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Old 08-25-2003, 06:21 AM   #1
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Which Mak is Best ?

Am considering buying my first Makarov, and seeking the consensus opinion on which one is best in terms of reliability, finish, etc. Primary use will be as a CCW. How do the German, Bulgarian, etc compare?

Should I plan on replacing any of the springs at the outset?
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Old 08-25-2003, 09:46 AM   #2
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Would say Bulgarian

I would have to say Bulgarian mostly because they are several dollars less than the East German or Russian. Most of the Bulgarians around are in very good condition and for the price a great buy.

Some say the trigger pull is a little better on an East German but, for a few bucks you can change out the main spring and they should be equal.

Really though all things equal the Bulgarian is just simply a very good buy.

Old 09-30-2003, 12:40 PM   #3
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Sorry for the late reply. The best Mak is an EG Mak; the fit and finish on my EG is as good or better than a Walther. The best buy? I will also say the Bulgie Mak. I used my Bulgie Mak for a carry gun platform and it is grand. The sights are Novak Trijicons and the work was done by Marianne Carniak of the Accurizer Gunshop in Troy, MI. The hard chrome was one of the last done by Virgil Tripp. This link should get close to my Bulgie Mak http://community.webshots.com/album/250 ... JKhzlExB/1

Regards, Richard
Old 09-30-2003, 05:23 PM   #4
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You really can't go wrong with any of them. The finish and trigger on the EG will USUALLY be better than on the others. But regardless, the Mak is one simple sturdy workhorse.
Old 11-24-2003, 04:35 PM   #5
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This is a picture of my Bulgie Mak in it's Dillon Holster. This picture gives a pretty good view of the Novak Trijicon rear sight. Yes, it also has a Trijicon front sight. Regards, Richard

Old 11-25-2003, 02:00 PM   #6
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I have 3 MAKs, EG, Bulgie, and a commercial Russian with adj sights. Everything considered I think the Bulgie is the best buy, and the quality is not that far behind the EG. In practical terms it is the equal of the EG and the commercial Russian.

Old 11-29-2003, 06:47 AM   #7
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I own two East German and a Soviet high cap .380 and I've seen and handled lots of Bulgarians and even handled a few Chinese. The East Germans have the nicest fit, finish and trigger of them all with the Russians being not far beyond. Then it's the Bulgarians and finally the Chinese...

Old 11-29-2003, 08:38 AM   #8
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I bought a Bulgarian Mak from SOG last year. Not knowing what it would get me I went ahead and paid the $10 extra for "Hand Picked".

I couldn't be happier! The pistol came in still in the cosmoline and it took a few minutes to clean it up. What I found under all of that grease was a pristine (possibly unfired) pistol. The gun didn't have a mark on it and the blueing was perfect. It also had two sets of grips and two mags.

As others have reported, accuracy is excellent and the gun functions flawlessly. It's the best bargain out there and SOG's website shows they still have some in stock.

I do have one regret.................I regret I didn't buy three!
Old 03-23-2004, 05:33 PM   #9
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The best Mak is the one you have in your hand when the bad guy shows up.
Old 03-24-2004, 05:40 AM   #10
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If you're looking for a shooter/carry gun, the Bulgy is the best bang for the buck. (literally and otherwise) While the E.G. is of slightly better quality and more collectible, most of them stay in the safe, like mine. 8)

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