As the very happy owner of a Czech 82, I was wondering what the consensus was as far as getting a Bulgarian Makarov for CCW. I love my Czech 82, but it's too heavy and thick for comfortable IWB carry. The P-64 looks good, but the supply seems to have dried-up. Is the Bul. Mak similar in size and weight? I don't have issues with the reliability or caliber as I'm aware that the Maks are ultra-reliable and I'm fine with the 9x18.
Thanks in advance
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August 31, 2010, 09:42 PM
Very reliable, flat and easy to carry.
The downsides? The sights are small, you have the DA/SA transition from first to second shot, and they are heavy.
Try one before you buy; if you like it, any Mak you find that's in decent shape will serve you well.
(Pro Tip: Replace the recoil spring, many of them are pretty well worn).
August 31, 2010, 10:13 PM
The EG and Bulgarian Mak rotate with a Glock 27 for carry. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
August 31, 2010, 10:28 PM
In terms of size and weight, I have both, and generally speaking, they feel about the same to me. The only real difference is the thickness of the grip. The Mak may be a bit lighter than a fully-loaded CZ.
August 31, 2010, 11:24 PM
Thinner grip would be a big plus for CC. How would the Mak stack-up against a P-64 if they were to reappear on the market? Looks like either can be had for around $225, both carry 8+1 (I think) both have a rough DA but pretty smooth SA (from what I've read).
It sort of hurts because I'll be comparing either the the CZ-82, too bad it's just too big to carry IWB comfortably....