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Got my first handgun.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ukraine Train, Jan 5, 2004.

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  1. Ukraine Train

    Ukraine Train Member

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    Went to a gun show near Cleveland on Saturday (just over a week after my 21st birthday) and found a Bulgarian Makarov in pretty good shape. Has some wear in the bluing around the muzzle but other than that it's clean. Came with two mags, cleaning tool and two grips. $150 with tax. Also got 150 rounds but haven't had a chance to try it out yet.
     
  2. krept

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    Congrats, nice choice for a first.
     
  3. cratz2

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    A Mak is an outstanding place to start.

    Good gun, reliable, concealable (if a bit heavy) and cheap to shoot...

    Being your first time and all, be sure to stay safe. ;)
     
  4. BowStreetRunner

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    hey, that was my first handgun too!
    my first gun really :)
    I love it too
    cant go wrong with a bulgy mak
    BSR
     
  5. JimJD

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    Wow, nice choice!
    I was just at local shop, they have them for $200.00, one mag, and that's it.
    You made out nice :D
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    Congrats on your first! ;)
     
  7. jayhway

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    Congrats on the new handgun!

    I've had my Bulgarian Mak and found it a real blast to shoot. Cheap ammo may be hard to find locally, but is very cheap online. Only changes I made to my Mak was 1) Changed out crappy grips with Pearce grip (or EG grip) 2) Put in a 19# recoil spring.
     
  8. Ukraine Train

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    Well, I took it to the range last night. In a word: awesome! With a little practice I got all 8 rounds into about a 1.5" group at ~12ft, though it was about an inch to the left and a half inch above point of aim. The only hiccup I experienced was the slide failed to lock back once after the last round. Other than that, no trouble feeding any of the three types of ammo I had, including HP. I think I might upgrade the grip as the black plastic one it came with tended to bite the web of my hand a bit. A 19# recoil spring may be in order too. My hands were starting to get a bit shakey after a few mags so I need to figure out how to cure that.
     
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  9. George Hill

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    Good choice... and good grouping your first time out.
    Congratulations.
     
  10. La Pistoletta

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    How powerful is the Makarov ammunition?
     
  11. Ukraine Train

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    The ammo I was shooting was 92gr (fmj), 95gr (fmj), and 115gr (hp) so it packs a smaller punch than even 9mm Luger but this goes back to the debate of "is 9x18 inadequate for self defense?" A lot of people will tell you that shot placement is more important than what round you're using. I'll tell you, though, the web of my right hand is sore today hehe. The recoil is snappy, especially with the hollow points.
     
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