............... TAU-7 and IZH-46
Both the TAU-7 and IZH-46
are excellent pistols for 10
meter and silhouette
shooting. If you do not want to
spend over $350USD then these are two guns well
worth looking at.
I owned an IZH-46 for about 10 months.
Currently I own a TAU-7 Standard (since December 2000). I
wanted to keep the IZH but could not seem to comfortably
shoot a complete 10 meter match with the heavy front-end
on the gun. The cocking linkage, compression tube and
piston are all forward of the trigger and this causes the
gun to be quite frontend heavy. The grips were the second
reason I sold the gun. I liked everything else about the
IZH. I liked the trigger, solid construction, pneumatic
system, sights, appearance, accuracy, etc. It's a nice
The TAU-7 balances better for me than the IZH-46. The TAU
is not frontend heavy. Balance point, overall weight and
velocity can be adjusted on the TAU-7. The grips are also
much better on the TAU.
Some shooters will like the forward balance of the IZH-46
(and M version). It's a personal thing. For
airpistol silhouette shooting the balance will not be a
problem when a two hand hold is used.
will go through some points about both guns and give my
Both guns have 5-way adjustable triggers. Both triggers
will adjust down to the 500 gram minimum limit for 10m
air pistol competition. I had no complaints with either
triggers. Both were crisp and light and more than just
suitable for silhouette shooting.
My IZH-46 shot around 400fps with 6.9 grain RWS Hobby
pellets and around 375fps with 7.7 grain H&N match
The IZH-46M is said to shoot as high as 480-500fps with
Hobby pellets and mid 400s with 7.7 grain.
The TAU-7 has adjustable velocity. My gun will shoot the
7.3 grain JSB pellets at 325 to over 600fps. The 7.9gr
Crosman Premier pellet will hit 600fps at 80F
degrees with my Standard TAU-7.
The TAU-7 punches nice holes in paper when shot at 485fps
with JSB pellets (450fps with 7.7gr pellet).
The slow IZH-46 did not punch nice holes at 375fps. I had
to put 2" masking tape on the back of the target to
help with scoring the holes.
The Standard TAU-7 is rated at 9mm accuracy. The manual
says that this is the measurement of a circle drawn
around 5 pellets shot at 10 meters. I converted this
rating to the standard system and came up with a center-to-center
measurement of .177" at 10 meters. My own TAU has
shot at an average of .230" ctc at 10 meters for 10
groups of 5 shots each. I think my Black And Decker
Workmate vise might have a slight amount of wobble when
shooting. This may account for the difference. Maybe the
TAU-7 Standard is capable of better than my tests showed,
maybe not. Maybe different pellets would group
better. I would need a solid vise on a very heavy
bench to test further.
BRNO also makes other models of the TAU-7 such as the
Match that are rated as low as 7mm at 10 meters for 5
shots. This computes to .10"ctc. These guns are
slightly more expensive than the Standard model that I
cannot test the accuracy of the IZH-46 using the Black
And Decker Workmate for a clamp rest. The pistol would
have to be moved for each shot to complete the cocking
cycle. I guess I could remove the grips from the IZH and
clamp the grip shank into the Workmate but cocking the
gun would still wobble the Workmate and possibly move it
a bit which would destroy the test.
An older issue of the U.S. Airgun magazine (July-Sept
1994) has a report on the IZH-46. The report shows an
accuracy test of .20" ctc at 10 meters with Beeman
Ultra Match pellets and .23" with 7.9 gr Crosman
Premier pellets. These groups were measured center-to-center.
The article said the IZH-46 being tested preferred the
Ultra Match pellet from other various H&N
Overall both the TAU-7 and
IZH-46 are about equally accurate with favoured pellets.
POWER SOURCE -
The IZH-46 is a single stroke pneumatic with an easy
cocking cycle. The TAU-7 is a CO2 gun (bulk
or powerlets). The TAU will give 80 shots at 485fps (7.3gr
pellet) with one powerlet. Bulk fill gives about the same
number of shots.
In order to fill a TAU-7 you will need a small adapter
for the bulk tank so you can fill the small 150 gram
transfer tank that comes with the gun. Not really a
The TAU-7 grip is ergonomically correct for my hand. The
Standard grip is made of hard walnut but laminated grips
are available. The Match and Silhouette
models come with laminated grips.
The IZH-46 grip is made of some sort of Russian wood. I
did not find it to be ergonomically correct for my hand.
Many IZH shooters modify the grips using a dremel tool,
sandpaper and autobody filler.
The balance and weight cannot be adjusted on the IZH. It
would be possible to make some sort of weight to attach
to the front of the pistol via the threaded hole in the
end piece but the gun is already heavy enough. The
balance and weight on the TAU can be adjusted with parts
that are included with the gun. There are 2 extra barrel
weights that come with the gun. They weigh 2oz each.
There is also an adjustable rear counterweight that can
be added. The counter weight adjusts on a rod so it can
be set at different positions from the gun.
I use my TAU with only the front sight sleeve and the
tapered cone. This system gives me a lighter gun with a
balance that I prefer.
With the TAU I can relax my hand when shooting single
handed and the gun still stays pointed at the target
because the grips fit my hand. If I relax with the IZH
the barrel will be pointing at the floor. I had to grip
the IZH firmly to hold center. I didn't like this.
The sights are about the same on each gun. Both guns come
with a variety of front sight blades and various rear
sight notch sizes.
SCOPE MOUNTING -
Being able to scope an airpistol is an important thing
for many silhouette shooters. Some air pistols are a
problem to mount a scope on. The TAU and IZH both have
special mounts which were designed for these guns. The
IZH uses the B-Square #17900 mount and the TAU uses the
special BRNO/TAU factory scope mount. Both designs are
barrel mounted. I have also seen short red
dot sights mounted on a TAU-7 using a modified barrel
weight which has a length of scope rail attached. This
will be fine for a red dot but not high enough for a
scope. The proper TAU designed mount is best for scope
MUZZLE FLIP -
The IZH-46 has very little muzzle flip. It has almost no
flip because of the low power level and heavy front end.
The IZH-46M has more muzzle flip than the plain -46. The
TAU-7 has more muzzle flip than the other two. At
moderate velocities the TAU has minimal flip. I have not
had a problem with flip on the TAU. It doesn't seem to
effect my shooting at all.
A TAU muzzle compensator can be bought for the TAU-7 as
an after market item. Other brands are also
available but I'm not sure what will fit. The comp is
included with the purchase of the Match and Silhouette
Apparently the comp allows you to "fine tune"
the TAU-7 for even better accuracy without much muzzle
Both the TAU and IZH are solidly constructed air pistols.
Metal parts and wooden grips. These guns are built to
last. I had my IZZY apart and
found the compression tube to be surprisingly thick
and heavy. Many internal parts are machined metal.
The cocking arm is a casted solid steel with good
leverage design. Sights, trigger, frame are all metal. A
nice thing to see in todays world of plastic. The TAU-7 is also a solidly made gun.
I disassembled my TAU because I am a man and that is what
we do. The internal parts such as the valve stem and
trigger parts are solid metal. Frame, trigger, sights,
end caps are all metal. Built to last. Choosing between the BRNO TAU-7 and
Baikal IZH-46M can be a tough decison. Will it be a Czech
Republic or Russian gun? You make the choice or
better yet buy one of each.