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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bushhogger, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    I'm New to thr , I've recently bought a Bulgarian makarov,I was wondering how it compares to the other makarov s, this little gun seems like it will make a perfect carry pistol,I was also surprised by its accuracy
  2. TNBilly

    TNBilly Well-Known Member

    Excellent carry weapon! Mine isn't all that accurate with the European ammo but will hold a handsized group with 95gr Hornady XTP's in my handloads. It's a little more potent than a 380 but with a good grip you can have "three in the air" at a time.
  3. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    Mine seems to like the hornadys also, I can print a fist size group at 15yds , and that's saying alot cause I'm not that good of a pistol shot, but it seems to like the cheap military ammo to, thanks for the reply Billy,I'm new to thr, Awsome website
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Most of my friends have multiple Makarovs. I'm a big Makarov fan. I have 16. About half are Bulgarian.

    The guns are very tough and reliable. A little while back I did a non destructive torture test trying to make a new Bulgarian Mak malfunction in a thousand rounds.
    There was not one gun caused malfunction in over 1,000 rounds.




    I finished up testing the gun at 35 yards. The gun actually shoots much better than this but this is about all the 70+ year old shooter can do.

    Standing plinking with a very well worn Bulgarian Mak at 52 yards.
  5. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    why do you have to rub it in
    or were you just showing off?

    Someday I too hope to have a FEW of those...
  6. 06

    06 Well-Known Member

    Maks are sweet little shooters. I call them the AKs of the pistol world. Went back to carrying mine after the Sig FTF. Mags started jamming. Will be adding to my assortment asap.
  7. Girodin

    Girodin Well-Known Member

    Is this to be interpreted that there were other malfunctions? Mag related perhaps? Torture tests are always fun to read so I'm curious.
  8. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    Wow m2 that was better than picking up a issue of guns and ammo, I agree with shadow, thats rubbin it in, great collection by the way:D, by the way guys I'm New to thr , I'm using a smart phone, how do you attach pictures to your threads , I'm about fifteen years behind the curve on all this technology, any info would help
  9. kozak6

    kozak6 Well-Known Member

    The Bulgarian Makarovs are very well regarded. They are thought to be somewhat behind the Russian and E German ones in finish.

    I still wish I had bought one back in 2004 when they were super cheap.
  10. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    I gave 175 for the one I have , what have they been going for?
  11. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    The way I present information is.............
    from personal hands on experience if possible.........
    if I have some info, especially something a little unusual, I pass it on...........
    I always the tell the truth (as I see it) good or bad............
    show pictures if available...........
    show targets if available...........
    show anything unusual (like putting your new gun in mud :D

    Showing off? Not likely.:D
    I do have a lot of guns that I might show if it seems approprate, but there's really nothing to show off about just because you have been able to buy stuff.

    I usually explain that I am 73 with shaky hands and old eyes and in most cases a younger shooter should be able to get more out of the gun than I do.
    So sometimes I'll say something like, "I could only shoot this well but I think the gun will hold a couple inch group in the hands of a better shooter".

    There were a few malfunctions. One was a bad factory primer. As I recall the other was a bad reload (mine).

    The third was when I picked the gun out of the mud (loaded, cocked, round in the chamber) and I pulled the trigger.
    The space between the hammer and firing pin was full of mud.
    The gun did not fire on the first pull of the trigger but did fire on the second (DA) pull of the trigger.
    I continued to pull the trigger and the gun emptied the magazine. (above picture)

    And when a couple rounds jammed feeding, I saw a magazine was cracked. Very unusual. Of course I threw the mag away and never had the problem again.

    So, It depends on how you look at it. On the first trigger pull, when the mud blocked the hammer, the gun could not fire. Was that a gun caused malfunction or not?
    I say NO, but I won't argue if others say YES.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  12. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    yeah, I know, I'm just jealous.
  13. Litlman

    Litlman Well-Known Member

    I said it before. When I see a Mak thread I always look forward to the picks & coments of M2 Carbine . Thanks for them & Keep on posting.
  14. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    I agree with litlman , thanks for all the info m2 , like i said I'm New to thr, but it's great to get all this feedback , thanks again m2, one more question is there a after market grip for the for the mak like a houge or pacmyier
  15. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    Yes, Pachmayr makes a nice rubber grip for the Makarov. It is wider and cushions some of the gun's sharp recoil. A lot of people like that grip.
    Last I saw, a few years ago, they were selling for about $15.

    I haven't seen many Maks at the gun shows in the last couple years. And haven't seen any Maks in good shape for under $300. I think nice East German Maks are bringing $400+ now.

    Back in 2006 I bought this refinished EG Mak from a dealer who had it refinished for a personal gun. It turned out so nice he never used it. I paid $340 for it. I haven't used it either.:)

    This one has a Bulgarian 22 Conversion. They were available from makarov.com for a short while.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  16. bushhogger

    bushhogger Active Member

    Thanks m2
  17. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    I'd say the Bulgarian Maks are the second best made and third most valuable (the best are the East German and the most valuable are the Simson Suhl, post unification German ones). I'd put the Bulgies and Russian military Maks on the same level.

    My Bulgie is one of the guns I've sold over the years that I regret selling the most (I had Novak sights installed by the guys at Makarov.com ... they're out of business now).
  18. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

  19. Red October

    Red October Well-Known Member

    I have a Chinese Makarov, and love it. I tried a couple of .380's before it (Beretta Model 70 and Walther PPK), but never got any decent results from them. My Makarov is much more accurate than they ever were, and very dependable. It is my go-to carry gun.
  20. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member

    Nice Gun, simple gun. For concealed carry, sure. However, there are better guns made nowadays with higher capacity, better round for the weight. Also, 9X18 MAK defensive ammo is limited to 2-3 loads tops.

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