Ccw Makerov


April 23, 2003, 12:05 AM
i just got a makerov and want to know what if anything i should do to make it reliable for ccw. what mags work best with the bulgarians? should i replace any springs?

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April 23, 2003, 01:57 AM
I have a 1973 Russian Mak that has been 100% with several boxes of S&B ball, Barnaul HPs, two boxes of the LVE. It came with two mags and I bought three more, I don't know anything about any of them other than they are all completely reliable.

Many folks like the Pearce rubber grips as they do make the gun more comfortable and help tame the recoil but I don't really like think rubber grips for CCW.

Couple threads to read over concerning the Makarov:

April 23, 2003, 08:02 AM
Throughly clean the cosmoline out of the pistol. Go to for directions on the detail strip necessary to do this. Lubricate and reassemble the pistol. Then, load it up with your favorite ammo, put it into your favorite holster and you are good to go!! Oh, you might want to fire a few rounds through it, just to get the feel...that sort of thing!! :evil:

April 23, 2003, 01:09 PM
great links, thanks.

April 23, 2003, 11:24 PM
I carry my makarov 75% of the time. I rest my life on it. Totally reliable 100% of the time.


Dave Markowitz
April 24, 2003, 08:02 PM
I have a Bulgarian Mak that I've put ~400 - 450 rounds through. The only malf I've ever had was ONE failure of the slide to lock back after firing the last shot. Not one failure to feed, fire, or eject.

All I'd do would be to make sure it's properly cleaned and lubricated, and test-fire it with the ammo you intend to carry, so that you know it feeds well.

Maks rule!

April 24, 2003, 10:10 PM
The Mak needs nothing, however, if you think the recoil is to sharp get the Pearce Grip from or at any gunshow for about $15.00. You will enjoy this pistol but you will quickly find that you need at least a second one. They are addictive.

April 25, 2003, 03:05 AM
I just left mine stock and it has not failed me yet. Uncle Mikes holster cant remember the size right now.


April 26, 2003, 02:56 AM

I bet my life on my right out of the box.

Only thing that will touch this gun in reliability is an AK 47 (try carrying that)

If the russians know anything it's guns if they know 2 things it's guns and vodka.

You should clean it and lube it but it's not necessary.
IF you can find any, CORBON made a good defense round but they quit a while ago I think hornaday makes good one also.

I like the grips it came with, I had a set of rubber grips and they made the gun to bulky for ccw.

MAKAROV definately gives the most bang for your buck!!
If you got the ugly red bulgarian grips I would order a set of regular black grips just for looks.

and definately check out

Holsters take a little effort to size up since you never see makarov listed on labels

I have a miltek I like pretty well it's a little bulky but has side pouch for spare magazine.

Watch for corrosive ammo you want to make special effort to clean right after shooting this stuff.


April 27, 2003, 02:46 AM
Fobus makes a great little strong side holster. If replacing the springs would make you feel better, order some from Wolf and start packing.

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