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    Default Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    Hello, I'm looking to buy a makarov, i'd like it in russian however im having a hard time finding it in 9x18Makarov I see them everywhere in .380 how hard is it to convert? i've heard it's just a simple barrel change but i don't want to buy into a 380 only to find out I cannot convert it, and it's not a job for a newbie to gunsmithing if anyone can recommend me a gunsmith i'd really appreciate it!

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    Conversion entails:

    1) Driving out the pin that retains the .380 barrel in the receiver.
    2) Using an arbor press, hydraulic press, or a beefy screw press made from two pcs of all thread and substantial crossmembers, press out the .380 barrel to the rear. Is sometimes helps to heat the round boss which locates the barrel in the frame. A press is a MUST; don't think you can use a BFH. Also, you need to construct some fixtures to support the frame and barrel correctly to prevent damage or distortion.
    3) Press in the 9x18 barrel.
    4) If it's a NOS barrel that's never been mounted, you will need to drill through the barrel shank for the retaining pin.
    5) Press in the pin.
    6) Reassemble.

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    Quote Originally Posted by Halycon View Post
    Hello, I'm looking to buy a makarov, i'd like it in russian however im having a hard time finding it in 9x18Makarov I see them everywhere in .380 how hard is it to convert? i've heard it's just a simple barrel change but i don't want to buy into a 380 only to find out I cannot convert it, and it's not a job for a newbie to gunsmithing if anyone can recommend me a gunsmith i'd really appreciate it!
    Not that hard to come by https://www.classicfirearms.com/maka...9x18-semi-auto

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    If you cant find a Makarov in 9x18 Makarov, you haven't been looking long enough.

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    I see way more 9x18's than 9mm Kurz.
    Last edited by RockIsland; May 15th, 2018 at 01:18 PM. Reason: Fucking autocorrect!

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    Quote Originally Posted by RockIsland View Post
    I see way mtr 9x18's than 9mm Kurz.
    Me too. I haven't seen one for sale in 380 here locally for a long time. Find the bulgarians quite a bit and the occasional Russian commercial.

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    I find bulgarians all the time in 9x18 , most of the Russian ones I see are typically in .380 granted i'm looking at local ad sites. Been meaning to call a store over in Bellefonte been there a few times and he's had them

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    Default Re: Converting makarov from 380 to 9x18 makarov

    The cased head/rim is also slightly bigger in dia so the breach face of the slide might need modification. .390 for 9mm Mak vs .371 for .380.
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