IZH-81 pump action shotgun was designed in 1993 by Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (IMZ), also known by its trade mark “Baikal”. It was produced by the same factory between 1994 and 2000, for domestic Russian market and for export. During 1990s it was quite popular in Russia for home defense and private security use, especially in more compact “Jaguar” and “Foxterrier” versions.
IZH-81 shotgun is a manually operated, slide action (“pump action”) shotgun of fairy conventional design. It was sold in variety of configurations, with fixed choke barrels 560, 600 or 700 mm long, and with variety of stocks. Basic IZ-81 shotgun was chambered for 12 gauge 2 3/4” (70mm) shotgun shells, IZH-81M version was chambered for 3” (76mm) Magnum shells. Underbarrel tubular magazine held 4 rounds. Versions with extended tubular magazine held 6 (12/76) or 7 (12/70) rounds. Basic version was stocked in wood, with simple round forend and butt with semi-pistol grip. IZH-81 “Jaguar” shotgun was provided with wooden pistol grip and no shoulder stock. IZH-81 “Foxterrier” featured unusual combination of the wooden pistol grip and plastic side-folding shoulder stock, adapted from AK-74M rifle.
IZH-81K shotgun, as well as its “Magnum” version IZH-81KM, differed from the basic model by using detachable box magazines. Standard capacity was 4 rounds for IZH-81 and 5 rounds for IZH-81KM. Box magazines were not compatible between standard and Magnum models.
|Full text name||IZH-81 IZH-81K IZH-81KM pump action shotgun (Russia)|
|Caliber cartridge||12 gauge|
|Barrel length, mm||560. 600. 700|
|Weight empty, kg||3.2 -3.4|
|Magazine capacity, rounds||4, 5, 6, 7|