I can't wait to see the pics of your Bulgarian all decked out with new sights and finish.
BTW, the gunsmith sent the Bulgarian to Novaks to have the slide milled for the Trijicons. It should be back this week. The next phase will see it Cerakoted. When all is said and done, I promise to provide pics.
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I can't wait to see the pics of your Bulgarian all decked out with new sights and finish.
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The gunsmith sent the Bulgarian to Novak to have the slide milled and Trijicons emplaced. It came back the day before yesterday. I went by the shop just now to deliver a new hammer spring prior to the application of Cerakote in about 2 more weeks. Let me say that I am delighted with the job that Novak did. It is better than what I was expecting. I mean, Novak has a reputation and I knew it would be good - but this is really good.
The temptation was almost irresistible to take it home and shoot it. But I left it there so that a Cerakote application can be applied. Good things are worth waiting for, and paying for. Yes. I have spent money on this. And many would argue that I spent too much - more than what the pistol cost. But it is my backup pistol, and the most accurate pistol I have ever fired. I am willing to pay the money to bring it into the 21st Century.
Thanks for the posts Nikolai. Interesting work.
I'm always looking for rare varieties of 9x18 ammunition.
I think if you were to put a small 2x2 or 3x3 piece of tape in the center of your target, as an aiming point, your groups would reduce.
Looking for USS Casimir Pulaski SSBN 633 items.
This was the most interesting conversation I was ever not a part of and I look forward to the next conversation on the topic.
Nice looking job they did on the sights, it should be really nice when it's all done. Looking forward to some range reports :-)
Nikolai: I feel the same way about my Makarovs, even my Russian Commercial. They are more valuable to me than their purchase price may indicate.
Now, I paid nearly $300 for that worn out Bulgarian - but I feel like I still got a really, really good deal on it. These Bulgarians can be had for under $300 at Buds on line. But I'll bet in a year or two they won't be there anymore - ever again. This is one of the best military pistols that has ever been made.
Got it back - just now. Six weeks after I took it to the shop for modifications. Trijicons - installed. New hammer spring - installed. Cerakote - applied.
"I love it, Nikolai!"
"Thanks, Baby Doll!"
Really, really nice! Now we want range reports asap for that bad boy.
Very hot, very windy. No probs with the Mak. So far, so good. When they Cerakote the parts, it makes me a little concerned about the tolerances, but no probs yet.
Wind blew down target. Distance to target is the usual 75 feet.
Did the point of aim/impact change with the new sights? Sight acquisition must be excellent with those big sights. That's great that it's running smoothly with the new mainspring and finish.
Also, were the internal parts Cerakoted (I've never had one done)? The perceived improved trigger pull might be attributed to smoothing of contact points (seer/hammer/trigger bar) by firing.
Nice sights, BTW!
I'm curious about mainspring tension, too. Those sights look great! I practice drawing and firing and the issue sights are a challenge to pick up at speed.
Nikolia, that a very nice looking mak you have there. i like it
Tomorrow I mean to run some of these through the Bulgarian - to see how they group compared to the Brown & Silver Bear.
I purchased 4 boxes of that ammo, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. I had to buy it in order to shoot it at the indoor range I go to (no steel or aluminum allowed.) Seems like it's okay ammo. I've never had a brand of 9x18 that didn't shoot well in my Makarovs. Some shot tighter than others, but they all shot and ran well.
I'll be waiting for a range report, Nikolai.
Fantastic opportunity to test out the Mak Myth, and found not wanting. This why I have my Maks
The Red Army accuracy was on par with the Silver and Brown Bear. I feel like the Red Army was at a disadvantage on account of very strong wind. It did not affect the bullets, per se, but it did affect my sight picture as strong gusts hit my extended arms. The distance to target was 75 feet. The residue from the Red Army was about like that of Silver and Brown Bear. There was no unburnt powder.
Thanks Nikolai. I wouldn't call that target print, at that distance, unacceptable at all for a hand held pistol 9x18. Brass, boxer, and something I like, is the sealed primer, which it seems is being eliminated these days, probably as cost cutting to produce. I notice $13.95/50 from SGAmmo.
Yeh, martinbanner, it is high quality ammo and $13.95 for 50 is a bargain. Honestly, I can't shoot any other pistol as well as I can the Makarov. I think it has something to do with ergonomics and the way it fits into the hand.
It came with a fat, beat up target grip which I kept. The slim military grips of my IJ-70s are not all that comfortable to shoot after a box of 50. The military holster is fine for the IJs, but not for the Bulgarian with the high Novak front sight. Normally I carry the Bulgarian in a chestband under my shirt and the front sight does not catch on anything, allowing for a clean, smooth draw.
While shooting the Bulgarian, I don't really notice the recoil - mainly on account of the fat grips. But photos attest that there is some snap. Most of the internals are original, but I replaced the hammer leaf spring and the slide stop. I used to have an occasional failure for the slide to lock back after the last round, and incorrectly blamed it on magazines. After I replaced the slide stop, the slide has locked to the rear consistently and without one single failure to do so.
My Bulgarian was so caked with cosmoline when I got it that I couldn't have shot it without intensive cleaning even if I wanted to.
I too like a high accessible weapon, especially convenient while driving. Also a crossdraw. Underwood makes their hardcast 115 gr., which I'm sure would have no problem going through a car door. Just sayin'. Not necessary, but an upgraded recoil spring might be worth looking into to take some of the felt recoil. I upgraded to a 21# for shooting the premium USA defensive cartridges (thanks Tennesseean) and find recovery shots faster (less recoil hammering on the pistol, also). Only slightly more resistance with an overhand grasp when racking. Less than ten bucks, what the hey. My EG wears a Pearse hard rubber grip that fits me to a tee, but isn't everyone's cup of tea. ha. about $18.
Martinbanner, I have thought about replacing the recoil spring, although it doesn't need it. But I do think about doing so, more and more. And the quick access that a chest band offers while behind the wheel is often overlooked in the clamor for iwb holsters. A shirt with button snaps facilitates access. I'm open minded to personal defense ammo, and I click on the YouTube videos of the denim/ballistics gel tests.
This is the holster that I routinely carry the Bulgarian in. It is a chestband made by Kangaroo. Now, about the Kangaroo; if you are a medium in the chest, go with a large. And if you are a large - get an extra large. I have two of these Kangaroos - my other one is about worn out and so I got another.
Edit: Small, concealable and reliable. This dichotomy of pistol and revolver offers a level of personal safety that is enviable in this day and time. While eight states have now outlawed high capacity magazines, neither of these hold ten rounds.
The Bulgarian comes pretty darned close to qualifying as a pocket pistol. It is not much larger than my 340, which I carry in my hip pocket like a billfold.
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Although I am not one for modified milsurps, that is one sharp looking pistol Nikolai! Excellent work.
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Very cool project Nikolai. You've manage to chop up a Mak and still keep it looking good!
If you like the fatter import target grips you might want to consider the FAB Defense Makarov grips. You can find them on ebay. They fill up your hand better than the normal grips and have the added benefit of a thumb mag release that lets you drop the mag instead of having to pull it out while depressing the heel release (which you can still do). I got one this week. Its a pain to install, but there are YouTube videos that will help if you decide to get one. In the end it feels like a whole new pistol in the hand... I'm not a fan of the looks, but function over form. This thing rocks. I can't wait to use at the IDPA BUG match this weekend!
Please ignore the ghetto bike innertube around the grip... its a personal thing I do with all the pistol I use a lot.
I'm a bit of a purist I like my mil surplus to stay mil surplus, but my Bulgarian Mak is my beater gun which means I let myself tinker with it. I thought these grips were an abomination to all that was good with my maks... and then I got one. It makes the Mak feel like a different gun. Watch some YouTube reviews and check it out.
Edit/Update: That mag release looks sooooo nice...
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The gun is cool but I can't stop looking at that hat.
That thing is SWEET!