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chaseguitar
June 18, 2007, 03:29 PM
Bought a Russian (Baikal) IJ-70 in 9x18 MAK a few days ago for a carry/truck weapon...I gave $135 for the gun, a holster, and an extra mag, and feel like I stole the gun...great rifling, good trigger, and very accuate for a little gun....any opinions on the gun and the round....I think I'm going to love this thing...

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Paladin7
June 18, 2007, 04:06 PM
I have an East German Mak...would definitely bet my life on it... Great gun very reliable and very accurate. 9X18 Mak is equivalent to 380 acp. I believe Hornady makes good defensive ammo for it.

Teddy Jacobsen did a write up on it a while back, don't have a copy, but you ought to be able to find it on the net.

Also, AGI American Gunsmithing Institute has a video on the Mak that is very worthwhile to get.

All the best on your new acquisition...

usp9
June 18, 2007, 04:15 PM
I too have a E. German made gun. It was a pleasant surprise. Be sure to clean the firing pin chamber and pin itself. You may find Pierce grips a bit more comfortable...at least I did. Mine works with all ammo tried, both commie crap and expensive ammo. Have fun and be safe.

TripleL
June 18, 2007, 04:16 PM
The Mak has been my favorite since I bought my first East German in '96. I must warn you though, they do tend to multiply. Check out this site for some good info on the Mak:

http://www.gunboards.com/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=3

M2 Carbine
June 18, 2007, 04:25 PM
Makarovs are the Devil's work.
If you let one in your home it gets in your head and makes you buy another and another.

That's why I buy all I can to keep them out of the hands of unsuspecting shooters.:D


Yes you got a great buy. Roughly half of what they are selling for.


I like Maks.:)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v135/Bell406_206B/Maksall15.jpg

Rockrivr1
June 18, 2007, 04:26 PM
I have two Maks so far, an E German and a Russian, and I love them. Very simple to shoot, ammo isn't all that expensive and they are pretty accurate. Can't go wrong for the price. Very unlike my CZ-52. The trigger slap on that is not fun at all.

Malodorousroadkill
June 18, 2007, 05:19 PM
Welcome to the club! Makarovs are among the finest pistols around. I love my Bulgarian. Never jammed, doesn't need a lot of cleaning. I really recommend the Pierce grips. They make shooting it an absolute pleasure. The extra strength wolff spring really helps too(but wife can't rack the slide). Head over to http://www.makarov.com great site for makarov goodies.

Magowah
June 18, 2007, 05:35 PM
After I got mine, Chaseguitar couldnt stand it and he had to have one. Clear case of Mak envy!

nwilliams
June 18, 2007, 05:43 PM
I have one of those and its a great gun, I use it as my summer carry weapon.

I had two IJ-70's but I recently sold one to a friend so I could buy a Browning HP. Whenever I see one at a shop I always see what the price is, if its under $200 I'd consider it.

For $135 I would have grabbed it up also, congrats on the new gun!

How about a pic of your new family member;)

M2 Carbine
June 18, 2007, 05:49 PM
Magowah
After I got mine, Chaseguitar couldnt stand it and he had to have one. Clear case of Mak envy!

I've lost five or more Maks to friends that shot them then just had to have it.
Back when the Russian Maks were $125 I'd sell the gun to them and I'd have an excuse to buy two more at the next gun show.

I remember telling my Wife that there was a Federal law that if you owned a Makarov, you had to own a half dozen.
No, She didn't buy it either.:D

wrangler5
June 18, 2007, 11:49 PM
A Mak is my cool weather carry gun - in an IWB holster whenever I can cover it with something. Personally, I find it too heavy for pants pocket carry (even if I had really big pockets) but larger people don't have that same problem. If you are thinking about using it as a carry gun, take a look at http://www.gunboards.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=64096

You got an excellent deal on that gun. Leaves you enough to get a Bulgarian and still be under $400 for the both of 'em. Then you could get the 22 conversion kit ...

Well, you were warned. :D

Welcome to the club.

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