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EDC Makarov everyday carry concealed 9mm pistol

Not the only Makarov out their being used for EDC, but still relatively unusual. It’s always interesting when a model like the Makarov shows up as part of a pocket dump. Fifteen years ago we could find them under $100 – even $70, if memory serves – and they remain inexpensively priced in comparison to many handguns on the market.

Does anyone here have a Makarov? Which variant?

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    • What’s not to like? There was a gun shop near my home that routinely sold them for 99 bucks. For that money you got a simple, proven design that worked.

      If I was low income and needed a gun I would rather have a Mak than a Hi Point.

  1. Got one. Sprung for the chrome version, but I kinda want to get a second Makarov with a more typical blued or parkerized finish. The Fab Defense grip I bought just looks wrong with the chrome; like putting a neon undercarriage on a DeSoto.

  2. I’ve got an older stainless one in 9×18. Ammo is cheap.
    Used it to teach my daughter how to shoot pistol.

  3. I have an East German Mak. DA trigger pull is about 90 pounds and gritty. The Euro eronomics are just terrible, especially for a back-assward lefty. It is pretty heavy for its size. Pretty cool collectors item but I never shoot it anymore and would never dream of using it to defend myself.

  4. Have an Izhevsk produced commercial Makarov. Takes the exact same magazines, the only difference is the rear sight and the chambering is .380. It was made in the same plant with the same tooling as the military pistols.

    Pretty fun piece of history with easier to find ammo in my area.

  5. I switch between a P64 Radom and a Bulgarian Makarov, have for years. Sturdy and reliable guns that eat whatever ammo I run through them.

    I also like the heavy DA trigger pull, I carry with a round chambered and the safety off, hammer down.

  6. I have the very dark blued version. Almost completely black. It is also the rare double stack mag variety with 10 round mags. Have 5 mags for it. Mags are “very” expensive last time I checked (for this variety). Also have a form fitting fobus holster for it. It’s russian manufacture – IMES – IJ70.


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