Makarov 9x18, Russian "Raikal"

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    Oldvet. Ahhhh, I see! Thanks for clarifying that for me, I didn't know you were trimming down. Am trying out my new E. German mags in my Russian, and the slide locks to the rear every time I go empty. Am shooting a little low and right @ 25 yards. Gonna do some sight adjustments now...

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    New E. German mags in Russian Makarov

    006.jpg007.jpg East German mags performed flawlessly in Russian Mak. Smooth feeds, nice extractions.

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    About the only place I have seen the Makarov Mags is at the gun shows that pop up 2-3 times a year in my area. And I agree, avalability of the 9x18 ammo is getting thinner, more scarce, and more expensive.

    If you can find one, look at getting the fixed rear sight replacement for the adjustable Russians. Alot more carry friendly than the adjustable sights.



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    009.jpgSlide locks to rear upon every empty mag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by para owner View Post
    About the only place I have seen the Makarov Mags is at the gun shows that pop up 2-3 times a year in my area. And I agree, avalability of the 9x18 ammo is getting thinner, more scarce, and more expensive.

    If you can find one, look at getting the fixed rear sight replacement for the adjustable Russians. Alot more carry friendly than the adjustable sights.




    Para owner, how do you get your pics to come out so large? I click on my thumbnails, but they stay small...

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    I upload my pics to http://tinypic.com/
    (sign up for free), upload them and it gives you the codes to post into forums, e-mails etc. Works great on every forum I use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by para owner View Post
    I upload my pics to TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting
    (sign up for free), upload them and it gives you the codes to post into forums, e-mails etc. Works great on every forum I use.
    Hmmmm! OK! I'll try it!

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    th_009.jpgAnother try at a larger image. Photo bucket this time. Crap. Taurusarmed.net does not have this type of issue. I don't have to jump through hoops to post a decent sized pic there, they just post it This is a bunch of sh-t! Tried TinyPic, got rerouted to Photobucket. I'm not messing with this anymore, frustrating...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03 View Post
    Have had this heavy little pistol 20 years. Finally, had the opportunity to order some spare mags (difficult to find!) from Sportsman's Guide. Mags are for E. German Makarovs. Am hoping the mags work well in my Russian. Have ordered after market magazines for the Makarov in the past, but they came in .380, and the 9x18s don't feed well through them.
    Original milsurp 9mm Makarov magazines work just fine with .380.

    Aftermarket is probably Promag. Ditch them.

    Alas, the days of abundant sub-$10 milsurp Makarov magazines is long gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee n. field View Post
    Original milsurp 9mm Makarov magazines work just fine with .380.

    Aftermarket is probably Promag. Ditch them.

    Alas, the days of abundant sub-$10 milsurp Makarov magazines is long gone.
    Yes. I am VERY fortunate to have seven Makarov mags actually made for the Mak. 4 Russian & 3 E. German. The East Germans worked flawlessly yesterday. I am seriously thinking about ditching the aftermarket mags. But they have interchangeable parts, like springs. So I'm going to put them in a parts box or something.

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