Publication Date: October 2016
by Henry C. Brown and Cameron S. White (Edwin H. Lowe Publishing 2016)
The Makarov Pistol entered service as the primary service pistol in the armed forces and security services of the Soviet Union in 1951. It continues to serve in the forces of the Russian Federation, and the former Soviet Union, and of nations around the world. It has been estimated that some 5 million Makarov pistols had been produced in the Soviet Union and Russian Federation alone up 2002, and production continues for military, police and civil markets in Russia to this day. Additionally, the Makarov Pistol was also produced under license in East Germany, Bulgaria and China. The Makarov Pistol has served around the world in conflicts and security duties in all climates and terrains, and can claim the distinction of being the first firearm to be carried into space.
Despite the large numbers and the widespread use of the Makarov Pistol, it remained a rare and little known firearm among western collectors until the end of the Cold War. In the 1990s however, large numbers of Makarov Pistols, accessories and its previously unobtainable 9x18mm cartridge were exported to the west with the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, opening up a new field of firearms collecting.
While collectors have been documenting and recording the many aspects of the Makarov Pistol over the last 25 years, this information has never been systematically consolidated into a handy reference book - until now.
This book documents the Makarov Pistols produced by the Soviet Union and Russian Federation, and the Pistole M, the version produced in East Germany. This is the first volume of a two volume series documenting the history, features, manufacturing variations and markings of the Makarov Pistol, its accessories, documentation and other collectibles available to the collector. This is a book by collectors, for collectors, and it is the first comprehensive collector’s review of the Makarov Pistol.
Publication Date: October 2016
Color: Full Color
Related Categories: History / Military / Weapons
The following books are expected to be published in 2016-2017.
Chinese Military Manual Series
People's Liberation Army Marksmanship Training Manual (Pistols). Type 54 Tokarev and Type 59 Makarov Pistols. By the People's Liberation Army (1964), translator and author Edwin H. Lowe. (December 2016 expected publication)
Everyone A Soldier! The Chinese Militia 1958-1984. By Edwin H. Lowe (2017 expected publication). A companion book for any of the Chinese Military Manual Series.
People's Liberation Army Marksmanship Training Manual (Rifles). Type 56 SKS, Type 56 AK-47, Type 63 Rifles and Type 56 RPD Light Machine Gun. By the People's Liberation Army (1973), translator and author Edwin H. Lowe. (2017 expected publication)
Militia Marksmanship Training Manual (Light Machine Guns). Type 53 DPM & DP, Brno ZB-26, Bren Mk II (.303in & 7.92mm), Type 11 Nambu Light Machine Guns. By the People's Liberation Army (1973), translator and author Edwin H. Lowe. (2017 expected publication)
People's Liberation Army Marksmanship Training Manual (Heavy Machine Guns). Type 53 (Goryunov) and Type 58 (RP-46) Machine Guns . By the People's Liberation Army (1973), translator and author Edwin H. Lowe. (2017 expected publication)
Militia Marksmanship Training Manual (Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Heavy Machine Guns). translator and author Edwin H. Lowe. (2017 expected publication)