MURKA (MP-153) – the national rifle Russia

Just 10 years ago, on the shoulders occurring in the forest hunters often hung “tulki” Yes “igaci”, with vertical or horizontal arrangement of trunks. More prestigious once self-loading МЦ21-12 met much less frequently. His time has passed – hunters are increasingly Izhevsk gas operated semi-auto, which became one of the “popular” guns and known as MP-153.

Of course, in the hands of a lot of hunters “Snipe”, МЦ21-12, TOZ-87, conversion “Saeg” and “Belch” and other-charging, including Turkish consumer goods and better quality, but disproportionately expensive European weapons issued by us is as “elite”.

Mr-153 – a rather ambiguous weapons, having (as usual) as loyal supporters and fierce opponents. However,

“Murka” is the confident leader of sales and prevalence. Let’s try to objectively look at this gun, in due time became a novelty on our (and not only) hunting market.

The history of the development of Mr-153 we deliberately skip a hundred times already wrote about it. Focus on the practical details: the choice of rifles and features of operation.


Information from the manufacturer: MP-153 is the only domestic specimen of semi-automatic rifles, which is designed chambered in 12/89 and functions reliably with the full range of rounds of 12-gauge – от12/70 to 12/89 in any combination, without additional adjustments and shifts. Available also the version with 76 mm chamber

Structural diagram of Mr-153 – removal of powder gases with automatic control pulse motor automation. Grip shutter directly to the barrel provides strength and durability locking and unloading of the receiver at the moment of shot. The receiver is made of aluminum alloy. Details exposed to the powder gases (bore, chamber, piston, gas chamber, the outer surface of magazine tube) – chrome plated. Valve and piston rings are made of stainless steel.

The trigger mechanism of hammer type is formed as separated node, equipped with a system of protection: from a shot at not fully latched gate and a non-automatic fuse, locking trigger.

Shop tubular underbarrel, with improved cut-off rounds when submitting. Capacity can be increased by extension.

MP-153 is produced in the following modifications: Mr-153С – service modification of the gun intended for private security companies. With interchangeable choke tubes for shooting lead and steel shot. Without sight leaf with entirely and fly. With different options stock and fore-end: walnut or beech, with rubber head-shock absorber; made of plastic, with rubber head-shock absorber; with a folding stock. Now the factory has been producing sports model “Practice”.

Shotgun is available with barrels of different lengths from 610 to 750 mm, and 750-mm barrel length of the gun not more than 1280 mm, weight – 3.5 kg, depending on the stock material.

The use of

Mr-153 – quite a versatile gun but not the shotgun, of course. He would have more of a set of short slug barrel as Molotov “Snipe-Auto” – all would be great. With the “paradox” of the Tula production and various bullets Shashkova “Murka” shows excellent results. Heavy, 47-gram bullet, sent from Mr-153 140-mm “paradox”, at distances up to 100 m far more effectively than rifle bullets.

About hunting a bird and everything is clear – machines are considered to be preferable to a shotgun. In addition, the workers felt time situation and has established production MP-153 for practical shooting. Of course, this gun, with the appropriate “kit”, and for law enforcement amiss – reliable smooth-bore self-charging in the “city” is preferable to an army of machines.
“Murka” is compact to transport, undemanding to care, though, as befits a gun with a vapor circuit system, needs considerable amount of time for a full cleaning.

MP-153 is a reliable gun with a great resource: the people involved in practical shooting, time “Murok” often exceed 20-30 thousand shots. I know few people complained about any problems with this gun out of the box, and have a lot of hunt, without thinking about lofty matters, like finishing the guns. Think about it – not that they were lucky, not that the problem is not of the best quality Mr-153 a few far-fetched?


Nevertheless, and in the Sun there are spots, so a set of good needle files and a couple of sheets, automotive skin, with the application in the form growing from the right place hands can come in handy.

In any case, to minimize the probability to buy a defective gun, you need to pay close attention to the inspection of the guns in the store. Remember – don’t be shy: ask the sellers to make all in stock guns, they are for the inconvenience receive a salary and a gun, as a wife, you should choose carefully. That would not regret later years.

Most importantly, the barrel. Remove it from the gun, wipe dry (cleaning rod and cloth better carefully to bring hunting stores this is usually tight). Of course, the trunk should be smooth, without raznoshennoy, with a direct sighting of a strap and without the pronounced “waviness” of the outer surface. Note the alignment with the barrel muzzle nasadka is one of the most important factors in accurate combat.

If the barrel is good – the rest is not so scary. Rack it smoothly, listening to the sensations on your finger, squeeze the trigger. Length of slope should not exceed 3-4 mm, otherwise on the hunt for quite a while until you get used to it, you will be late with a shot.

Home to prevent the problem of the “split butt”, just need to remove the butt and a narrow chisel to deepen the groove in the front end, which, if rolled back part of the shank of the bolt. The departure of the shank is about 6 mm, so to cut the necessary groove to a depth of 7-8 mm. Otherwise, the butt might just break the first shot.

At the same time you can prune overhanging receiver (especially in the upper part of the butt end of the butt) of the tree to fit the geometry of the pistol handle butt under himself, to lengthen or shorten the stock, by machining the front end of the butt or the use of the self-made shims to change pitch and so on. Pristine place is best to wipe with linseed oil for artists.

And – forward to “run”. You need plenty of shooting on the banks, preferably the Magnum rounds, let all the details of the automatic shotgun into the third. To blame the manufacturer much not worth it – because new cars also run in. As a rule, after “running-in” problems when shooting any ammunition does not occur. Adjustable gas vent yourself, it is better not to do. And so, as a rule, everything works fine.

If desired, the metal of the gun before the first firing, it is possible to carry out all the necessary and unnecessary operation to remove sharp edges and burrs in the receiver and other parts, smooth and Polish the bolt, the frame, the details of the venting system, make a radial notch at the front of the tray for feeding ammunition – when getting your store will not “bite” the finger.

Don’t forget – all work is carried out without fanaticism, on the principle: “a hundred times count and once your mind”, is better to look for a diamond needle file, but only the old Soviet system, with very small panes. The skin – shop rooms – from 400 to 1500, smaller is not required – “clogged” skin 1500 no worse “arguments” surface than the new 2000. A very desirable use of sandpaper on a flat hard copy or wrapped around a needle file or pasted on a wooden block. And – ALL moves with the skin being strictly in one direction, no circular or oblique movements. In the case of MP-153 it is not so critical, for it should be borne in mind.

Special attention requires the trigger of the gun. If you have missed lessons in the Soviet school or do not have the habit to read the passport of a gun, in USM alone is better not to climb – you can ruin the mechanism, or to a problem in the form of unauthorized shots. About a quarter of the MP-153 is found overly long trigger travel. However, many hunters don’t know it. But, if the trigger of a gun you are not satisfied, then the surest solution to this problem is replacement of the pusher whispered to the new item, but with an extended shoulder. The smoothness of the descent is achieved by grinding and polishing of the tooth sear and cocking of trigger troublesome, but well worth the time spent and effort.

The main requirements for the successful refinement of the mechanism guns – the ability and willingness to “listen” to metal, to understand the causes of the problems, to analyze, and to the right place to make the hands. This small, thoughtful, but interesting and can bring satisfaction from the done work. You will have a good opportunity to evaluate your work on the hunt.


No need to make mountains out of molehills. Many hunters simply do not notice sometimes having a place to be significant defects in the Assembly and finishing of the gun. They just hunt, using MP-153 as a tool, mercilessly for the purpose of exploiting it. If necessary take up a file or screwdriver.

Any gun is simply a piece of iron, only more or less carefully crafted. If you don’t like the idea of a possible romp with a gun, you’re reading this article for you Europeans punched the “correct” self-charging on the CNC machines. Although, of course, evil sometimes takes our gunsmiths – increase prices, but pay more attention to Assembly and finishing! You’re not an AK “at war” are doing, and HUNTING weapons…

The difference in price between the MP-153 and foreign counterparts, amounts to several times, and, as it often happens – the end result of the price and the manufacturer does not depend. Moreover, relatively inexpensive “things foreign” because of the Black sea usually wins our “cats” only in the advertising brochures. And “real Europeans” sometimes they have such incidents, that the impression that Russia has long been “drained” not only expired medicines and substandard products, but any industrial marriage.

The commercials do not show the ROE cracked butts, raw faces in mechanics, torn of the receiver and the bursting of the gates. Do not forget that very much of what we presented under sauce of “elite”, is the only Western consumer goods. However, in 25 years of “rebuilding” a lot of thinking compatriots is unable to understand, making adequate conclusions.

If you are lucky or you were able to select more or less high-quality assembled Mr-153 – it will serve you for years to come. Minor issues are relatively easy to handle. “Murka” is a really omnivorous and reliable gun with a huge margin of safety. Shooting a kind of “UAZ”. Mr-153 under such conditions, when the famous “foreigners” are denied in the conditions of tundra and taiga proven time and time again. The ability to use different muzzle of the contractions makes the gun relatively universal.

The battle rifle is more than acceptable. Balance can align with a lead insert in the butt. The embodiment of “plastic” makes the MP-153 in a great tool for hunting waterfowl and in General – to operate in adverse conditions.

A quite reasonable price displays “Murka” in a niche budgetary weapons available for almost every hunter in our country who wants to hunt with Samothraki.

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