The appearance of the traumatic pistol PM-T on the Russian market of self-defense weapons became a real sensation. For the first time, citizens of the Russian Federation were given the opportunity to purchase a rubber-pistol made from combat PM by simply replacing a rifled barrel with a barrel with a smooth channel having a pin behind the chamber and weakening the grooves to eliminate the possibility of firing bullets from solid materials. In fact, the traumatic PM-T pistol differs from the Makarov pistol only by the cartridge used — the traumatic P.N. 9mm. instead of combat 9x18. Due to this, PM-T is the most authentic version of a PM pistol chambered for a traumatic action.
No less important circumstance, which caused a great interest in the novelty, was the fact that the PM-T pistols have not only the properties of self-defense weapons, but also have a collection value. They were made of Makarov's pistols of release from the beginning of the 1950s to the end of the 1980s. Most of them were converted from PM pistols made in 1960-1970-s. The surface treatment of the frame and shutter-casing saved, no grinding and new coating. Saved and original numbers. In addition, Makarov pistols, made during the Soviet era, are of high quality steel, surface fabrication and surface treatment. This applies in particular to weapons manufactured from 1950 to 1970. Unfortunately, the modern versions of the PM and 1990's pistols are not even close in quality to the weapons manufactured in the Soviet Union.
The result was a seemingly uncorrupted Makarov, with a broad “antiglare”, “bearded” strap, with numbered details and native blueing. Apart from small external differences in the form of laser marking on the right side of the frame, filled with a letter “T” or numbers “1” in front of the pistol number on the left side of the casing, as well as a smaller bore diameter, the PM-T buyers received almost identical fighting Makarov rezin-gun. The value of PM-T has become clear from the first announcement posted by the manufacturer on the Internet, on its website and the popular weapon forum. Modest information about the plans for the release of such a pistol has caused serious excitement on the part of weapons lovers. Especially those for whom its historical value is not indifferent.
Interest is not in the least warmed up by a legislative ban on the manufacture of pneumatic, signaling and gas weapons with the possibility of firing rubber bullets from the main parts of military weapons. This amendment to the Law on Weapons, together with other changes, came into effect on July 1 2011, and AKBS, together with ZiD, should have time to make the maximum number of PM-T copies before the designated “black day”. In fact, the PM-T is a small-scale weapon. As a result, since the appearance of the PM-T pistols in the gun shops, customers have been queuing in the morning and “snapping up” them regardless of the state of coverage, the year of production of one or another specimen and price. Those who managed to buy one of the PM-T pistols, which were produced around 5000 units, were not lost. Currently, the price of these pistols is only growing. If in June the cost in the gun shops the average was 16000 - 18000 rubles. Now, from the hands of the PM-T they sell already for more than 30000 rubles.
Details of the weapon bear traces of time in the form of scuffs and minor scratches, which gives this instance of the "well-worn" old pistol
Automatic pistol PM-T works on the basis of the use of recoil with a free gate. The return spring is left dear, from combat copies. Worn springs were replaced with new ones. The resource of these recoil springs is very large, due to the significantly smaller recoil momentum of the patron of the traumatic action 9mm RA, compared with the combat one. But many owners are faced with a problem caused precisely by a strong return spring. There were delays in shooting due to missing cartridge. This is especially true when using low-power traumatic cartridges. The solution was the installation of a return spring from an air gun MP-654K.
Unfortunately, many pistols of the first batch had a poor quality of production of the new barrel, which caused delays due to sticking the cartridge in feed. However, AKBS company managed to very quickly influence the manufacturer, and soon PM-T pistols were spared from the above-mentioned shortcomings (this concerns pistols manufactured from the beginning of June). But the barrel bore and the bevel of the chamber of pistols of a later release, nevertheless, require refinement by polishing, for the best accuracy of shooting and reliability of sending the cartridge into the chamber.
Trigger trigger type, double action with automatic triggering on a safety platoon. Descent with a warning. Descent force when shooting with a pre-cocked trigger in single-action mode is 2 kg, and when firing by self-cocking - 4,5 kg. The course of the trigger at the PM, made in the USSR with 1955 g., Is smooth and short enough for the trigger gun. All parts USM pistols release to 1980-x. made by milling. On the left side of the frame is the slide stop lever.
The trigger, the fuse and the ejector have red bluing, which is typical of the PM release of the USSR
With the proper quality of the performance of the “new” barrel, the PM-T pistols function as reliably as the combat PM, unless they fail the cartridges
In order to more reliable extraction of spent cartridges, it is possible to recommend to owners of PM-T having a slide delay with a wide “tooth” of the reflector, to replace this part with an earlier one, with a narrower and longer reflector. Although I personally have a native "blown" slide latch with a wide "tooth" works fine. The fuse of the traumatic pistol PM-T, located on the left of the gate, when turned on, blocks the drummer and safely pulls the trigger from the cocking. In the on position, the fuse blocks the sear and bolt-casing, and the trigger does not touch the drummer. It is turned off by moving the lever to the lower position, that is, by the natural movement of the thumb of the hand holding the weapon of the arrow.
Aim devices consist of a fixed front sight, made as part of the bolt-casing, and the rear sight, fixed in a groove of the “dovetail” type with the possibility of making lateral corrections. Single row magazine holds eight rounds. In the shop shaft, it is fixed by a spring latch at the bottom of the handle, which is a more reliable method than fixing with a side latch at the base of the trigger guard. The downside is the slower store replacement speed when reloading weapons. Pistols PM-T staffed only one store. Subsequently, the owners acquired additional stores separately, mainly corresponding to the period of issue of the purchased pistol. The most common are stores of the sample 1954-1985. with punching on the left side. These stores correspond to the majority of PM-T and cost no more than an average 500 p. Anyway, the gun PM-T is valuable accessibility spare parts. Original parts made during the Soviet era are easy to find, and they are inexpensive.
The PM-T pistol is equipped with a barrel with a smooth channel, having a pin behind the chamber and weakening the grooves to eliminate the possibility of firing bullets from solid materials
In addition to high quality, large service resources and historical value, the PM-T pistol is a reliable and fairly effective weapon of self-defense. The pros and cons of the PM-T are almost the same as that of its prototype. The disadvantages include a rather long course of descent, with a sufficiently large applied force, which also, like the combat PM, affects the accuracy of shooting. It is necessary to get used to the narrow handle with a small angle of inclination, if before that the owner used a more ergonomic weapon. Small-size, in fact rudimentary, aiming devices with a narrow and low front sight and a small slot in the rear sight also have a negative impact on the accuracy of shooting. Such sights are not suitable for maneuverable conducting high-speed shooting at close distances. However, if you want to achieve accurate shooting and accuracy with high-speed shooting, you can quickly get used to the pistol, and its shortcomings are compensated for by the skills in handling weapons.
One of the most important advantages of the gun, created by Nikolai Fedorovich Makarov, is the reliability of work in the most difficult operating conditions. This quality has been proven not only on the tests and in the operation in the army, but also in the harsh combat conditions in various countries. Makarov pistol combines the best qualities of personal short-barreled self-defense weapon. It is compact, very reliable, durable, safe, easy to use and maintain. All this is true for traumatic PM-T. It does not seem like a plastic toy or a cheap light alloy craft. It is a durable and reliable gun that you can rely on. And here, in theory, a much more powerful ammunition is needed than the currently available traumatic 9mm RA ammunition, since even the new model pistol barrel is able to withstand much greater loads. But this question, unfortunately, is beyond the competence of those who wear their pistols to protect the life and health of themselves and their loved ones.
In order to ensure reliable extraction even with thin ammunition, the native return spring is replaced by a weaker one. Additionally, a second store was purchased (1954-1985 release)
In my personal opinion, the PM-T pistol today is the best example of the self-defense weapons on the Russian market, made on the basis of combat models with a steel frame. Having studied the advantages and disadvantages of various traumatic pistols and revolvers, I came to the conclusion that it was the PM-T pistol that meets all my requirements, namely: maximum reliability of work in any operating conditions; ease of use and maintenance; compactness and stealth when hidden; high accuracy at real distances of self-defense; base - only combat pistol; frame material - only steel; historical value.
My personal acquaintance with this gun took place in mid-June. Like most of the PM-T, the specimen I chose bore traces of time and operation in the form of a worn coating and minor scratches on the thermosetting handle. However, this only gave the weapon anturazhny and charisma. “The Viewed”, this Makarov pistol was made in 1972 with excellent quality and from excellent weapon steel. The first impression of a pistol is a real, normal weapon, a reliable and proven Makarov pistol! And even the fact that this is already a PM-T, shooting rubber bullets, did not add a spoon of tar. The pistol is simple, but at the same time elegant in its own way, with the pronounced charisma of good Soviet weapons from the time of a great country that is no longer there. Beautiful black bluing, wide anti-glare plate, a large beard in front of the casing ... The trigger, safety device and ejector have original red bluing, which is typical of the Soviet PM. Even a rather narrow grip does not seem inconvenient when you hold not a cheap plastic hack of modern consumer goods, but a reliable and high-quality Soviet pistol made of excellent steel weapons.
On the same day, shooting was done with powerful cartridges, which showed excellent accuracy at a distance of seven meters. Automation worked on "excellent." However, later, due to the spread of power of cartridges and in order to ensure reliable extraction even with low-power ammunition, it was necessary to change the native return spring to a slightly weaker one. The sound of the shot is very loud and biting, and the recoil resembles the shooting of a combat PM. For shooting, I used the most powerful of the available patrons 9mm R.A. - AKBS Magnum for Inna. In combination with such cartridges, the PM-T pistol is a very effective weapon of self-defense. The results of the shooting do not give reason to doubt it. In general, I want to shoot a gun again and again. Of course, now on the market of self-defense weapons you can buy “with hands” and more powerful pistols with capacious two-row shops, such as “Thunder-02” v4 caliber 9mm R.A. without pins and “teeth” in the barrel or Slovak Grand Power T-12 chambered for 10х28Т. However, in my personal opinion, the quality of steel, the manufacture and processing of surfaces of the PM-T release of Soviet times, surpasses the Thunderstorm pistols. In addition, the v4 trunk option is mainly sold at extremely inflated prices, given the absence of any historical value. The T-12 pistol is really good, but its very large dimensions, especially width, in most cases do not allow using this weapon for concealed carrying.
The PM-T pistol is bought by ordinary citizens in self-defense, and by collectors, weapons lovers in general, and Makarov pistols in particular. But today, among the available for purchase by ordinary citizens of the Russian Federation samples of rubber-pistol pistols made from military pistols made during the Soviet era, there are several rather interesting models. These are “Leader”, “Leader-M”, MP-81 and MP-82, made of TT pistols. As well as APS-M and MP-355, made from Stechkin automatic pistols. However ... All TT-based pistols have too many changes, which minimizes their historical value. All of them require a certain amount of refinement for reliable operation and at least an approximate correspondence to the historical original. The situation is similar with the APS-M pistol, which, moreover, due to the design of the new barrel, tearing rubber balls, is simply a working layout of the APS, but not a weapon of self-defense. The MP-355 pistol is devoid of some of the flaws of the APS-M, but at the same time all the original stamps and numbers, which again minimizes its historical value.
Against this background, the PM-T gun looks like the best choice. It is valuable both as a collector's item and as a reliable weapon of self-defense. It is pleasant to hold it in hands, it is pleasant to shoot from it. PM-T is convenient for hidden wearing, both in a holster on a belt or armpit, and in a waist bag. It is quite light and easy. For him, there is the largest selection of cartridges that can be bought at any weapons store across the country. For me personally, PM-T is primarily part of the history of a great country, which I am proud of, despite everything remaining my homeland. So far, Russian citizens have not been returned their legal right to own and carry short-barreled rifled weapons - pistols and revolvers firing live ammunition with hard bullets, and the Makarovs, Gloks, Walters, and Colts did not appear on the shelves of gun shops and Smith-Wesson, the PM-T pistol is one of the best self-defense weapons available to ordinary citizens.
Caliber: X. NUMX mm P.A. (9 * 9)
Weapon length: 161,5 mm
Barrel length: 93,5 mm
Weapon height: 126,5 mm
Weapon Width: 30,5 mm
Mass without cartridges: 730 g.
Store capacity: 8 cartridges