Anniversary of Makarov's Grandfather


From 1951, the 9-mm PM was officially adopted by the Soviet Army, which still faithfully serves people in uniform.

- Unlock the fuse!
- Shutter!
A click of the bolts is heard, further sounds, a military man will not be confused with any others - the control descent and the fuse of the pistol. The equipped magazine is inserted into the handle, the pistol is put in a holster.

PM - familiar and reliable weapon military. But not everyone knows that this year Makarov is celebrating its anniversary - sixty years ago it was officially adopted by the Soviet Army.

Like the Kalashnikov assault rifle, the PM has long been a legendary weapon. Makarov pistol was produced almost half a century, only in the Soviet Union it was made more than two million pieces. PM was manufactured in Germany, Yugoslavia, China and many countries. However, let's do everything in order.

The last volleys of the Great Patriotic War died down, in which submachine guns, in particular PPSh (Shpagin) and PPS (Sudaeva), became popular small arms. Powerful and quick-fire, they enjoyed the love of not only the rank and file and sergeant personnel, but also the officers.

At the same time, simple in design and designed for a fairly powerful cartridge, but cumbersome and somewhat capricious (for example, due to design features, lack of a fuse — a random shot could occur at a fall on a hard surface) 7,62-mm self-loading TT pistol (Tula Tokarev), which was in service with the 1933 year, is clearly outdated, and it was decided to replace it with a more modern personal weapon.
Already at the end of 1945, tactical and technical requirements were developed and a competition was announced for the manufacture of pistols of two calibers - 7,65mm and 9mm. They should be light and more compact than the TT, and the choice of a slightly larger 7,62-mm caliber compared to Tokarev (9-mm) was due to the fact that by that time the corresponding cartridge had been developed effective in close combat — a larger-diameter ball does not “pierce” the enemy through, but “discards” it, and therefore disables it from the first shot. The final decision on the caliber of personal weapons was postponed until later when the prototypes were tested.

In the autumn of 1947, the first ground tests of pistols were carried out, which were presented as designers known at that time (the caliber of samples provided is indicated in parentheses) - Pavel Voevodin (9-mm), Sergey Korovin (7,65-mm), I. Rakov (7,65- mm), Sergey Simonov, better known as the designer of the SKS self-loading carbine, Konstantin Baryshev (9-mm), and little-known Nikolay Makarov (7,65-mm and 9-mm), Anatoly Klimov and Alexander Lobanov (7,65-mm).

According to the principle of operation of automation - the use of recoil free shutter - they were similar, by design features - different. For comparison, foreign guns Browning M1910 / 22, Walther PP, Sauer M38H (7,65-mm), Beretta M34, CZ 38 (9-mm) were tested, and the same TT was used as a control sample.

We will not go into the details of the tests - they are interesting, first of all, to specialists. We only note that the 7,65-mm Makarov and Korovin pistols and the Makarov and Baryshev 9-mm pistols were recognized as the most reliable and “most tenacious”. Makarov was simple in structure and in maintenance, there were 27 parts (7,65-mm sample - 25), its competitor - ten more. And although Baryshev's pistol was better at the accuracy of fire, and the first shot was made faster from it, the Makarov still surpassed it in the reliability of the automation. According to the test results, the fighting qualities of 9-mm cartridges were recognized as the best, the designers were offered to eliminate the identified shortcomings in a short time.

The next tests took place already in the spring of 1948. The already mentioned Makarov and Baryshev pistols were joined by an 9-mm specimen of Georgy Sevryugin, who had not previously participated in the competition. The championship again received the PM, and the commission concluded that it "can be recommended for the production of the series and subsequent military tests." In fact, it was granted "good" for the future and, as it turned out, the long life of the famous "Peem" - after three years it was officially adopted ...

The designer himself explained his success with a colossal work on the creation of a pistol: “Suffice to say that I worked daily at that time, practically without days off, from eight o'clock in the morning until two or three o'clock in the morning, as a result I modified and shot samples in two , and even three times more than my rivals, which, of course, made it possible to perfectly work out reliability and survivability. "

In 1967, a silent pistol (PB), created on the basis of the PM, was adopted by the army intelligence groups and special units of the KGB of the USSR. It was equipped with an integral silencer, which, unlike most similar systems, consisted of two parts. This made it possible to keep and carry a pistol with the front part of the muffler removed, and before using it, quickly install the nozzle, however, the gun retained the ability of firing even without a muffler. From the base model, the PB inherited the design of a trigger mechanism with self-cocking and a fuse located on the left side of the bolt, the store was also a native Makarovsky. The main difference from the prototype was that it was impossible to place a return spring inside it through a small length of the gate. She was in the handle and pressed on the shutter with a long moving lever. As mentioned above, the Makarov pistol was produced not only in the USSR, but also in many countries of the socialist camp.

Successfully release its analogues in our days. For example, the Chinese state corporation "Norinko" produces a combat version of a pistol called the Type 59, which is no different from the Soviet PM, except for factory markings on the bolt, as well as a sports version, which is mainly exported.

In the German Democratic Republic, the Makarov pistol was made by the Ernst Telman People’s Enterprise under the Pistole M trademark. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany became a real test for the plant — the GDR army was disbanded, respectively, and there were no government orders for weapons. However, soon Western investments helped restore production, and since 1994, the plant, which is now called “Jagd und Sportwaffen Gmbh,” began to produce a modernized version of Makarov.

The Czech analogue PM is produced at the Czech Zbroyovka plant, which has been in the city of Brno for almost 30 years. In 1982, the Czechoslovak army adopted a new pistol cartridge, which was similar in size to the 9х18 PM cartridge, but had a 20 percent reinforced charge, as well as a new pistol for this cartridge - “armadni pistol vz. 82. This gun was almost no different from the “big brother”, except that the fuse was located not on the gate, but on the frame, and the Czech PM store had a bigger one — not on the 8, but on the 12 cartridges. Simultaneously with the release of the military version, the production of a commercial one began, under the 9x17 Browning and 7,65 x17 Browning cartridges, which was called CZ-83. It should be noted that such pistols were very successfully sold for export. In 1992, in order to reduce costs, the production of pistols vz. 82 and CZ-83 were combined under the common name CZ-83. Now the weapon is produced in three calibers for the needs of the Czech security forces, and for free sale.

Several commercial versions of the good old “Peem” are being released by Ukrainian gunsmiths, who recycle the old firearm chambered for traumatic action. Such “traumatics” are produced using an identical technology - replacing the barrel with a “rubber-cutting” one's own production, replacing the return spring with a softer one, other manipulations to weaken the structure (drilling, etc.). Back in the 1990s, no one could have imagined that a civilian would be able to quite legally acquire an “almost real” PM. Somewhat later, Makarov pistols, recognized as excessive military property, began to be made "traumatic" by specialists from the Central Artillery Armament Base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The novelties were named PMR (or PMR-1) and “Viy”. As for the latter, then, alas, the first “rubber shooters” “Viy” did not please their customers - the pistols were assembled very poorly, and often from parts from different “Makarovs”!

But the later series of “traumatic” are made more carefully, they have a decent appearance and better workmanship ...

However, let us return to the “combat” biography of the Makarov pistol. In the 90 of the last century, Russian gunsmiths developed a modernized version of a Makarov pistol - PSM. He had a magazine for 12 cartridges, a large initial velocity of the bullet - 430 m / s (PM - 315 m / s), but lost the balance of the predecessor: the use of a more powerful cartridge cost him a loss of reliability. A few years later, the Russians adopted the pistol designed by Vladimir Yarygin. It is assumed that he will soon completely replace the “pensioner” of “Makarov”.

Vinnitsa scientific and production association "Fort" also developed and manufactured many samples of pistols that fully meet modern requirements. But the chronic shortage of funds does not allow rearming the security forces with their latest models. So, the grandfather "Makarov" will serve all people in uniform. It may be true that sixty is not old age, but maturity ...

Anniversary of Makarov's Grandfather Nikolai Fedorovich Makarov was born on May 9. 1914. in the village of Sasovo, Tambov Province. After graduating from the factory school, he worked as a mechanic to repair steam locomotives. In 1936, he graduated from the Tula Mechanical Institute. During the Great Patriotic War, he worked in a factory where the famous PPShs were made - Shpagin submachine guns.

Makarov began an independent design activity in 1943 year, taking part in the design competition for a new cartridge for the Soviet Army. In 1945, he went to work at the Central Design Bureau, where he worked until retirement.

In addition to his most famous brainchild - Makarov pistol - he participated in the development aviation guns AM-23, anti-tank missile systems "Fagot" and "Competition", which at different times were adopted by the Soviet Army. The contribution of the talented gunsmith to the country's defense was marked by the Golden Star of the Hero of Socialist Labor “Hammer and Sickle”, two orders of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner, the Stalin and State Prizes.

However, Nikolai Fyodorovich owns several quite peaceful inventions. Yes, he invented the design of sealing glass jars with the glass cover pressed by a spring clip, and after retirement at the request of his wife, Nadezhda Yakovlevna, he invented a machine for rolling home canned food.
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    1. Vega
      31 May 2011
      The gun is good
    2. 0
      31 May 2011
      BUT OLD.
    3. Yeah
      5 2011 June
      Nikolai Fedorovich Makarov - died in Tula in the 2000s in complete poverty
      1. 0
        November 10, 2016
        He died in 1988, retired (since 1974) continued active creative work, was elected a deputy of the Tula Regional Council of Workers' Deputies, for a long time was a member of the Regional Council of NTO "Mashprom". As a Hero of Socialist Labor, he had the right to a number of benefits (the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, by a decree of September 6, 1967, established a number of benefits to Heroes of Socialist Labor, Heroes of the Soviet Union and holders of all three degrees of the Order of Glory.). Even if he lived to the 2000s, it would still not be a beggar, the Heroes, in addition to their pension, also have a solid increase, more than 35 thousand rubles today.
    4. Nuucha
      6 2011 June
      In the 90s of the last century, Russian gunsmiths developed a modernized version of the Makarov pistol - PSM

      Perhaps this is a PMM pistol?
    5. Aleks23
      August 8 2011
      is the gun good?
      I remember recently on the news that the general had shot himself, tried to shoot from a Makar head and remained alive ..
      1. panzersoldat
        1 September 2011
        Nonsense. You must be able to shoot. A fool will miss from Beretta.
      2. sirToad
        October 3 2011
        I bring to your attention that this fact does not say anything about PM. In the 70s, a volunteer tried to shoot himself from a gun - he lived after another 10 years and died of pneumonia. this fact is even noted in textbooks on forensic medicine. and what - to be reckoned - shit? and you are amiable, at least in the hands of the PM held?
        1. Artyom from Orel
          December 22 2011
          One Ukrainian general also tried to shoot himself from Makar, only the second time it turned out.
          In general, this is how lucky. They hit the head of the First World peasant from a machine gun, so he survived, only stopped sleeping forever.
          1. Artyom from Orel
            December 22 2011
            And Stalin’s son, Jacob, also tried to commit suicide from Nagan, but survived
    6. fedora
      October 1 2011
      PM let us down more than once, unfortunately we had no choice and we always worked as an AK. We called the PM "pukalka".
      1. +1
        October 3 2011
        do not tell tales about pm I personally used it to defeat when I was detained, the bullet entered the right buttock and came out with the eggs from a distance of about 35-40 m, PM is an excellent weapon, but they need to be able to deal with it as well and if you smeared it, then you and the gun will be bad
    7. sirToad
      October 3 2011
      "modernized version of the Makarov pistol - PSM"
      damn it! PSM is a special small-sized pistol. caliber 5,45 mm. I didn't shoot, but judging by the performance characteristics - "ladies' pistol"
      1. oper66
        October 3 2011
        No, the Makakrova gun was adopted for 12 rounds, but it’s not convenient the handle is too thick, but the PSM at 5.45 is a completely different small-caliber Stekkin gun designed for operational services and special forces. I shot excellent weapons from him, I was supposed to rearm in 90 for the operational services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, but due to the fact that the bullet did not have a stopping effect on a complete rearmament, they did not put it. in general, a weapon for a killer - a shot is not heard at a distance of several meters the bullet after deformation is not identified, the main case is not to leave
        1. sirToad
          October 3 2011
          in the 90s? I doubt it. a fire teacher at the school of the Ministry of Internal Affairs gave us information on him back in 1988-89 that they refused him. our general (chief of the Department of Internal Affairs) is said to have had this (PSM).
      2. Alexanat
        March 6 2012
    8. dred
      November 11, 2011
      Honestly, the design and accuracy are lame.
      1. 0
        October 10 2013
        What prevents you accuracy, 25m-three 10 of three shots. Learn. Excellent gun.
    9. SIA
      January 24 2012
      Retired grandfather, retired.

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