A Makarov and a Spyderco: Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

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?


  1. avatar Kahlil says:

    are you just repeating the previous month’s pocket dump because there is no better content or you can’t find more interesting things to post in the edc category? https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/09/kat-ainsworth/yes-thats-a-makarov-everyday-carry-pocket-dump-of-the-day/

    1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

      That’s a valid criticism, Kat…

    2. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      As soon as I actually looked at the picture, I thought I had seen that mak before, that blue slide and matte frame and clean grips, I don’t know if that is just a nice factory sample or refinished, looks different than my bulgy.

    3. avatar Kenneth says:

      No. It’s because they keep the help way too busy writing ‘news items’ that are actually ad copy. Thus they have little time left to notice they’re just repeating yestermonth’s shit stories that nobody wanted to read in the first place.
      It’s not a one time mistake, its a pattern of behavior.
      And this from the very next day:
      It would appear that the reruns are going to be scheduled to repeat every 20 days from here on out. Probably until the site melts down and turns into a giant smoking crater.

      1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

        It keeps the light on at TTAG…

      2. avatar Danny Mann says:

        Kenneth, But then you have people like me, who were recenty dragged into the 21st century( kicking and screaming, BTW), and have even more recently, discovered this very entertaining, chocked full of useful information and gear that I don’t have, but need. I feel you, but please be gentle and patient with me. I’ll eventually come around, lolololol!!!!!!

  2. avatar Smith Wesson says:

    This isn’t the first recently repeated pocket dump.

    1. avatar Joel says:

      The goldiglock was a repeat too I believe.

      1. avatar Jeremy D. says:

        Man I just thought I had really intense deja vu

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          You had it so bad, it was vuja de!

        2. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          “You had it so bad, it was vuja de!”

          The late, *great*, Robin Williams.

          (“Vuja De: The strange, unexplainable feeling that somehow none of this has happened before”)


          Damn, I miss him…

        3. avatar jwm says:

          I was never a huge fan of his comedy. He was too frantic and over the top. Maybe the cocaine. A few minutes of his routines was enough for me. I was pretty dismissive of him.

          And then I saw him in a serious dramatic role and my opinion changed completely. He could act. He shared the screen with Al Pacino and matched him or did better.

          His death was a tragedy. But he proved that suicide was not dependent on guns. If you really want to do the job firearms are not needed.

        4. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

          In an interview, Johnny Carson asked Williams (this was right after he did ‘The Fisher King’) if he could choose, would he do comedy or act. It really stressed Williams out, because he wanted to do both. Of course, he cracked a funny and said said doing comedy was lots cheaper than therapy.

          I have heard from people that Williams really could turn the funny on instantly like a switch, and it was *fast*. His mind blazed at a million miles an hour. He was true genius…

      2. avatar kahlil says:

        There’s been a string of repeat edc/pocket dumps over the past few months.

  3. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    I guess someone just likes Makarovs!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      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.

  4. avatar Iron Cat Beast says:

    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.

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

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

  6. avatar Gladius et Scutum says:

    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.

  7. avatar el Possum Guapo Standartenfuher " they think we're making pizza's Oberst von Burn says:

    X Wife had a Makarov, she liked it.

  8. avatar Tim U says:

    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.

  9. avatar Jonathan says:

    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.

  10. avatar Sue Doe Intellectual says:

    Nobody carries a Makorov by choice. I advise you examine your life and make changes.

  11. avatar Anonymous says:

    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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