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Russian Makarov

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 191145fan, Feb 20, 2009.

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  1. 191145fan

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    Several years ago I had a couple of Bulgarian Makarov's and I stupidly sold them. Finally I have been able to find a replacement. I found it at a local pawn shop.

    A Russian Mak with a case, aftermarket grip and extra magazine. Probably paid too much for it but I couldn't resist it.

    I dont here much about Mak's anymore. Are there any other Makarov lovers?
     
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    What did you pay, if I may ask?
    My last one was $280.
     
  4. 191145fan

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    I paid $299

    I thought it might be a tad high but they are hard to find around this area and I thought I had better get it.

    Even if it was a little high I am please with it.
     
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    I bought two for $400 a while back.
    Don't have any of them anymore....
     
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    Mine was $200. Want to add a larger safety as it is hard to move. My bud has one that has a safety nearly 1/4 inch high. Mine is nearly flush and difficult to move easily. wc
     
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    Pls. disregard....

    My double post apologies.
     
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    I paid $180 brand spankin' new including tax. That was in 1999. I paid $160 for my TT-33 in 2004.

    They are nice but I refuse to pay $300 for those guns now. If I want cheap I go with the Polish P64 for $150 and put new springs in. For $300 I would go with the Kel-Tec or for even less, a Bersa.
     
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    I not sure I know how to answer that. Was it meant rhetorically, maybe?

    Congratulations on your Mak-gaining!
     
  11. ambidextrous1

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    I paid less than any of the above claims when I bought my Russian Mak, and shoot it regularly; it's a good, solid & reliable firearm. I like it very much.

    Having said that, I wouldn't pay $350 or more for one. It's definitely a 20th Century firearm, considering size and weight. This is the 21st Century, and more comfortable .380 pistols are available for that price.
     
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    Comparing Makarov prices of a few years ago to todays prices are apples to oranges.
    There hasn't been a Makarov imported into this country in a few years.
     
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    Bingo. Makarovs are moving from a widely available gun that's a good value and inexpensive yet robust pistol for self defense and plinking to a collectors item. When I walked into a local gun shop that also does brisk national internet sales and saw a typical, blued, used Russian commercial Mak listed at $399, I knew things had really changed. The current political climate is also to blame.
     
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    I own one of each and the P-64 (with new springs) isn't in the same league as a Makarov, not even close. The P-64 works but the Makarov works well. One's a functional gun while the other one's a great gun.

    Even at $350 for a used Mak, it's still a great gun. Folks merely got spoiled by surplus prices and now poo-poo the current prices. If Makarovs were built by Ruger, S&W, Beretta, or any other big name, people would be snapping them up without complaints about the price.
     
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    I own a Russian Mak, but got it for $175 back in about 03. Then it was an OK price, but on the rise. My regret is not picking up a perfect Mak for the same price a year later. BUT - IMHO, they are a BIT overpriced now. A brand new Bersa CC is a more attractive buy at about $320-350 than a Mak at the same price. The Bersa is more refined, and likely has a better trigger (maybe not). It is lighter, and in the case of the CC, smaller and a better carry. With the Mak, you get a little history, but again, they're a bit overboard on the price now. Granted, if you get a nice deeply blued EG or even a nice Bulgy for $300-350, it is still a decent buy by TODAY's inflated standards.
     
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    There are advantages to living in a part of the country where people are mostly patriotic rednecks.

    I bought a Russian Mak last year that was like new for $95 at a local pawn shop. A month ago I picked up a Bulgy Mak that showed a lot of holster wear, but hardly any shooting wear for $129 at the same shop.

    I got a like new EG at another shop about a year and a half ago for $195. It is a safe queen though. It doesn't even have wear on the rails...
     
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    Saw an East German at the local gun show Sat.....Super clean, asking $345......arrrrrrrrg, temptation.....I left it behind. :(
     
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    You may be able to "spring" the spring a bit to make it easier, looks like it's staked into place, but maybe you can grab it with needle nosed pliers and pull it out, then bend it a tiny bit so it's a tad lighter in the detents.
     
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    Actually you have joined a forum full of dyed-in-the-wool Makarov lovers! I personally have not had the pleasure but you sir are not alone here at THR.

    Buddyof mine has an East German Makarov and it is one of his go-to guns.
     
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    I really enjoy my Bulgarian Makarov.
    Jack
     
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    I LOVE my makarov, Its really my pride and joy. I do not have a Huge collection of firearms but from the few select pistols and rifles I have, it has been a constant companion and been 100% reliable and accurate. Best 300$ Investment I have ever made.
     
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    I paid $135 for my first Bulgarian Makarov in late 2004 / early 2005, plus shipping and transfer fee (which weren't that much). Got it from J&G Sales in Arizona.

    I feel anything more than I've paid since is too much.

    That being said, I still think they're solid pistols.

    jm
     
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    If the bore is clean and looks good (little to no wear or pitting), the finish is good, and it has been thoroughly cleaned, you picked up a good one.

    Word of advice, find out if the model you purchased was a remanufacture by the armory or if it's old issue. Some armories mark the firearms that are remans. The CZ-52 for example, has a divot on the top of the slide, usually just forward of the breech. One diviot meets specs and accuracy on the first reman...thus 2, 3, 4 dots illustrate how many times it was remanned to meet specs and accuracy.

    I've parted with 2 of my CZ's and regret it. The buyer actually let his dad shoot it...his dad laid claim to it after the first shooting session. Lost forever like my 1911 Champion.

    I actually had my hands on 6 Russian Makarov's while I was deployed. Traded 4 NIB mini-mag lights for them w/ ammo, belt, and holsters. Wish we could have brought them home!

    Just make sure you shoot S&B ammo through it, don't use the milsurp stuff since it's a pain to clean after shooting corrosive or semi-corrosive ammo.
     
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