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Pistol Makarov 9 mm - Classification: Manufacturer Allocation

Marks on the Weapon

The fastest way to allocate a weapon to the particular manufacturer occurs by using the country-specific marks. Most of them are engraved on pistols produced before 1990. The following listed marks are to find on the left side of the frame above the grip. Exceptions are the guns from Suhl, Germany. There, the marks are graved on the right from the safety lever and up front of the frame.

Proof marks:

Arsenal, BulgariaBaikal, RussiaNorinco, ChinaArmories Suhl, Germany
Pistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Arsenal, BulgariaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Baikal, RussiaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Norinco, ChinaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Armories Suhl, Germany
Pistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Arsenal, BulgariaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Baikal, RussiaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Norinco, ChinaPistol Makarov 9 mm - Proof Marks Armories Suhl, Germany
Height: 5 mmHeight: 5 mmHeight: approximately 5 mmHeight: 3 mm

Other identifiers on the weapon:

Arsenal, BulgariaBaikal, RussiaNorinco, ChinaArmories Suhl, Germany
arsenalBaikalNorincoErnst Thälmann Fabrik
mod. MAKAROV cal. 9x18Baikal-442Model 59Ernst Thälmann
MAKAROV CAL. 9x18IzhmechMADE IN CHINASIMSON SUHL/THüR
MADE IN BULGARIAIMEZ SIMSON SUHL
 IMZ MAKAROV 9x18mm
 Izhmekh MADE IN GERMANY
 MADE IN RUSSIA  
 IJ-70  
 IJ70  
 Izh-70  
 Cal.380 ACP  
 Cal. 9mm Makarov  

Serial numbers:

Arsenal, BulgariaBaikal, RussiaNorinco, ChinaArmories Suhl, Germany
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 $ $$ #### V######
 $$## ######
 ### ## #####  

Note: Except for the armories in Suhl, all manufacturer used Cyrillic characters on a case-by-case basis. The "V" stands for a test series (German: "Versuchsserie"). This character was used 1995 for only 16 pistols.

Specials

Pistols with adjustable sights are produced by Baikal. The same is to mention for pistols with ten or twelve bullets.

Norinco assembles grips with 5 (one great and 4 small) stars:
Pistole Makarov 9 mm - grip Norinco, China

Models which provide the possibility to manipulate the slide in locked state (safety lever horizontal) derive from Suhl. Often a woman who forges a sword is pictured on the slide. In the anvil is the word "Suhl" graved. The grips are usually made with black plastics.