Sold For: $3,020
Make: Chinese Arsenal Factory 66
Model: Type 59 Makarov PM
Serial Number: 4047097
Year of Manufacture: 1960s, C&R
Caliber: 9mm Makarov (9mmx18)
Action Type: Single or Double Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Decocker Safety Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The left side of the slide is marked “4047097”. The left side of the frame is marked with the serial number, “66” in a triangle for Arsenal 66, and “59SHI” (government issue mark). The safety is marked “7097”. The top of the trigger guard is marked “7097”, visible only when disassembled. The back of the trigger and sear are both hand inscribed with partial serial numbers.
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 fine wavy serrations to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece checkered swirled brown plastic that encloses the backstrap. The grip has a shield with five stars on both sides. There is a small hairline crack on the right side at the top front. The grip has some scattered light handling wear such as draglines and a tiny nick or two. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. Overall, the grip is in about Very Good 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 93% of its metal finish. The finish is lightly thinning at sharper edges. There are some scattered minor marks from light handling and a few draglines. The safety and hammer are plum. There is a fine scratch on the bottom of the slide. The slide serrations have some discoloration. The action shows operational wear. The screw head is sharp but displays light wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine 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 small 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, olive green lanyard, and a total of two eight-round magazines. One of the magazines is marked with “7097” on its baseplate and the other is marked “7097 / 1”, both are marked “2” on the left side. 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 Makarov double action semi-auto pistol made in China and comes with a leather holster and two magazines. The pistol is in about Fine condition with about 93% 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. This one has been kept in very nice condition and has no visible import mark. This one has the “59SHI” marking which is a government issue mark and with the serial matched mags and holster will be a great addition to your collection. The “59SHI” is rare here in the states, we typically see numbers “56” and “66”, the general consensus is that they bring backs of some kind or were originally imported into Canada and then sold into the States upon changing Canadian laws. 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.