June 17, 2011
The Russian-Made MTs 28 Semi-Auto Combo Gun
By Phil Bourjaily
Combo guns appeal to those who want to be ready to shoot whatever needs shooting, whether it requires a bullet or a shot pattern. Up until now, every combo gun I was aware of was a break action, usually a two-barreled O/U or a three-barreled drilling. Then I found this picture of the Russian-made MTs 28.
It’s a product of KBP Instrument Design Bureau in the arms town of Tula. A “state unitary enterprise,” KBP makes everything from sporting arms to air defense systems. KBP’s subsidiary TsKIB SOO (an abbreviation for the very Russian-named Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Arms), produces guns, many of them custom, built to a much, much higher degree of fit and finish than the inexpensive Russian imports we are used to seeing here.
But I digress. The MTs 28 is an O/U semiauto, or, more accurately, two semiautos, one on top of the other. The top barrel is a three-shot .22 rimfire (9mm also available on the MTs 27), and the bottom barrel is a two-shot 20 gauge shotgun which appears to be fed by a box magazine. As you can see in the picture, it is a well-decorated, higher grade gun and the only time I have seen anything like it was when Field & Stream hired an artist who didn’t know anything about shotguns to illustrate a story about sporting clays I once wrote.
I don’t know how practical the MTs 28 is, but I would love to shoot one.
Exit question: best squirrel gun ever, or a shining example of why “Central Design” is a bad idea?