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Makarovs and Tokarevs

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DAVIDSDIVAD, Feb 28, 2009.


    DAVIDSDIVAD member

    Hi everyone, this is one of those, "where do I find, how much should I pay, what is decent quality" kinda threads.

    My girlfriend is gonna come back to visit this summer, so I want to take her to the range, and I thought it'd be cool if I had one of the pistols from her homeland for her to try out.

    In case you missed the title, I'm looking for surplus russian handguns.

    No Nagant revolvers, or romanian guns please; I'd like it to be something strictly russian.

    Anyhow, THR away!
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009
  2. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    You're going to pay a premium on both of those guns if you want the Russian produced versions, especially the Tokarev. The Bulgarian version of the Makarov will be less expensive with the same quality. The Romanian Tokarevs I've seen are crude but not as worn or abused as the Russian versions. The Polish Tokarevs are some of the cream of the current crop, and are still less expensive than the Russian. I can't speak for the Chinese Toks, never handled one.

  3. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Get a Bulgarian military surplus (Arsenal) or Russian Commercial model with the adjustable sights. These are still the best values in Makarovs. Stick with the Mak. Its more pleasant to shoot than a Tok and a fine little pistol should you want to carry it.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2009

    DAVIDSDIVAD member

    Thanks guys, I appreciate you elaborating on your choices.

    Oh, that's another thing; would the 7.62x25 be a lot harsher in recoil than the 9x18?
  5. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    The recoil of the Tok is surprisingly minimal. Feels like a 9MM. It's an easy shooting gun. After all, it is only an 85 gr bullet. For practical purposes, the Makarov may be a better choice (size, weight, DA trigger, etc.) The Mak is also way easier to shoot proficiently. As much as I love my Tok and CZ 52s, I'd pick the Mak first.

    A question:
    If your girl is from a Com Bloc country, will she be thrilled or upset with your surprise? I mean, she may have some very negative feelings associated with the weapons that were used by some very oppressive police agencies. I ask because I once gave my friend's mother some white flowers for her birthday and it turned out that white flowers are used only in funerals in her native country. I caused a very awkward silence for a while there.
  6. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    Oh, that's another thing; would the 7.62x25 be a lot harsher in recoil than the 9x18?

    Hm, well given the slight difference in operating systems between the two pistols, I think it'll be the same but different. :)

    The Tokarev tames its higher velocity round a bit with the short recoil system. In my experience, it has more muzzle flip than the Makarov and the grip angle is a little awkward. However, the blowback Makarov tended to sting my hand a little after prolonged shooting, and that doesn't happen with the Tokarev.

    Even with the Tokarev being single action, I found the Makarov trigger to be a little lighter in SA and less 'rickety', for lack of a better word.

    Some of it will be subjective, though, and the only real way to see if it's too harsh for her will be to let her try them both if you can.

  7. dobrzemetal

    dobrzemetal Well-Known Member

    Best of luck when looking for a russian made makarov, I had trouble even finding a nice bulgy. Like the astute gentlemen above stated, the russain ones are not the quality of a bugly and your most likely going to pay MORE for a russian one anyway. If anything I don't know how she feels about rifles but you could always pick up a mosin rifle, thats 100% russian.

    On the where to find one?: good luck
    How much to pay?: For a nice mak, expect over 300 but under 500
    As for quality: E. German, Bulgy, Russian, Chinese
  8. makarovnik

    makarovnik Well-Known Member

    The Toakarev is the softer shooter of the two. The makarov is shooting about the maximum caliber that can be shot safely from an unlocked breech. Yeah I know a few guns like Hi-Point use an unlocked breech for larger calibers but that's rare.

    Anyway they are both good guns and the tokarev is actually very concealable for it's size. The makarov has the advantage of double action if you like that.

    I own both. I like to collect com bloc arms because they just seem to work. I have a russian mak and a polish tok.
  9. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    I have both.I converted my Tokarev to 9mm back in the 90's,when 7.62x
    25 wasn't as common as it is now [in this country] so recoil is similar to the Mak.I like the sight radius on the Tokarev better than the Mak,and my grips are the Tokagypt palm swell style,so the gun FEELS like a .45 in the hand,and I like that.On the other hand I have a Pearce grip on the Bulgarian Makarov so it is pretty comfy too.Also it would be pretty easy to carry.
    You'd better buy both.
  10. mordechaianiliewicz

    mordechaianiliewicz Well-Known Member

    Go with Tokarev.
  11. TehK1w1

    TehK1w1 Well-Known Member

    Makarov prices have been rising for a while, I haven't seen one under $300 for at least a year. Just FYI, the Mak is one of those rare guns that you have to abuse to make it malfunction-I've got over 500 flawless rounds through mine.

    DAVIDSDIVAD member

    well, she's a pretty smart, logical person. That, and she really liked my 1911. I just thought it would be a neat thing for her to be able to use something her country always had a position of "no, no- bad citizen" on

    Thanks everyone, I'll keep your advice in mind.

    No mosins, though; I don't want to break her shoulder :)
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2009
  13. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    I know that you want a russian pistol BUT a BIG +1 on the polish Tok suggestion...they really are the cream of the crop!
  14. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    If your girl's an ethnic Russian, any combloc manufactured weapon should do. IME, a good many Russians have some rather nostalgiac memories of the USSR. They remember those days as a high point of national influence and prestige for their country. They also considered the other "republics" to be virtual provinces of Mother Russia.
    My wife, now, is from Ukraine. She likes Makarovs, Tokarevs, AK's, SKS's and such quite well. She's also more pleased than not that all of our examples were manufactured in countries other than Russia. The Ukrainians, Bulgarians, et. al. largely do not share the Russian nostalgia for the CCCP.
  15. feudalson

    feudalson Well-Known Member

    i only have experance with the 9mak and for me and my father who also has one.. its been a great round.. we have the pa-63 platforms and that is also the gun i suggest you try to aquire... you can find them from 150 - 200 sometimes less sometimes more.. anyways happy hunting
  16. doubs43

    doubs43 Well-Known Member

    No love for the CZ-82? That would be my choice and a pistol I'd love to have after her visit ends. They are typical CZ quality, have two 12-round mags and are a terrific value at $200 ~ $229.

    It won't hurt to consider them.
  17. krs

    krs Well-Known Member

    I'll have to recommend an East German Makarov since no one has before me. Are they so unobtainable that people have given up ever finding one?

    Bulgarian, Russian commercial, the PA-63??!! Yuch! I'm surprised no one recomended the Russian made double stacker Makarov that exasperated even died in the wool MAK lovers so badly during it's brief appearance in our market.

    Go get yourself the best of the bunch: http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=123793617
  18. BlackHand1917

    BlackHand1917 Well-Known Member

    If cheapness of ammo is a major consideration, go for the Tokarev. Lots of cheap military surplus in 7.62X25 is available despite the great ammo shortages out there right now. I have resuurected my CZ-52 from the back of the safe to take advantage of this cheap ammo.
  19. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Yes, EG Maks are the best quality but your going to pay a huge premium for them. Your auction is starting at $345. A nice Bulgarian or Russian Commercial should only cost around $200 - $250.

    I would get a Bulgie. The quality is excellent, its got the fixed sights and they shoot great as all Maks do. The double stack Maks were fine. You can even use the single stack mags in them.
  20. woad_yurt

    woad_yurt Well-Known Member

    Hey, hey, hey, ease up on the PA-63! I did a heavier recoil & lighter hammer spring swap (Wolff springs) and now it's a great gun. Even with the springs, I have less than $200 into the gun. It's accurate, light, affordable, doesn't jam and it looks good.

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