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Makarov - safe to carry condition one?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by abaddon, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. abaddon

    abaddon Well-Known Member

    I guess the title explains it all. By condition one I mean with a round chambered, the hammer back and safety on. My suspicion is that it's not safe but I'm not very familiar with the action of the gun.

  2. jefmad

    jefmad Well-Known Member

    The safety is also a decocker so condition 1 is really tough to achieve.
  3. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Yup, like jefmad sez, when you engage the safety it decocks the hammer.
  4. Teakwood

    Teakwood Well-Known Member

    Condition 1 is not possible with the Mak since (as noted above) the safety is also a de-cocker and engaging the safety completey locks up the pistol. When the safety is engaged, the hammer is blocked from hitting the firing pin.

    Since the Mak is a DA/SA pistol, it is unnecessary to attempt to carry it in condition 1 like a .45, which is a SA pistol. Simply carry it with a round in the chamber and safety off since it is DA/SA and has a firing pin block.
  5. abaddon

    abaddon Well-Known Member

    Okay, didn't know that. The reason I ask is because I'm not a fan of DA/SA and was hoping there was a way to use it only in single action. I don't like having the first pull of the trigger being different from the second - it seems like it'd make double-taps harder and would mess up your general accuracy. Is there a way to do some amateur gunsmithing and make it a single action gun? Or not exactly single action but to disable the de-cocker so that it could be used as DA/SA or just SA?

    Also, what is the purpose of having an exposed hammer on a DA/SA gun? Is it so you can take the safety off and cock the hammer? I can't see anyone having time to do that in most self-defense situations.

    (edited to clarify something)
  6. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't trust the Mak with a round chambered and the safety off. I have seen one discharge when the hammer was struck.

    Fortunately it was a controlled experiment. I ceased to carry mine in that fashion promptly.

    The Evil Empire made some nice weapons, but they were not always overly concerned about safety.
  7. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    You know, a long time ago people would just use a thumb to cock the hammer back.

    I guess that's too much effort in our pushbutton remote control world these days.

    /idle thoughts.
  8. alamo

    alamo Well-Known Member

    Same reason double action revolvers have an exposed hammer.
  9. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    The only way I carry a Mak is with a round in the chamber and the safety off.

    Most of the time I'll cock the hammer before firing.

    Been using the same method for 50 years with semi autos so I don't think I'll change now.

    See the above two posts.:)
  10. lazhuward

    lazhuward Active Member

    The hammer on the Mak is blocked from hitting the firing pin even if the safety is off. It has a "safe" notch that's kind of similar to a half-cock notch. The trigger has to be pulled for the hammer to fall past this notch and strike the firing pin. The hammer will decock to the safe notch when you use the safety/decocker.

    Putting the safety on doesn't lock or block the firing pin though. If you shake the gun, you can hear the firing pin slide back and forth. It taps against the primer of a chambered round.

    The Mak is a great gun and a great design, but you should probably accept it for what it is. Trying to make it SA or DAO or whatever is wrought with danger.
  11. 49hudson

    49hudson Well-Known Member

    makarov.com was selling a safety made in East Germany that would allow you to carry in condition one.
    Don't know if any are still for sale.
    I think it was called the Simpson-Shul safety.
    You might give Makarov dot com a call.
  12. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    There are only two ways that can happen. Either the hammer was struck with enough force to break internal parts, or it was struck while the trigger was held to the rear.

    There is an interlock which prevents the hammer from contacting the firing pin unless the trigger is held to the rear.

    It's true there is no firing pin safety, but in spite of that Maks are pretty safe with one chambered--even with the safety off.
  13. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    Sorry to have to disagree with you. This mak fired, and there was not that much force applied to the hammer. Nor was the trigger held to the rear.

    Of coure, it may have been struck a heavier blow earlier, which did break something!

    FWIW, I don't trust the CZ52 with the safety off, or the CZ50. Both of these have a firing pin lock similar to the Colt series 80 system. I have made both of these fire also.
  14. Teakwood

    Teakwood Well-Known Member

    I carry my Mak chambered with safety off and hammer down. I can rip off the first few shots as well as about anyone. When I took my CCW exam, I used my EG Mak and had to fire 48 rounds from a mixture off postions. The first round in every mag was always DA. The target wound up with a nice 6-inch ragged hole in the middle.

    If you insist on carrying a piece cocked and locked, then I suggest you find something like a model 1911 and forget the Mak.
  15. abaddon

    abaddon Well-Known Member

    Sigh. All right, I guess my hopes of getting an inexpensive single action have been dashed once again. Although I may check out that East German safety 49hudson mentioned.
  16. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member


    Ok, let me rephrase my statement.
    The design of the pistol will NOT allow the hammer to contact the firing pin unless parts are broken or the trigger is held fully to the rear. Obviously if the gun is damaged before the test, all bets are off.
    Ok, I'll bite--how did you manage that? If the gun is not broken or defective the firing pin safety will prevent the firing pin from contacting the primer unless the trigger is fully to the rear. There is an aftermarket firing pin for the CZ-52 that disables the firing pin safety and there was a mod to fix some CZ-52s that had defective firing pin blocks--could one of those be a factor here? If the gun has the mod it will have a 'Z' stamped on the trigger guard. I don't know much about the CZ-50 pistols...
  17. jc2

    jc2 member

    Don't get your hopes up. That's NOT how the Simpson-Suhl safety work. 49hudson is passing on bad information.
  18. grendelbane

    grendelbane Well-Known Member

    Well, I just checked the CZ52, and there is no Z anywhere. So this may explain why it fired.

    In any case, firing pin locks and other safety devices are mechanical objects, and Murphy is always looking for a place to make an appearance.

    I used these as range guns only, so it was not a problem. For carry, I prefer a SIG.

    Maks are great, but if I had to carry one, I would use the safety.
  19. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    jc2 is correct. The Simson Suhl safety allows the slide to be racked with the safety on (which cannot be done with a regular Mak) so you can press check or clear the pistol with the safety engaged.
  20. jc2

    jc2 member

    I pretty sure the safety on the Mak locks the firing (but does not block it). I would guess that if a Mak is hit hard enough with the safety off, the firing pin could conceivably be propelled forward with enough force ignite the primer (regardless of the hammer). The Mak does pass the drop test for California (but that may be with the safety engaged) so I'd say it would have to be a heck of blow (or a soft primer or a primer seated to high). I know the 1911 can fire when dropped, and it has an inertial firing pin which the Mak doesn't.

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