UtahCFP wrote:What does that hinged trigger guard do?
PrimarchBentley wrote:This is a "civvy" version of the Makarov. A real lesson in simplicity...
I'm not sure if the IJ70 has the free-floating firing pin like the Makarov. If so:
-It's highly recommended not to dry-fire it, with damage it can do to the firing pin and/or the firing pin hole.
-Also, keep the firing pin and channel free of dirty and grime; if it gets dirty enough, the firing pin can bind and you can find yourself experiencing slam fires.
-It's recommended not to oil the firing pin, as that tends to attract dust and other gunk.
-If you can shake the pistol and hear the firing pin rattle freely, you should be good to go. With care, I have yet to ever experience a slam fire with my Makarov, after years of ownership and use.
-Be very careful of drops. While the Bulgarion Makarov is rated "drop safe" by California, the free floating firing pin might have enough inertia in a muzzle-down drop to set off more sensitive primers.
Familiarize yourself with the floating firing pin, choose for yourself. After market firing pins w/ springs should be available.
If it has a firing spring already... just ignore the above and have fun. The fixed barrel tends to make these pistols nicely accurate.
Until I picked up something nicer (and by nicer, I mean my first gen CZ-75 ), the Makarov and PA-63 were on rotation for OC. I like the SA/DA action, the trigger pull isn't too bad, and I like the fact I can engage the manual safety w/ hammer down (I'd usually carry w/ the safety engaged). I tend to carry FMJs when it comes to .380s and 9mm Makarov, as I don't feel confident in reliable penetration (by FBI standards) in expanding rounds of those calibers. Research it, decide for yourself, YMMV. My Makarov will eat any brand of 9mm Mak I'd throw at it, even the nasty, cheap stuff; I'd imagine this would be similar. Being .380 instead of 9mm Makarov, you have more variety in ammo manufacturers to choose from. Personally, in .380 I tend towards Sellier&Bellot, due to my experience with them in 9mm Makarov (a very similar round).
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