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Old 10-26-2016, 09:00 AM
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Default New Makarov book is a must have for Makarov owners.

You guys know me and you know my passion for East bloc arms.

I just finished reading The Makarov Pistol, Soviet Union and East
Germany. Volume I and have a few comments on this joint effort by
Henry C. Brown Jr. and Cameron S. White. They truly have produced a
wonderful first volume on Soviet and East German Makarov pistols, I
was impressed with the detail. When they claim its a book written for
Makarov Collectors by Makarov Collectors they certainly live up to
that statement. This tome delivers detailed data collectors have been
desiring since the first of these pistols hit our shores with the fall
of the Soviet Empire. The photos of early production pistols alone
makes this work well worth its asking price. These gentlemen have done
a great job, their passion for these fascinating sidearms is quite

I had already sampled a bit of Mr. White’s knowledge in a wonderful
piece he wrote on the Chinese Type 59 Makarov for Man At Arms magazine
earlier in 2016, so when he offered me the opportunity to read this
first volume I was delighted and it did not disappoint.

Soviet Bloc arms are a fascinating subject, but due to the nature of
them especially in the post World War II Cold War era, there is a
still a considerable veil of mystery around them and their production.
A lot more time and attention has been given the SKS and Kalashnikov
rifles. The Makarov pistol has been somewhat neglected in comparison
and though others have broached the subject they lacked the detail
collectors hunger for. I am pleased this has been rectified with this

Where they can the authors have gone to great detail on the guns, the
manufacturing of them, markings, evolution of the design,
accoutrements, etc… Where they are not sure of something they make
that clear too. There is even a section on the guns in the Post Soviet
period and pistols made for the civilian market. Photographs are
clear, largely in color and so detailed you can clearly see various
proof marks. You get rare glimpses of training manuals. The wide
variety of holsters issued, cleaning rods, lanyards, ammunition, tools
and gauges. There is even a detailed field strip section at the very
end with clear color photos. Its truly wonderful.

As a gun collector who owns quite a few Makarov pistols made in the
USSR, East Germany, Bulgaria and China, I can tell you this book was a
pleasure to read. Having read volume one, I am very much looking
forward to the next volume which is currently in the works. It will be
on Chinese and Bulgarian pistols. This volume belongs in the library
of every collector of Soviet bloc arms.

A bit more of my biography you may not know.

An officer on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Gun Collectors
Association and long time collector of Soviet bloc firearms. NRA
Patron Member and a long time activist and writer for the Buckeye
Firearms Association.

The book can be found at this link.

Older shot of my Soviet 1975 production pistol on Fred Datig's book.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:52 AM
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Gop, interested in what you may know about Chinese Model 59 Maks (saw you mentioned an article on them above). I have a Norinco Factory 56 Model 59 Makarov , serial number B08793, that I would like very much to have a bit more information on, at least to know if there is any way I can determine the year of manufacture from the serial number or original box. Would appreciate it if you had answer to this or could point me to where I might find out. I have already sent e-mail to Norinco in China but alas, no response.
7.62 x 54R because shooting twice is just plain silly and so very unneccessary.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:16 AM
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Laying a date on a Chinese 59 is not easy. I can refer you to but even they do not address putting a manufacture date on Chinese type 59 pistols. The original Chinese military copies of the Tokarev, the Type 54 actually had dates on them...
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Old 11-01-2016, 10:18 AM
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Snapped this last night. My five Soviet PM pistols and five East German Makarovs. I decided not to clutter the shot with holsters, belts, etc...

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