Makarov for CCW

Makarov for CCW

This is a discussion on Makarov for CCW within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was recently on a pistol cleaning spree and freed my Makarov from the safe. I bought it in 2004 for around $100. It's a ...

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    Makarov for CCW

    I was recently on a pistol cleaning spree and freed my Makarov from the safe. I bought it in 2004 for around $100. It's a great carry gun. Comfortable weight with 8 +1 rounds of 9mm Mak. When I carry this it tends to be more in the summer time. The pistol is dead accurate at 15 yards. The caliber is a bit better than a .380acp but under powered for a 9mm. No blinding muzzle flash or deafening roar. The only thing I don't like are the anemic sights. I'd love to switch them out but so far I haven't found compatible ones.

    The pistol only has 27 parts total. The engineering is purely simple brilliance. The only tools required to completely strip the pistol are a screw driver for grip and spring removal. All else is cam designed to pop in and out. Everything goes in only one way.

    Does anyone else carry one of these?





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    I don't have one but would like to. I'd be happy to carry it instead of a P3AT during the summer. Nice little gun you have there.

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    I have a 380 I bought back in 1988 and have had it ever since. I like the single /double trigger action and the gun is a tank. I mean I could drop it out of a plane and it would still shoot. the only draw backs are the sights are the pits; steel blade front and black noched flat blade back. one other thing is the edge around the trigger guard is a little sharped edged and can rub a bit when shooting. the euro mag release takes a bit to get used to

    the best $100.00 as far a quality gun I ever spent

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    I rock a cz-82 in the 9 mmM and it seems to do well. It is a single/double action and a hammer disengage if the trigger is not pulled. I you like your makarov you may look at one like an 82. We can cram in 12+1. It is my pistol of choice so far.


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    I've been carrying a Bulgarian Makarov a lot lately. I have two of them.

    The one I carry is outfitted with Pearce grips and rides in a Falco OWB holster. I also have a Don Hume JIT, but the Falco holds the gun closer to the body.

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    Not a Makarov, but I do on occasion carry a CZ82 chambered in 9mm Mak. Easy to carry, accurate and 12+1.
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    Yes. I'm glad you brought this up. I do carry my East German Makarov frequently as well as its cousin, the CZ 82 referred to earlier. The Mak is nicely thin, and meets my preference for a DA/SA model with exposed hammer. The shape and contour made it difficult to fit it into one of my regular IWB holsters, but I have settled on Uncle Mike's Model 15 as the best. Buffalo Bore now has defensive rounds available although I've not
    tried them. These are available with a C&R license too.
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    I bought two CZ82 had them redone at Robar. Made a couple of IWB holsters. I shoot the one every week I absolutely love the feel and ergonomics of these guns. They are very accurate and easy to shoot and nice to carry.mthe ammo I use for carrying the Hornady Critical Defense.

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    I've been looking at the CZ82. I do have a C&R FFL. I just always get side tracked. I have a box of the Buffalo Bore coming. I'll do a follow up when I shoot some at the range.

    I carry this pistol in a Don Hume JIT, like lowercase. I've recently gotten a Remora no clip holster for my Glock 19 that the Makarov fits and rides very comfortably.

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    My EDC is a Bulgarian Makarov. The Mak is dead accurate and is simply a joy to shoot. Hornady hollow points work well in the Mak.
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    The Mak is too big and heavy for the caliber. At least that's what I read on the internet each time a Beretta .380 is mentioned, so it must be true for the Mak as well.

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    My CZ82 after Robar.IMG_0274.JPG
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    If you go that route, be careful of the cheap jhp ammo

    Many fail to expand


    I absolutely enjoy shooting the CZ82, but for CCW, the full 9mm would be my minimum
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    don't have one, but nice looking gun...IMHO anything that you carry all the time and shoot well is a great choice... I frequently carry a .380 cal but always carry even in the home
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    I think that solution to the cheap Hp is use Hornady Critical Defense Ammo for carry

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