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namnuts!! Hah!

I've never heard of certain years being considered better than others. The Simpson Suhl, made after the fall of the wall, is rare and demands the most value (by far), but they are labeled Simpson Suhl in script and you won't mistake them for a military Mak. The military East German Makarovs are all pretty similar in quality and value.

The East German armorers commonly scratched the last 2 digits of the pistols serial number onto various internal parts - the sear, slide stop, some other parts. You may find one that was re-arsenaled before export, with etched numbers that don't match. That may lessen the value. Pull the slide off, cock the pistol and look at the hand-etched number on the sear.
 

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TN, I have one of those gray re-arsenaled EGs. The internal parts don't match. What the heck did they do to them - dissamble, throw the parts in a bag, stip off the finish and throw parts on them grabbed from the bag? It shoots great, and because it's such a unique item I'm thinking of letting it go for $700 - $800.

Maybe Wanagun can broker it on Auction Arms for me?
 

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I'd add - the black vs blue EGs - I've seen both of those too. I think that's just a natural difference in the bluing process; not related to re-arsenaling. I've seen the same colors in Bulgarian Makarovs.
 
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