Makarov shooting high at 25 yards


12 Volt Man
May 27, 2003, 03:12 PM
Shot my Bulgarian Surplus Makarov yesterday from a rest and with the target at 25 yards. The gun shot consistantly about 6 inches high and 6 inches to the left. This was experienced by both me and another shooter. There is a way to tap the back site over fo a windage adjustment. Which would fix the problem of shooting left. After looking at this chart from, I wonder if it is normal to shoot high at that distance. Anyone else have this issue?

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May 27, 2003, 04:52 PM
Moving the rear sight left moves the point of bullet impact left.

Move the rear sight in the SAME direction you want to move the impact point. (Move the front sight in the opposite direction . . . .)

May 27, 2003, 05:11 PM
My Bulgarian was missighted-in identically. Tapping the sight over fixed the "left" problem. The "high" problem requires bringing a file to the range. Shoot. File rear sight down SLIGHTLY. GENTLY. Check where bullet strikes. Repeat as needed. When sighted in, touch up rear sight with cold blue.

I sweated bullets on the filing part. Afraid I'd take off too much. But it ended up just right. Gun now not only functions perfectly but shoots to POA. Guns shouldn't come from the factory shooting high, but it's an easy fix on a Makarov.

May 27, 2003, 05:12 PM
I have owned 8 Maks mostly Bulgarian but a few EG's Three bulgie's shot about 6 in high and 1 EG shoots high and right. A file on the rear sight then some cold blue will fix you right up.


May 30, 2003, 06:04 AM
I've got the oposite problem. My mak shoots low, about 6 inches at 25 yards. Part of the problem might just be me, becasue I had someone else give it a try, and they only shot about 2 to 3 low... but either way it's still low! How the heck do I fix it?

May 30, 2003, 07:54 AM
Simple if it shoots high file the back sight down....
if it shoots low file the front sight down.......
Sorry....couldnt resist.....:rolleyes:
I was there when 12Volts Mak was doing this...we rested the gun and Shot the same POA.....the bullets hit the same POI.
Hes right....6" up and over.....
For what its worth....the groups were pretty damn good for a Mak at 25 yds....
Shoot well

May 30, 2003, 08:15 AM
I think you will find that if you switch to the heavy Wolf ammunition, your troubles will disappear!! Most of the ammunition out there is in the 90gr range. Your Makarov was probably regulated for the 109gr bullet. The left shooting is trigger control related!!

Been there, done that!! ;)

Your rear sight is numbered. I bet you have a #4. You need to get a #5 (I think). They can be ordered from Dr. Bloss over at .

Hope this helps!! :D

May 30, 2003, 09:48 AM
respectfully...most Mak ammo is 95-100 gr. that Ive seen available around here....very typical in the west.
The up and over isnt trigger controll.....12Volt and I shot the gun from a rested position in s/a trigger pull...the trigger is sweet.
Its light, smooth and just breaks......
12Volt is an excellent marksman and I have my good days also...
We both shot the gun the same way....
Shoot Well

May 30, 2003, 11:34 AM
There are several rear sights of varying heights made for the Mak to adjust for elevation. Don't know if they are commercially available. Try

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