally I cannot feel
any difference. Anyway it's a good way to practice
without firing and to learn to hold 2.86 lbs at arm's
length (not a natural act) and to hold a sight picture
and to learn trigger control.
Straight out of the box
this was shooting, at 10m (33ft), approximately 1/4"
left and 1/2" low. Probably the
way I hold it and sight it. A couple of clicks on the rear sight micrometer dials and it was shooting pretty close. As I get more comfortable
with this pistol and get it bedded in I will do some
accuracy tests and try different pellets to see what it
The pistol has to be close at the
very least and probably the best $300 I ever spent on a
gun, I believe. Countless hours of practice and most
definitely, enjoyment can be had with this pistol. It's
simple, robust, accurate and cheaper than the big boys.
It's a single pump pneumatic so no extra expense for
caplets, bulk cylinders and attachments so you just pump
and shoot. I can practice at home when weather or time
does not permit a range trip and can be dry fired also.
Good points and benefits far exceed bad points which as
of writing this review, I have not really found any.
A great 'bang for the
buck' in my opinion.