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
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 gun.
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.
I will go through some points about both guns and give my opinions.
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 pellets.
The IZH-46M is said to shoot as high as 480-500fps with Hobby pellets and mid 400s with
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
The TAU-7 punches nice holes in paper when shot at 485fps with JSB pellets (450fps with
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
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 have.
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 pellets tested.
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 problem.
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
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 use.
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
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 TAU-7 models.
Apparently the comp allows you to "fine tune" the TAU-7 for even better accuracy
without much muzzle flip.
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.