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Makarov Magazine

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Quick Overview

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.

Availability: Out of stock

$24.95

Details

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.

Additional Information

SKU CD-0001
Manufacturer No
Gun Model Makarov - Military Pattern
Ban Status Post-Ban
Brand KeepShooting.COM Products
Caliber 9x18 (Makarov)
Condition Factory New
Construction Steel
Capacity 8rds
Finish Black Teflon
Restrictions None
Returns Accepted Yes - Must Not Be Modified Or Visibly Used
Can Export N/A
  1. Needs work. review by Mark on 1/4/2014
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    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.

  2. Rough, But Worth an Effort review by Jeff on 5/14/2013
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    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.

  3. Excellent mags review by Guy on 5/1/2013
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    These mags are in tip top shape for lots of shooting and normal carry, highly recommend and would buy again.

  4. Needs work to function, but some flaws cannot be worked out. review by Shooter on 4/25/2013
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    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.

  5. finish is quite rough - review by phil on 4/23/2013
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    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.

  6. I order 10 mags and after using my grinder and a demel The mags worked review by dorwin on 4/6/2013
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    There are at least 4 Makarov pistol manufactures I have two, east German and Russian made, The angle of exit was not sufficient to allow smooth loading and the catch and release is off by a fraction. Although I made the appropriate adjustments the cost was worth it. The folks at keepshooting offered to refund me if I wished. I'll be coming back.

  7. Took some work review by Craig on 3/26/2013
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    I bought 2 of these and found that one worked while the other didn't. The lips on top of the magazine were not the same, very poor quality control. While one magazine was a little stiff and broke in nicely after a few rounds the other would not let the slide cycle. The feed claw struck the back of the magazine lips so that the slide would lock back. I took it apart and used my Dremel to remove and smooth out the top of the magazine. After about 30 minutes of smoothing and test fitting would the slide finally clear.

  8. First time out they worked well review by Wayne on 3/18/2013
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    Had to grind down the load lever on the side, just a little to get them to go in and out, took them to the range where I was able to shoot my bi-metal ammo, all four work well with FMJ, haven't tried Hollow points.

  9. Great! review by Darrell on 3/3/2013
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    Had no issues with mine but got one for a friend and he said he had to file down the lower portion where bullet exits the mag. Other than that he's happy too. Fast shipping from KS!

  10. Rearming the Russian Pistolet Markarov review by Ron on 2/22/2013
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    I received my order of (2) magazines for my 1975 ( IJ-70) Russian Makarov (9x18) today, & am well pleased with their quality, fit & finish. After a good cleaning I immediately loaded them up, & cycled them through a few inert rounds and they both functioned superb even before reaching the printed break-in # of 24. I will be buying more in the near future. Very good, solid packaging for shipment. I highly recommend, & look forward too "Busting a few caps" down at the farm tomorrow. Thanks!

  11. Close to original equipment review by Tom on 2/6/2013
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    I bought a couple of the Makarov magazines to see how they measured up the originals. I have a German and a Russian Makarov plus 5 real mak magazines but as we all, you can't have too many mags. Upon inspection, the first thing I noticed was the length of the thump "pin" that might be used to hold down the follower during mag loading. This issue was noted in an earlier review; the mag might get hung up in the grip and not fall free of the gun. The suggestion of 24 round break in was probably a real good idea but then I discovered a second issue. After loading the mags with 7 rounds, I thought I would try to push each round out simulating the feeding process during actual firing. Position the front of the real Makarov mag and the mag from BTP Arms. You'll notice that the opening is not as generous with the BTP Arms mag consequently the rounds cannot be fed with the actual pistol or simulating the feeding by pushing the rounds with your thumb. After I removed the rounds from the magazines, I used a small rounded file to enlarge the opening and reduce the length of the thumb "pin". Friday we'll head to the range and see if my refinements solved the issues ... I'll let you know. The finish was easily scratched, HEY it's a magazine .. no worries. The claim that over that 8000 of these magazines have been sold yet on 25 reviews, counting this one, have been posted makes me wonder what the other folks thought but didn't take the time to post. If they work, I suppose I'm OK with them; refining the magazines with a file was not my version of "pleasantly surprised" with a new product. ... Stay tuned

  12. Makarov magazine review by Geoffrey on 1/13/2013
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    worked flawlessly the very first time in my Ij70-17as 380.I will be buying more. Excellent quality magazines

  13. magazine quality review by Geoffrey on 1/11/2013
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    excellent quality lm buying more

  14. UPDATED REVIEW review by Jonathan on 1/3/2013
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    I just got back from the range, and I put 50 rounds through each magazine I purchased. Fed flawlessly. Here is what you have to do if they aren't working out of the box. I kept them loaded to break in the spring. That helped a lot with ease of loading and feed reliability. Also, disassemble the mags and wipe out all the grease, and reapply some lube. Next, file down the magazine follower post to be as similar in size to the original mags as possible. It took about twenty minutes of work with a dremel and some 1000 grit sandpaper. Next, I did the same buff to spec on the metal feed lips. Taking the firing pin out of the mag, I dry cycled the magazines a few times, and the rounds would feed pretty consistently. I was still worried, but after shooting it at the range, they worked just as good as the factory mags. Very happy with my purchase, I just wish they had come functional out of the box. If you are willing to do a little work on these, they work great. I can recommend them!

  15. Where else can you get new Makarov mags? Nowhere I've found... review by Benjamin on 12/22/2012
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    Pretty close copy of the original, I had to put them side by side to find any differences. The little level to push the spring down sticks out a little more than on the originals and causes the mags to not fall freely from my Bulgarian when released, but a little bending and/or filing should take care of that easily. Also, the catch on the mag is not quite the same shape as the originals and causes slightly more vertical play when inserted. Cycling some snap caps by hand showed no feeding issues and tugging on the mag didn't pull it out either; the original mags have some play too so you wouldn't notice the difference unless doing a side-by-side comparison. Good luck finding original mags anywhere, and if you do they will be twice the price of these and in short supply. That makes these an awesome buy, and I'm thankful that somebody is making these!

  16. They don't work out of the box review by Jonathan on 12/18/2012
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    The price on these is just too good to pass up. I ordered two of these, and even shipped, they cost less than I can find a magazine for around my town. However, neither Makarov magazine worked out of the box in my Bulgie. One magazine's feed lips were too sharp, no matter what I did I couldn't get it to feed a single consecutive shot without a failure drill. The other magazine cycles fine, but on both of them the part of the magazine follower that protrudes to help in loading the magazine is too long and that makes the magazines a beast to try to remove from the gun. The finish on these is nice, and the materials look adequate, and the price is literally a bargain, but just plan to work on these for some time in order to make them functional. And I still wouldn't trust my life with these mags, they are just range toys. I will keep my two original surplus mags for self defense purposes. I will update after I put a hundred rounds through each and maybe my review will change (hopefully! I wish I could order about ten more of these)

  17. Makarov Mag review by Brian on 12/18/2012
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    These are very good high quality mags. I will be buying more.

  18. Makarov Mag review by Brian on 12/17/2012
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    This is the best mag I have found for the money. I have used both mags I bought extensively. No problems at all. Great spring tension and very well made overall.

  19. Buy them review by ZeroDarkThirty on 12/16/2012
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    Had zero failures to feed or eject on the two I bought. Using in an older Bulgie that was from PW ARMS.

  20. Watch the video, this is how mine work too review by Dustin on 12/16/2012
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    After waiting almost a year for these to come back in stock, they came and I shot them this weekend. Shoots just like what the video shows. No issues.

    The spring on the clips seems to be very strong, much stronger than the magazine that came with my gun.

  21. Flawless performance after first 2 mags... review by Rick R. on 12/16/2012
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    I would say these magazines are perfect. I have over 600 rounds through the four I got since receiving them.

    The only issue I had was it seemed like there was a break in period for the first two mag cycles. The first two times it took racking the slide to get the first round to chamber on a full magazine. After firing two full clips of ammo, this has not happened again on any of the magazines.

    Would buy these again if I needed magazines for this, and at this point who knows if we will be able to buy anything in the future.

  22. I was very excited to receive these magazines, as they aren't easy to come by review by Derek on 12/15/2012
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    I was very excited to receive these magazines, as they aren't easy to come by. Out of the box they look great but all four that I purchased have too long a pin sticking out from the side of the follower, causing them to get stuck in the pistol on the underside of the slide lock. Firing causes the magazine to partially eject and 3 of the 4 mags have too sharp a lip on the inside of the casing before the follower and ramp, causing the brass to get hung up. I'm sure with some filing down of the lip and the pin these might be very functional, but I could not count on these mags to save a life.

  23. Back buying more of them review by Robert on 11/30/2012
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    Other than the easily scratched finish, these are great!
    Been using 2 in a hi-cap for a year now, NO failures to feed, a problem I had with milspec mags.
    So I'm back for more at this price.

  24. Bought 2 about a year ago.. review by chris on 11/29/2012
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    Bought 2 about a year ago.. Kept loaded for six months. no misfires, and have 300 rounds apiece. Great Product. Great Company!

  25. Just like the original review by Brent on 8/8/2012
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    The magazine functions as well as my original Bulgarian Makarov magazine. Thanks, it is a good value!!

  26. Very good review by Robert on 2/7/2012
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    Using 2 of these in a modified hi-cap. Works well.
    My only complaint is the painted finish, which scratches up easily. Not a big problem, when it get bad enough, I'll strip and blue them.

    Would recommend them.

  27. works great,will get more of same kind.Russian mak. review by Chad on 11/9/2011
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    this is a good clip and the best thing about it is the little thumbnail lever on the side that allows you to bring it down as you load shell into it.You can relieve the tension on the spring with thumb lever and the shells will fall right out instead of pushing each one out to empty clip,nice.only holds 8 shells though.one of the only down thing about the firearm,all in all I really like it and will get as many as I can.

  28. great clip.want more like this one. review by Chad on 11/9/2011
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    this is a good clip and the best thing about it is the little thumbnail lever on the side that allows you to bring it down as you load shell into it.You can relieve the tension on the spring with thumb lever and the shells will fall right out instead of pushing each one out to empty clip,nice.only holds 8 shells though.one of the only down thing about the firearm,all in all I really like it and will get as many as I can.

  29. These are pretty good mags. review by Killer B on 10/15/2011
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    I own three Makarovs and these mags work great in all three. One does not seem to like to hold the slide back 100% on my Bulgy, but same mag holds the slide back 100% on my Russian and E.G. So who knows.

    I would buy again. Mak mags used to be everywhere, now its a challenge finding any.

  30. use in high-cap makarov OK! review by brad s. on 10/12/2011
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    Magazine works flawlessly in my IJ70-AH high cap pistol. There's a little slop in the magwell, which is normal when using a standard mag in the high cap Makarov. Locks the slide back every time!

  31. near flawless review by ruskie mak on 9/12/2011
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    After running roughly 100 rounds through my Russian IJ-70, the mag feeds perfectly, inserts more smooth than my mil-surp mag, and even survived the "get it full of sand and dirt and see if she still works" test.
    My only complaint is that I've noticed that the slide doesn't lock back with this magazine, upon inspection and comparison with my mil-surp mag, it seems the follower on this magazine seems to be more rounded. Doesn't seem to have the sharp drop in front that the factory one does. Maybe a bit of filing will perfect this otherwise near flawless magazine.

  32. How could you go wrong? review by survivalist27 on 8/30/2011
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    I have bought one of these magazines so far and was just on this page to purchase my next 2. I have an IMEZ Makarov (military surplus) and couldn't find extra magazines ANYWHERE. I found these guys on gunbroker.com and came to check out there website which i love. The magazine is sturdy as a mofo and it even comes with an extra spring which made me happy. The magazine is very hard to load the first time due to the strength of the spring but after leaving it loaded in the case for the last month and a half it has loosened a bit. The one thing that worried me at first was the spring being to snug to the side of the magazine for it to push the rounds up but after loading it and emptying it about 5 times and then using some hoppe's lubricant it works and operates beautifully. Would definitely recommend them.

  33. excellent review by yourfns on 5/26/2011
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    Why did I buy all those other mags from other sources. Fit and function are perfect plus they come with an extra power spring. Cant wait to get the 45 acp mag. The only downside is they don't make mags for every gun on the market. PLEASE make some for the CZ 50/70!

  34. Works great, good price! review by Mak Owner on 4/6/2011
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    I have a Bulgy Makarov and these magazines work flawlessly. Not a single failure of any sort so far, about 100 rds in. They're also cheaper than used milsurp magazines for the same gun, which is awesome. Highly recommend!

  35. Works perfect in my East German review by CA Makguy on 3/25/2011
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    This magazine works perfectly in my East German. Have shot at least 500rds through it. Locks the slide back on the last round and it inserts east into the gun.

    Looks like a Wolf spring in here, so I'm sure this will outlast my mil-surp mag springs.

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Product Questions

Is this mag. functional in the IJ-17A. 380 Markarov?
Yes, this magazine will work in the IJ-17A Makarov in either 9x18 or .380ACP.
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