Gun Report

Bulgarian Makarov 9x18

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This gun fired only one shot before the safety/decocker came off the slide. We elected not to continue testing it for safety reasons.

Bulgarian Makarov 9x18

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Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Makarov pistol dates back to the early 1950s. At one time it was the standard pistol for both the Soviet forces and the Warsaw Pact countries.
Our Bulgarian Makarov threw off the safety lever on its first shot. We were able to reinstall the lever (shown), but for safety reasons, we don't test guns which lose parts.

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