Makarov Pistols - Soviet Built, KGB Approved  
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Makarov pistol is acknowledged to be one of the best 20th century pistols in the world, along side with Browning, Walter, Beretta, and Astra. Mak’s serial production has been going on for over 50 years on mechanical factory in the city of Izhevsk, Russia.

During that time, entire family of weapons were derived from Makarov. They are gas, pneumatic and models made specifically for export. They all have wide spectrum of application that vary from military, law enforcement and secret service down to sporting and casual practice shooting.

Makarov is currently the only pistol in the world that successfully passes so called “combined conditions” testing. That test consists of field trials in dirt, rain, snow. Combination of qualities such as size, weight, magazine capacity, barrel energy, recoil and cost makes Makarov a leader amongst majority of handguns available on the market even today.

If you would like to find out where did Makarov pistol come from, you can check out my History page that talks about Nikolay Makarov and history of the pistol.

Izhevsk factory produces three export caliber flavors: 9x18 Makarov, 9x17 Kurtz, 9x19 Parabellum. All modifications of pistols can have either fixed or adjustable sights. Magazine capacities are 8 or 12 rounds for 9x17 and 9x18, and 8 for 9x19. These models come in two possible finishes - oxidated and nickel-plated. There is also a .380 ACP version of Makarov that is exclusively sold by "B-West" company.

There were 20,000 Makarovs imported into USA in 1993, and that number reached whopping 150,000 in 1994. Due to various legal and political factors number of Makarov inflow has dropped significally. But even at that, PMs were able to hijack almost 10% of total American handgun market!