Makarov 9 x 18mm pistol

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The PM – (Pistolet Makarova, literally Makarov’s Pistol) is a semi automatic design.

Under the project leadership of Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it became the Soviet Unions standard military side arm replacing the Tokarev TT-33 pistol from 1951 until 1991.

Rather than building a pistol to an existing cartridge in the Soviet inventory, Nikolai Makarov utilized essentially the “9mm Ultra” cartridge which had been designed by Carl Walther G.m.b.H. for the German Luftwaffe during World War II. Walther’s cartridge became the 9 x 18mm Makarov. For simplicity and economy, the Makarov pistol was of straight blowback operation, with the 9 x 18mm cartridge being the most powerful cartridge it could safely fire.

This was the Cold War era so also, carefully designed in, was the incompatibility with pistols chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum cartridges. Consequently, Soviet ammunition was unusable in NATO firearms, and in the event of war NATO forces would be unable to use ammunition from Soviet sources.

In 1951, the Pistol of Makarov (PM) was selected because of its simplicity (few moving parts), economy, easy manufacturing, and reasonable stopping power.

It remained in wide front line service with Soviet military and police until the end of the U.S.S.R. in 1991 and beyond. Today, the Makarov is a popular handgun for concealed carry in the US; variants of the pistol remain in production in Russia, China, and Bulgaria.

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Regarding dates, the Makarov has been is use since 1951 and is still very much around today. It was the sidearm for Soviet police, security services and the military of the U.S.S.R., D.D.R. and 33 former Eastern Bloc countries and allied states.

Foxtrot example shown is a Makarov 9 x 18mm pistol fitted with the distinctive russet brown plastic grips and is in a blued finish.