Makarov Club?


April 13, 2008, 04:56 PM
like the 642 club? don't know the pros and cons or how it is done,but could we get all the mak threads in one place?

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April 13, 2008, 10:14 PM
No .45s or 9X19s allowed!

April 13, 2008, 11:00 PM
Sure, why not. I had forgotten what a nice shooting pistol they are until I took mine out the other day and put a few Wolf turds through it. Sad to say, but it shoots straighter than my Glock.

April 13, 2008, 11:12 PM
I like my Maks a lot. The EG and Bulgarian still get carried on occasion.

East German, Bulgarian and Russian military Makarovs.

April 14, 2008, 01:05 AM
I'm game! ...just got the one, recently acquired Chinese Mak, but this thing would feed gravel if I could get it into the magazine. I'm hooked! What's Chinese for comrade? :D

I'll post some further pictures in the Makarov Club once I get the Marschal grips in from Hungary.


April 14, 2008, 01:20 AM
My IJ-70....

April 14, 2008, 02:07 AM
I'm all for a Mak club thread. Here's a photo of my Russian
IJ70 Commercial Makarov and IWB holster


April 14, 2008, 04:32 AM
I've got 2 EGs, lots of ammo...but not pix.

Black Adder LXX
April 14, 2008, 05:59 AM
Here's mine:

April 14, 2008, 07:33 AM
Here's my E. German. Nothing special, but this one has a very nice trigger and now sports Pearce grips instead of the plastic ones shown.

April 14, 2008, 07:46 PM
I have 7, 2x Bulgarian military, 1x Russian "hi-cap" blued 9x18, 1x Russian ij-70 blued .380acp, 1x Russian blued 9x18 IJ-70, 1x 1960 dated east German, 1x Chinese mod 59 in the box 9x18.
Have owned others.

April 15, 2008, 01:36 AM
Do CZ82s count? My dad also has a bulgy. I'll have to take some pics.

April 15, 2008, 02:06 AM
I have a PA-63! Can I join! :)

Yes, I know it isn't really a PM, but it still shoots 9x18! :)

April 15, 2008, 09:13 AM
Did someone mention Makarovs? Regards, Richard:)

These are mine:

lee n. field
April 15, 2008, 10:32 AM
now sports Pearce grips instead of the plastic ones shown.

I happen to like the East German plastic grips the most of all I have tried. They look good, and don't have the (external) lanyard loop.

April 15, 2008, 10:37 AM
lee n. field, have you tried tried Hakan grips? Regards, Richard:)

April 15, 2008, 11:25 AM
Maks, the 'Lays Potato Chip' of the handgun world ... nobody can have just one ... :)

My two East German Makarovs ('62 & '64)... both purchased from THR members ... The second one had a trigger job done by Sylvan-Forge and is the smoothest Mak I've ever shot ... Best price I've found on 9x18 ammo is Wideners .... $167 per 1000 :)


April 15, 2008, 12:00 PM
I say we keep this Makarov club to the actual Makarov PM pistols.

I have an East German and Bulgarian. Great guns.

April 15, 2008, 01:21 PM
Bought my IJ70 Mak here on THR. LErv it. It's a bit heavy for pocket carry, but makes for a great small IWB. Ten rounds of 9x18 on hand is nothing to sneeze at.

lee n. field
April 15, 2008, 02:31 PM
lee n. field, have you tried tried Hakan grips? Regards, Richard

Those cost money. :) I got the East German grip on a whim, for dirt cheap from a Fleabay seller.

April 15, 2008, 02:33 PM
I have an IJ-70 that I LOVE. It is my summer carry piece. I wouldn't trade this gun for anything. You all mention buying from THR members. Is there a "for sale or trade section" in this forum?

April 15, 2008, 03:37 PM
Passintime ... see the links below ... :)

April 15, 2008, 03:54 PM
Yeah, it's all steel so it would make an excellent club! :D

April 15, 2008, 07:18 PM
"THE" Makarov forum to end all Makarov forums is one of many at

April 16, 2008, 08:11 PM
I have more Maks than pics! Never did (yet) pic up an EG, but a few years back I picked up 3 milsurp Bulgies (sold 1), a Commercial Russian & a Russian Milsurp.

I customized 1 of the Bulgies for carry - here's a pic:

MMC Night Sights, Pearc Grip, Nolan Hi Drop mag release...I'm not sure what else..

April 16, 2008, 08:33 PM
Maks are great little guns. You can't do better than a gun that's been field tested by the KGB...:D ... and every Eastern Bloc police force on the planet.
I bought my first one in about 1992 or 3, and I've been hooked on them since.

I just get p'o'd at because they show all the cool pics of stuff you need and they're always out of it. If you're selling things, don't put their pictures up and then tack "sold out" on every item in the list.:cuss:

Maks are cool carry pieces, but extra mags, etc. are a little hard to find unless you don't mind dumping a load of money. I'm still in the market for a double stack mak, but so far, none have popped up on the radar... but if they ever start the "mak club", I'd like to be a charter member. I love'em...


lee n. field
April 16, 2008, 10:27 PM
Maks are cool carry pieces, but extra mags, etc. are a little hard to find unless you don't mind dumping a load of money.

Makes me glad I snagged a bunch back when they were cheap. :):)

April 17, 2008, 03:47 PM
I picked up my first Mak a couple of months ago, a Bulgarian. It needed a GOOD cleaning, only came with one mag. That thing is a very accurate little gun! I can see grabbing a couple more if the price is right. I found 2 brand new mags in a local gun shop's "mag" box. I dug through 2 boxes of various mags to find them. Brought them to the counter & said . "How much?" $20 dollars for both, the twenty was out of my pocket before he stopped speaking! Enjoy!

April 18, 2008, 01:41 PM
Here's mine :) you really can't beat a $250 gun that outshoots target 1911's. Mags are a pain to find, though. Only one I've found outside a gun show was $30. I passed...

April 18, 2008, 04:08 PM
Cheapest I've found them online was $25 ... Check your local shops cause my local gun shop has mags for $15 ... my last Mak came w/ 5 mags ... :)

Shooters Supply ...
Mags are not listed on Website but I saw them last time I was in the store


April 18, 2008, 04:17 PM
I've got 3 myself. I EG, 1 Bulgie, and a IJ70AH in .380. said they've got 8 rd mags coming in, in a few weeks, but thats been a month or so ago. I'd like to get a couple extra when they get there.

April 18, 2008, 04:41 PM
Just have one Bulgarian, and it's been nothing but perfect since I got it (3 years ago for $160).

Does anyone know where to get spare slides? I'd like to get one to modify with some nice sights or something without altering the original gun much.

April 18, 2008, 04:48 PM
This thread would be incomplete without a photo of Nikolai Makarov himself!


April 18, 2008, 09:07 PM
I think I know why I like Makarovs so much. It's the same reason I like Tokarevs and CZ 52s. They were built to function without complaint. They have no frills and you don't need to cater to them. They just go and go and go. I drive a 1962 slant six Valiant. I like it for the same reason. With any mechanical thing, the fancier it gets, the less dependable it becomes.

May 23, 2008, 11:22 AM
I have a kit that converts the Makarov to shoot 22 LR ... I have never fired it but did install it and it cycled OK ... I now have more 22 handguns than I need so I'm considering selling it ... does anyone have any experience w/ them and should I keep it ... it is the type that is a barrel insert / a new slide and spring w/ a couple mags ... Thanks ... :)


Does anyone know if I can sell it on Ebay should I decide to part w/ it ?

May 23, 2008, 12:22 PM
I have five surplus mags up for sale if anyone wants them. Found them in a parts box a couple days ago. Email if interested.

Maks are sure fun. I wish I had not sold mine, but it had appreciated so much temptation got the better of me.


May 23, 2008, 12:43 PM
Grayrider, email sent

May 24, 2008, 12:14 AM
I've got two, an East German with a three dot sight installed by and a Bulgarian. Both sport Makawrap grips.

May 24, 2008, 08:28 AM
I bought five Maks several years ago in the Mak import heyday. I have two Russian Commercial Maks, one in 9MM Mak the other a brushed Satin Nickel in .380 (B-West import). Two Bulgarian milsurp Maks, both seem unissued and an East German Mak that is the smoothest of the bunch. The milsurp Bulgies are still the best value in Maks out there, IMHO.

May 24, 2008, 08:42 AM
Black Adder LXX: That looks like a nice, dehorned, night-sighted, and refinished Mak with some cool grip texture. Looks familiar. I love it!

June 12, 2008, 10:36 PM
I think that the Marschal grips really dress up the Norinco. They fit perfect, and feel much better than the thumb-shelf target grips that came with it.

June 13, 2008, 12:49 AM

June 13, 2008, 01:14 AM
What about .380acp makarovs? Can we play too?

June 13, 2008, 11:55 AM
I have two east german makarovs, but sadly, no pictures.

They and my CZ-82 keeps me buying 9x18 ammo by the case. I'm thinking of getting a PA-63 but have not stumbled across the right deal that will keep me from paying the transfer fee.

June 14, 2008, 12:04 AM
does any american importer sell makarovs? how much?

about how much is 9x18mm ammo?

ive always wanted one for plinking and carring around.


June 14, 2008, 06:03 AM
What's Chinese for comrade?

同志 :evil:

June 15, 2008, 11:20 AM
I don't know of an importer of Maks. I do know that I used to be able to get 1K for about $165. I still have two boxes, so I had better start looking for more ammo.

The Maks shoot well, I have two Bulgarians, One a brand new military and one a commercial. I think I like the military better, but both shoot very well. The last two gun shows I saw had them for nearly $300. They must be getting scarce.

I too would like to get some more mags. If anyone finds a source, please put it up here.

Don Lu
June 15, 2008, 01:14 PM
who sells sights for an east german mak ?

June 15, 2008, 01:52 PM
Here's mine that I mentioned earlier (Bulgarian):

Bob F.
June 15, 2008, 09:59 PM
EG Mak, sweet!

Like to have a couple more mags and another Mak. Those sites in another members post from are actually Novak's. Might contact him directly in parkersburg, WV and check avail. Also see if you've not been there.

WHere can the Marchall grips be found? Other wooden grips?


June 15, 2008, 10:19 PM
Wooden grips can usually be found on Ebay by searching "Makarov"


Poor East Texan
June 15, 2008, 10:35 PM
Got this puppy with a holster, two mags and this beautifully blued Bulgarian at a gun show in Dallas SEVERAL years ago for $150.

Grip and some bumper stickers came from

June 15, 2008, 10:43 PM
WHere can the Marchall grips be found? Other wooden grips?

Dain Bramage
June 16, 2008, 11:42 AM
WHere can the Marchall grips be found? Other wooden grips?

I just got my first set of Marschal grips, for my FEG BR61. Red stained, checkered wattle, they are just gorgeous! Fit and finish was superb. I would recommend them to anyone.

Yankee John
June 22, 2008, 10:45 PM
I bought my first "non-revolver" pistol last week- A Bulgarian circle 10 Military Makarov. It came with a holster, (2) mags, an extra perfect military grip, and cleaning rod for $200 otd.

Heads up: Numrich Gun Parts has E.German Makarov mags for under $12 each if you buy (2) or more:


June 22, 2008, 11:36 PM
I'll join. I have 2, a military Bulgarian and a Russian. The finish on the Russian was ruined by some Bubba, trying to make it look two-toned. I'll try and upload some pictures.

I sure do like the look of some of the one's posted here, especially yours, Richard. Did you do the metal refinish work? It looks very professional and clean. I looked up the Hakan site and the prices aren't posted. I understand why...he makes each to individual order! Curiously, will you share what the average cost of one grip set amounts to?

June 23, 2008, 02:04 AM
Yankee John,

Thanks for the Numrich mag info. I just ordered 3 mags.

June 30, 2008, 06:06 PM
One of my favorites and a regular carry, an EG Mak.


July 1, 2008, 02:57 AM
here's a quick question:

What is a reasonable price for a bulgarian makarov right now?

July 1, 2008, 06:31 AM
Bulgies are $250 US and up; EGs are $300 US and up. The CZ82, that fires the same round. start at $200 US. Regards, Richard:)

My EG mak:
My Bulgie:
My CZ 83:

July 1, 2008, 05:14 PM
What's it cost to feed these little guys?????

Hoe hard is it to find the ammo?????

July 1, 2008, 05:33 PM
It's a cheap caliber to buy. Online, it's really cheap. Like, the cheapest except for.22s or 9x19s.

Northslope Nimrod
July 1, 2008, 05:34 PM
I'm in. :)

Hey! John McCain should stick with the "Mack Attack" Campaign slogan and hand out free Mak's after his stump speeches. Oh! and 1k rounds of ammo.

July 2, 2008, 09:32 AM
What's it cost to feed these little guys?????

Yesterday at Academy, the price was $8.98 for box of 50 Monarch 9x18

July 2, 2008, 07:26 PM
Makarov club huh? Don't mind if I do. :)

It was the first handgun I ever purchased. Got it shortly after turning 21. For quite some time, it was the only gun I ever carried. Its a .380 and it carries 95 grain Winchester SXT. I bought a set of Makawrap grips for it but the finger grooves didn't suit me. I was just about to order a different set when I decided to slice the grooves off to see if that helped. It did help. I really like the grips. Just a shame they don't make them any more.

July 4, 2008, 04:00 AM
i bought a little Bulgarian and never got to shoot it my wife promptly put it in her purse and said thank you

Poor East Texan
July 4, 2008, 02:27 PM
That is a COOL Bulgarian Clean!

Mine is nicely blued but nothing special otherwise.

July 4, 2008, 02:52 PM
Why thank you. :)

July 7, 2008, 12:02 PM
Hey Y'all .. what would y'all suggest for a holster for an EG Makrov ... as much info as possible and photos if available too please .... :)
Thanks ...


July 7, 2008, 02:49 PM
Here is a pic of my Russian model that I rounded the edges off, removed the tooling marks and polished so the blueing stands out nicely.

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