The appearance on the Russian market of a traumatic pistol PM-T was a real sensation. For the first time, Russian citizens were able to get a pistol shot with rubber bullets made from a Makarov combat pistol by replacing a standard rifled barrel with a barrel with a smooth channel that has a pin behind the chamber and loosening grooves, making it impossible to use bullets made of solid materials. In fact, the PM-T differs from the Makarov pistol only by the used cartridge, the 9mm PA, which has a rubber bullet instead of a combat 9x18. Due to this, the PM-T pistol is the most authentic variant of the PM, which uses a cartridge of traumatic action.
An important circumstance that arouses great interest in this weapon was the fact that PM-T has not only the properties of a weapon of self-defense, but also a collection value. They are made of combat PM, produced from the beginning of the 50-s to the end of the 80-s of the last century. The overwhelming majority of PM-T pistols are alterations to Makarov pistols made in 60-70-e. Surface treatment of the shutter-casing and the frame is saved, there is no new coating and polishing. In addition, the original numbers were kept. It should be noted that PM produced in Soviet times are distinguished by the use of high-grade steel, surface treatment and workmanship. This is especially true for weapons manufactured from 50's to 70's. Unfortunately, the modern versions of the Makarov pistols and the pistols produced by the 90s cannot even be closely compared in quality with the weapons manufactured in the USSR.
As a result of this approach, a seemingly unperturbed PM came out, with a broad “antiglare”, “bearded” strap, with native blueing and numbering details. Apart from small external differences, such as laser marking on the right side of the frame, stuffed on the left side of the casing in front of the gun number "T" or "1", as well as the smaller bore diameter, people who buy the PM-T get almost identical to a combat PM pistol, shooting rubber bullets. The value of the PM-T became visible immediately after the appearance of the first announcement, which the manufacturer posted on the Internet, on his own website and in a popular weapon forum. Modest information about the release of such a pistol was the cause of the excitement among fans of weapons. Especially among those interested in the historical value of weapons.
In addition, the interest in this gun was fueled by the legislative ban on the manufacture of signal, pneumatic and gas weapons with the ability to use rubber bullets from the main parts of military weapons. This amendment to the Weapons Act, together with other amendments, came into effect on July 1 2011, therefore AKBS and ZiD were to produce the maximum number of PM-T pistols before the “black day”. Pistol PM-T, in fact, has become a small-scale weapon. The result of this was that from the moment PM-T appeared in stores by the end of May, buyers, in the initial sales period, occupied the queues in the morning and “snapped up” guns regardless of the condition of coverage, year of manufacture and price. Those who managed to get one of the PM-T, which were released around 5 thousand, were not lost. Today the cost of these pistols is only growing. If in June the price in the gun stores was about 16 - 18 thousand rubles, now PM-T "with hands" is already sold for 50 thousand rubles.
Automation PM-T works using recoil with a free gate. Return spring left home, from military copies. Springs that were badly worn were replaced by new ones. Resource data return spring is very large, due to the smaller recoil momentum traumatic cartridge 9mm PA, compared with live ammunition. However, many owners are faced with a problem that causes a strong return spring. There were delays in shooting due to overloading of the cartridge. This is very important when using low-power traumatic cartridges. The solution to this problem was the installation of return springs from air pistols MP-654K.
Unfortunately, some pistols from the first batch had a poor quality of the barrel, therefore there were delays due to sticking the cartridge at the time of submission. But AKBS company very quickly influenced the manufacturer and quite soon the PM-T pistols were spared from these shortcomings, as regards weapons manufactured from the beginning of June. However, the bevel of the chamber and the bore of the pistols of a later release still require polishing to be improved in order to increase the reliability of filling the cartridges into the chamber and the accuracy of shooting. The trigger mechanism double action, hammer type, with automatic arming of the safety platoon. Descent with a warning. When shooting in single-action mode with a pre-cocked trigger, the descent force is 2 kilograms; when firing by self-arming, around 4,5 kilograms.
The course of the trigger for Makarov pistols made in the Soviet Union with 1955, is smooth. In addition, it is short enough for the trigger pistol. All parts of the trigger mechanisms of pistols produced before 1980-s are made by milling. The slide stop lever is located on the left side of the frame. For a more reliable extraction of the sleeves, it is possible to recommend the owners of PM-T pistols, which have a slide delay with a wide “tooth” of the reflector, to replace this part with an earlier one - with a narrow long reflector. Although it is not necessary in many pistols, the native “exaggerated” slide lag, which has a wide “tooth”, works well. Fuse PM-T, located on the left of the gate. If it is on, the drummer is blocked, and the trigger is safely released from the cocking. The fuse in the on position blocks the shutter-casing and sear, the trigger does not touch the hammer. To turn off the safety lever is transferred to the lower position, that is, one natural movement of the thumb holding the weapon.
Sights - fixed front sight, made as part of the shutter-casing, and rear sight, mounted in a groove of the "dovetail" type. Possible side adjustments. Single row magazine designed for eight rounds. In the shop's shaft, the shop is fixed with a spring latch at the bottom of the handle. This option is a more reliable method than fixing with the side latch at the base of the trigger guard. The disadvantages include slower store replacement during reloading weapons. Only one store was included in the PM-T package. Subsequently, the owners bought additional stores, mostly corresponding to the period of issue of the acquired pistol. The most common are stores of the 54-85 sample with stamping on the left side below. These stores correspond to most PM-T pistols and cost around 500 rubles. Anyway, the PM-T is very valuable accessibility of spare parts. Original parts that were made in Soviet times are very easy to find, and they are relatively inexpensive.
In addition to high quality, significant service resources, as well as historical value, PM-T is a fairly effective and reliable weapon of self-defense. Positive and negative qualities of PM-T are almost the same as in the prototype. The disadvantages of a pistol include the long course of descent, as well as its sufficiently large effort, like that of the Makarov military pistol, which has an impact on the accuracy of shooting. It is necessary to get used to the narrow handle having a small angle of inclination, especially if the owner has previously used a more ergonomic weapon. Small-sized, in fact rudimentary, aiming devices with a small slot in the rear sight and with a low and narrow front sight also have a negative impact on the accuracy of shooting. Such aiming devices are not suitable for maneuvering firing at insignificant distances. But if you want to achieve greater accuracy and accurate shooting with high-speed shooting, you can get used to it very quickly, you can easily get used to the PM-T, and its drawbacks can be easily compensated by working with a pistol.
Among the most important advantages of the gun, which was created by Nikolai Fedorovich Makarov, is the reliability of work in the most difficult operating conditions. This quality has been proven both on the tests and during the operation in the active army, and in the harsh combat conditions in various countries of the world. In PM combines the best qualities of short-barreled self-defense weapons. This gun is very reliable, compact, safe, durable, easy to maintain and handle. All the properties of the Makarov pistol are also relevant for the PM-T. This traumatic gun does not seem to be a plastic toy or cheap alloy work. It is a reliable and durable gun that you can rely on in an emergency. And here, in theory, a much more powerful cartridge is needed than the currently available 9mm PA - traumatic cartridges, since even the new model PM-T pistol can withstand much greater loads. However, this issue is beyond the competence of those who acquire a gun to protect the health and life of themselves and loved ones.
According to many, the PM-T pistol today is one of the best self-defense pistols on the Russian market, made on the basis of a combat model with a steel frame. Having studied the disadvantages and advantages of various traumatic revolvers and pistols, we can conclude that it is the PM-T that meets most of the requirements for this type of weapon, namely: reliability of operation regardless of operating conditions; ease of maintenance and use; stealth while hidden and compact; sufficiently high accuracy of shooting at long distances of self-defense; base - exclusively military weapons; frame material - steel. Plus, the PM-T has historical value.
Here is what a user writes about this gun: “My acquaintance with this gun happened in the middle of June. Like most PM-T pistols, the selected instance had traces of operation and time in the form of a shabby coating and the presence of small scratches on the handle. But this circumstance did not upset, but gave the weapon charisma and anturazhnost. The “seen species”, this PM was made in 1972 with excellent quality using excellent weapon steel. The first impression of this gun is a real, normal weapon, a proven and reliable PM! And even the fact that I am holding a PM-T in my hands, which uses rubber bullets, did not add "fly in the ointment." The weapon is quite simple, but at the same time elegant in its own way, with the charisma of good weapons from the times of the Soviet Union - a great country that no longer exists. A wide anti-glare plate, a beautiful black burnish, a big beard in front of the cover-casing ... A fuse, a trigger and an ejector with the original red burnishing, which is typical of Soviet-made Makarov pistols. Even a very narrow grip does not seem so uncomfortable when you hold in your hands not a cheap plastic craft, but a high-quality and reliable Soviet pistol made of high-quality weapon steel.
On the same day, the pistol was tested using powerful cartridges. PM-T showed excellent accuracy at a range of seven meters. Automatic weapons worked on the "five". However, later, due to the variation in the power of cartridges and in order to ensure reliable extraction when using low-power ammunition, the native return spring was replaced with a somewhat weaker one. The sound of the shot is biting and very loud, and the recoil is very similar to the shooting of Makarov's military pistols. For shooting they used the most powerful of the available cartridges 9mm PA - AKBS Magnum for Inna. Pistol PM-T in combination with these cartridges is a very effective weapon for self-defense. The results of firing do not give reason to doubt it. In general, I want to use a gun again and again. Of course, today in the arms market for self-defense, you can buy “with hands” and more powerful pistols with two-row capacious shops, for example Thunderstorm-02 with a v4 barrel of 9mm PA caliber without pins and “teeth” in the barrel channel or Grand Power T-12 under 10x28T. But the quality of workmanship, steel, and surface treatment of the PM-T pistol made in Soviet times is, in my opinion, superior to Thunderstorm. In addition, the variant having a trunk v4 is usually sold at an inflated cost, given the lack of their historical value. T-12 is a really good gun, but its very large dimensions, in particular width, as a rule, do not allow using this gun for concealed carry. ”
The PM-T pistol is acquired not only by ordinary citizens for the purpose of self-defense, but also by collectors, lovers of weapons and Makarov pistols. However, today among the samples of pistols fired with rubber bullets and made of combat pistols from the times of the Soviet Union, available to ordinary citizens of Russia, there are several rather interesting models. These are Leader, Leader-M and MP-81, from TT pistols. APS-M and MP-355, made from Stechkin automatic pistols. But ... All models of weapons based on TT have a lot of changes, which significantly reduces their historical value. All these pistols require certain modifications for reliable operation and some correspondence to the historical original. A similar situation is observed with the APS-M, which, among other things, due to the design of the trunk, which tears rubber balls, is just a working model of the APS, but not a weapon for self-defense. MP-355 does not have some of the flaws of APS-M, but at the same time there are no original numbers and stamps, which reduces its historical value to a minimum.
Against this background, PM-T looks like the best choice. It is valued both as a collector's item and as a reliable weapon for self-defense. It is quite pleasant to shoot from it and nice to hold in your hands. PM-T is very convenient for hidden wear, not only in an armpit or belt holster, but also in a waist bag. The gun is lightweight and light enough. For him, there is a very large selection of cartridges that can be purchased at any weapons store anywhere in the country. For most PM-T, first of all, part of the history of a great state. So far, citizens of the Russian Federation have not been given the right to carry and possess combat short-barreled rifled weapons — revolvers and pistols firing live ammunition with a solid bullet, and Gloki, Makarova, Kolty, Walter and Smith-Wesson have not appeared on store shelves, PM-T pistols will be one of the best examples of small arms.
- high strength;
- ease of maintenance;
- habitual in circulation;
- availability of spare parts.
- not ergonomic handle;
- Great effort and trigger stroke;
- rudimentary sights;
- low quality of the barrel and adaptations for 9mm PA cartridges
caliber - 9mm RA (9 × 22);
weapons - 161,5 millimeter;
stem - 93,5 millimeter;
height - 126,5 millimeter;
width - 30,5 millimeters;
weight - 730 grams (without cartridges);
magazine capacity - 8 cartridges.
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