Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ignition Override, Jan 3, 2017.
The Russian is my only carry gun.
Now, I am moving on to other 9x18's like the P-83 which I like better for carry than my Bulgie Mak which I still carry from time to time. Love all my Maks!
I briefly had a Russian commercial one that had an unsupported chamber and bulged brass like mad. If I was going to suggest collecting I'd start with military guns.
Good little blasters. Powerful enough to do the job, dead nuts reliable. This one has a mite under 3K with no jams whatsoever.
I should have learned how to upload photos years ago. You guys' (or any gals') guns are very nice.
Dr. Rob: the (WW2) Mauser Hsc I bought two years ago also had badly bulged brass.
Some prior owner 'know-it-all' had made the feed ramp concave, probably dealing with jhp rounds? It was very difficult locating a replacement barrel ($240 on GB).
I use a small cloth with RIG grease on it and wipe down every once and a while. It makes a thin rust resistant layer but is not slippery.
I see many reasons to enjoy the PM and the other Comm-Blocs.
Have had two.. one a 380 (sold to a friend) and still have the 9mm Mak. They work ! What more can a Russian pistol do.
Down here in Peru it is the most desired and purchased pistol. Have the carry people are using them. I will stick to my Smith & Colt revolvers though.
Mike in Peru
The Maks are the most fun to shoot although the CZ 82 is no slouch and as i have repeatidly stated the P 64 is downright unpleasant.
Lucky for us ( until the liberals banned everything) the Commies broke up and the splinter nations moved to more modern 9mm pistols jflooding the US with cheap, utilitarian Combloc pistols and rifles.
Well ... I "accumulated" 2 a few years ago, if that counts.
In 2004 I saw VG/EXC Bulgy Maks advertised on SOG for $124, so I bought a pair. I then found a good price for some recent-mfr n/c 9x18 ammo and bought a 1k case.
They sport consecutive serial numbers and are in EXC condition.
I have never fired either pistol. I cleaned/inspected/oiled them and put them in the south gunsafe.
If my sister or niece ever decides to go Concealed Carry I will probably try them on those.
Gave one to my son on his 21st birthday (he is now 35), the second quickly became my wife's, and the third, with no import marks, ended up being mine. Since that time I have also added a CZ82 and a P-64. Sure wish that ammo was as cheap as it used to be, but it can still be found at bargain prices.
Don't get your panties in a wad. One man's trash can certainly be another's treasure. One country's abandoned sidearm can certainly trek on as a excellent CCW.
Besides there's a wartime P38 and a P7psp that are also members of what I call my euro trash
I realize you had parentheses around it, but just wanted to clarify that for any newbies considering one. Sounds like you have a distinguished 'euro-trash' collection.
The 83's DA trigger is slightly heavy, but a really smooth (steady pressure), easier to hit where it is aimed than most Maks. This 83 is practically a well-kept secret. Awareness of the little P-64 'viper' keeps some milsurp people from discovering the larger 83.
A buddy with one hundred milsurp rifles in a large vault, who carries a 64 had not known about it.
Do you guys/gals check 'Armslist' for your state ? I've made about eight FTF deals via Armslist. Somebody in Clarkesville TN had a Bulgy Mak. listed last night.
Also listed in Clarkesville is a CZ-82. Very nice DA and SA triggers on these.
I have RCBS carbide dies, Winchester brass, Hornady XTC slugs (hundreds of 'em.) All I got at a gun shop going out of business for a very good price. Plus i have maybe 600 rounds of Wolf brand ammo.
It's all I need!
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