Pistol Magazines

One of a series

Femaru Assembly

The Femaru-Fegyver, better known as the Hungarian P37, is an extremely well-made little blowback automatic. It is compact, simple, and rugged, and is generally found in .380 ACP or .32 ACP cal. It features a grip safety and an excellent takedown system. The finger extension on the magazine is standard equipment and gives the gun a very comfortable grip.

Makarov Magazine Extension

Like the rest of the gun, the magazine is heavily made. The floorplate is' machined from a solid piece, and is usually engraved as shown.

Makarov Mag Finger Rest

The most distinctive feature of the magazine is the heavy guide rib found on the left side. This guides a projection on the magazine follower, and also guides the magazine into the grip.— E. J. HOFFSCHMIDT

Soviet Service Pistols

What handgun is now standard in the Soviet Service? 1 understand that the Tokarev 7.62 mm. automatic pistol has been replaced.

Answer: The standard Soviet Service handgun is currently the Makarov (PM) 9 mm. automatic pistol introduced after World War II. This blowback-operated arm is named after its designer. (PM) in the designation thus stands for Pistolet Makarov (Makarov Pistol).

Generally similar in appearance and basic design to the German Walther Model PP pistol, the Makarov has a double-action lock mechanism with exposed hammer. A safety pivoted on the left of the slide is on safe when horizontal. This pistol, unlike the Walther PP. is equipped with a thumb-operated slide stop, its magazine release is on the bottom of the handle, and it has a flat hammer spring. The one-piece checkered plastic grip extends around the rear of the receiver. Barrel length is 3.83", and weight unloaded is 25 ozs. The magazine holds eight rounds.

Another Soviet Service handgun introduced after World War II is the Stechkin (APS) 9 mm. machine pistol, a blowback-operated arm. It was issued in limited numbers, but is now obsolete. However, it is presumed to be in use by border guard and security police units.

Considerably larger than the Makarov, the Stechkin has a five-inch barrel and a 20-round staggercd-column detachable magazine. This selective-fire pistol has a change lever combined with the safety on the left of the slide. It is also furnished with a detachable shoulder stock that can be used as a holster. Weight unloaded with stock is 3.92 lbs.

With shoulder stock attached, the Stechkin is capable of very good accuracy up to about 150 yds. It is doubtful, however, if the full-automatic capability has any practical value beyond 25 yds.

Both the Makarov and Stechkin fire a 9 mm. straight-case rimless cartridge approximately midway between the .380 ACP and 9 mm. Luger in size and power. Muzzle velocity of the round-nose 94-gr. jacketed bullet is approximately 1070 feet per second (f.p.s.) fired from the Makarov, and about 1100 f.p.s. fired from the Stechkin.—L.O.

Aps Stechkin

Stechkin (APS) 9 mm.

machine pistol.

automatic pistol.

Stechkin Pistolet
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