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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2023 7:41 p.m. PST

… That's Stood the Test of Time


"Not long after World War II came to an end, the United States and the USSR entered into a Cold War. As a result, both countries began an arms race, with the goal being to produced the most advanced weapons possible. Early on, the Soviet Union developed the Makarov, a pistol that was quickly adopted by countries within the Eastern Bloc. Despite its age, the firearm is still in service across the world, thanks to its reputation for being a fairly reliable weapon.

In December 1945, the Soviet Union announced two contests where gunmakers were pressed to create a replacement for the Tula Tokarev (TT) pistol and the Nagant M1895 revolver. It was determined the new firearm would fire the new 9 x 18 mm round, as it "allowed practical straight blowback operation […] while retaining low recoil and good stopping power." An emphasis was placed on safety and accuracy, among a number of other requirements…"


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Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 8:41 a.m. PST

It is very effective for shooting traitors point-blank behind their ear.

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 9:24 a.m. PST

Simple, robust and easy to maintain – the perfect weapon for a conscript army – and still very much in use!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse23 Jan 2023 9:30 a.m. PST

You used to be able to get surplus Makarovs and Tokarevs pretty cheap.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2023 2:08 p.m. PST

(smile)


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