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Makarov Magazine

Makarov Magazine

$25.95
35 Review(s)

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Makarov Magazine

You probably already know that we here at Keepshooting.com manufacture and distribute our very own house-brand of a great many popular firearm magazines. These Keepshooting.com brand magazines are almost always on par with their original factory counterparts and almost always surpass other third-party manufacturers in terms of both quality and performance.


Sometimes, our magazines are copies of original military magazines. Other times, they are redesigned from the ground up to take advantage of modern materials and manufacturing processes. Today, you get a hybrid of those two philosophies with our new Makarov magazines. While our magazines are based on the original military magazine, they were designed to be much more than a simple copy of the East German magazine. As such, each of our Makarov magazines is universally compatible with any Makarov – including East German Makarovs, Russian Makarovs, Bulgarian Makarovs and Chinese Makarovs.


Our Makarov magazine is a standard-capacity magazine designed for use with any Makarov pistol. Each single-stack magazine boasts a design based on the original military Makarov magazine, and will hold and feed eight rounds of 9x18mm Makarov ammunition to your pistol. Guaranteed to fit and function in any Makarov pistol, these brand new magazines are a must-have accessory for any Makarov enthusiast.


Our Makarov magazine is now available exclusively from Keepshooting.com. This Makarov magazine is NOT compatible with PA63 pistol.

SKU:  CD-0001

Availability: Out of Stock

$25.95

Ordinarily, I would advise firearm owners to seek out original, factory-produced magazines for their firearms rather than purchasing aftermarket magazines. Generally speaking, it is beneficial to seek out these original, factory-produced magazines as they are manufactured by the same company and to the exact same specifications and tolerances as those that ship with the firearms for which they are designed. Additionally, they are manufactured using the same materials, a provision which ensures both proper fit and function in your firearm. However, when the alternative is a Keepshooting.com brand magazine, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Each Keepshooting.com magazine, including our Makarov magazine, begins with a guarantee. Our goal prior to production is the manufacture of a magazine that is not only 100 percent functional, but also 100 percent reliable. As such, we guarantee the function and reliability of all of our house-brand magazines 100 percent. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the performance of your magazine, it can be returned for a refund of the purchase price provided it is free from modification, damage and visible signs of usage or wear.

How can we offer such a guarantee? Prior to release, a random sampling of every magazine we carry is rigorously field tested to ensure proper fitting, feeding and ejection. Not to mention, our magazines are manufactured using quality materials alongside modern manufacturing methods. If this sounds expensive, that is because it is. But due to the number of magazines we have made, our prices are driven down and in turn passed on to you.

As noted, the Makarov magazine is a detachable box magazine with a design that is based on the original military Makarov magazine. As such, the magazine features a full steel construction with no plastic components. The body of the magazine, which is designed to hold and feed eight rounds of 9x18mm Makarov ammunition to your Makarov, is constructed from hardened steel and boasts a black Teflon®-based finish for enhanced protection against rust and corrosion. Additionally, both the spring and the follower are constructed from steel and are precision manufactured to provide for reliable feeds on a consistent basis. 

A quick once over of our customer reviews will reveal how well-received our Makarov magazines are. And with over 8,000 magazines sold, we have no doubts that each and every future shipment will continue to please.


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Mark 04-90-2014 04-01-201413:44
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Needs work.
I purchased 3 of these mags having read the mostly positive reviews. I have purchased other Keepshooting mags for the Sig Mosquito and the Walther P22 and was very pleased with the quality and function. The Makarov mags not so much. The first problem I noticed right out of the box was the floor plates are loose. This is due to the magazine being made of thinner steel than the factory original mags. The quick fix is to slightly bend the lips on the bottom of the mag to tighten up the gap in the floor plate. The second problem is the slide stop tab on the side of the mag sticks out too far and will drag in your mag well. This needs to be filed down to the factory specs for proper function. Third problem is the feed lips are bent to almost 90 degrees. You need to bend these to match you factory mag angle. Fourth problem is the magazine is not cut deep enough where the bullet meets the pistols feed ramp. This is an easy fix with a file or dremel. Problem number 5 is the biggie. The magazine catch/release tab on the back of the mag is too high. This causes the mag to sit too low in the pistol. This causes poor feeding because of the increased angle on the feed ramp and only slightly pushed up the slide stop after the last round is fired. I haven't been able to come up with a fix for this problem yet. Maybe KS can correct this on the next batch? I hope this helps. I have been a Mak fan for 20 years and own 5. I have 2 Russian, 2 Bulgarian and 1 German so I am quite familiar with Maks and any issues they may have.
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Jeff 05-133-2013 05-14-201323:06
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Rough, But Worth an Effort
Purchased two of these and they do have good consistency of quality - unfinished. They both exhibit the same deficiencies as others have mentioned. Be prepared to rework an item into functionality. Mostly of concern are the loading tab's interference and the catch in the wrong place. The 5 stars part is for the price, and given that they are recoverable with some effort, the item is well worth the price. Just please be careful.
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Guy 01-04-2013 01-05-201309:25
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Excellent mags
These mags are in tip top shape for lots of shooting and normal carry, highly recommend and would buy again.
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Shooter 04-115-2013 04-26-201300:04
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Needs work to function, but some flaws cannot be worked out.
I bought a handful of these for a Bulgarian Makarov.

First thing that I noticed, is that they created a lot of friction when being inserted into the magazine well. I noticed that some magazines would produce so much friction at this tab, that they would fail to cycle, as the follower would be jammed in the middle of the mag due to the tab grinding it to a halt. This is due to the follower having too long of a tab that pushes the slide stop up. The solution to excessive friction was to file down that tab to make it as long as the factory original.

Second thing that I noticed, is that the magazines will sometimes fail to chamber a round on the first round. This is because of the front of the magazine feed lip is higher than the originals. This created a ton of friction on the top round, and on the following rounds as well. I was able to easily remove rounds from the factory magazine, while these new ones would need a LOT of force to remove by hand. The solution to this, is to file the front of the magazine where the rounds pass over.

I noticed that these magazines only pushed the slide stop half way up. They would sometimes make the slide fail to lock open after the last round because of this. This has no solution that I am aware of, as you would need to add some material to make the tab push the slide stop all the way up.

Then I compared these mags with the factory ones, and noticed that the little notch for the magazine release was in a different spot as well. This could have contributed to the failure to lock the slide back.

These magazines are junk when used in the standard Makarov (Bulgarian in this case, which is identical to the Russian military model). I would not trust my life with them, and I would not trust them to be at the range.

The ONLY reason why I gave these a value of 2 stars, is because I was able to take the springs out of them, and put one in the original factory magazine. Perhaps the flood plates interchange as well. Hopefully, the springs are of better quality than the rest of these mags.
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phil 04-112-2013 04-23-201316:01
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finish is quite rough -
Compare to the S&W 69 magazine I received from KeepShooting this magazine is quite rough. Barely fits into the mag well and will absolutely will not drop free.

I see the 24 round break in warning but I can't imagine it will break in that much in 24 rounds.
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