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Chance to buy a Makarov

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by chemcmndr, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. chemcmndr

    chemcmndr

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    I have the chance to by a German Makarov (I believe it was manufactured in 1964) for $450.00. With it comes the gun, three 8 round magazines, two holsters, and approximately 750 rounds of FMJ ammunition. I am trying to decide whether or not I really need a Makarov. I would only think that the niche it would fill would be a pocket gun for occasions where a larger weapon may not be ideal. I currently own a G26 that I can use for pocket carry. Is there any other reason why I should get a Makarov?
     
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    Makarov is a great pistol.......reliable, accurate, and history.

    I don't believe I'd buy one at that price, regardless of the ammo included.

    At that price, there are plenty of guns that would suit a utilitarian purpose better.......but, if you like Makarovs (I do), you probably aren't going to be satisfied until you have one!

    Mine is a permanent addition to my collection, but I wouldn't have one if it wasn't very cheap at the time......

    hog

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    Great pistol but $450! Ouch! kinda steep even for today’s prices.

    With ammo and magazines though... not bad.
     
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    hogship Patriot Extraordinaire

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    By the way......the East German Makarovs are the most desireable of all the Maks......last I knew about them, they were even more desirable than the Russian Mak.

    They had the reputation for being the best made of all the Maks.

    hog
     
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    Last time I saw E. German maks they were going for 400 or so. Not a bad price, depends on the condition.
     
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    If it is in good shape then it is worth it with all the ammo.
     
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    I bought a Bulgarian Makarov for $125 several years ago. Great gun, especially for the price. But for $450, I would get a Glock. I wouldn't spend more than $250-300 on the nicest Makarov.

    They are very reliable and simple. Good carry guns. However, they are a weak caliber, have lousy sites, and I am not in love with the safety or the double action trigger.
     
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    750 rounds of steel case 9x18 is worth about $150 or more.
    Today, $300 for a good E. German Mak is a good price.

    Whether or not you want a Makarov is your decision.

    I have 16, so you know what my advice would be.:supergrin:
     
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    That's the thing with surplus guns. The price always goes north.
     
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    Too much money for a Makarov. When it came time for me to buy a Mak, I bought a CZ 83 instead, fundamentally because it is the most polished, highly evolved and last iteration of the Makarov. It cost me $229.00 for a 95% gun with two mags and a holster from Aim Surplus.
     
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    That price is a little high, the local gun shop has two russian makarovs for about $330ish, both in decent condition with ammo and extra mags.

    If you can talk it down to about $375-400 that might be a deal. Makarovs are great small pistols. Very reliable and pretty decent weight/ergos for their size.
     
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    That's why it is always best to get in on them from the start.
     
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    I just picked up an East German with 3 mags over the weekend for $300. I must say that for a fifty year old gun made behind the Iron Curtain the fit and finish is immaculate. The pistol is wonderfully polished with a deep blue finish. The trigger is über-much better than my brother's FEG and CZ-70 (which goes without saying--especially for the CZ-50/70).

    With the current going rate of $100-110 for 500 rounds of 9x18 and roughly $300-350 (if not more) for an EG Mak I wouldn't necessarily call that too bad of a deal. Additionally, I'd be willing to wager that Lugers and P-38s were at a decent surplus price at some point in history. Of course I could be totally wrong.

    If ya have the money and want it, it may just be nice to have from a collector's standpoint.
     
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    450, is that U.S. Dollars?

    If so, you're getting ROBBED!!!

    Not long ago, you could buy them by the wheel barrow full for $129.00.

    At $450.00, you might as well by a Sig 230.
     
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    I would love a Mak, but not at that price. I'd pass.

    Is that really what Maks are going for these days? Sheesh!
     
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    Not the east german makarovs. The bulgarians were that price. Ya'll are confusing two different manufacturers. It's kinda like saying a WASR is the same as an excellent quality milled AK. They're the same rifle, but the quality is a lot different between the two.
     
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    Historical value ONLY. Remember, it's a used gun.

    $450 though, wow!:wow: I have a Russian that I bought for $159 about 16 years ago. Would I pay $450 for it now? NO WAY!!! I'd rather get a Glock or a CZ75.

    I LOVE my Makarov though!!! If you love historical firearms, get it. If you don't care about the history of the weapon, pass on it. Alternatives in that caliber (which is one of my top three favorite calibers!) include the CZ-82 and the FEG PA-63....BOTH are under $200 and both are FANTASTIC guns for the money!!!!

    Hope this helps.

    TGG




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK_zh-X21f0&NR=1
     
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    At the last several gun shows every Mak I saw, no matter the condition, was over $300 and they weren't E.German Maks.

    Ever since the first E.German, then Russian Makarovs started being imported I said this is a $400 gun selling for $100.

    My friend, a two Makarov owner, says we will see a un-papered Makarov with a thousand rounds of ammo selling for a thousand dollars.
    I use to doubt that, but now I don't doubt that may happen.


    That's another question. Is it a private sale? Most any gun is worth a extra hundred if there's no paper trail.
     
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    All you guys commenting on the price, saying you should get X, need to consider that that price includes ammo. So unless you are the kind of person who buys guns but never the ammo to feed them, this may be too much.

    Take away the ammo and you are looking at around $300 for what is regarded as the nicest of Maks. The price is about the going rate, maybe a little south.

    I would try to talk him down to $400 and jump on it. The makarov is a great firearm!