Does anyone carry a Makarov?

Does anyone carry a Makarov?

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    Does anyone carry a Makarov?

    I really like these little guns, they're accurate, completely reliable and pack a serious enough punch with the right ammunition to be a viable CCW gun. In hot weather I found myself packing a German or Bulgarian one more often than not. My Glock 21 is just too damn big and with a Coronada concealment vest it's HOT! Same with my Taurus 92. I have a CZ 75 Compact on the way, so I'll probably use that as my "warm weather" gun, but I'm not selling my Makarov's. I got quite a few laughs when I went to our local prison range with my first Makarov, but after letting a few Officer's fire it, I got a few phone call's wondering where they could get one. Now they're as common as Glock's or 1911's. Good little commie gun.
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    I wouldn't call it as common as Glock or 1911 by any stretch of the imagination, but a good friend of mine has CCWed one consistently for around 2 years now. It works for him and that is what's important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Euclidean
    I wouldn't call it as common as Glock or 1911 by any stretch of the imagination, but a good friend of mine has CCWed one consistently for around 2 years now. It works for him and that is what's important.
    Sorry, I should have clarified that. I didn't mean that Makarov's were as commonly carried as Glock's or 1911's, I meant on the range I frequent it seems as if every third or fourth guy has one. It probably helped that one Officer had a FFL and bought a bushelbasket full at around $125.00 a piece way back when. He shared the wealth.

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    Oddly enough I like the little Makarov's. I keep talking about this but when I took my CCW class my instructor had a ton of gun's that we could shoot, incuding full auto's, many different auto and wheel gun's and also a couple mak's. After shooting the 500 S&W I needed a break and picked up a Makarov and was impressed with it.

    Atleast 2000 rounds went through that gun in a 4 hour period and never so much as asked for a break or burped at any point. He had some for sale awhile back for like $190.00 I think they were the Polish version and was thinking of picking one or two up for me and my girl friend for her first gun and me to play with.

    I think it would make a BUG for me.

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    Gotta Go with Euc on this not as common here nor carried as much as a glock or 1911 or Hk ..

    In fact ive never seen one except on the computer never even seen one at a gun show

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    I know of 2 owners why Mak's. I would consider 1 , except for the right hand only safety .

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    Never carried mine but if it was all I had on board I would still feel fairly usefully ''gunned''

    The 9x18 is quite a useful cartridge and tho the gun is a tad heavy, that does not bother me. I find it points quite well and is pleasant to shoot.

    I picked mine up from a gunshop - paying a bit more than for a pure Bulgy - because it is a Russian, tho it has Bulgy markings due to the import method.


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    My very first handgun was a Russian Makarov that I bought in 1995 for $140. I have lost count of the rounds it has sent down range. It has NEVER had a failure of any kind.

    The only thing I did was put a st of Pearce grips on it.

    I really love this pistol. It is just an awsome wepon.

    Take care.

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    How could I pick up one or at least price one....
    Listen, Think and React.....Nuff Said.....

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    Blue - not sure how plentiful they are right now but - gun shows have been good sources - often Bulgy ones went for $149.

    Otherwise - do a search on Makarov and see who has them. Maybe SOG has some, J&G - not sure re CDNN cos trashed their last flyer - to avoid temptation!! Go looking tho - there will be some out there.
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    I've seen them locally twice, but the price was something like $180-$200 each time. That's just too much, considering the CZ75B I picked up is much nicer and a better weapon for $25 more.

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    I own one. It's way heavy for what it is and I'm not fond of the recoil signature.

    For a budget carry gun, sure. I just can't get enthused about it.
    Driver carries less than $45 worth of remorse.

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    I carried a Makarov regularly until I got a Kahr K9. I still carry the Makarov on occasion, or have it in the house with loaded magazines nearby.

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