Soviet / Russian Military Makarov w/ Night Sights
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Item 630758763
Location Bellevue, WA 98004-5824
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Soviet / Russian Military Makarov
with Night Sights and a Pelican Case;
Made in the USSR
by Izhevsky Mechanical Plant

The auction is for 1 (one) GENUINE Soviet / Russian Military Makarov with Night Sights and a Pelican Case; Made in the USSR by Izhevsky Mechanical Plant.

I purchased the pistol 12 (twelve) years ago, but never fired it. It came from the US importer with a lot of holster wear, as shown on the pictures above, but an absolutely shiny, mirror-like, bore and exceptionally preserved finish on the inside. It looks like it was carried by whoever it was issued to a lot, but hardly fired. The area surrounding the joint pin that secures the barrel in the frame is also pristine - without anyy markings whatsoever, which means that the barrel was NEVER replaced either. Therefore, it has a whole lifespan ahead of itself. According to the Soviet armorer's manuals, Soviet-manufactured Makarovs were guaranteed to last, at least 50,000 rounds.

There are several scuffs and scratches, as shown on the pictures above. If these are a problem, the pistol can be easily recoated. Cerakote sounds like the easiest and least expensive option. In any major metropolitan area, there are, at least, 2 - 3 shops that offer it. My gunsmith here in the Seattle, WA, metropolitan area offers Cerakote, DuraCoat, polyresing coating, and TiNi (Titanium Nitride) - both black and yellow. I would recommend researching this online.

As stated in the listing's title, it comes with night sights installed. This was done a couple of years ago by Mr. Fred Hastings, the owner of C.A.R. Firearms of Kent, WA. Those, who are fortunate to have pieces he has reworked / converted, including myself, would need no further introduction. The guy is a wizard, at what he does!

The night sight installation was not easy for Fred, due to the PHENOMENAL strength of the pistol's material! Fred said that this was the toughest material he had EVER worked on! He had broken 7 (seven) high-end German-made cutters, trying to mill the dovetail-shaped patterns on the pistol's slide.

In addition, it comes with a phenomenally ergonomic grip manufactured in Israel by FAB Defense. There are 2 (two) things that make it unique, namely, the integrated magazine eject lever and the "beaver tail" in the back.

The magazine eject lever makes it easy to eject the magazine. It looks like folks here in the US are not used to the way the magazine is ejected on Makarov. For me, as an ex-Soviet/Russian military, it comes natural.

The "beaver tail" in the rear of the grip. This one is critical for me, as I have very wide palms and get "slide burns" every time I fire a Makarov with a factory grip, have been since my old days at a Russian military academy in the late 1980's. This new Israeli desig is GOLDEN. It would protect your shooting hand and give you confort.

Finally, it comes in a nice Pelican case with a custom-made high-quality hard foam insert. The latter was made for me by a Pelican dealer in the Cleveland, OH, area. He told me that he was 1 (one) out of 6 (six) that had were capable of making these. He had several laser-cutting machines that would make perfectly cut foam inserts, as well as several engraving machines.

As you can see on the pictures above, the foam insert was made for this piece when it had the original, factory grip installed...

I am selling this one due to the purchase of a brand-spanking new Russian-designed / Italian-manufactured "Strike One AF-1" by Arsenal Firearms. Unfortunately, I could not afford to keep both of them...

Weight730 g (26 oz)
Length161.5 mm (6.36 in)
Barrel length93.5 mm (3.68 in)
Width29.4 mm (1.16 in)

Muzzle velocity315 m/s (1,030 ft/s)
Effective firing range50 m (55 yd)
Feed system8-round detachable box magazine

What is included:

1. The pistol itself;

2. Two (2) magazines (with non-matching Serial Numbers scratched on them, which is common);

3. The factory cleaning rod;

4. The factory grip with a fluted screw;

5. The Pelican 1170 Case, as shown on the pictures above.

On another note, a while back, there was a Web site dedicated to the Makarov design. It looks like it is still out there ( In the FAQ section thereof it has the following statement:


Which Makarov is best?

While this is a somewhat subjective question, there are some guidelines. First ask yourself what you want to do with your new toy. Shoot it, right? Well, not everyone does. 

If you're looking for a pure collector's piece, look for an original Soviet or Chinese Makarov. Also, consider the limited-run Simson Suhl and the discontinued Miltex

If you want a shooter, look for a good quality East German gun. For a gun with good fit and finish right out of the factory, get a Bulgarian Arsenal Makarov.



"A collector's piece?" Bulgarian Military Makarovs are, indeed, nicely finished and fairly reliable, though they are NOT made of the same materials as genuine Soviet military ones! Therefore, once in a while, you would have replace its parts, such as the trigger guard, the hammer, etc. I used to own a couple and went throught this myself. Besides, Bulgarian military Makarovs are a bit less accurate that Soviet Military ones.

As far as Bulgarian civilian Makarov's are concerned, I would NOT wish one ON MY WORST ENEMY! Here are pictures of one that I owned some 12 - 13 years ago:!An-mfwtdob80gbspdAcbJjHGROU1dg

It would misfire perfectly good ammo every couple of rounds!!!

Next. "If you want a realy shooter, look for a good qiuality East German gun." To be honest, I don't know what the guy was smoking... I used to own one 10 years ago. Bought it brand-new and never fired. Drove it to ROBAR and had it NP3-coated. It took me nearly $400.00 to have it done. At the range, it would misfire perfectly good ammo, once in a while, from every other magazine loaded. I sold it at a loss and swore to myself NOT to deal with this crap any longer. Here are the pictures thereof I made back then:!An-mfwtdob80gbsgFa4d1sYJDA9QlQ

Nice looks. Poor reliability.

A while back, when he was still alive, I asked my old man, who retired from the Soviet Armed Forces after 35 (thirty-five) years of service at the rank of colonel, whether he had ever experienced any misfires with any of the Makarov pistols he was issues. The answer was: "NEVER, NOT A SINGLE TIME!"

I currently I own 3 (three) genuine Soviet military Makarovs, including this one, as well as a Bulgarian military Makarov that is unfired and in perfect shape finish-wise. The other 2 (two) (Soviet Military Makarovs) - are my keepers. One of them has NP3 finish as well, and the remaining one - is still brand-new and never fired with its factory mirror-like finish at 100%. 

Pictures of the NP3-coated piece that I have chosen to keep are as follows:!An-mfwtdob80g68umwj4n7yj7pIAsw

Finally, as far as Russian civilian (post-USSR ones marked as "IZH-**") Makarovs are concerned, they are total crap - just like Bulgarian civilian ones. The Russian civilian Makarovs do NOT misfire, based on my personal experience, but they do break frequently. Back in 2001, I had a piece of the slide - one surrounding the hole into which the safety lever is inserted - break off. My gunsmith ended up taking it to a NASA lab where the slide was rebuilt with some sort of welding technology and machined. A couple of months later, the trigger bar broke thereon. On top of this, Russian civilian Makarovs have really crappy finish.

Please, note that I can accept no returns, so the item is sold as-is. All sales are FINAL.


If in doubt, please E-mail  me with any questions BEFORE BIDDING.


S/H  within the continental US is FREE  (!!!) via USPS Priority Mail with Tracking Number & Shipping Insurance. For other locations, please inquire with your shipping address.

Please, note that the item  is in Seattle, WA, and I will ship IMMEDIATELY upon receipt of payment!

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Izhevsky Mechanical Plant
9x18mm Makarov
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