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    Default Glad to be here and need a bit of help 1st Post

    Hi Everyone. My Name is Lew, and I'm 70yrs old. I first became aware of the Makarov Pistol while serving with the US Army in West Germany during the Mid 60s. I attended a class on Russian small arms and got to handle and field strip one. For years I thought about that pistol, and years later I purchased my 1st one. It is an East German 1960 Production. Later I picked up a Bulgarian 1993 Production. So I noticed that there are some Un Issued Bulgarian guns now available. I decided to Re Barrel my present Bulgarian to 380, and buy one of the Un Issued ones for a collection piece/Shooter. So after spending hours watching utube videos I decided to attempt the job. I obtained a barrel press kit, and a German 380 bbl. and yesterday I stripped the Bulgarian down to the bare Frame including the TG. I'm being stopped cold by the Barrel retaining pin. I applied a lot of pounding with a punch and the pin refuses to budge. I usually solve my own problems but in this case any help would be much appreciated. I know that I could drill it out but would prefer to do it the right way. Think that I'm going to enjoy hanging out here.

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    Hello and welcome Nipperdog. Assuming you have the frame firmly supported with a non-marring block, you're driving the pin out from the possibly non-peened side and you're using the correctly sized punch/drift, I'd try a shot of PB Blaster, letting it sit for 15 minutes. Good luck.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Blaster-1...6-PB/205178591

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinbanner View Post
    Hello and welcome Nipperdog. Assuming you have the frame firmly supported with a non-marring block, you're driving the pin out from the possibly non-peened side and you're using the correctly sized punch/drift, I'd try a shot of PB Blaster, letting it sit for 15 minutes. Good luck.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Blaster-1...6-PB/205178591
    I guess that I should have waited before posting the part about the pin, but frustration got the better of me. Before quitting yesterday I gave it a good shot of Trizol penetrating solvent. After I returned to the workshop this morning I reground an old center punch so the tip was flat, and the 1st 1/8" was .120 dia, I just wanted to get that pin to move slightly. Getting the barrel out of the frame was a whole other story. Rust was evident on the Barrel and retaining pin. Thanks for responding...............Lew

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    Welcome to the forum! Keep us updated on your progress.

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    Welcome to the forum. Wow! You picked a tough first project to do on a Makarov. Regards, ABTOMAT

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    Welcome to the forum.
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    Welcome.
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    Patience is one of the best tools that us novice gunsmiths can bring to a project. You will enjoy shooting the 380's out of your Makarov. I have two Russian commercials and one Chinese commercial 380 and enjoy them almost as much as the 9x18's.

    And I will add, welcome to the forum ! There is a ton of good and useful information available here through the search feature. We are all still learning when it comes to the Makarov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lincen View Post
    Patience is one of the best tools that us novice gunsmiths can bring to a project. You will enjoy shooting the 380's out of your Makarov. I have two Russian commercials and one Chinese commercial 380 and enjoy them almost as much as the 9x18's.

    And I will add, welcome to the forum ! There is a ton of good and useful information available here through the search feature. We are all still learning when it comes to the Makarov.
    Hi: I love the Makarov for it's looks, and simplicity. I got the Re Barreled 380 back together yesterday, and will do a test fire sometime today. My Son gave me a couple of thousand once fired 380 cases, and about 1000 bullets. I didn't own a 380, and figured converting a MAK was the Logical way to go. It will also give me an excuse to order one of the Unissued ones being offered today. I think that the 9X18 is superior to the 380 and have been reloading for it using Starline Brass and Hornady XTP Bullets...................Lew

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    Welcome to the forum Nipperdog. Since I only have one I'm leaving my Bulgarian 9x18.

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    Function Fired this Morning. Fired four mags of 380 ammo and the gun ran flawlessly. I also ordered another Bulgarian to replaced the one which I converted. Looks like I'll be cleaning some Cosmoline soon.

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    You made an old man smile, Nipper was the name of my father's favorite English Setter. Both just memories. Welcome to the Forum.

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    Beautiful Makarov's, welcome to the forum.
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    Hi Again: Just wanted to Thank everyone for all of those Words of Welcome. I ordered another Bulg. MAK yesterday which will replace the one that I converted to 380. It is supposed to be in Unissued Mint Condition, it should arrive at my FFL's on Friday in all of it's Cosmolined Glory. I'll post a Pic. when I receive the Gun and Remove the Cosmo.

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    Nipperdog I sent you a PM to review.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaws2 View Post
    Nipperdog I sent you a PM to review.
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    I got a call from my FFL this afternoon telling me that my new MAK was in. Wow I ordered it on Tuesday, and got it on Thursday. I knew that it would need to be cleaned, but when I field stripped it you couldn't see the guts. Detail stripped it and soaked everything in Mineral Spirits. What I found after removing a ton of Cosmoline was a Brand New MAK 29 Dated. There is no sign of this gun ever being fired. So the MAK count is up to Three.

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