Makarov 9x18, Russian "Raikal"
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. The .380 is a fraction smaller than the 9x18, so I cycled a few boxes through the Mak, and the anemic .380 rounds were a pleasure to shoot. But the 9x18s are so much cheaper - especially the ones from Russia, that I stay primarily with them. Since this is a military service auto, fitted with an adjustable sight, I feed it FMJ 9x18 ball. The stout, almost pocket sized pistol handles the sharp recoil well that these intermediate 9mm bullets generate. But if you are planning to plink 5 or 6 hundred rounds during the day, I would recommend a shooting glove. I can't say anything bad about it, except finding spare magazines. A note on the .380 magazines, often the slide won't lock to the rear after the last round. Never a problem with the magazine of the 9x18, thoughAttachment 64987. I can inconsistently hit a can at 100 ft off hand with this little Raikal, and popping balloons at a hundred feet is a no brainer. This is not my carry gun, it's my target practice pistol. Right now I'm going to upload a photo or two of it from my files, and tomorrow Ill post pics of me shooting using my E. German magazines. Sorry, if I can't get my thumbnails to enlarge. This is my daughter shooting it. Tried to enlarge thumbnail, but couldn't.