A primitive shotgun which may cause casualties at close range. Longer range and equal damage make it a better choice over the Musket. In comparison to American weapons, the Baikal is highly inferior in comparison to the Model 77E, but has some advantages over the Carbine. The weapon can prove useful in some situations but remains an insignificant option.
Baikals were essentially the AK-47s of the shotgun world - though nowhere near as widely produced. They were cheaply made Soviet firearms made during World War II alongside the SVT-40 and Mosin rifles in various factories all across Russia. The Izhevsk Mechanical Plant was the primary manufacturer of Baikal shotguns in 1960. Though manufactured for hunting purposes, many were given to North Vietnamese military regulars as a more efficient close-range alternative to their standard kits.
The baikal version in the game is the IZH 43.