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My Makarov article is free online!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dirty Bob, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. Dirty Bob

    Dirty Bob Well-Known Member


    I occasionally write for ModernSurvival.net (http://www.magserver.net/modernsurvival/), and my latest article is a short introduction to the Makarov. Take a look, please, and let me know what you think! The editor, Jim Benson, is a good guy (former editor of Survival Guide), and he said yes when I asked that the Mak article be one of the "freebies" this issue. I apologize for the low-resolution photos, but they optimize them for fast page loading.

    All my best,

    "Dirty Bob" Grundman
    Secretary/Treasurer, Local #327,
    Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
  2. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Bob .... good work .... a comprehensive resume of the piece with, I'd say, about all that needs covered. You sholuld feel pleased.

    I have a Russian ... (Bulgy import tho) and love it ... wonderful piece. Maybe a tad heavy but .. tough as nails, and reliable. I managed to get some .365 cast bullets (93 grn LRN) at a gunshow a while back .. and plan to load for this pup ... when I get to it!

    Again .... kudos .. nice article.:)


    BTW .... after a small dig to find article ... this appears to be a more direct link ...

  3. alamo

    alamo Well-Known Member

    Good article. You can't say enough good things about Makarovs.
  4. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Well-Known Member

    Good article, dude. Only question I have regards the field stripping section. Most everything I've read says to remove the grip screw and grips before doing the trigger guard thing and removing the slide. Is that necessary or not?
  5. Dirty Bob

    Dirty Bob Well-Known Member

    You don't have to remove the grips

    In my experience, you can leave the grips on. Perhaps that step was added to make sure people don't get solvents on a nice set of grips and melt them!

    Thanks for the kind words. I really think the Mak is a great little pistol. They really work for me, and they'll work for you if you do your part. The day I shot the humble target shown in the article (at San Antonio's Bracken Range), there were two guys next to me taking turns with a laser-sighted Browning High Power in .40 S&W (drool!). They were having trouble hitting the paper at seven yards, with sights or laser! Skill and mindset are much more important than the best pistol money can buy (though I'd still love to have a High Power!).

    All my best,
  6. joe sixpack

    joe sixpack Well-Known Member

    Good job Bob and thanks for the post. I took posession of a Bulgarian Makarov last Saturday and am looking forward to getting it out to the range soon.

    cheers, ab
  7. gvass

    gvass Well-Known Member

    great article, very realistic, no junk advertainment, as it is usual in gun rags.

    Good job!
  8. Stephen A. Camp

    Stephen A. Camp Moderator In Memoriam

    Hello, sir. I enjoyed your article on the Makarov. Thank you.

  9. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine Well-Known Member

    Nice work Bob. My Makarovs are the best bargains I've ever purchased. Rick
  10. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    Good article. Good gun.
    I recently aquired and then lost a Russian comercial Mak.
    The Bride has claimed it as her new CCW Carry gun.
    She says she will let me shoot it... if I'm a good boy.

    Attached Files:

  11. Dorrin79

    Dorrin79 Well-Known Member

    good article - I love my Bulgarian Mak.

    Still trying to decide whether to use Barnaul 95gr jhp or (insert brand here) FMJ in it, though. Penetration vs expansion...

    One thing I found that vastly improves the ergonomics of the gun are the finger-rest floorplate replacements from Makarov.com . I have big hands, and the sharp forward lip on the original floorplates bit me (not bad enough to draw blood, but painful). The replacement floorplates totally fixed that...
  12. CZF

    CZF Well-Known Member

    George, get her a Glossy Blue CZ83. She will soon forget about the

  13. WhiteKnight

    WhiteKnight Well-Known Member

    I thought with a decent hollowpoint design (read 'Speer Gold Dot") and standard pressur (though even more so with +P or +p+) that 9mm offered excellent expansion. Am I wrong?
  14. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    CZ-83... Ah, no. If I get a CZ-83, it will be for me and she can keep the Mak!
  15. Dirty Bob

    Dirty Bob Well-Known Member

    White Knight, you're right (AFAIK) about the 9mm with hollowpoints. With good, modern HP ammo, I think the 9x19 is a heck of a good choice.

    What I was comparing was reported performance of full metal jacket ("ball") ammo in the 9mm and the 9x18 Makarov. The point I was trying to make is that the two are roughly comparable in (in)effectiveness when used with the ball ammo that militaries are forced to use. The one place where I think the full power 9mm is better with ball ammo is in penetrating chance barriers, such as window frames and car doors.


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