Makarov Pistol

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by danf_fl, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    An acquaintance asked how hard it is to replace a bulged barrel on one.
    I know that it will be not the easiest to remove the barrel, but, once I get it removed, should I convince the client to put a .380 ACP barrel on or keep the 9X18?
     
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  2. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I don't think so. 9 x 18 is readily available and not overly expensive. The performance of the two calibers are about equal, but the .380 conversion will hurt the collectible value of the piece. When these first came on the market in large numbers, I had one converted and regretted it later.
     

  3. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It is easy to remove the barrel, if you have the right fixture handy. I made a very simple barrel removal press years ago for Marlin Model 80 series .22 rifles to press the barrels off so I could replace that cartridge guide that often breaks.
    Dan, if you send me an email ( [email protected] ) I'll send you a pic or two showing how easily the fixture works.
     
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  4. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    9X18 is a fine round, slightly hotter than 380acp. and actually makes bigger holes, 9.27mm.compared to 9.017mm diameter for 9X17 & 9X19. It's readily available on the web and at most LGSs.
     
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  5. Oldoutlaw

    Oldoutlaw Well-Known Member Supporter

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  6. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dan, before you go and buy a fixture, consider how many times, and often, it will be used. The material costs involved with making one, just to use once, is less than $5.00. Now, that's a bargain.
    Or, you could send it here and we can work something out. :)
     
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  7. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    .10 MM equates to .0039 inch in diameter. Not gonna mean a whole lot, really. That's just about the thickness of a sheet of computer paper. I'd argue more with the Makarov rounds "slightly" faster velocity edge over the .380 Auto round..
     
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  8. towboater

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    I bought mine as a 380. Bakal Russian Makarov back in the early 90's. I like that good ammo (hollow point) for it is easier to find
     
  9. SGWGunsmith

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    The actual bullet diameter of the .380 ACP, Makarov, 9 MM Luger and even the .38 Super are all within 0.002-inch, or even less. From around 0.3555 to 0.3565. Even so, with that slight difference it's gonna be quite difficult to measure bullet wound diameter to where any of the above will make any amount of significance.
     
  10. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Really I was being a bit sarcastic when I wrote that but never the less it is true. I understand the Soviets were thinking about NATO troops not being able to use any captured ammo so they made their standard 9mm. just large enough not to chamber in NATO firearms. Whether true or not it's just another interesting Cold War story floating around.
     
  11. Mercator

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    Rebarreling a Makarov isn’t worth the effort. Too much can go wrong, and even if it doesn’t the gun ends up depreciated. Still better to keep it 9x18.
     
  12. EclecticShooter

    EclecticShooter Well-Known Member

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    I'd keep it in 9x18. Ammo is cheaply bought in bulk online.
     
  13. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Like what? Please explain, as you must have some experience with that. One can run a chamber reamer straight into any .380 caliber pistol, 0.0250 of an inch deeper, and make a 9mm X 18, or Makarov caliber. Both cartridges headspace on the mouth of the case, so it's a very easy conversion for a low end pistol to begin with.
    How much will the pistol then depreciate?
     
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  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    It has to get a new barrel. The current one is bulged (a bullet got stuck that was then followed by another round.)

    I have to first see if I can cut the barrel between breech and bulge, then press it out.
     
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  15. Rifling82

    Rifling82 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    What flavor is the Makarov? Seems to me it would be easier just to buy a new one for $250
     
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  16. SGWGunsmith

    SGWGunsmith Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Do you have an arbor press?
     
  17. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Arbor Press? Yes.
    Buy a new one? That is not much of a challenge.
    Hey, it's broke. If it can be fixed, great. If it can't be fixed, well, it was broke anyways.
     
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  18. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    Hope ya can get er fixed.
     
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  19. superc

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    In today's world, in the US, I can't see any advantage in stepping down to a .380. Makarov ammo is available mail order in a variety of bullet configurations. Buy a few thousand rounds and don't worry about ammo availability anymore.
     
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