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Musashi
04-08-2010, 4:19 PM
Hey everyone, im planning on buying a makarov for my sister, and i was wondering what i should inspect on one im planning on buying. Thanks in advance

xxsleepyxx
04-08-2010, 4:51 PM
I was wondering if there is always ammo available too. Never heard of 9x18 but then again never really looked.

Musashi
04-08-2010, 5:05 PM
yeah i was wondering about that too, if ammo isnt really availiable then i'll look for something else

MoBait
04-08-2010, 5:09 PM
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/ItemListing.aspx?catid=738

available now, pretty cheap

Musashi
04-08-2010, 5:11 PM
yeah but im worried about getting ammo once we cant buy online anymore

HCz
04-08-2010, 5:16 PM
If she wants it for defense, then the ammo problem will be a problem. I'd suggests calbers that are commonly avaiable like .380, .38, .357, 9mm, .40SW, or .45acp

MrBrent
04-08-2010, 7:57 PM
I bought 9x18 at turners before and is easy to find at the local gun shows. This is FMJ though. I haven't tried to find PD ammo for my Mak. I like my Mak and its fun to shoot.

marsd
04-08-2010, 11:01 PM
Check out link below, Makarov Forum discussion on wives and daughters carrying Mak for self defense (Free State of course).

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?167058-How-convienent

Mak caliber should be sufficient enough for SD or HD. .380 = 9X17, 9 X18 = Mak Caliber, 9mm = 9 X 19. It was at one time the official Soviet sidearms (not sure now) and still in use by some NATO forces in Afghanistan (http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?164359-Makarov-s-in-Battle). They are all in the 9mm family but not interchangeable. You can also check out Makarov.com (for info only, not active). Mak caliber rounds are cheap and there's a lot of online store that carries it.

Forgot to add I got a Russian Commercial Mak in .380 which now fires 9 X 18. If 9 X 18 becomes impossible to get, I can always switch it back to .380. Barrel press highly recommended for barrel replacement.

lazs
04-09-2010, 8:29 AM
I bought 3 of em when they were $150 a piece. I bought 4 thousand rounds of ammo at $90 a thousand at the same time.

I had to clean the cosmo off of all of em and they came with spare grips and a spare mag.. none of the guns even looked like they had been fired before but.. they do have chrome bores so...

I fired each gun with 400 rounds with no cleaning and not one has ever jammed. They are extremely reliable. they are a blow back gun.. with more power than a .380 by far. Sooo.. they kick a bit. They have tiny sights but are accurate even with all the cheapo steel cased stuff I have.. half is hollow point.. ball probly works as well for "self defense" tho.

The gun is a giant walther PPk no matter what the commies say. A really good copy with some improvements and some dumb things like a heel mag release.

I doubt you could get one to malfunction or wear out. They are probly the best deal in a handgun out there.

HokeySon
04-09-2010, 8:52 AM
if you have not already, go to http://makarov.com/ Pretty much any question can be answered there. I am pretty sure they have a list of things to look for when inspecting a gun.

I have 2 of these; an East German model and a Bulgarian model. there is quite a bit of difference between the 2. the action on the East German model is very smooth while the Bulgarian is fairly "clunky." they both shoot well though.

XDRoX
04-09-2010, 9:01 AM
Turner's has one on sale today for $269:
http://turners.com/engage/displayads.php
If you reload, then it's easy to just trim down a normal 9mm case 1mm shorter and use it.

sqroot3
04-09-2010, 9:28 AM
I bought 4 thousand rounds of ammo at $90 a thousand at the same time.
WHATTTT. how long ago was this? when was this ammo last available? was it corrosive? man i wish i could get some for my vz82s...

Musashi
04-09-2010, 9:46 AM
I bought 3 of em when they were $150 a piece. I bought 4 thousand rounds of ammo at $90 a thousand at the same time.

I had to clean the cosmo off of all of em and they came with spare grips and a spare mag.. none of the guns even looked like they had been fired before but.. they do have chrome bores so...

I fired each gun with 400 rounds with no cleaning and not one has ever jammed. They are extremely reliable. they are a blow back gun.. with more power than a .380 by far. Sooo.. they kick a bit. They have tiny sights but are accurate even with all the cheapo steel cased stuff I have.. half is hollow point.. ball probly works as well for "self defense" tho.

The gun is a giant walther PPk no matter what the commies say. A really good copy with some improvements and some dumb things like a heel mag release.

I doubt you could get one to malfunction or wear out. They are probly the best deal in a handgun out there.

Thanks for the help everyone! Im wondering though, Lazs where did you get a makarov for only 150$ the cheapest ones ive seen are going for about 200.

xxsleepyxx
04-09-2010, 10:42 AM
Is there anywhere to get these except for Turner's?

Killawhale415
04-09-2010, 11:02 AM
They have Maks at jgsales.com

pklin1297
04-09-2010, 2:52 PM
I bought my two Bulgies years ago for $129 off of gunbroker. One from before there was even a DOJ list, and one after, still have one of them that was polished and blued (shown below). These are great shooters.

Not sure where you're located but I've bought ammo (hollow point and fmj) at Fowler's and Turners without problem. Most recently just a week ago at Fowler's. I also have my dad's Makarov that is the old Chinese models with blued slide and nickel frame. Again, this one shoots well also. I went off of Makarov.com tutorials and did my own trigger job on it; a must if you want to shoot this pistol well in my opinion because the trigger can be a bear to squeeze.

Good luck!


Couple pics (sorry for the huge pics):

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/iepete/Guns/IMG_0135-1.jpg

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq11/iepete/Guns/IMG_0125-1.jpg

dshortone
04-09-2010, 7:40 PM
Turner's has one on sale today for $269:
http://turners.com/engage/displayads.php
If you reload, then it's easy to just trim down a normal 9mm case 1mm shorter and use it.

That's slightly oversimplified, as 9mm Mak is technically 9.2mm and not exactly 9mm.

lazs
04-09-2010, 8:36 PM
guys.. it was only a couple of years ago.. the ammo was steel cased wolf and the other steel cased hollow point stuff.. it was all non corrosive and I still have a thousand or so rounds of it.. you can buy it today for about $8 a box of 50

I thought $150 a gun was a lot at the time.. I had just missed out on all the $125 a gun deals.

XDRoX
04-09-2010, 9:15 PM
That's slightly oversimplified, as 9mm Mak is technically 9.2mm and not exactly 9mm.

Are you saying that it is not possible to trim 9x19 and use it in a Makarov? If so, I strongly disagree. If you're not saying that, I really don't understand the point of your post.

dshortone
04-11-2010, 1:59 PM
It'll fit (i.e. fitting smaller peg in a larger hole), but I would strongly advise against it. No one likes a ruptured case.