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Anyone ever customize a Mak for carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by harmon rabb, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. harmon rabb

    harmon rabb Well-Known Member

    Anyone ever customize a Makarov for carry? Find some thinner grips, install some larger sights, maybe bob the hammer? Just curious to see what others may have done.

    Before anyone asks the silly question of "why" let me answer -- why not?
  2. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    I agree why not is a good enough reason, but I have changed nothing on mine because for the price it is a handy carry. I would not mess with the hammer, but you have me dreaming of night sights now.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  4. Mizar

    Mizar Well-Known Member

    harmon rabb, I don't think that you can find grips thinner than the old bakelite ones. The Russian black grips, found on the commercial IJ's are the same, just different color and of poorer quality. Actually I find thicker grips like Pearce to be more comfortable for handling. New sights - if you wish to spend that money on a Makarov... New, wider front sight and just widening the rear sight's notch works well enough. The hammer is small enough - there is no real need for bobbing it, except if you want to deal with misfires. A Makarov for carry can really contribute from new front sight, better grips (Pearce) and thorough dehorning of the entire gun.


    P.S. A word of caution - there is a reason for the full cock notch on the hammer to be that deep - it prevents the gun going full-auto if the sear spring becomes too weak and it's related to the double action sear's clearance.
  5. Marschal grips are so much better than than any of the stock grips, that there is no comparison. He contours the rear of the grip to make it more ergonomic and comfortable. And they are nice looking. http://www.marschalgrips.com/ The first thing to do to customize. Then get some better sights. The front is easily machined for a dovetail front.
  6. bdb benzino

    bdb benzino Well-Known Member

    I took my commercial Russian Mak and cut the lanyard loop off the grips, put skateboard tape on the front grip strap, and ordered and installed the replacement aluminum fixed rear sights on mine. Three cheap personal changes that make my Russian IZH-70 a good CC gun if I feal the urge. It is really nice and slim, and the replacement fixed sights are fairly low and snag free. I carry mine in a black leather Stoner IWB holster and keep it loaded with Buffalo Bore 9x18 +P 115gr lead flat nose ammo. Gotta love the Mak!

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