The Makarov pistol or PM (Russian: Пистолет Макарова, Pistolet Makarova, literally Makarov’s Pistol) is a Russian semi-automatic pistol. Under the project leadership of Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it became the Soviet Union’s standard military and police side arm in 1951.


Type: Semi-automatic pistol 

Place of origin: Soviet Union 

Service history In service: 1951–present

Used by See Users Wars: First Indochina War, Vietnam War, Nicaraguan Revolution, Lebanese Civil, War Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, South African Border War, Angolan Civil, War Tuareg rebellion (1990–1995), Burundian Civil War, First Chechen War, Second Chechen War, War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Russo-Georgian War, Libyan Civil War, Syrian Civil War, War in Donbass.

Production history: Designer Nikolay Makarov, Designed 1948, Manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (1949-2013) / Kalashnikov Concern (2013-present)(USSR/Russia), Ernst Thaelmann (Germany), Arsenal AD (Bulgaria), Norinco (China), Factory 626 (China) Produced 1949–present Variants See

Variants Specifications: Mass 730 g (26 oz), Length 161.5 mm (6.36 in), Barrel length 93.5 mm (3.68 in), Width 29.4 mm (1.16 in), 

Caliber: 9×18mm, Makarov .380 Auto

Action Blowback Muzzle velocity 315 m/s (1,030 ft/s) Effective firing range 50 m (55 yd) Feed system 8-round detachable box magazine (10- and 12-round available on the PMM) 

  • BASIC INFORMATIONS
    Type: Semi-automatic pistol 
  • Place of origin: Soviet Union 
  • Service history In service: 1951–present
  • Used by See Users Wars: First Indochina War, Vietnam War, Nicaraguan Revolution, Lebanese Civil, War Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, South African Border War, Angolan Civil, War Tuareg rebellion (1990–1995), Burundian Civil War, First Chechen War, Second Chechen War, War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Russo-Georgian War, Libyan Civil War, Syrian Civil War, War in Donbass.
  • Production history: Designer Nikolay Makarov, Designed 1948, Manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (1949-2013) / Kalashnikov Concern (2013-present)(USSR/Russia), Ernst Thaelmann (Germany), Arsenal AD (Bulgaria), Norinco (China), Factory 626 (China) Produced 1949–present Variants See
  • Variants Specifications: Mass 730 g (26 oz), Length 161.5 mm (6.36 in), Barrel length 93.5 mm (3.68 in), Width 29.4 mm (1.16 in), 
  • Caliber: 9×18mm, Makarov .380 Auto
  • Action Blowback Muzzle velocity 315 m/s (1,030 ft/s) Effective firing range 50 m (55 yd) Feed system 8-round detachable box magazine (10- and 12-round available on the PMM) 
  • Sights Blade front, notch rear (drift adjustable)

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