Short 9mm makarov brass

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Deacon_Man, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Deacon_Man

    Deacon_Man Active Member

    Feb 23, 2010
    Weatherford Texas
    I recently purchased 1000 9mm range brass. As I was sorting through it I found that the Makarov brass is shorter than normal 9mm brass. As luck would have it I only found about (15) pieces of the short stuff. All the brass was in great shape except for maybe (10) cases. The over all count came to 1132 pieces of brass. Have any of you ever measured the length of Makarov brass?
  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    Amity Orygun
    Measured it? Not really. It should be around 18mm, and just a
    touch fatter than 9x19.

    I've certainly cursed it quietly a few times when loading 9mm.
    It will make it clear through the process, only to be found when
    case gaging ammo for a match. I can feel the .380's as
    different in the sizing die---but not the Makarov.

    It's a minor issue--not nearly as curse worthy as small primer
    45 ACP.:)

  3. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Yup. 9x18mm Makarov brass is 1mm shorter than 9mmx19mm Luger (Parabellum) brass.

    The 9x18 uses a slightly larger bullet .364"-.365" as opposed to the "standard" 9mm bullet diameter of .355"-.356". And as Bill noted, the case is straight and not tapered like the 9x19...but the case head is nearly identical diameter.
  4. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Based on the way he said what he said, I'm wondering if Deacon Man thought that it was all 9mm Luger, and that "makarov" was a brand, like CCI or Remington.
  5. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    Re-reading the post...I bet you're right.

    I know it's easy enough to get 9x18 mixed in with 9x19 with range pickup brass. They feel darn near identical so you gotta check em closely. I stand all of my 9mm brass neck up in a flat tray and pick the shorties out...most are 9x18 but a few .380s sneak in sometimes too.
    I usually have to pick a few dozen 9x18 out of every 200 or so that I forage up at our local range. Luckily, most of it is steel case and the magnet will get em but we do have a couple local shooters that must use brass 9x18 because I do police up some of their empties every so often.
  6. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    As a Makarov shooter who RELIGIOUSLY picks up all his S&B brass at the range I take offense:mad::mad:...

    (the steel cheap stuff I shoot in the backyard and dull my lawnmower blades with, but that's another story...:cool:)

    I get PO'ed when I find the LONG stuff in my brass at the range!:D:D:D

    Of course, I am saving all of them I find on the off chance someday I might actually own one of those "too big to carry for a round so little better than my pocket Maks" Parabellums...;););):p
  7. pic1083

    pic1083 New Member

    Apr 15, 2012
    My only complaint is that the Makarov throws the brass into next week.
    Have you found away to keep them close by so you collect them?
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Shoot with a shoebox stapled to the table next to your gun.. :D
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