Russian arms and ammunition have not been
imported into the U.S. since the Obama administration but a
few of these pistols have slipped through over the past few
This one is in very good/excellent condition
inside and out. The markings include the stamping of "East
Germany" as well as the bisected triangle within a circle
which designates Russia as the country of manufacture. It is
also dated 1983. The bluing is a bit worn from use and
holster wear but the bore is excellent. The plastic grips
are very good with no chips or cracks.
This gun comes with an extra magazine and the
original holster with cleaning rod attached.
Ironically, a number of Russian-made Makarov
9mm pistols inadvertently entered the United States between
1998 and 2009 and have become known as the “sneak” Makarovs.
These pistols were imported from Bulgaria and East Germany
and were marked with the country of origin, as each of these
nations obtained a quantity of the Russian-made versions in
the 1970s and ‘80s as supplementary arms to make up for
shortages in their ordnance inventories. Apparently, some of
these Russian versions were mixed in and marked with the
aforementioned two countries as the origin of manufacture
until close BATF inspection revealed the Russian Izhevsk
Triangle cartouche on some of the pistols. These are rather
desirable on the collector’s market because of this import
FFL or C&R required.