Makarov, huh?

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  1. rglbegl

    rglbegl New Member

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    So I need the makarov people here to tell me what they know. This little Bulgarian mak cought my eye. I have heard they are extremely reliable, and vicious at short ranges. So, lets hear it. Are they worth owning?
    I want to plinck with it, but I also want a well made gun. Will it stand the test of time? Are they built well or should I pass?

    --Beagle
  2. Xracer

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    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    The Mak is a well made, rugged, reliable Soviet copy of the Walther PP.

    As a defensive weapon, the 9X18 cartridge falls between the .380ACP and the 9mm Parabellum.....closer to the .380. Not exactly a man-stopper, but perhaps adequate at close ranges.

    As a plinker.....as long as ammunition is fairly cheap, it's a fun gun to plink with....but....it'll never be as cheap as a .22 rimfire.
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    When last at camp in East Tejas, LTS let me shoot his. My first reaction was "get me one". Xracer is right, they are well made and fun to shoot. Ammo is cheap!
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  4. kingjoey

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    I got two of 'em. They work great and the ammo is in the 200-265 ft/lb range. My Russian has had some "mods" to allow ammo up to about 310 ft/lbs, but man it has a sharp kick at that level. Never had a FTF or hiccup in either of 'em. Try the 115gr Silver Bear JHP's, you'll like the power level:cool:
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    rglbegl, I've only ever heard good things about them...They are supposed to be very robust and well designed. You also can't beat the price on the imported ammo...JMO! I know LTS had some up for auction a while back and I probably should have bid on them...:(
  6. Remington597

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    The Bulgarian ones are great. Almost as good as the Soviet. I would highly recommend both. Highly reliable and accurate, and also , you can get a brand new one for about $200.
  7. inplanotx

    inplanotx New Member

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    That is way over priced for this neck of the woods! Tejas, that is! Figure about $160 here!
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  8. cd45

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    I have had one for about 5 years now. I have had nothing bad to say about it. Go to www.makarov.com, they have a lot of good info. Good luck.
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    Just bought another Ruskie yesterday. Can't have too many:D
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    Awesome gun

    I have 2, bought one, then just had to have a spare, and thats saying a lot for me to buy 2 of the same kind. I have the Bulgarian model, and they shoot awesome, accurate and consistent from brand to brand. No complaints.

    Incidentally, you can get them for 130.00 all day long now, cheaper some times, dont pay more than that.

    http://www.southernohiogun.com/surplus_hand.html

    This one will get you more mags and an extra set of grips, though more money, still cheaper than most though, considering what you're getting.

    http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/Like_New_Bulgarian_Makarov.html
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  11. txpete

    txpete New Member

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    one of the best bang for the buck.I love them.
    a real russian military,russian comm. hi-cap IJ-70,bulgarian military all in 9mm mak.
    pete
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