The Makarov pistol or PM (Pistolet Makarova, literally Makarov’s Pistol) is a Russian semi-automatic pistol. It was the standard-issue handgun equipped to Soviet Russian forces, designed along the lines of the Walther PP, and shares a similar design. The Makarov is produced in Russia (Iszmash or Baikal), East Germany (Ernst Thaelman Factory), China (Norinco), and Bulgaria (State Arsenals), with varying quality.
The Makarov Pistol, being designed after the German Walther PP (a small pistol originally intended for police use), represents a different approach to a military service pistol from the traditional path taken by the likes of contemporary American and European counterparts (or Tokarev TT-33, predecessor to the PM).
Today, Makarov Pistol can still be found in Russia, China and Bulgaria, and they continue to be a go-to gun of choice on the Hollywood big screen by appearing in movies like “The Hunt For Red October,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “Lethal Weapon IV” and multiple James Bond titles. The Makarov Pistol is no longer in production.
Makarov PM Specifications:
- Operating System: Blowback
- Caliber: 9x18mm Makarov
- Trigger: Double/Single Action
- Safety: Slide mounted decocker/safety
- Overall Length: 6.3 inches
- Barrel Length: 3.8 inches
- Weight: 26 ounces
- Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds
- Magazine Release: European “Heel” type
- Sights: Blade front, notch rear