German Mak, $350. Deal or No Deal?


June 25, 2010, 09:59 AM
Local gun store has a 9x18 Makarov marked "Germany" on the left side near the grips. Has import markings. Two magazines and holster. Fixed sights, good to excellent used condition. Overall a nicer gun than my Russian Mak.

Asking $350. What say you?

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June 25, 2010, 10:15 AM
That's the right price for an EG Mak these days.

June 25, 2010, 10:35 AM
And if you like the Russian, you'll love the German.

June 25, 2010, 10:39 AM
Yep, I shoulda bought one when they were a hundred bucks.....:banghead: Late to the party as usual.

June 25, 2010, 01:24 PM
The pistol has been on consignment for over a year. I offered $300. Shop couldn't contact the owner, but will continue to try. Probably worth the $350. Shop said there hadn't been much interest. There is an etched serial number on the frame and slide that doesn't match the stampings. I assume that's the import serial #? That's the only marking other than the proof marks and "Germany."

jonnyc: Yes, the finish is much better, the DA and SA trigger much better. Even the leather holster is higher quality.

June 25, 2010, 09:17 PM
Maybe I can help. What was the name of the shop and their phone number? ;)

Empire Arms has a few EG for $400. If you get it for 300 or even 325 you did good. There just aren't a bunch for sale right now to drive down the price.

Deaf Smith
June 25, 2010, 10:14 PM
$350? I just bought a real tight almost mint Ruger Security Six 4 inch .357 for $302.02, tax included!

Now I have a EG Mak as well as the Bulgie Mak, but $350... ouch.


June 25, 2010, 10:47 PM
"The pistol has been on consignment for over a year".

At the gun shop where I hang out that Mak might have lasted a week or until I got to it, which ever came first. :)

June 26, 2010, 03:58 PM
Unless you are a collector, that price is high for a marginal caliber, large frame for caliber, pistol. I have a pristine 1961 EG Mak that I bought when they first came in, but it would not be my first choice by any means as a defensive pistol considering the options we have today. For a few dollars more you could have a Smith 3913 in 9mm.

June 26, 2010, 04:03 PM
And the 3913 even comes with sights you can see with 65 year old eyes!


June 27, 2010, 06:38 AM
According to this site, $350 is top price for the EG Mak:) Love my Russian IJ-70!!!

What's my Makarov worth?
Price is always difficult to nail down because ultimately it comes down to what the buyer and the seller are willing to agree upon. Having said that, here are some guidelines for the most common Makarov pistols. We assume that the pistol is in very good to excellent condition and includes at least 2 magazines. Aftermarket and original accessories are extra.

East German: $250 - $350
Bulgarian military or police: $125 - $200
Bulgarian Miltex "Special Edition": $250 - $400 depending on finish.
Norinco Type 59: $250 - $400 Note: These are becoming exceedingly uncommon and thus may fetch an even higher price
Russian Military: $250 - $400
Russian commercial (IJ-70, adjustable rear sight, single stack magazine, 9x18M or .380 ACP, blued): $250 - $400
Russian commerical (IJ-71, fixed rear sight, single stack Magazine, 9x18M or .380 ACP, blued): $400 Plus - Note VERY Rare in the USA.
Russian commercial high capacity (IJ-70-18AH or IJ-70-17AH): $250 - $4000 Note: 12-round magazines add about $75 - $90 each to the value
Russian commercial, "satin" stainless steel: $300 - $400. About 15,000 were imported.
Russian commercial, nickel: $200 - $300. About 30,000 were imported. The finish on these is VERY thin.
Simson-Suhl German Makarov: $400 - $800. These are quite rare and owners tend to jealously guard them. SOG had some a while back, but they were gone almost instantly.

June 27, 2010, 07:04 AM
The site's list prices haven't been updated in ages. In 20 years, these will seem comical. They do give an idea of relative prices compared to the other models but they have been frozen in time. The fact that the supply is not there, keeps the EG's from selling for $250. Since this site was updated last, I think you can add 10%-20%. If it has been on consignment for a year, you should be able to talk them down to $300 or so. For all you folks that don't want a Mak, any price would be a bad deal.

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