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Pistolet Makarova (PM)

Pistolet Makarova (PM)


In 1948, trials resulted in a selection of the Makarov pistol in 9x18 as a next military sidearm for Soviet armed forces. However, it took three more years to refine its design, before it was officially adopted in 1951 as the 9mm Pistolet Makarova or PM in short. Makarov is a large version of the German Walther PP. A rugged and simple pistol which is reliable under very adverse conditions the Makarov is widely used throughout the Warsaw Pact Forces and produced in China as Type 59. I

Marks and Stamps: (L side of slider) Cyrillic RY 1489 (Non matching serial) (L of frame) RY624 1964


Accession Number: 245 Period of Use: 1950s - present
Type: Self loading/automatic pistol War Zones: Vietnam; Cambodia; Middle East; Afghanistan
Country of Origin: USSR Type Date: 1951
Manufacturer: Serial Number: RY624 (RY1489)
Manufacture Date: 1964 Calibre/Ammunition: 9mm x 18 PM
Weight: 730g Length Overall: 161mm
Cyclic Rate: semi-auto Length Barrel: 93mm
Deactivation Certificate Number: DA 53717