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Makarov ya or nay?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by husker, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    Im in the market for a semi-auto handgun. I really like the way the Makarov feels in my hand & the price tag. But I have never shot one, & know lil to nothing about them. Are their some things I should look for while shopping ? Their seems to be many manufactures to. Is one better than the other?
    Thanks in advance for the education.
  2. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    There is only one Makarov. It was made in China, Russia, Bulgaria and East Germany.

    The Polish P64 and Hungarian PA63 and CZ 82/83 are not Makarovs. They shoot the 9x18 rounds. They are decent guns but cost less than a Mak (except the CZ83).

    The Makarov is a excellent shooting, reliable and tough pistol.

    Personally I like the Makarov, so much so I've bought about 25 amd still own about 17.

    Last edited: Jan 10, 2013
  3. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    big ya
  4. JERRY

    JERRY Well-Known Member

    build like a tank with the weight to match.

    kicks more than i care for considering the caliber/power level.

    slightly better than .380acp levels, ammo was cheap when i had one.

    good accuracy, never had a problem with the bulgy mak i had.
  5. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    WOW! Nice collection M2.
    Do they make the 9x18 ammo in +p? If so,ok to use?
    My reason for wanting this handgun is for concealed carry. I should have mentioned that to start with.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013
  6. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    I carry my Russian commercial as my daily CHL loaded the Barnaul 95 g JHP. Its so light and conceals very well. The nice thing is, they are very accurate for a small gun. And also built very robust. I do need a nice Bulgy someday to complement my Russian.
  7. owlhoot

    owlhoot Well-Known Member

    Maks are no longer the great bargain that they were back in the day. And the cheap ammo supply has long been dry. So I can't think of a practical reason to go looking for one unless you are a collector. They are big and heavy for the level of power offered. There are several good nines that are smaller and lighter and the cost isn't significantly more.

    On the other hand, I have a Russian Mak that I purchased almost twenty years ago. It is dependable and it is quite accurate. It was a fun plinker back when ammo was very inexpensive. But now there's not much use for it. It just sits in the safe and sulks.
  8. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    9MM Mak ammo is available in bulk for similar prices, or sometimes less than 9MM Luger ammo. It is also easily reloadable using Starline brass or by trimming 1MM off of readily available 9x19 (9MM Luger) brass. Mak sized bullets are also readily available from most reloading suppliers and bullet makers including inexpensive cast lead. So if you don't want to spend the $10/box of 50 for factory ammo, you can reload for it cheaply.

    The Makarov is slim, and easily carried and the 9x18 round is a bit more powerful than .380. If fits in most common holsters designed for small semi-autos. Its all steel contruction, and weight make it easy to shoot well. It is simple and robust in construction, and is very accurate and reliable because of this fact.

    I have four Maks. An EG, two Bulgarians and a Russian Commercial .380. I sometimes carry one of the Bulgies which I believe are the best value and still available for around $200 if you look. They are well worth that and more.
  9. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    The 9mm Makarov is one of my favorite cartridges to load. Several years ago I obtained a rather large quantity of brass and since I cast my own bullets, I find the Mak a real joy to own and shoot.

    The guns have that classic look as well as being nice shooters for the most part.

    A big "Yea" from me.
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Yes, Buffalo Bore makes a +P in that chambering. They do not, however, recommend use in the PA/63. Firing it in the Mak, CZ82, or P-64 is GTG though.

    Hope this helps.
  11. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

    There are plenty of more modern guns you might like more. However, if you like the Mak, then get it, it is a particularly reliable and robust gun and it will not disappoint you.

    Many military surplus maks had worn mainsprings and this made them kick harder than they should. It's a ten dollar part and it is easy to replace.

    Many who carry the Mak prefer rubber grips to the hard plastic they usually come with.
  12. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    I bought te Chinese Norinco for $125 many years ago and a Bulgarian for $135 some time later and still have them. For the money they are an excellent gun. I like the design and it has enough power as a CCW.
  13. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    I carry a Russian commercial Makarov in .380 occasionally. Its a good gun. Solid, and reliable. As said earlier it is heavy though. Also, if you plan to carry it and get one with the lanyard loop on the grip you'll almost have to replace that grip. The loop will dig into your side all day. You can still find Pearce Makarov grips out there though.
  14. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Niet. There are too far too many better choices out there. Even lowly Ruger SR9C is better gun in every way.
  15. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Unless stichken.
  16. Rubber_Duck

    Rubber_Duck Well-Known Member

    I say yay. The Makarov is one of my favorite handguns of all time, it's very accurate, extremely reliable, easy to disassemble, and looks good. I also like that the safety is "down to fire" like a 1911 so I won't get confused under stress since a 1911 is the only other gun I shoot and practice with that has a manual safety. The only downside to me is the heel mag release but it's easy enough to use with some practice. Recoil is a bit snappy but it's not difficult to shoot.
  17. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    For two reasons I recommend replacing the recoil spring in any Makarov you buy.
    You do not know the gun's history and I use the Wolff 21 pound spring in all my Makaroves, even the .380 ones.
    The heavier spring softens the recoil a litle but it does make it harder to pull the slide back.
    Also I feel better with the heavy spring installed when using hotish loads.

    BTW I tried to make a new Bulgarian malfunction in the first 1,000 rounds. I didn't succeed. :)

  18. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    Never shot a MAK but man I sure like the CZ82.
  19. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    My fave of the 9x18 clan too.
  20. parsimonious_instead

    parsimonious_instead Well-Known Member

    Wish I had waited until SOG had gotten a replenishment of Makarovs instead of "settling" for a P-64.
    The P-64 is rugged and well-make, but the Makarovs I've fired felt far better in the hand and overall, easier to handle.
    Makarovs and their progeny are concealable with more than adequate ballistic power. I wouldn't pass one up.

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