Grip Screws

There has often been some confusion about the two different grip screws that were issued on the Makarovs. Here are some quick facts:

The only pistols that were different from the "standard" narrow head grip screw were the East Germans. Therefore, if you have a Bulgarian, Russian, or Chinese Makarov, yours is the narrow, long head with the detents (on the right in the picture below).

The threads are the same on both screws, so both screws will fit any Makarov. Note the thread size and pitch in the picture.

The grip determines which grip screw should be used. Only some of the black bakelite East German grips used the large-diameter head screw (on the left in the picture).

If you switch grips, you might have to switch grip screws.

Most aftermarket grips are set up for the narrow, long head screw (on the right in the picture).

Pearce Grips come with a grip screw that's neither of the original screws.

See also "tips and tricks" (above) about using a generic grip screw.

We carry both grip screw styles at See the order form <cart/index.html>.

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Magazine Disassembly

Magazines are often dirty when buying them used or even right out of the box. Magazine feeding problems can often be solved by a good cleaning, which involves disassembly. Fortunately, this is a simple process:

1) Hold the empty magazine with your weak hand such that the floorplate is facing you and locate the portion of the magazine spring that is protruding through the floorplate.

2) Using a small screwdriver, press the magazine spring into the magazine housing through the floorplate. You can also do this by compressing the spring upward through the sides of magazine.

3) Once the spring has been retracted, slide the floorplate forward partially.

4) Using your thumb to hold the spring in place, remove the floorplate the rest of the way.

5) Release the spring gradually and the rest of the magazine pieces will come out.

6) Reassembly is reverse of disassembly.

Extractor Maintenance

Safety first! Wear kidding! Also consider getting a large plastic bag and work inside the bag. This will prevent you from having to buy another extractor plunger from us when it goes flying.

1) Field strip the pistol such that the slide is removed from the frame of the pistol.

2) Secure the slide, e.g. in a padded vise.

3) Use a tool such as the cleaning rod provided with many Makarovs (the one with the big loop on one end and a point on the other...see below) to push the extractor plunger towards the rear of the gun. Compress the spring to the point where the plunger is flush with the frame of the gun.
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4) Using your finger, rotate the front of the extractor into the ejection port until it falls out. If this doesn't work right away, while the plunger is depressed, try to move extractor a little backward (in the direction of the plunger), then rotate. Find the position when it rotates slightly moving it back and forth.

5) Slowly release the plunger. Don't let it pop out or you may not find it for a week.

If you've done any kind of shooting with the pistol, you'll be amazed how much grime is in there. If you've been shooting corrosive ammo, those corrosive salts are probably in there as well.

Soak the 3 pieces in cleaner/lubricant such as BreakFree CLP (see order form <cart/vitemmak.htm>). Use a firing pin channel cleaner (see order form <cart/vitemmak.htm>) soaked in the solvent to clean out the extractor assembly hole.

Inspect the extractor for signs of wear, particularly the face the clips over the cartridge rim. This is one of the weak points of the Makarov. You can tune it by smoothing out the face with a fine grade polishing wheel. We also have replacement available.

To reassemble:

1) Insert the plunger into the spring. On my pistol, there was only one correct end of the spring into which the plunger fit.

2) Insert the spring-plunger assembly back into the slide.

3) Using the cleaning tool, compress the plunger back into the hole so that it is flush with the slide. This may take