Two Makarov Questions
1. I recently picked up a 1989-vinatge Bulgarian-made Makarov. After cleaning away enough cosmoline to rust-proof a six-bottom plow, I found that it's really in quite nice condition and shoots like a dream. One minor problem I've noticed, though, is that the forward part of trigger guard does not want to fully seat up into the frame. It hangs about 1/16" inch low. You can push it up to where it's flush but it won't stay there. Does that sound like the trigger guard spring and plunger need to be replaced?
2. I know that the Makarov pistol is properly referred to as a "PM" (Pistolet Makarova), but have also seen it called a "PM-53". Was the latter the military designation?
My Russian Commercial Mak trigger guard is flush to the frame so I field stripped mine to see what could cause that. There's just not much in that trigger guard area to get in the way except the trigger itself and I don't see how that could cause your your problem. The trigger guard spring and plug may be the problem because that spring does apply a lot of tension. There is a parts list and schematic here: PARTS LIST - MAKAROV Accessories | Numrich Gun Parts
Hope that helps.
Yeah, I'm thinking that it must be the spring and/or plunger. (Either one of them ist kaput or there's still a glob of cosmoline lurking in there!)
Originally Posted by qwiksdraw