Makarov vs CZ-82

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Killshot_Ben, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Killshot_Ben

    Killshot_Ben New Member

    After doing research, I have come to the conclusion of buying either a Makarov, or CZ-82. I like the design, and ruggedness of the Mak better, but the CZ has somewhat more capability, at a lower price. Also, the makarov looks a little bit better, and is concealed more easily.

    At the same price, I would still pick the Mak, but the CZ seems a little bit better of a value.

    So, the commercial version Mak, from Baikal, seems like a good compromise, in more functionality, in the form of better sights, a larger mag, and better grips. However, I try to get guns that will add to my collection, (eastern-bloc and Russian arms) even though this gun will be for defense.

    Is the Baikal still collectanile? Obviously not in the same way as the millitary models, but will it still work for my collection, in a similar way to the CZ, or original Mak? Or should I go with The CZ-82, or a millitary Makarov?

  2. KalashnikovBlood

    KalashnikovBlood New Member

    When I first joined the Spetsnaz in '89 I trained with and came to love the IZH 70 Baikal Makarov. I'd take it over the MP443 Grach anyday, unless I were to go into combat. The Grach holds 16+1, but back to the main question. Id go with the Makarov, because it's reliable, accurate, easy to clean and maintain, and I just love them. I'm not familiar with the CZ handguns, but I've heard a good bit about them. IMHO.

  3. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

    If you collect Eastern Block / Russian firearms you are going to want both. The CZ 82 will probably be easier to find as there are lots of military surplus on the market right now.
  4. towboater

    towboater Active Member

    I have 1 Russian Baikal Makarov.
    But I have 5 CZ82s.
    Love the CZ82. best bang for your buck.