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Old 10-07-2004, 12:25 PM   #1
 
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Makarov Back From Teddy Jacobson

Hello all. I recently purchased my fist Makarov pistol and immediately had it refined by Teddy Jacobson (Actions by T) of Sugarland, Tx. I thought I'd give you my impressions of the work he did for me. First, however, I'll explain my motivation for purchasing a Makarov in the first place and my goals for this gun.

I live in Houston, Texas where it is very hot and HUMID most of the year. I carry a Glock 26 during the winter months and until now, the summer months too. What I sought was a pistol that could be more easily concealed under a tee shirt. I sought a gun with a single stack magazine of moderate size that would be absoutely reliable. Obviously, I also wanted a gun with inherent accuracy that would allow for fast follow up shots if needed. I decided that with a little help, The Makarov would fill the bill at modest cost.

When I went hunting for a Makarov, I found only three in Houston. All were Bulgarian guns. I selected my gun because one of the other two had had the serial number on the frame restamped. (I suspect the frame and slide originally came from two different guns?) The third choice had been beaten up pretty good. My gun had the best finish of the three but the worst trigger. It also appeared to be unfired. Since my plan was to take the new gun to Teddy Jacobson, I wasn't too concerned about the trigger.

I had fired a J frame years ago that Mr. Jacobson had worked on and was very impressed with its trigger. My choice of pistolsmiths was based in part on this limited first hand experience and in large part on his fine reputation. Last Tuesday, September 28, I brought my gun in and asked that he perform his Complete Action Job (Street Reliability Package)on my gun. I also asked that he polish and contour the feed ramp/chamber. Below, I have copied what the Complete Action Job covers from Mr. Jacobson's website (ActionsbyT.com.)

"Our Complete Action Job prepares a handgun for street carry. The handgun is completely disassembled and each part including the frame is deburred, smoothed out, polished, and mated properly in order to achieve a refined glass smooth action. All trigger engagements are cut with a jig, and the finest Ruby, Ceramic and Arkansas stones are used. We polish the breech face of all semi auto pistols to a mirror finish. We use the finest diamond abrasives on super hard steel. We jewel interior parts & frames when necessary to better hold lubrication. We take no short cuts, our complete action job is the ultimate in refinement. We do not offer different levels of refinement at different prices."

I picked my gun up yesterday, eight days after bringing it in, and couldn't be more pleased. The double action trigger pull had been 18.5 lbs. and the single action pull was 9 lbs. Now they measure 9.5 lbs. and 4 lbs. respectively. Not only has the trigger pull weight been reduced, the pull is silky smooth. As promised, the feed ramp and chamber were polished and slightly recontoured. Mr. Jacobson also polished the breech face and smoothed the function of the safety at no charge.

Yesterday, Mr. Jacobson asked me to call him Teddy so from now on, I will. I asked Teddy what else he recommended I have done to this street gun. He suggested, help prevent rust, I have some parts of the gun hard chromed by Virgil Tripp. He specified only some parts because some tolerances must be maintained for proper function. He said he would speak with Mr. Tripp regarding my gun, to ensure only the right parts were chromed.

When I originally brought my gun to Teddy I told him I intended to replace the stock sights with Novaks. He suggested I save my money, saying new sights were unnecessary for this gun and my application. He also said the sights were too expensive and too big for the gun. This from a man who makes part of his living installing Novak sights.

Admittedly, I don't have extensive experience with pistolsmiths. Like many of you I'm sure, I have learned what little I think I know from ready gun magazines and forums. I have also benefitted from tips from several police officer friends. Other than an occasional repair over the years, I have had no other experience. As I said earlier, Teddy's reputation as an craftsman/artisan was the primary motivating factor in my decision to entrust my gun to him. I found Teddy to be absoutely forthright and honest and I would not hesitate to place my complete trust in his judgement. He was polite and respectful and did not try to sell me work that was unnecessary for my gun.

Next week, I'll try to get some picture up.
 
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Old 10-07-2004, 02:09 PM   #2
 
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Re: Makarov Back From Teddy Jacobson

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Originally Posted by Willieboy

I picked my gun up yesterday, eight days after bringing it in, and couldn't be more pleased. The double action trigger pull had been 18.5 lbs. and the single action pull was 9 lbs. Now they measure 9.5 lbs. and 4 lbs. respectively. Not only has the trigger pull weight been reduced, the pull is silky smooth. As promised, the feed ramp and chamber were polished and slightly recontoured. Mr. Jacobson also polished the breech face and smoothed the function of the safety at no charge.
I had the same thing done with the same results. I know that a number of people have expressed the opinion that $165, or so, was way too much to spend on a pistol tht only cost that to begin with, BUT this is the biggest single difference maker I've ever gotten for the least amount of money spent. The action goes from crude, but tolerable to refined and a joy to shoot. My thumb safety was so gritty it was close to impossible to manipulate. Slick as a button now and, as noted above, included in the package. I think you indeed made a good choice there Willie, and it's money well spent on a carry gun. IMHO.
 
Old 10-08-2004, 10:01 AM   #3
 
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Witherspoon,

I agree, this was money well spent. Before leaving my gun with Teddy, he let me handle his personsonal Makarov and if I wasn't convinced this would be money well spent before examining his Mak, I sure was conviced after the experience. After all this is not a gun I intend for target shooting, where a malfunction is just an inconvenience. On a street gun, malfunctions matter. I'll spend a little money to assure proper function and a controllable trigger.
 
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