The Cleanest Makarov in the World


March 26, 2005, 10:09 AM
Yesterday I spent some time detail stripping my Makarov and doing my first ever trigger job. Basic disassembly is cake and I was amazed at how easy it was to detail strip. The only other handgun I've detail stripped is the 1911. The Makarov is even easier than the 1911 to take all the way down. Basically I followed the instructions posted on The instructions were easy to read and I had every part taken off my gun in no time.

They also had a section regarding trigger work. I was not 100% certain as to which areas had to be polished but I got the general idea by looking at the diagram. I simply used the coarse and fine rods from my Spyderco Sharpmaker to polish each area. One has to be extremely careful not to change any of the surface angles but to only polish out the tool marks and imperfections. I was probably too gentle in polishing as I was nervous about my first ever home gunsmithing adventure. I finished my polishing and cleaned every part of the gun. Some areas such as in the firing pin hole and behind the extractor (where the spring lies) still had cosmoline there. Everything was meticulously cleaned and reassembled.

As far as the trigger goes, it is much better in single action mode. In the DA mode, it is smoother but it still stacks at the end. I'll most likely tear it down again at some point in clean up the areas I was too gentle on.

Overall, I'm highly impressed with the simple engineering and ease of takedown with this platform. I see a lot of threads about sub-$200 handguns with varied recommendations. I definitely think the Makarov is the way to go.

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March 26, 2005, 10:27 AM
There is one other adjustment you may want to make: tuning the mainspring. It is fairly easy, but you may want to purchase a spare just in case. The final secret to the tuning is to polish the edges of the spring afterward so as to remove scratches and reduce stress pionts.,mainspring

March 26, 2005, 06:39 PM
Dan, you ought to see some of the Makarovs some of me men have. Could definately use a good gunsmith to smooth out!! What is amazing here though, it is easier to get .45 ammo than Makarov ammo. Most of the Makarovs we have here were produced in China as copies.

March 26, 2005, 06:54 PM
The trigger work you did will smooth it out a bit. If your Bulgarian is like mine and many others, the DA pull is pretty heavy. Here's what you can do to lighten the DA trigger pull. It's pretty easy. Don't worry, in the unlikely event you get carried away, mainsprings are inexpensive. I've done it, it works. The DA pull on my Bulgarian is almost as light and smooth as my EG Mak. See the pictures and postings by CB3:,mainspring

Ahh, I just noticed Teakwood's posting. More good info. plus the same link above.

How did you do putting the extractor back in? I recall when I did it, it was pretty simple - if you had 3 hands.

March 26, 2005, 09:21 PM
Thanks guys! So basically you just thin it out a bit to lower the strength of the spring?

Samlaut Ranger- Send 'em over and I'll smooth them out ;) I can imagine what those Maks look like. That is odd that it is easier to get .45 than 9x18.

March 26, 2005, 11:56 PM
That's it. It works, I've done it and so have many others. Grind the sides of the DA leaf of the mainspring and then smooth the sides out a bit. Re-blue when you're done if you like. Be sure to test fire for light strikes after you've finished.

Navy joe
March 27, 2005, 02:08 PM
One thing you may want to try now that it is back together is "marrying up" the sear and hammer, basically just cock the hammer, apply a goodly amount of forward pressure on the hammer with your thumb while pulling the trigger. You should feel a pretty good change in trigger feel. As for double action, like any other I've worked on, fill it up with JB bore paste or "Tuner's Slurry"(JB and CLP) and commence to dry firing. I had mine apart once and gave it just a wicked smooth DA pull, shouldn't have sold it. Without the benefit of instruction it took me three hands and a trained cursing monkey to get the extractor back in the slide. Neat little guns.

March 27, 2005, 09:14 PM
Cool :) Thanks for the advice. I'll try it out next time I'm at the in-laws so I can do it in a fully equipped shop.

March 28, 2005, 11:00 AM
The Cleanest Makarov in the World

That's ironic because you're the dirtiest Chinaman I know!!! :evil:

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