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Old December 14, 2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Purchased my first handgun today: 1960 East German Makarov

Today, I was the last man standing in an online auction for a minty 1960 East German Makarov with no import marks. The gun is a spotless 99%-er with a nice period black leather holster.

It also includes a magazine with an electro-pencil matching serial number.

I did my part to drive up the price for collectible EG Makarovs, but this gun was "THE ONE" and I had to have it.

It will NOT be a safe queen, either! If I had a muscle car from 1969, I would drive it, not keep it in the garage 24/7. This gun is no different: it will be a regular visitor to the local outdoor shooting range.

Can't wait to get started!
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Old December 14, 2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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Here are some photos:



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Old December 14, 2012, 12:56 AM   #3
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Nice, I have a Russian in 380 acp and I love it. You can't go wrong with a Mak. Enjoy
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Old December 14, 2012, 01:03 AM   #4
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Thanks. I also really enjoy having so many options for accessories: NOS lanyards, holsters, and bakelite grips; modern wooden grips; cleaning kits; and magazines from around the former Eastern Bloc.

To say nothing of the relatively inexpensive ammo.

I haven't shot my CMP M1 Garand in ages because surplus .30-06 ammo has just become too pricey for me. Guess I better stock up on 9x18 Makarov ammo while I can!
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Old December 14, 2012, 01:35 AM   #5
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If you do not mind spending a little money and want the best wood grips made, look into Marschal Grips. Absolutely stunning works of art.

http://www.marschalgrips.com/makarov/makarov.html

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Old December 14, 2012, 01:41 AM   #6
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I've already been eyeing these gems. However, if I go in this direction, I'm tempted to ask "Mr. Marschal" if he could finish the grip in ComBloc Red. Some time ago I was thinking about purchasing an Arsenal AK-74 and retrofitting it with parts from all over the Eastern Block.

For this project, I've already acquired a Bulgarian stock, a Romanian magazine, an East German zig-zag muzzle, and a Polish sling!

My plan was to strip the Bulgarian stock and refinish it in ComBloc Red like this:

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Old December 14, 2012, 03:19 AM   #7
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The wooden Mak. Pistol stock looks great. But I'd like to know where to buy the invisible camo paint. I can't even see the outline of the gun.
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Old December 14, 2012, 06:28 AM   #8
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Amazing guns those Maks are...and darn fun to shoot!

My Russian Commercial:
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Old December 14, 2012, 06:41 AM   #9
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The EG Maks are arguably the best of the breed. I have a mint one made in 1962, but I carry my Bulgarian Mak as I want to keep the EG pristine. It does come with me to the range though and is a very, very good shooter.

That is a nice first pistol purchase. They are built like tanks, and are more accurate than they should be.
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