To the best of our knowledge, there are only 5 countries that ever produced
If you think you have a Hungarian or Polish Makarov, check the other pistol page.
There are several versions of the Russian Makarov. First of all there are the true surplus guns, which are recognizable by their fixed rear sight and a lack of any non-cyrillic markings including "Made in Russia." Second is the Baikal and Izhmech new production Makarov. These are recognizable by their rear adjustable target sight, "Made in Russia" and Baikal markings. Another variant of this is the 10-round double-stack Makarov, which was also made by Izhmech.
More recently, some of the Russian military Makarovs with fixed rear sights
have snuck into the country with shipments of Bulgarian guns. You can
usually spot these by the bifurcated triangle with circle marking.
Some common markings of East German, Soviet, and
How is Izmech different from Baikal?
IMEZ stands for Izhevskii Mechanicheskii Zavod or Izhevsk Mechanical Factory located in the city of Izhevsk near the Ural Mountains. They produce the Makarov, PSM, various shotguns, airguns, artificial pacemakers for the heart, oil drilling equipment. It is a goverment, state owned enterprise, but has the right to close its own business contracts and deals without govermental interferance.
Baikal is a foreign trade organization this is similar to North China
Industries (NORINCO). This was a govermental organization that was used to
market Soviet goods abroad. These days Baikal is hardly active in any trade with
the US, largely because of the Bill Clinton imposed "voluntary trade
restrictions." IMEZ used the grips with Baikal on it because...well, it was all
they had.... Baikal also traded autos, trucks, various other consumer goods. Not
only guns and ammo.
The Ernst Thaelman factory in Suhl, Thueringen made what are considered by some to be the finest pre-fall-of-the-Berlin Wall Makarovs. The finish is nice, the fit and machining is of quality you'd expect from a German shop, and they shoot like a dream. Almost all that came into this country had already seen service, so their quality varies by how they were treated by the person who carried them. Nonetheless, most have more holster wear than bore wear. They occasionally still pop up at dealers and at gun shows. If you can get them for a good price, these are the ones to buy.
Markings on them include a letter 'y' with a circle of dots, which some Russian folks think stands for for uchebneii or "training". This would be strange for a German pistol, but we haven't heard any other explanations.
Note that this table is not complete and there appears to be a
sequential pattern, so don't panic if yours doesn't fit into the ones listed.
|1959||J, K, L, N, U|
|1960||B, F, G, H, M, T|
|1961||AP*,AR, AS, AQ, AT, AU, AV, AW, AX, AY, AZ|
|1962||BR, BT, BU, BV, BW, BX, BY, BZ|
|1963||DA, DB, DE, DF, DH, DK, DL, DP, BO, BP|
|1964||ES, ET, EV, EX, EZ|
|1965||ER, FB, FH, FF|
* One person noted that his gun was marked 'AP' and '62,' so there appear to be inconsistencies.
Not terribly much is known about these, except that they were brought in as Norinco Model 59. Not many are available, so they often command a premium over other Makarovs. On the whole, the quality of these is not as good as some of the others, but there have been notable exceptions. Very rarely you may run across a Type 59 with an Arsenal mark (number) in a circle. Most common found are 56 and 66. These were Military pistols that were remarked and packed for Commercial Export. A Chinese Makarov with "SHI" mark is of Military issue, and normally if found in the USA means it was a War Trophy "bring Back" from some conflict, and commands a Premium price. With bring back papers, these can cost as much as $2,500, without the papers, about half that. If it has the original issue holster, add another $100 or so to the price.
The Bulgarian Arsenal Makarovs are the only ones that are currently being imported into the country. Miltex had an exclusivity agreement with Arsenal before they decided to get out of the small arms business. Many other Bulgarian Makarovs are out on the market including some military surplus. As the Bulgarians start to switch to other guns as standard police and military issue, these should continue to pop up everywhere and can be purchased at a very good price. Fortunately for US shooters, these are very nicely done and some interesting variants were delivered by Miltex. Again, since Miltex is out of this business, collectors might want to consider picking up one of the Miltex "Special Edition" Makarovs still floating around on the market.
In recent years, the Bulgarians have held the most market share of all the Makarovs. As such, there are variants among these, primarily in grips and markings, including police, military, commercial, and even mis-marked Russians.
To find the Year of Manufacture of your Bulgarian "Circle 10" Military Makarov, look at the serial number (S/N), normally found on the left side of the frame, above the grip. The first two letters are the Production series, the next two digits are the Year code, see list below. The last four digits are the unit number in that production series. Please note, the 1970 date is start of all Production at this plant using the "Circle 10" code, the Makarov was first produced under Russian supervision in 1975, and first year of Production under Bulgarian control was 1976. Some Bulgarian pistols made in 1975 will have the Russian Date format, with the full year in place of the later date codes.
Bulgarian "Circle 10" military proof mark
|Year Code||Year Code||Year Code||Year Code|
|1970 = 10||1971 = 11||1972 = 12||1973 = 13|
|1974 = 14||1975 = 15 (Begin Makarov Production under Russian Supervision)||1976 = 16 (first year Makarov Production, under Bulgarian supervision)||1977 = 17*|
|1978 = 18*||1979 = 19*||1980 = 20*||1981 = 21*|
|1982 = 22||1983 = 23||1984 = 24||1985 = 25|
|1986 = 26*||1987 = 27||1988 = 28||1989 = 29*|
|1990 = 30||1991 = 31||1992 = 32||1993 = 33|
|1994 = 34||1995 = 35||1996 = 36||1997 = 37|
|1998 = 38||1999 = 39||2000 = Date codes dropped, year of production added after S/N. Production Series dropped to one letter, S/N moved from 4 digits to 6 digits to 9 digits with leading zeros used as placeholders.|
*= Limited or interrupted production years
Some Late 1999 Production models may be found with a "39" S/N code and the Year 2000 after the S/N. These are pistols that were assembled from parts and frames that were made in 1999. Some Makarov pistols made for commercial export are also stamped with year of production, or non-standard S/N series at the request of the Importer. (Example, Miltex Commercial and Special Edition series and "Arsenal Brand" export models)
Old Style numbering system AB 21 1441 = 1981 production, 1441 unit in the "AB" series
New Style numbering system A001441 2001 (full year given, no Dash used) or A001441 - 01 (last two digits of year used, dash between S/N and Year)
It is possible to have a two pistols with the same unit number but a different series number under the Old Style Numbering system.
AB 19 1441 and KO 19 1441 are two different pistols. This is what lead to the X’ing out of non-English letters in the S/N, or in some cases a new S/N being issued to a pistol for importation to the US if the modified S/N was already of file with USA BATF, or the resulting number did not conform to guidelines.
Bulgarian date code information compiled from information from Patman, ScottB, M. Madden (www.makarovinfo.com) and SlimTim from the Makarov.com / Gunboards.com Makarov Forum and Mr. "O" of the "Arsenal" Factory (name with held at his request). Copyright Makarov.com, LLC, 2002, Hurricane, WV. This information may not be copied, printed, stored, or reproduced without written permission, except for personal use.
Please see the Simson Suhl page for a more complete report on these.
Most gun stores will specify. You can also go by the guidelines above. The
East Germans, Chinese, and Bulgarians typically have fixed rear sights; the
Russians (except for the early military version) have "target" adjustable
sights. Check the markings
(from Russian Makarov)
engraved into the frame. The Russians will often say Baikal, Izh-70, or "Made in
Russians are the only ones that are "high-capacity" and have 10-round
double-stack magazines. Bulgarian Makarovs are often made by Arsenal and this should be engraved on
the slide and frame. East German Makarovs were made by Ernst Thaelman and some
(although not all) have the Thaelman mark on
the front of the grip metal. The importers made these engravings, so if yours
doesn't have this, it's perfectly normal.
Importer marks will vary depending on which company imported it. For example
B-West is the now defunct B-West importer in Arizona. C.A.I. is Century Arms,
International. KBI is in Harrisburg, PA, Big Bear Arms, PW Arms, and so on.
Most of the Russian Makarovs are new production and have either Baikal or Izhmech markings, including "Made in Russia." Model numbers are typically IJ-70-18A. "18" means 9x18M caliber; "17" means 9x17 or .380ACP. "A" is the standard capacity; "H" is the high capacity (double stack magazine).
These are often, but not always, marked "Ernst Thaelmann," which is the factory in Suhl, German, where they were made. Note that the importer, such as Century Arms International, usually made those marks. Therefore, if your East German Makarov doesn't have those markings, it's perfectly normal. Ernst Thaelman was apparently a communist party official of some notoriety. Iaco Saca means International Arms co. Sacramento California. Apparently they were the original importer. 9.25mm is the actual size of the caliber.
Most are production and bear the "Arsenal" factory name. Some are police and military surplus. Also, special editions are imported by Miltex. See also the discussion on Bulgarian Makarov above.
While this is a somewhat subjective question, there are some guidelines.
First ask yourself what you want to do with your new toy. Shoot it, right? Well,
not everyone does.
If you're looking for a pure collector's piece, look for an original Soviet
or Chinese Makarov. Also, consider the limited-run
Simson Suhl and the discontinued Miltex.
If you want a shooter, look for a good quality East German gun. For a gun
with good fit and finish right out of the factory, get a Bulgarian Arsenal
Makarov. For around $150, they're quite a bargain. The triggers can be a bit
gritty with the brand new guns, but they break in nicely. FFL fees may add a few
more $, but for under $200, you've got an excellent shooting gun.
The Russian Makarovs are also quite competent, but they have some rough
edges. These can be worked over, of course, and from a pure shooting and
reliability standpoint, these are quite good as well. If you wish to use the
Makarov for concealed carry, the target sights can snag on clothing,
particularly if you use an inside-the-waistband holster. We used to offer a replacement fixed rear sight for Russian
Makarovs, but these are now out of production. As the effects of the
voluntary trade restrictive agreement with Russian become apparent, the Russian
Makarovs are beginning to be less ubiquitous.
While some people just can't seem to stuff enough rounds in their pistol, we do not care for the high-capacity 10/12-round double-stack Russian Makarovs. In our opinion, they were hurried onto the market and some engineering was left unfinished, particularly in the magazine.
Some people have reported problems getting the last two rounds into the magazine, leaving you with the same capacity as the standard Makarov, whose design has been proven in over 50 years of service. Also, magazines are often difficult to find. 12-round magazines are quite rare and expensive. The 10-round magazine that probably came with your gun is often poor quality, largely because they were not original Russian. ProMag makes a replacement, but our experience (and that of our customers) suggests that they do not load or feed reliably. The original Russian 10-round magazines are much better because of their dual spring system and heavy nylon follower.
Note that you can use a standard 8-round single-stack magazine in your
high-capacity Makarov. The magazine will seat and function properly, although
it's loose at the base. We used to carry a floorplate conversion made by MJ Facets that
slips on to any 8-round Makarov magazine and allows it to seat properly in a
high-capacity Makarov. It's investment cast brass with a black oxide finish,
just like the other floorplates we used to carry from MJ Facets.
One thing helped us get comfortable with our 10-round test gun: the 10-round Pearce grip. The 10-round Pearce has the same outside profile as the 8-round, making the grip much more manageable compared with the huge squarest block of hard plastic the Russians chose to call a grip.
Price is always difficult to nail down because ultimately it comes down to
what the buyer and the seller are willing to agree upon. Having said that, here
are some guidelines for the most common Makarov pistols. We assume that
the pistol is in very good to excellent condition and includes at least 2
magazines. Aftermarket and original accessories are extra.
For those not familiar with the Curio and Relic FFL, visit the
While the list of C&R weapons includes both the East German and Russian Makarovs, the general
consensus is that
only the original Russian military Makarovs are included among the Russian guns. That is, the commercially produced
Baikal IJ-70 with a rear target sight does not qualify under the spirit of the
C&R law. While there are some dealers that will sell IJ-70s to C&R licensed
individuals, we recommend that you do not engage in such a transaction. The
Bureau of ATF has not made a definitive written statement about the IJ-70, but
in our opinion, it does not qualify under C&R. The East German guns are clearly
The Bulgarian (including Miltex), Chinese, and Simson-Suhl are not considered curio & relics. Note that occasionally, dealers will have a batch of Bulgarian Makarovs with a Russian military Makarov tucked in among them. Know your markings. Of course, convincing the dealer that it's a Russian and thus C&R may be an uphill battle.
For a complete list of C&R Firearms, check out this BATF
Firearms Curios & Relics List (167K PDF file) -
requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download free at the
Adobe web site
Yes, they will fit and function. They may be loose at the base, but our experience is that they work flawlessly. Since many 10-round magazines are bad at feeding well, we used to have an extended magazine floorplate for the 8-round magazines that will keep it from flopping around so much in the high-capacity Makarov and make it easier to remove.
No. The 10- and 12-round magazines are wider and can only be accepted by the Russian commercial IJ-70-18AH and 17AH (or similar) wide-grip Makarovs. Short of altering the frame, there is no way to use these magazines in standard 8-round Makarovs.
We found a stash of the +2 magazine extenders for 8-round magazines with the folks who make the Pearce grips. We had a chance to test them, and we came up with a solution to both problems of the magazine release and the mag spring power. These are now sold out and not available any longer.
The correct pronunciation of Makarov is actually "Mah CAR ahv" and not the more frequently heard "MACK uh rahv."
There are a number of Makarov look-alikes and act-alikes. Also, with the popularity of the 9x18M cartridge on the rise, several manufacturers have begun offering other pistols that use the 9x18M. If you think you have a Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, or Polish Makarov, it's probably not a Makarov, but another similar pistol. For more info and pictures of some common pistols of this type, see the Other Pistols Page.
The Hungarian guns are quite nice, but they're not Makarovs, even if the
dealer told you so. If it says "9mm Makarov" on the slide, this refers to the
caliber, not the gun. We don't say "they're not Makarovs" to be snobby, but to
make you aware that the similarity ends with the superficial external
appearance. Magazines, grips, barrels, parts, etc. do not
interchange with Makarov parts. We do carry parts and accessories for both
at Makarov.com (see next question, below).
The FEG guns are quite nice in that they're the Walther design, are slimmer and lighter than the Makarov, have a thumb magazine release, and seem to be reliable and most of all, cheap.
Many people who buy FEG guns end up buying a Makarov as well. Each has strengths and weaknesses.
Well, that's exactly the problem...parts do not interchange. This includes magazines, replacement grips, firing pins, etc.
The PA-63 magazine will fit and function in an FEG
APK and SMC (note they will stick out further in the SMC-series, but they will
fit, lock into place, and function).
Most importers will send you a manual for free. We also have a
Baikal instruction manual on-line. Also take a look at the
picture of how to remove the slide.
Also, there's a disassembly guide on the
tech info page.
The short answer: That's just the way it is. It's part of the design. Live with it.
In any case, keep the firing pin clean and lightly lubricated. If this still gives you the willies, you may have to carry it with no round in the chamber. The only real safety you need is the one between your ears. Practice proper gun retention and basic safety and you shouldn't have any problems. SKS rifles are another story, although I suspect this is also largely due to, what we call in computer support, "user error."
You'll probably have to jar it pretty hard (like drop it on its muzzle from 4 feet up) to get it to go off. The state of California (despite all its faults with respect to gun laws) tested and approved the Makarov for safety including a drop test.
However, if you
reload, make sure you seat primers below flush with the butt of the case.
email@example.com report the
"I have no input on the dropped gun question, but I have slam-fired my .380 Makarov on CCI primers that were slightly (and only slightly) high. I inadvertantly used a 9mm shell holder when reloading, and the resulting primers were almost even (just barely recessed) with the head face."
So, reloaders, please be careful with this!
The cross-sectional picture gives a better look at how the pistol is put together.
Here are some more thoughts on the "drop worthiness" of the gun with respect
to the firing pin from a reader:
I have conducted my own drop tests using my Mak 9 mm hi-cap model
manufactured by Imez and imported by KBI. Although not scientifically done, I am
satisfied that my firearm, at least, won't discharge by dropping.
I removed the ball from a 9mm Mak round manufactured by Cor-Bon, emptied the
propellant, but retained the primer. I then cleaned the bolt repeatedly with
solvent until the firing pin would move back and forth easily. A drop of oil was
added and movement was again affirmed. The floor was a pine board to protect the
firearm as well as the real floor, and the firearm was dropped 200 times, per
the CA test. The drop height varied from table top to ten feet. The primer round
was in the chamber and the safety was engaged. Twenty-three of the drops
resulted in the firearm landing slightly askew as its center of gravity made
muzzle drops from more that three feet difficult. Nevertheless, of the 177
successful drops not one resulted in so much as a mark on the primer cap. This
is probably due to the low velocity of the drop at such minor heights, but I
suspect that the minuscule mass of the firing pin and the fact that it can only
travel about three millimeters at best precludes sufficient energy transfer to
impact the primer.
Anyway, I feel confident that my gun, at least, is safe for carry. I have
talked to a number of Mak owners since my first email, and no one has heard of
such a faulty discharge.
A.B. - Bellevue, WA
I like the gun, but I want to replace the sights
Common Model paint in bright colors can be used to enhance your stock Military sights, or even the newer Glow in the Dark paints can be used for a "Poor Mans Night sight", however these are prone to wear, and will fade fast.
Beyond that, you'll have to spend some money. However, the difference in sight picture can be amazing. If you have a Makarov with fixed rear sights and want something easier to spot, Makarov.com's Custom Shop used to offer Custom sight work, but no longer does. Many gunsmiths still do this type of work, contact a local gunsmith in your area for more information and pricing..
By all means, get one in the original caliber of 9x18 Makarov, unless you are already familiar with the .380 ACP and reload for it. 9x18 Makarov ammunition availability is no longer an issue. In fact, you can often get surplus 9x18 Makarov ammo cheaper than .380 ACP! Note that you can now buy aftermarket replacement barrels in both 9x18M and .380 ACP. So if you made the unfortunate mistake of buying a .380 ACP Makarov, there's still hope for you (just kidding). Also, if you have .380 ACP ammo hanging around, feeling lonely, you can retrofit a barrel in .380 ACP and you're all set.
Changing a barrel requires some mechanical skill and we highly recommend a barrel press. Barrel replacement is not a simple procedure, but can be done by mechanically inclined people. My general rule of thumb is that if you can change the oil on your car, you can do this. Read more about how to do this here. You will need to completely disassemble the gun in order to be able to press the barrel out. We have a complete disassembly instruction page here.
NO NO NO NO NO !!! There are those that disagree with me including an
author of an article in Handguns magazine and gun dealers who wants to sell you
a Makarov. The 9x18M cartridge is not a "true"
9mm because it's really 9.2mm. Therefore the bullets are sized .364" and .365"
(barrel sizes vary...slugging yours is best to find out your bore size). Yes,
you can probably get away with it a few times, but accuracy will suffer, you'll
get gas blow-by, your barrel will wear out faster and for what? Save a
few pennies? Hardly. 9x18M ammo is usually cheaper since you can get it surplus.
If you absolutely want to shoot .380 ACP ammo from your Makarov, then buy a .380
Makarov or a .380 replacement barrel.
For a car analogy, have you ever seen or owned a car that burned oil? How long did the engine last after it started blowing blue smoke? Probably not long. The reason is that the pistons and rings are now smaller than the cylinders and each explosion sends gasses by-passing the piston ("blow-by"). You're literally burning the sides of your pistons now and engine death is imminent. That's basically what you're doing by shooting undersized bullets.
ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! This is even worse than the other way around. The
bullet is too big (.364") to fit into the barrel (.356"), the cartridge will
probably not even chamber, and even if it does, you may blow the gun and
yourself up. Really, 9x18M Makarovs are not that expensive...just get one if you
want to fire 9x18M. You can also change the barrel and you gun will now fire
9x18M. And if you want more power, get a .454 Casull.
Holy smokes...what are you trying to do? Kill yourself?!?
9mm Parabellum is a very high pressure round intended for locked-breech pistols.
Look, fire .380 ACP from a .380 ACP pistol. Fire 9x18 M from a 9x18 M pistol.
Fire 9mm Parabellum from a 9mm pistol. It's that simple. If you want multi-
calibers, get a .357 Magnum; then you can fire .38 Special from it.
According to the director Russian Affairs at former importer B-West, they tested the 9x19 Makarov available from Baikal. The way the 9x19 Makarov works is that the chamber is scored or serrated, the brass gets blown out into those serrations thereby retarding blowback. The result is that the brass is shredded and unusable for reloading, the brass is tossed into low orbit, and the recoil of the gun is horrendous. For liability reasons, B-West refused to import these.
Similarly, reaming the chamber of a .380 ACP pistol by 2 "silly millimeters"
is discouraged. Naturally, if you want to shoot only handloads and know what
you're doing while working up a load, you can try this. I suggest a good life
insurance policy first though.
AGAIN...NO! Like with .380 guns, 9x18M should not chamber and may rupture your barrel. Don't do it!
Best for what? We make (i.e. reload) the best 9x18M...for us and our Makarovs, but we don't sell it. :-) If you don't feel like reloading (can we talk you into it?), Norinco, Sellier & Bellot, B-West (now defunct), Fiocchi, and CCI Blazer (aluminum case), Tiger, RAM, Barnaul, Novosibirsk, etc. are perfectly OK for normal target shooting and "plinking."
Please see the Load Data page for some chronograph tests on CorBon and Blazers. Some shooters have reported problems extracting Blazers, but they work fine for others. Note that Norinco and some other surplus rounds have steel jacketed bullets and thus are often prohibited at indoor ranges.
Some of the
Russian TCW is pretty hot and we recommend changing to a 19# recoil spring.
Choices for self-defense include CorBon (discontinued), Barnaul JHP, RAM, Tiger, Novosibirsk JHP, Hornady XTP, CCI-Speer Gold Dot,
Fiocchi, and MagSafes. The new Silver Bear has promise, but many people report
feeding problems. "Your mileage may vary." Try different loads in your gun and
see how they work for you.
Again, with any of these high-performance rounds, you might want to consider
a stronger Wolff Gunsprings 19# recoil spring (the original is 17#).
Here's a list of mail order vendors -
Of course, the best and cheapest place to get ammunition is from your own reloading press.
Think about reloading 9x18M. and even casting your
own lead bullets made from scrap wheel weights.
Some are, some aren't. Here's a quick run-down of the popular 9mm cartridges:
There are others such as 9mm Ultra, 9mm Police, 9x21, 9mm Largo, etc. Note
that none of these, except those with equal signs, are the same things. Do not
exchange them for what your gun is chambered for.
Also try this link from the rec.guns FAQ: Comparison of 9mm Diameter Calibres and get this picture of various 9mm case dimensions.
Sure, no problem. Just make sure that you clean it properly after you come back from the range. And we mean right after you come back. Moisture in the air is drawn to the salts that are formed when firing corrosively-primed ammo and salt water + carbon steel = rust. That includes all the nooks and crannies of your gun.
We've always just cleaned our guns with boiling hot water before starting the
normal powder solvent and gun oil routine. The boiling water dissolves the
corrosive mercuric salts that are left in the gun after firing corrosively
primed cartridges. Why boiling hot water? Better solubility and it evaporates
faster when you're done. Check the gun a day later for any signs of rust and
repeat for a few days...just in case.
Surplus ammo is typically Berdan primed and often steel cased. Berdan primers
use an anvil that is in the case, not the primer itself and has two flash holes
inside the case. If you try to punch them out with a Boxer depriming tool you
risk breaking the depriming tool and the case will be worthless when you're
done. You may put a bigger hole than a Boxer primer and this is a safety hazard.
There are special tools for removing Berdan primers, but the primers themselves
are hard to find. Steel cased ammo will probably ruin your reloading dies. We
don't recommend messing with them. Toss the Berdan and steel cases (and aluminum Blazer
There are a number of option for concealed carry and we carry a good
assortment of them. Probably the best quality are the
Falco custom-molded holsters. Falco is a shop in Slovakia that does
excellent quality work for ridiculously low prices by western standards. Sadly
these are no longer imported into the USA.
There are also some lower cost options such as a nylon "pancake" belt
holster, and an inside-the-waistband nylon holster. Again, we carry these and
customers have found them to work well with the Makarov. See our online Shopping
cart for more options.
Not really. The Makarov is an extremely robust gun that doesn't really have a weak point like the CZ-52's brittle firing pin. Typically, we recommend "fix on failure," i.e. don't bother replacing stuff unless it breaks.
If you were to be out in the field for a while with your Makarov as your only gun, you might consider having a spare firing pin and a spare safety. The safety can lose its pressed-in detent spring and thus always be on fire. Also, it is then loose and can fall out of the gun if it rotates back far enough. If the safety falls out, the firing pin comes out very easily and can be lost.
other parts probably worth having as spares are the slide release (it can
wear and no longer hold the slide open after the last shot) and the extractor
assembly (extractor, spring, and plunger). If the extractor wears, it no
longer pulls the cartridge out reliably. If you take it out (see the
tech info page for extractor maintenance procedures),
be sure to keep track of the plunger and spring...they are under lots of
Yes, as long as they're real Makarovs and not one of the other Makarov-like pistols (FEG PA-63, etc. - see discussion above).
First of all, get rid of that aftermarket junk magazine and get a sturdy Russian-made 10-round or 12-round magazine. The "original" magazine shipped with some high-capacity Makarovs were actually contracted to a US manufacturer whose Makarov magazines simply don't work well.
The aftermarket are glossy black, whereas the original Russian are more of a dull gray.
Also, a reader reports:"The model came with 1 mag and I purchased another.
The extra [10 round magazine] I purchased would jam every time with XTP's in it.
It had a web that was not filed or ground in the front of the mag where it was
welded together. The hollowpoints caught this and hung up. Hardball would feed
fine. I filed it down with a 3/8 inch chainsaw file inserted through the bottom
of the mag after disassembling it. I have yet to have the first jam in this mag
now. I also lubed and wiped them with rem-oil(teflon) to make the bullets glide
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