SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Ernst Thaelmann, Germany (Imported by CAI)
Serial Number: EV 2636
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Caliber: 9mm Makarov (9mmx18)
Action Type: Single or Double Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Decocker Safety
Fed by Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked with the serial number and a German arsenal mark behind the safety. The left side of the frame is marked with an arsenal mark, “K100” within a rectangle with “9MM MAK” stamped over it, the serial number, “64” indicating the year of manufacture, and an “S”. The right side of the frame is marked “CAI ST ALB VT.” and “GERMANY”. The underside flat of the firing pin housing is marked “K48” in a box. The left side of the barrel assembly is marked “!” in a circle. The rounded underside of the slide is marked “8”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “4110”. Many of the inner parts have a matching assembly number “36”.
Barrel Length: 3.67”
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 one-piece checkered black plastic that encloses the backstrap. There are some nicks and scratches on the smooth portions with light crazing but no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grip is in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Arsenal Refurbished for export.
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 current metal finish. There are scattered little nicks and scratches throughout the slide. The safety shows a plum hue. There is light thinning at the leading edges. There is standard operational wear. The grip screw is sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a de-cocker 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 one 8-round magazine and a brown leather holster.
Our Assessment: Taken from Makarov.com, “The Ernst Thaelman factory in Suhl, Thueringen made what are considered by some to be the finest pre-fall-of-the-Berlin Wall Makarovs. The finish is nice, the fit and machining is of quality you’d expect from a German shop, and they shoot like a dream. Almost all that came into this country had already seen service, so their quality varies by how they were treated by the person who carried them.” This example is in about Fine-Plus condition with a bright bore and strong mechanics. Please see our photos and good luck!