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A friend flew in from the east coast for a visit (I'm on the, you guessed it, West Coast). He stayed a couple days before heading over to Eastern Washington to visit his son.

He told me his son was going to take him and a bunch of friends to a shooting range and they were all bringing everything they own.

Now you've guessed the punchline - I loaned him my storied 1985 Bulgarian and gave him boxes of Norinco, Silver Bear FMJ, and Wolf Military Classic. These guys are not devoted shooters. The glocks, H&Ks, etc. acted up - miss-feeds and various stumbles - and couldn't hit a target. My bud, who is also not a real shooter, came away with every trophy using the Makarov. In fact, his scores with the pistol were in the order of 48 vs a 2 for the competition.

I could sell some Makarovs to these guys now.
 

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Not surprising...

I've not handed over a Mak to a person yet that I didn't get the grin and, "Oooo... I liiiike that."
Glad ya like it. Now hand it back.
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Yeah But...

I hear the CZ-82s are pretty nice. Not much more than Maks.

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Yeah, my CZ shoots dead on POA, but the Makarov is much much easier to take down than the CZ82, which is one of the great things about the Mak...simple, also reliable and beautiful. :)
 

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I'm gonna get two holsters and carry double. Mak on one side and CZ82 on the other. Switch them around too. Mak will be the main carry as I had a jamb once in my 82. Hehheh
 

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It always amazes me every time I'm at the range that someone, sooner or later, comes over to my lane and praises my Mak and how they wish they could find one or regrets having sold the one they had. Then everyone has a good laugh when my cases fly to the next county!
 

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"A great work of art is finished not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away" ... did I get that quote right? Well it sums up my feeling about the Makarov PM. One rarely sees any piece of machinery so completely lacking in the unnecessary. Anything that is not needed, does not exist in the Makarov, and the things that are necessary often perform double duty. It is simplified perfection.

And it is slim enough to fit my hand and waistband, while being heavy enough not to break my wrist.

True, maks are becoming harder to find. I have my two, so after I grab some extra barrels, springs and replacement parts I'll be set for life. As long as I have one workable mak for carry duty that's all I ask for.

(My winter carry / home defense weapon is a CZ P-01, anybody tried those?)
 
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