First outing with Makarov

First outing with Makarov

This is a discussion on First outing with Makarov within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Just picked up my Bulgarian Makarov from J&G yesterday. First impressions were pretty rough. I opened the package at my local gun shop and the ...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 31
Like Tree10Likes

Thread: First outing with Makarov

  1. #1
    Member Array lowercase's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    418

    First outing with Makarov

    Just picked up my Bulgarian Makarov from J&G yesterday.

    First impressions were pretty rough. I opened the package at my local gun shop and the owner was looking while I opened it. His expression was something to the effect of: "Whoa, they sure didn't give you a good one!" He (he owns a Makarov, too) was also pretty surprised that it was graded VG. The gun showed a LOT of holster wear, was pretty dirty, and was wearing some really ugly black rubber grips (which i think are required for import). Thankfully, the reddish/brown combloc grips were in the box.

    I was really starting to kick myself for buying the weapon on the drive home with thoughts of "I can't believe I paid good money for that total dog of a firearm!" That didn't improve when I was looking it over at home, and discovered that someone had filed down the face of the safety. I got online, and looked at the Makarov pic that was on J&G's site. Well, I can't fault J&G at all, because my gun looked almost exactly like the one in the picture. Felt a little better, so I decided to clean it up and take it shooting the following day.

    Took the Mak and both mags apart and gave them a good bath and scrub in mineral spirits to get rid of the cosmoline. Oiled everything up and reassembled. Put on the combloc grips, too. Now, my Mak looked a LOT better, and the finish wear looked a lot more like "character" vs the "tied to the track of a T-72" look. Couldn't wait to get it to the range.

    Went to an indoor range and shot 100 rounds of S&B ball ammo through the Mak. Absolutely zero failures, and the first round I shot went right through the center of the bullseye! After that, I had an ear to ear grin, and showed my Mak off to the range staff who liked it. Already have a Don Hume JIT Slide ordered and am planning to get the Mak refinished (probably Cerakote in satin black). What a change from my initial impression! That Mak is a real reliable shooter and a tack driver.


    makarov med.jpg


  2. #2
    Distinguished Member Array pirate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Eastern NC / Pirate Country
    Posts
    1,820
    This one looked a lot like yours, maybe even worse before I Duracoated it matte black. Glad yours functioned like a true Mak even if its beat up a bit on the outside. They are great pistols.

    Before


    After
    When I leave the home port:
    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

  3. #3
    Member Array lowercase's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    418
    Pirate, that's exactly how I want mine to look.

    Where did you get that nice wood grip?

  4. #4
    Member Array Bigkahuna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    232
    I love my Makarov. Haven't had a malfunction yet.

  5. #5
    VIP Member
    Array archer51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    21,638
    Congrats on the Mak. Check this guy out for new grips for it. I get all my CZ grips from him. Never had a complaint on anything purchased from him.

    http://marschalgrips.com/makarov/makarov.html
    BritishAgent likes this.
    Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.

    USAF Retired
    NRA Life Member

  6. #6
    Senior Member Array Dadsnugun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    The state formerly known as Colorado
    Posts
    698
    Glad you're pleased! I quite like mine as well!
    Never pick a fight with an old man...If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you - John Steinbeck
    Come to Colorado...the governor is loopy
    .................................................. .................................................. ......................They Live

  7. #7
    Distinguished Member Array pirate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Eastern NC / Pirate Country
    Posts
    1,820
    http://marschalgrips.com/makarov/makarov.html

    archer51 beat me to it. Dennis is located in Europe so it takes awhile to get the grips usually 2-3 weeks but he does great work and they are worth it.
    When I leave the home port:
    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

  8. #8
    VIP Member
    Array C hawk Glock's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    W. Washington
    Posts
    3,552
    With all due respect, that gun looks more used then a hooker at a Viagra convention. If it's that beat up on the outside I would start to really question the internals as well. As nuttin fancy says "Second Kind of Cool", but you could buy a newer firearm with all of the stuff you are going to have to fix on that.
    Ccccccc what? Ccccccccccc Hawks!

  9. #9
    Ex Member Array 5thMarines's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    37
    I like the Bulgarian , I have the CZ-82 and they baby is awesome shoots flawless , shot over 500 rounds so far havent had one jam , it shoots jhp or ball no problems , just a fun lil gun!

  10. #10
    Distinguished Member Array pirate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Eastern NC / Pirate Country
    Posts
    1,820
    Quote Originally Posted by C hawk Glock View Post
    With all due respect, that gun looks more used then a hooker at a Viagra convention. If it's that beat up on the outside I would start to really question the internals as well. As nuttin fancy says "Second Kind of Cool", but you could buy a newer firearm with all of the stuff you are going to have to fix on that.
    Typically there is nothing mechanical that needs fixing on the Bulgarian Maks that are imported and offered for sale. The OEM blue finish on these pistols was thin and wears off relatively quickly from holster wear during their time in service. But the internals are typically good to VG condition regardless of the outside finish condition. I have owned several myself and handled and inspected many more. They are very solid handguns and well worth the project expense since most is cosmetics and you end up with an attractive and reliable handgun. Most people who purchase these surplus guns or C&R guns in general, do it because of the history and uniqueness of the weapons not just to find a inexpensive gun. And in reality very few if any "modern" semi-auto handguns have the dead nuts reliability of the Makarov. It has only 27 total parts, and is generally world renowned for its simplicity, toughness and reliability.

    The Makarov in the photo I posted above, I found in a pawn shop and gave $150 for it. I completely disasembled the pistol and inspection all internal parts which I found to be in VG condition with little wear. I Duracoated the gun myself and added the new custom grips.....total project cost including the gun, about $275.

    Here is another one I completed a few years ago


    And with a CZ82 I refinished


    Including the cost of the guns I still have less than $300 total in any of them.
    When I leave the home port:
    S&W 642 Airweight, Ruger SP 101, Colt Detective Spec., CZ RAMI, Kahr PM9, Kahr CW40, S&W Model 10-7, Glock 30, 19, and 26, Browning Hi Power, CZ82, Colt Commander, Dan Wesson PM7, Ruger LCP

  11. #11
    Member Array CaptSmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Washington /San Juan's
    Posts
    350
    The wife got got ours 10 years ago...easily the most accurate pistol I own, so it gets to the range often. Love that Marshcal grips site, planning to dress her Mak up a little for Xmas . Thank's for the great gun porn Pirate..

  12. #12
    Member Array pangloss9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    254
    Congrats on your new pistol. I've wanted a Makarov for years. Some day I will buy one.

  13. #13
    New Member Array sisterpete's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    1

    Question about Grips

    Hello Pirate...

    I know this posting is old now, but can you tell me where you purchased the grips in the last picture, the one with two guns. they look more like what i'm looking for. I have a Makarov, actually quite good condition, but the rubber grips on this thing are ugly and feel weird... i'm gussing they are original. Mine was made in Bulgaria.

    Thanks, Jimmy

  14. #14
    Member Array Boomer928's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    318
    Quote Originally Posted by sisterpete View Post
    Hello Pirate...

    I know this posting is old now, but can you tell me where you purchased the grips in the last picture, the one with two guns. they look more like what i'm looking for. I have a Makarov, actually quite good condition, but the rubber grips on this thing are ugly and feel weird... i'm gussing they are original. Mine was made in Bulgaria.

    Thanks, Jimmy

    Not Pirate but I can answer your question if you are still looking for those Pearce grips. I too am a Mak fan. I have two Bulgy's and an unfired Russian. In the thousands of rounds I have shot through them it only FTF one time and that was because of a dirty mag and possibly a weak spring. It happens on these 30-40 yo handguns that were built amazingly well and actually are about the same size as my SCCY CPX-2 9mm.

    Pearce Grips
    The three most important components of stopping power are: bullet placement, bullet placement, bullet placement.
    -Evan Marshall

  15. #15
    Senior Member Array Buckeye63's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    726
    I carried a Bulgarian Mak. for several years... It was the first centerfire semi I owned....great pistol..traded it and $50.00 for a brand new a HS-2000 9mm ..(Pre-XD) so I had 200.00 in a Pre Springfield XD ..not bad...

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

bulgarian makarov for sale

,

custom makarov

,

custom makarov grips

,

custom makarov pistol

,

makarov custom grips

,
makarov custom pistol
,

makarov for sale

,
makarov grips custom
,

makarov grips for sale

,
makarov refinish
,
makarov reliability
,
refinished makarov
Click on a term to search for related topics.