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Pistols in 9mm Makarov

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Quoheleth, May 17, 2012.

  1. Quoheleth

    Quoheleth Well-Known Member

    I've had my C&R since around Valentine's Day and haven't put it to use yet. I'm thinking about one of the various Makarov-chambered guns as a good first use.

    I know the CZ82 is probably top of the heap and it's available for $200-220 at various on-line places.

    How about the other guns? How do they compare? While it would probably be a plinker, if it shoots comfortably it could also see use as a rough-duty CCW (i.e., post-hurricane clean up, etc. - where I don't care if it gets scuffed, dropped, or loaned to a neighbor).

    Final question...some people say the recoil is very snappy. I have a Taurus 738 in .380 that I just do NOT enjoy shooting at all. Is the 9Mak worse than that gun?

    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  2. BRE346

    BRE346 Well-Known Member

    I tried an old Makarov 9mm. It was pretty comfortable.
  3. Wildbillz

    Wildbillz Well-Known Member

    9mm Mak is an OK cartridge. Sort of between a 380acp and 9mm Luger. I have a PA 63 which is sort of a copy of a Walter PP in 9mm Mak. Some say its painful to fire but it don't bother me. Also have a Cz 82 in that caliber. Package is a little big for the calber but the price is right on them. Be aware thought spare mags can be costly. The only other one I have played with was the Makarov PM pistol. Never fired it but they seem well built. Mags for it have gone way up and the only ones that seem to be avalible are not C&R guns.

    Ammo is easy to find, most of the Acadamys have it. Price is still pretty cheap. Reloading dies are expensive (RCBS was like $57.00) Only reloadable brass I have found was from Starline and not real cheap, on the bright side I understand that you can make your own brass by trimming down 9mm Luger cases. Bullets are lager then standard 9mm so you have to get the right ones. Selection is not all that great but they are out there.

  4. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    I own a Makarov and a CZ-82 (my Makarov is in .380, but still a valid comparison). Both are nice guns. I find the Makarov a little more visually appealing, and I like its simplicity of design, but I find the CZ-82 more comfortable to hold and shoot. Accuracy is about even between them, though the sights on the CZ-82 are better IMHO.
  5. surfzombie

    surfzombie Active Member

    Corret me if I am wrong but the only Makarov caliber pistols that are c&r eliagable are the Polish P64, Czech cz82 and the older PM Makarovs like the East German and The original Russiam Military and maybe some of the Chinese model 59. If you want a different caliber the Tokarev's are c&R. I personally love the Pm Makarovs. I own or have owned most of them. The cz82 is a nice pistol but it is a double stack mag and so it's wider and more bulky. The Polish P64 is very nice and I carried it for many years. It has a very harsh or sharp felt recoil but that can be toned down if you want very easily and inexpensively. I say collect them all. One at a time and keep the ones you like and sell the rest. That's what I did.
  6. MrDig

    MrDig Well-Known Member

    Not really sort of, it is exactly in between, 380=9x17 , Makarov=9x18 , Luger/Parabellum/NATO=9x19

    Names for the .380 ACP include .380 Auto, 9mm Browning, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, and 9×17mm.
    Names for the Makarov include 9 mm Makarov, 9×18mm, 9×18mm PM, 9 mm Mak, 9×18mm Soviet
    Names for the Parabellum9×19, 9 mm, 9 mm Luger, 9 mm NATO, 9×19mm, 9×19mm NATO, 9 mm Parabellum, 9 mm Para

    In the U.S. when you say 9mm it is commonly accepted that you mean Parabellum, if you mean .380 or Makarov you need to specify.
  7. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Two viable choices are Russian Baikal or surplus Bulgarian Makarov pistols. The East German, Chinese, and non-commercial Russian ones are found at prices that make them uninteresting. I haven't seen Chinese one locally in several years. The 95gr 9x19 from 4" barrel moves at >1300fps while 95gr one from 3.75" 9x18 tube at about 1100fps. Ok, 9x18 "cane" might come close to the Luger chambering.
  8. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of Makarovs, a Russian and a German. I put Pearce grips on the Russian, which made it a lot more pleasant to shoot. With the original plastic grips, it was a bit "snappy" IMO.
  9. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Comparing the cartridge lengths is somewhat of a pointless comparison though. There are many other factors at work (for one, the 9mm Mak uses a slightly wider bullet, and the .380 ACP case is narrower at the base with less taper). It makes most sense to compare actual power/muzzle energy of the rounds.

    With that in mind, 9mm Makarov is technically "between" .380 and 9mm, but realistically it is WAY biased towards the .380 side of that spectrum.

    Standard .380 ACP loads generate around 200 ft lbs of muzzle energy. 9mm Mak generates 230-240 ft lbs. 9mm Luger generates around 400 ft lbs for standard loads.

    If you start looking at the +P loads there is even LESS spread between .380 and 9mm Mak, and for a lot of manufacturers the .380 will outperform it in their +P loads (eg, for Buffalo Bore the strongest 9mm Mak load they make generates 267 ft lbs - their strongest .380 generates 294 ft lbs).

    So, yes, the 9mm Mak does fall "in between", but to suggest its anything approaching an even split right down the middle is just inaccurate.
  10. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I'm familiar with the PA-63 and P64.

    Downsides -
    P64: this gun is not dropsafe unless you have the manual safety on. It is known to fire when dropped on the back of the hammer with the hammer down and safety off. The manual safety blocks the firing pin. The hammer is a weird floating design, at rest. Sorta like a half cock notch, except it can't be lowered all the way down. There's free space between the hammer and firing pin, and when that notch fails in a drop, the gun can fire. Upwards, towards your head. This is not theoretical; it's happened to two people. So even though it's DA/SA, you must keep the safety on at all times.

    PA-63: definitely do not dryfire this gun. I'm on my 6th trigger return spring and my third FP spring. :)
    Last edited: May 17, 2012
  11. DesertFox

    DesertFox Well-Known Member

    C&R here too. CZ82 and P64 are the Makarovs that ended up finding a home amongst the others here. My opinion is that the CZ82 shoots like a laser due to the fixed barrel. It has a light SA trigger pull to the point where I've fired before I was actually ready for my next shot for crazy-fast double-tap. Wife also verifies CZ82 to be easy to shoot and accurate at SD distances.

    P64 is a little beast that can hurt the web of one's hand if several boxes of ammo are fired. Seems to have decent shootability and all but since the mags only hold 6 rounds, I'd rather pack a revolver. Good to have crossed off of your C&R list.
  12. thedriver101

    thedriver101 Well-Known Member

    I believe surfzombie is correct. C&R can only get you Makarov guns older than 50 years (pre 1962), or Makarov guns made in USSR or E. Germany (which no longer exist).

    As far as the a Mak goes, I've only shot a CZ82. Recoil wasn't anything special. Not snappy like a .40, but not a 1911 9mm - if that spectrum helps. Pistols aren't particularly refined (but then again, what Soviet bloc firearm is), but they're super durable.
  13. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    The makarov s are awesome CCW guns. I like my Russian whch i carry 80 percent of the time . In hot Houston nothing is better than a small slim pistol. I load mine with Barnaul 95 gr JHP ,
  14. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have a few pistols in the 9x18 and .380 calibers.

    9x18 Polisk P-64 and Bulgarian Makarov.

    Refinished 9x18 East German Makarov.

    Makarov compared to a S&W model 60.

    Bulgarian 22LR conversion.

    Some of the East German, Bulgarian and Russin Makarovs, along with CZ 82 and 83, Hungarian PA-63 and Polish P64 pistols. 9x18, .380, .32ACP and even 22LR.
    The Makarovs are 9x18, .380 and 22LR.
    The CZ 82 is 9x18 and the CZ83 are 9x18, .380 and 32ACP.

    The P-64 and PA63 are lower end and inexpensive but still decent guns, after replacing some springs.

    The Makarovs and CZ83 are good guns but can also stand heavier recoil springs.
    Personally I favor the Makarov over the CZ for no real reason, I just like it better.

    All the guns are accurate.
    P64 at 50 yards. (standing, two hands)

    Makarov at 52 yards. Standing, two hands. (this Mak shows a LOT of use)

    I tried to make a Makarov malfunction (it didn't).


    The gun filled with "pocket lint".

    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  15. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    M2 Carbine has the Makarov thing down pat. Great guns, great photos!

    I went with the CZ 82. Mine has an excellent trigger and is most accurate with the least expensive Russian Ammo (Brown Bear). My daughter shoots it, she has never complained about it being snappy. I think the slip on rubber grip helps.

    If you ever have to get the CZ worked on, the gunsmiths at CZUSA are knowledgeable and very helpful. Highly recommended. The price on these guns is way out of proportion to what you get. They certainly ring the best bang for the buck buzzer for me.

    Now that I've had the 82 for a while, I'd probably by a Makarov if a nice one came my way.
  16. nelson133

    nelson133 Well-Known Member

    I have CZ82, Russian, East German, and Bulgarian Makarovs and P-83 Polish pistols. I think the P-83 is the sleeper in this group, wholesale price on those I got recently was $167, but they aren't C&R. Make sure you get 2 mags with the gun as the standard Makarov mags don't work.
    The CZ82 is a fine pistol, retail on a new CZ83 is about $600 and the only difference is the caliber. The finish isn't great on the 82 though. It is higher capacity than the rest of these and has an American style mag release.
    Accuracy is very good in all of these, they are blowback with a fixed barrel. The 82 has a polygonal rifling, the rest have standard rifling. Take down couldn't be simpler.
    It is simple to make brass out of 9mm, I run the case through the sizer-decapping die, and trim with a cheap Lee trimmer in an electric drill. Deburr and you are ready to go.
    We have trained a number of women on these and they are very popular for carry for beginners. Small and flat (except the CZ) and heavy enough to keep the recoil down.
  17. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    The 83 is also 9x18 and .380 and .32.

  18. CZguy

    CZguy Well-Known Member

    I seem to remember that the CZ 83 is blued while the 82 has some type of paint.
  19. nelson133

    nelson133 Well-Known Member

    "The finish isn't great on the 82 though."
    Yup the CZ82 has a paint like finish that tends to chip. The CZ83 is still in production and therefore new parts for the 82 are readily available, unlike the resat of these pistols.
  20. MrDig

    MrDig Well-Known Member

    If I was going to buy one I would get one of the Surplus CZ 82 or 83's from JG Sales.
    Word of caution though Detail stripping them is a major pain. Actually from what I have read disassembly is easy, reassembly is the problem. Many a smith has wound up making big money from a Bag O Gun that was a surplus CZ 82/83 DIY project.
    Field Stripping is not the problem. Detail stripping to refurbish is.

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