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Old 01-24-2004, 12:27 PM   #1
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Bulgarian MAK Questions

I just acquired a Bulgarian MAK from AIM Surplus in Ohio. (BTW--- all my dealings with AIM have been VERY satisfactory)

The gun came packed in cozmoline and appears to be new... or like new. The bore appears to be perfect in every way. The slide is tight and the trigger is better than many guns I have purchased at 3 times the price.

It came with 4 mags (two are rusty) a cleaning rod and an extra red plastic grip with a star on it. The grips on the gun are black plastic with a thumb rest on the left grip.

On the right of the frame PW Arms Redmond WA is stamped in front of the caliber and the BULG marking. There is a 10 in a double circle stamped behind the slide release... and the serial number prefix is KO.

I paid $179.95 including shipping, handling, sales tax and transfer fees.

1. So..... is this an okay version of the Mak???

2. Was the price about right given the condition and extras????

3. Where can I get a operating manual (in English)???

4. Is there a reasonably priced way to "beef up" the sights??? (these small all black units are nearly useless and one company I found on the web charges about what the gun cost to fit them with Novak's--- obviously that's not going to fly)

I'm a die hard pistol nut... but have zero experience with Maks so any help would be appreciated. 8)
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Old 01-24-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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very good


The Bulgarian Makarov is a very fine weapon. Over all quality of the EG Makarovs is maybe a bit better but not enough to warrant the extra cost if you intend on shooting it. The price you paid is right in the ball park for a Pistol and 4 mags. Considering it is like new.

As far as the sights go maybe a little florescent paint just on the front sight will work nicely.

Make sure you get all the cosmoline out of all the the parts including the extractor and firing pin housing.

Go to www.makarov.com and they have a section on detailed stripping and how to properly clean the pistol.

As far as manuals go try ebay and type in Makarov and it will have all sorts of things including manuals.

Old 01-25-2004, 02:42 AM   #3
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The Makarov is a excellent carry pistol .. the circle 10 that you have is just like the 2 that i have.. payed the same as you from my local dealer.

Go to www.makarov.com and read the question and answer page lots of info for a new mak owner to read..

As far as a manual i have not seen any online that are in english you will have to buy one..

These shoot really well and very accurate too . I have shot 600 rounds thru one of mine and just a few thru the other.. no malfunctions at all..
Be aware they eject spent casings a good 20 ft..

I have been shooting Blazers in mine and have a bulk order of Wolf ammo

Be sure to clean the cosmoline from the gun before you use it the first time, dont forget to clean the mags also..I used electrical contact cleaner
to degrease , its cheaper than reg gun degreaser..

These maks are addictive after having 1 you will want another.. !!
Old 02-06-2004, 11:14 AM   #4
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The Shootist, you paid a little too much but down the road you won't care as a Bulgie Mak is a great pistol. I would have paid about $155 for the same pistol through my FFL guy but again you have a great carry pistol that will shoot cheap ammo accurately. Regards, Richard
Old 02-07-2004, 05:04 PM   #5
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getting the cos off

I had a guy give me some great tips on getting the cosmoline off. I completely striped the gun ( and it was not that hard) . Then went to walmart and got a gallon of Colman fuel in the sporting goods section. Soaked it in that for about 20 min and that stuff came off really good. Then oiled it up good and reassembled. Went to shoot it and it was OUTSTANDING!
Old 02-07-2004, 07:14 PM   #6
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Nothing fancy

I have cleaned up a few Maks and the best thing I have found it just boiling water. The cosmoline just melts away. Then a cool oil bath wipe it all down and your good to go.

Old 02-08-2004, 04:44 AM   #7
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I use a Pocket Grabber from High Noon Holsters to carry my Mak. It's a little heavy compared to my SiG 230 but still works just fine.
Old 02-08-2004, 06:17 AM   #8
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I don't think there's such a thing as a truly bad Makarov, although the East German ones are the smoothest in my experience.
Old 08-02-2004, 11:00 AM   #9
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Re: Nothing fancy

Originally Posted by GMorris
I have cleaned up a few Maks and the best thing I have found it just boiling water. The cosmoline just melts away. Then a cool oil bath wipe it all down and your good to go.

Good idea!
Old 08-09-2004, 11:18 AM   #10
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Kerosene is my suggestion. It's cheaper than Coleman fuel, and unlike boiling water, carries no risk whatever. (I myself pitted a 1911a1 barrel by bungling the water trick.) Don't use gasoline, either--it makes the metal Sahara-dry, while kerosene leaves a slightly oily residue.

Dr. H
Old 10-28-2004, 12:28 AM   #11
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Cosmoline thats funny, my grandson wanted to know why I had all that ear wax on my gun. lmbo Sorry I just purchased my Mak 9mm yesterday and when I had it apart cleaning it he came in from school he's only 7 so it struck me as really funny. I want to thank Gary for the boiling thing. It was driving me crazy trying to get all that muck off. It worked like a charm. However, for the mags I decided to pour hot water from my tea pot on them and let them soak in that and added more as needed along with some of the smaller items, and had a cup of tea as I waited. lol so it worked well in two ways. So thank you Gary!

I have a very nice way of getting the cosmoline out of the tiny places such as where the firing pin goes. By using these brushpicks they are plastic tooth picks you can pick up at Wal-Mart in the dental hyg department. They work great!

You all take care stay safe. Again thank you, for the help and also for having a wonderful site.

Sheena aka Stormey1

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