Know Your Guns: History of the East German Makarov

HISTORY OF THE EAST GERMAN MAKAROV

 

When I was hot and heavy into Curio and Relic collecting fifteen or so years back I had several different flavors of Makarov, including a true East German PM (with original DDR markings) a Polish P-64, A Hungarian FEG PA-63 and a very rare Bulgarian PPK clone.

As with all Eastern Block C&R Military pistols, the double action trigger on Mak’s were atrociously bad, somewhere between 15 and 25 pounds. This was a purposeful design however to keep peasant conscripts from shooting their own dicks off.

Other than that, they were a real pleasure to shoot with a caliber I would describe as a “.380 ACP on growth hormones”.

 

 

Know Your Weapons: The .30-40 U.S. Krag-Jorgenson in Combat

THE .30-40 U.S. KRAG-JORGENSEN IN COMBAT

I had a couple of Krag’s I traded for over the years but I never really cared for them.

They were too long and the action was not near as smooth as a Mauser.

Caliber wise they are like shooting a .30-06.

 

Know Your Weapons: The M60, A Cold War Classic

M60: Its Purpose, Mechanics, and Development

 

Two scenes come to mind for the venerable M60: The first is one of my favorite childhood movies of all time, First Blood. Watching John Rambo eradicate that town in Washington with that M60 he swiped out of the back of the deuce-and-a-half was pure poetry!

The second was Full Metal Jacket and my bro Animal Mother charging headlong into the breech.

 

 

 

Know Your Weapons and Ammo: The AK-74 and the 5.45×39

These guys know their stuff, a worthy 19 minute investment.