I am on a quest to own at least one true 9X18 Mak pistol that has been made in Russia, Bulgaria, and East Germany. My Russian Maks are covered, and I just put a good looking Bulgarian in lay-a-way. (My wife doesn't give me as much mulla to play with these days). My last to collect is the E.German Mak.
However, I've heard talk about there being a true Makarov made by Norinco. Since I've never seen one anywhere, this leads me to ask; Is there any truth to this rumor of a Norinco-made Mak? :confused:
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May 4, 2010, 06:44 PM
Yeah, the 59. They were imported in '88-'89 - the first Mak I actually could afford (prior to that they'd all been rare bringbacks). They had relatively poor trigger pulls, but they are presently sought-after and pricey as they're relatively rare.
Go to Gunboards.com's mak forum where you can learn a lot about them:
May 4, 2010, 07:37 PM
I bought a Chinese Mak to have one from all 4 countries. I still have a Russian military, Bulgarian and E. German. The Chinese Mak was very rough and had a terrible trigger. It was well below the others in fit and finish, but it did shoot like any other Mak. I can't say I really miss it much. They are out there if you look around. Try the slim tim mak trader forum...