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New Mak Owner

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by chaseguitar, Jun 18, 2007.

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  1. chaseguitar

    chaseguitar Member

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    Bought a Russian (Baikal) IJ-70 in 9x18 MAK a few days ago for a carry/truck weapon...I gave $135 for the gun, a holster, and an extra mag, and feel like I stole the gun...great rifling, good trigger, and very accuate for a little gun....any opinions on the gun and the round....I think I'm going to love this thing...
     
  2. Paladin7

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    I have an East German Mak...would definitely bet my life on it... Great gun very reliable and very accurate. 9X18 Mak is equivalent to 380 acp. I believe Hornady makes good defensive ammo for it.

    Teddy Jacobsen did a write up on it a while back, don't have a copy, but you ought to be able to find it on the net.

    Also, AGI American Gunsmithing Institute has a video on the Mak that is very worthwhile to get.

    All the best on your new acquisition...
     
  3. usp9

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    I too have a E. German made gun. It was a pleasant surprise. Be sure to clean the firing pin chamber and pin itself. You may find Pierce grips a bit more comfortable...at least I did. Mine works with all ammo tried, both commie crap and expensive ammo. Have fun and be safe.
     
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  5. M2 Carbine

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    Makarovs are the Devil's work.
    If you let one in your home it gets in your head and makes you buy another and another.

    That's why I buy all I can to keep them out of the hands of unsuspecting shooters.:D


    Yes you got a great buy. Roughly half of what they are selling for.


    I like Maks.:)
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  6. Rockrivr1

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    I have two Maks so far, an E German and a Russian, and I love them. Very simple to shoot, ammo isn't all that expensive and they are pretty accurate. Can't go wrong for the price. Very unlike my CZ-52. The trigger slap on that is not fun at all.
     
  7. Malodorousroadkill

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    Welcome to the club! Makarovs are among the finest pistols around. I love my Bulgarian. Never jammed, doesn't need a lot of cleaning. I really recommend the Pierce grips. They make shooting it an absolute pleasure. The extra strength wolff spring really helps too(but wife can't rack the slide). Head over to http://www.makarov.com great site for makarov goodies.
     
  8. Magowah

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    After I got mine, Chaseguitar couldnt stand it and he had to have one. Clear case of Mak envy!
     
  9. nwilliams

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    I have one of those and its a great gun, I use it as my summer carry weapon.

    I had two IJ-70's but I recently sold one to a friend so I could buy a Browning HP. Whenever I see one at a shop I always see what the price is, if its under $200 I'd consider it.

    For $135 I would have grabbed it up also, congrats on the new gun!

    How about a pic of your new family member;)
     
  10. M2 Carbine

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    I've lost five or more Maks to friends that shot them then just had to have it.
    Back when the Russian Maks were $125 I'd sell the gun to them and I'd have an excuse to buy two more at the next gun show.

    I remember telling my Wife that there was a Federal law that if you owned a Makarov, you had to own a half dozen.
    No, She didn't buy it either.:D
     
  11. wrangler5

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    A Mak is my cool weather carry gun - in an IWB holster whenever I can cover it with something. Personally, I find it too heavy for pants pocket carry (even if I had really big pockets) but larger people don't have that same problem. If you are thinking about using it as a carry gun, take a look at http://www.gunboards.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=64096

    You got an excellent deal on that gun. Leaves you enough to get a Bulgarian and still be under $400 for the both of 'em. Then you could get the 22 conversion kit ...

    Well, you were warned. :D

    Welcome to the club.
     
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