I'll bet they didn't call the Browning Hi Powers (and others) "Lugers" just because they used 9mm Luger ammo, so why do they want to call every pistol that uses 9mm Mak ammo a "Makarov?" It only causes confusion.If you want to get a "Makarov" pistol then, by all means, get one made either in Russia, East Germany (or the reunified one), China or Bulgaria. Check the FAQ's on makarov.com for more info. On the other hand, if you want a pistol that shoots the 9x18 Makarov round, there are several to choose from. There's the Polish P-64, Hungarian PA-63 or the Czech Republic's CZ82, all of which are fine pistols that shoot the 9x18 round but are not Makarovs despite claims made on auction sites.
I think they want to play on the Makarov's popularity, or try to aid in selling their guns. Some out of ignorance, and some on purpose. Either way, it's no big deal, this Mak forum can just enlighten them to the Mighty Mak, a stand alone pistol. Btw Vulture... I would buy a Mak!!! Then if you want to pick up a CZ82, go for it too.I'll bet they didn't call the Browning Hi Powers (and others) "Lugers" just because they used 9mm Luger ammo, so why do they want to call every pistol that uses 9mm Mak ammo a "Makarov?" It only causes confusion.
I will help you out by listing every pistol made today which is definately better qualityThis may be coming at it the opposite of what vulture asked, but . . ..
I have Bulgarian, East German and Russian Makarovs and a recently acquired CZ-82 ($240 delivered overnite.) I'm glad I got the CZ, and enjoy shooting it, but if I could only keep one of my 9x18 guns it would absolutely be the East German Makarov. Simplicity, reliability, durability, accuracy, concealability. Sure it has tiny sights, and "only" an 8 round magazine. But it will do all you want it to do, and will keep on doing it, probably longer than you or I will live. And BTW, my carry Mak with Dennis M grips actually seems to me to be just a little bit MORE comfortable to shoot than the CZ (using regular Wolf and S&B FMJ ammo in both.) Go figure.
It would probably cost more to get an EG Mak than one of the current crop of surplus CZ-82s, but if it were me starting into the 9x18 club, that's how I would start.