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Am considering buying my first Makarov, and seeking the consensus opinion on which one is best in terms of reliability, finish, etc. Primary use will be as a CCW. How do the German, Bulgarian, etc compare?

Should I plan on replacing any of the springs at the outset?
 

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Would say Bulgarian

I would have to say Bulgarian mostly because they are several dollars less than the East German or Russian. Most of the Bulgarians around are in very good condition and for the price a great buy.

Some say the trigger pull is a little better on an East German but, for a few bucks you can change out the main spring and they should be equal.

Really though all things equal the Bulgarian is just simply a very good buy.

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Sorry for the late reply. The best Mak is an EG Mak; the fit and finish on my EG is as good or better than a Walther. The best buy? I will also say the Bulgie Mak. I used my Bulgie Mak for a carry gun platform and it is grand. The sights are Novak Trijicons and the work was done by Marianne Carniak of the Accurizer Gunshop in Troy, MI. The hard chrome was one of the last done by Virgil Tripp. This link should get close to my Bulgie Mak http://community.webshots.com/album/250 ... JKhzlExB/1

Regards, Richard
 

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You really can't go wrong with any of them. The finish and trigger on the EG will USUALLY be better than on the others. But regardless, the Mak is one simple sturdy workhorse.
 
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This is a picture of my Bulgie Mak in it's Dillon Holster. This picture gives a pretty good view of the Novak Trijicon rear sight. Yes, it also has a Trijicon front sight. Regards, Richard :D

 

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I have 3 MAKs, EG, Bulgie, and a commercial Russian with adj sights. Everything considered I think the Bulgie is the best buy, and the quality is not that far behind the EG. In practical terms it is the equal of the EG and the commercial Russian.

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I own two East German and a Soviet high cap .380 and I've seen and handled lots of Bulgarians and even handled a few Chinese. The East Germans have the nicest fit, finish and trigger of them all with the Russians being not far beyond. Then it's the Bulgarians and finally the Chinese...

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I bought a Bulgarian Mak from SOG last year. Not knowing what it would get me I went ahead and paid the $10 extra for "Hand Picked".

I couldn't be happier! The pistol came in still in the cosmoline and it took a few minutes to clean it up. What I found under all of that grease was a pristine (possibly unfired) pistol. The gun didn't have a mark on it and the blueing was perfect. It also had two sets of grips and two mags.

As others have reported, accuracy is excellent and the gun functions flawlessly. It's the best bargain out there and SOG's website shows they still have some in stock.

I do have one regret.................I regret I didn't buy three!
 

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If you're looking for a shooter/carry gun, the Bulgy is the best bang for the buck. (literally and otherwise) While the E.G. is of slightly better quality and more collectible, most of them stay in the safe, like mine. 8)
 

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Bulgarian Mak price

I just purchased a Bulgarian Mak with a 1000 rounds of S&B ammunition for $299.00. In the Peoples State of Maryland one buys what is available when it's available because between the cartridge case law and the integral lock law things are getting tight (although the Maks probably all are old enough to bypass these laws). Did I get took?
I also would like some more information about the custom work that was done on Richards pistol (which is very attractive,by the way). I know that I am going to have to change those sights. Did I also get an inkling that these can be converted to .380? And if so, would that be a better choice for a reloader?
Thanks, WalterB
 

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Re: Bulgarian Mak price

WalterB said:
I just purchased a Bulgarian Mak with a 1000 rounds of S&B ammunition for $299.00. In the Peoples State of Maryland one buys what is available when it's available because between the cartridge case law and the integral lock law things are getting tight (although the Maks probably all are old enough to bypass these laws). Did I get took?
I also would like some more information about the custom work that was done on Richards pistol (which is very attractive,by the way). I know that I am going to have to change those sights. Did I also get an inkling that these can be converted to .380? And if so, would that be a better choice for a reloader?
Thanks, WalterB
Well, I paid $149.00 last August for a Bulgie Mak at a gun show that was part of MCRGO's Annual meeting and family day, but I'd say with the 1000 rounds of ammo, I think you got a decent deal.

Some people are going to complain about price on some weapons. My thought is this, if you want the gun, and you have the money, is it worth it to YOU??? That is the final question.

I've been very happy with my Mak, yet some are going to tell me I paid 10-20 too much. So what. I saw it, I wanted it, I had the cash that the old man selling it wanted for it.

So far, I've changed three things on mine. I swapped the commerical Pearce grips with Russian military style grips, I put the finger extensions on the magazines, and I JUST (today) polished the feed ramp so it would feed the Silver Bear 120 grain JHP ammo I have.

The grips and mag extenders came from http://www.makarov.com . The feed polishing was done with a Dremel tool.

I'm happy with mine!
 
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I don't see any reason to convert a Mak from 9x18 to 9x17(.380) unless ammo becomes scarce. At the momment 9x18 ammo is plentiful and cheap. Starline makes brass and it isn't a problem to find dies. I say reload! Regards, Richard :D
 

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I don't see any reason to convert a Mak from 9x18 to 9x17(.380) unless ammo becomes scarce. At the momment 9x18 ammo is plentiful and cheap. Starline makes brass and it isn't a problem to find dies. I say reload! Regards, Richard :D
Not only is available, but some companies are still making it!!!
 
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