It arrived in a foam cushioned box. UPS delivered it to the gun shop.
This Monday I ordered a Bulgarian from Buds at about oh dark thirty. It got here today. I've ordered a lot of handguns through Buds and I always have them shipped to my FFL, Uncle Stew's Gun Shop in Durant, Oklahoma. This is Lee, the owner of the gun shop and his assistant, Cody.
It arrived in a foam cushioned box. UPS delivered it to the gun shop.
While it looks nice on the outside, that was not so on the inside. The guts were filthy; crud was caked up in there and I don't believe the Bulgarians know what a cleaning kit is. The one magazine that was included was rusted. And the recoil spring was kaput. I reassembled it and performed a function check.
So, when I got home an hour or so ago I didn't clean it. I went straight out back and ran six magazines through it. Not expecting it to fire. My wife got some good pics of the ground, too. Distance to target - 75 feet.
Now, I was surprised. I admit it. It's time to strip down the Bulgarian and clean the hell out of it.
Your experience verifies that the Mak is known for rock solid reliability.
My idea of border control is m-60 machineguns every 100yds with interlocking fields of fire.
Now you know the Mak Magic!
I Miss America.
It's a MAK. They're dirty little guns!!!!
Well, I cleaned it real good and it looks like a new pistol now. The worries that I had about hairline cracks are all gone now. I don't know when this pistol was made, but it it has been around the block a few times. It is a miracle it fired at all; the firing pin channel had flecks of rust in it that I tapped out onto the palm of my hand before running a pipe cleaner through it. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed cleaning it. It could pass inspection now. These are pics that show how filthy it was. It actually fired in this condition.
I went through some Q-tips and patches.
Should be nice with with new sights. Who will be doing the work?
It's seen some holster wear.
Very nice, looks like a nice smooth and even coating. I hope you post pics of your Bulgy after it's done.
BTW, here is a post that I copied that shows you how to find the date of manufacture of your Bulgarian Makarov:
Bulgarian production codes
To find the Year of Manufacture of your Bulgarian "Circle 10" Military Makarov, look at the serial number (S/N), normally found on the left side of the frame, above the grip. The first two letters are the Production series, the next two digits are the Year code, see list below. The last four digits are the unit number in that production series.
Bulgarian "Circle 10" military proof mark
Year Code Year Code Year Code Year Code
1970 = 10 1971 = 11 1972 = 12 1973 = 13
1974 = 14 1975 = 15 1976 = 16* 1977 = 17*
1978 = 18* 1979 = 19* 1980 = 20* 1981 = 21*
1982 = 22 1983 = 23 1984 = 24 1985 = 25
1986 = 26* 1987 = 27 1988 = 28 1989 = 29*
1990 = 30 1991 = 31 1992 = 32 1993 = 33
1994 = 34 1995 = 35 1996 = 36 1997 = 37
1998 = 38 1999 = 39 2000 = Date codes dropped, year of production added after S/N. Production Series dropped to one letter, S/N moved from 4 digits to 6 digits to 9 digits with leading zeros used as placeholders.
*= Limited or interrupted production years
Some Late 1999 Production models may be found with a "39" S/N code and the Year 2000 after the S/N. These are pistols that were assembled from parts and frames that were made in 1999. Some Makarov pistols made for commercial export are also stamped with year of production, or non-standard S/N series at the request of the Importer. (Example, Miltex Commercial and Special Edition series and "Arsenal Brand" export models)
Old Style numbering system AB 21 1441 = 1984 production, 1441 unit in the "AB" series
New Style numbering system A001441 2001 (full year given, no Dash used) or A001441 - 01 (last two digits of year used, dash between S/N and Year)
It is possible to have a two pistols with the same unit number but a different series number under the Old Style Numbering system.
AB 19 1441 and KO 19 1441 are two different pistols. This is what lead to the X’ing out of non-English letters in the S/N, or in some cases a new S/N being issued to a pistol for importation to the US if the modified S/N was already of file with USA BATF, or the resulting number did not conform to guidelines.
Ah, I see from your first photos that you have a 1983 dated Bulgy. Very nice.
Nice carry set-up. What ammo do you use? I load mine with Hornady Critical Defense.
Nice. I expect it was a police gun. Carried a lot and shot, (and cleaned,) little. What ever type of grease the Bulgarians use seems to break down into a combination of half dried Elmer's glue and burnt meatloaf. Still, once you get it off there is usually a pleasant surprise under it. Regards, ABTOMAT
Nice PM and cerakote job, if you haven't already you should look into Renaissance Wax, alot of museums use it for preservation purposes and it's great on firearms.
Thanks for the pictures, a really neat thread. Most of the IJ-70's or Russian commercial models had the years 1993 or 1994 inside their owners/instruction manual.
Congrats on a nice Mak! I believe my IJ was made in 94. I believe the holsters that came with them were marked with the year also. If you don't mind my asking, do your IJ's hit close to POA with the fixed sight installed?
I've owned a couple of Bulgarian Maks and while not finished to the same high standards as the EG guns, they shot just as reliably and as accurately. I wish now that I'd kept one of them.
Edit: With the IJs, I would have had a lot of misses at 75 feet. With the 92A1 I would have got them all on there, but they would have been all over the place.
Last edited by Nikolai; 08-01-2015 at 07:58 AM. Reason: Edit
..."I can tell you right off the bat that the pistol grip had a lot to do with it. The Mak had far less whack to the recoil with these ugly grips that the Bulgy has. The sights had nothing to do with it. It was the pistol grip."...
Nikolai, thanks for sharing this interesting thread with pictures, nicely done. As the conversation turns to recoil, I know when you mention grip, you're talking about the stocks and they do make a difference. But in a couple of your pics, I noticed the muzzle flip seems excessive for a Mak. I thought you may be interested in this vid. I think the guy does a good job of showing support hand participation. Myself, I've found the wrist lock key to sight recovery and quick two shot groups. YMMV.
Now, the biggest difference I noticed with shooting with a locked supporting arm is the change in the shot group. It is narrow and more linear. That's from the same distance as the 1st set of pics taken on Thursday - 75 feet.
Edit: Apologies - I think I posted one of the pics twice, unintentional.
Last edited by Nikolai; 08-03-2015 at 09:13 PM. Reason: Edit: Apologies
So, as I clean the Bulgarian, I must ask why is its firing pin different from the IJ-70's? It has a notch in it. What's the purpose of the notch?
Compare it to the IJ-70's firing pin, without the notch.
Those are good center mass hits, which is the military objective. For self-defense, and to have some fun, draw a Valentine heart on your cardboard and concentrate on it through your front sight. All this testing of your guns and techniques amounts to practice, which will probably give us amateur shooters the most improvement. BTW, kudos to your wife for the pictures, again nicely done. Very enjoyable.
Also, I have a fundamental question also pertaining to the firing pin. When it is flush with, or not sticking out from the breech, how does the face of the hammer come into contact with it?
Are you able to rack the slide with the IJ-70 while it's in the safe mode? I'm wondering if the Bulgarian (and other military Maks) have that notch to prevent the slide from moving while on safe.
By a decree of prince Dondukov the plant "Artillerie Arsenal" was established at Rousse by 1878. The factory should supply the wants of the new created Bulgarian army. Until 1884 the production was managed by Russian officers. On February 28th 1884 Simeon Nikolov Vankov was appointed as the first Bulgarian director of the manufactory. As ordered in the decree number 10 from Prince Ferdinand, the plant dislocated to Sofia in 1891.
In 1924 by the decree of tzar Boris the III and by law adopted by the 21. Regular National Assembly the factory moved to Kazanlak. The name of the firm changed to State Military Factory.
On April 1st 1947 the factory became a self-supported economic unit per decree of the Council of Ministers. By decree of the Council of Ministers of December 30th 1948 the Military Plants in the country merged into a special state holding "Metalchim" and the State Military Factory-Kazanlak passed from the Defense Ministry to Ministry of Industry and Crafts under the name "Factory-10". (Therefrom themarks, a 10 inscribed in two concentrical circles.) Оn 12.06.1989 the company was registered as Arsenal State-Owned Company, and on 20.12.1991 it was transformed into a Sole Owner Joint Stock Company.
Since December 5th 2000 the factory has become a limited liability company "Arsenal Ltd.".
Get rid of that raggedy old Beretta and stick with Maks. Nah, really, the Beretta is a fine pistol. What cal. is your Bulldog in?
Where did you get that hat?
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