Dating a makarov

dating a makarov

Are Makarovs any good?

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.

Was the Makarov sighted by satellite?

As of this writing on May 9th there has finally been a credible report that the Makarov was sighted by satellite docked safely in Sebastopol, defended by planes and anti-aircraft guns. It is odd that the US DOD knows where Russian Generals are, but couldn’t find the Makarov.

Where are Makarov pistols made?

The Makarov pistol was manufactured in several communist countries during the Cold War and afterwards; apart from the USSR itself, they were East Germany, Bulgaria, China, and post-reunification Germany, which also found itself with several thousand ex-GDR Makarov pistols.

Are these markings on my Makarov from East Germany normal?

Note that the importer, such as Century Arms International, usually made those marks. Therefore, if your East German Makarov doesnt have those markings, its perfectly normal. Ernst Thaelman was apparently a communist party official of some notoriety.

Is the Makarov a good pistol?

Due to its simplicity and ease-of-use, the Makarov is relatively impressive, but don’t expect any extraordinary accuracy. Because the Russians opted for increased safety over initial shooting precision, this is not the kind of pistol you’d win any competitions with.

How does the Makarov work?

The Makarov is a double action/single action with a slide-mounted safety/decocker. But unlike the Walther — or almost any other pistol with a slide-mounted safety — you push it up to decock and go into safe mode. Down is fire.

What is the difference between Makarov and Steckin?

The 9mm Makarov round was first used in the select fire Stechkin machine pistol (ASP). The Steckin is much larger than the Makarov pistol, and is equipped with a removable shoulder stock. Steckins are practically non-existent as transferable, or even dealer sample machine guns.

Did you know Makarovs existed?

Few people in the western world had ever seen one, or even knew they existed. A few Makarovs had slowly made their way into the hands of U.S. collectors over the years. Some were brought to this country during the Vietnam war by returning vets.

What is the East German Makarov?

The East German Makarov is a double-action/single-action semi-automatic pistol of blowback design that has a magazine capacity of eight rounds. All have a rich blue/black finish on the frame, slide and many of the small parts.

Where are Makarovs made?

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 doesnt have those markings, its perfectly normal.

When did the Makarov PM come out in Germany?

The PM was the Soviet service pistol from the time it was adopted in 1951 until about 1991. East German production of the Makarov pistol began in the late 1950s and continued until 1965—a relatively brief production run. Samples made in 1958-1959 are the most difficult for collectors to find.

What kind of gun is a Makarov?

The East German Makarov is a double-action/single-action semi-automatic pistol of blowback design that has a magazine capacity of eight rounds. All have a rich blue/black finish on the frame, slide and many of the small parts. Most have a brown-to-plum-colored safety, hammer and extractor, although some have a mottled finish.

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