Makarov PM

The Makarov PM was a Cold War era Soviet pistol based upon the Walther PP/PPK.

Arsenal Bulgaria Manufactured Makarov PM.

The Makarov PM was the standard Soviet and Warsaw Pact pistol of the Cold War Era.  In fact it has only begun to be replaced in Russia in the last decae or so.   The design dates to 1951 and is basically a scaled up Walther PP chambered in a more powerful round, 9x18mm Makorov.   This round was only marginally more powerful than the .380 ACP/9mm Kurz, used by the Walther.  This round was also used in some Soviet sub-machine gun designs but never gained wide acceptance and the Russians themselves, have recently adopted 9mm for their pistols.   Interstingly, the design took a step back on the magazine release, using a European style release at the bottom rear of the grip.    

This pistol was used by all Soviet client states and has seen much combat action.  Large numbers were manufactured and exported by the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and East Germany.  With its fixed barrel, like a Walther, it is accurate, but it is considered underpowered and dificult to reload.  It also has an incredibly stiff recoil spring making it one of the most difficult slides to rack on a semi-automatic pistol.


Version - Arsenal Bulgaria Makarov

Caliber - 9 x 18mm Makarov

Frame - Steel.

Slide - Steel.

Action - Double Action/Single Action Blowback.

Grips - Plastic.

Barrel - 3.68”.

Overall Length - 6.5”.  

Weight - 1.625 lbs unloaded.

Magazines - 8 rd Detachable Box.

Sights - Fixed Notch and Blade

Makarov compared to the PPK it was based upon.

3 Generations of Soviet Cold War Handguns.  From Top:  M1895 Nagant, M57 Tokarev, and Makarov

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