SOLD FOR: $1,250
Make: Soviet Russia
Model: Makarov PM
Serial Number: EM2335
Year of Manufacture: The two cyrillic characters in circle on the left of the frame appear to be “70” for 1970.
Caliber: 9mm Makarov (9mmx18)
Action Type: Single or Double Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Decocker Safety Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: The left of the slide and frame are each marked with the serial number. The left of the slide has a bisected triangle in a circle, two cyrillic characters in a circle, and another mark which looks like a rectangle with a diagonal line through it. The right of the frame is import marked “C.K.C. PORTS, OH. ????? / 9MM GERMANY” and with an incomplete mark behind the trigger. The safety is marked “2335”.
Barrel Length: 3 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the slide. The rear sight is a square notch dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide has a full-length rib with serrations to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered reddish bakelite with five pointed stars in the center on each side and a lanyard loop on the left at the bottom-rear. The grip shows minor handling wear with only a few light marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grip is in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is minor holster wear, a few scattered light nicks and scuffs and light operational wear. The screw head is sharp. Most original markings are clear, the import markings are poorly struck and some inspection markings are faint. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a decocker that also blocks the firing pin when raised all the way up into the safe position. The double action trigger pull is relatively smooth and the single action trigger has a tiny amount of creep. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a brown leather flap holster, cleaning rod and a total of two eight round magazines. Both magazines are hand-scribed “2335-“, one with “1”, the other with “2”. 2335-1 has “7592-2” hand-scribed on the left. 2335-2 has “1599 / 2” stamped on the back near the bottom. Each magazine has a twine pull-tab installed between the floorplate and the rear of the body. The magazines show light operational wear with intact feed lips and strong springs, in about Very Good-Fine condition. The holster has scattered light wear with intact stitching, in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The Makarov was the Soviet Union’s standard military and police side arm from 1951 to 1991. It remained in wide front-line service with Soviet and Soviet bloc military and police units until and beyond the end of the USSR in 1991. Today, the Makarov is a popular handgun for concealed carry in the United States; variants of the pistol remain in production in Russia, China, and Bulgaria. This is a Russian Makarov double action semi-auto pistol which comes with a leather holster and two magazines. Interestinly, the original importer mis-identified it as being East German rather than Russian, but the arsenal marking on the left of the frame is from Izhevsk. The pistol is in about Very Good-plus condition with about 95% of its finish remaining. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. This pistol is chambered in 9mm Makarov that has about 15% more muzzle energy than a .380 A.C.P. This pistol can be fired in single or double action, and makes a great little carry pistol or addition to a Cold War-era sidearm collection. The Makarov’s are known to be mechanically sound and the all-steel construction adds enough weight to absorb any recoil. This is a nice-looking pistol that should easily provide decades of service yet to come. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.