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The Makarov safety, located within the slide of the Makarov adjacent the firing pin, is an unissued surplus safety.
The Makarov safety is not unlike other typical slide-mounted manual safeties. When in the up position, the safety is engaged. When in the down position, the safety is disengaged and the pistol is ready for fire. When engaged, the safety serves as a hammer block, physically blocking the hammer from dropping on the firing pin. Additionally, the safety serves to hold the free-floating firing pin in place. Care should be taken not to misplace the firing pin with the safety is removed.
The Makarov safety, like all of our spare and replacement parts for the Makarov, are unused parts that were obtained from a spare parts inventory in Germany. All spare and replacement parts for the Makarov sold by Keepshooting.com are interchangeable in all Makarov pistols. These parts are not compatible with the Polish P-64 or the Hungarian PA-63.
Spare and replacement parts are an important consideration when it comes to firearms. Like any machine, firearms rely on a series of parts to function properly, especially all components that impact the firing sequence. In general, if a part breaks or fails, a repair or replacement becomes immediately necessary – not only to keep a firearm functioning properly but also to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.
It is also important to consider availability when discussing spare and replacement parts. At this time, Keepshooting.com is seeking to provide our customers with a wide selection of spare and replacement parts for the Makarov. Several brand new parts are now readily available on our website at an affordable price. If you have any need or desire for spare or replacement parts, now would be a good time to take advantage of this offering.
Though you may not be inclined to celebrate any manual thumb safety on a pistol, the Makarov safety is actually quite necessary as it holds the free-floating firing pin in place. As such, you should always keep a spare on hand – just in case. Grab your spare Makarov safety today.