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PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:15 pm 
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So was at a local gun show today and miraculously found a 1986 Russian Makarov that was once supposedly military issue. The guy had it less than 24 hours (glad I went to the show today instead of yesterday)! Apparently, a man and his wife had it and traded it in for something else for his wife.

The salesman said it was probably an "accidental" import that was mixed in with a bunch of Bulgarian Makarovs that Century Arms imported back in the 1990's. But I'm not sure about that since the import stamp clearly says "Made in Russia" and by "CDI" (Classic Distributors, Incorporated) and not "Made in Bulgaria" (and the Russian serial # and factory mark) and with Century stamp.

Paid $750 for it. At the time, I had no idea if that was good or bad. This is the first real Russian Makarov that I've ever seen in person and at a price I could swing, so I had to snatch it up. Came with 2 mags. Now that I'm home, I'm seeing $850-$900 on the auction sites for comparable military issue Maks. So I guess I did good? Even if not, I'm happy. :D

....now to find a real Russian Tokarev pistol!! :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:51 am 
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You did well! You don't see Russian military Mak's very often anymore. I live mine. One of the few guns I can own in this cursed state...

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:10 am 
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Christmas vacay.... I *FINALLY* got a chance to shoot my Makarov.... Hokey Smokes, Bullwinkle - this thing shoots like a dream!! I can see why it's been military issue for so long.

The groupings were tight and dead on. The trigger was more sensitive than I had anticipated and had a couple rapid fires, but the recoil isn't too terrible either so it stayed on paper. I was shooting to the right initially, but once I got used to the feel of it, holes were appearing exactly where I aimed in nice tight groups.

I am thoroughly impressed and in love with this gun.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:37 pm 
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Overall, I wouldn't say they're more collectible. True Soviet PMs are all very collectible as they never were (officially) imported into the country. In terms of value, war bringback's usually command a bit more coin than the Russian Sneak's. Then you have details like matching serials, import markings(Or lack thereof), Etc.. And yes, date of production does certainly always factor in. From what I've seen, I would say the fit and finish are often a bit nicer on the earlier production PM's.


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