Baikal MP-654K Special Edition (Makarov)

 


Makarov PMM (9 mm)

Info:
Manufacturer/Model:
Baikal (IZH) MP-654K Special Edition
Replica Of:
Makarov semi-auto PMM (9x18)
Made In:
Russia
Caliber/Ammunition/Feed:
177, lead BBs, 13-shot magazine
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Accessories:
rubber grips, extra magazine

Recommended Pellet or BB:
Gamo Round lead balls and Daisy Avanti steel BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.66, 6.25
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
steel, blued, wood
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
3.88, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
DA/SA
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
>12 (DA), 6.3 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, adjustable for windage only
Velocity (fps):
380
Sound Level (dB):
101
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1996 - present (U.S. importation stopped in 2001)
Condition/Manual/Box:
95%, yes, yes
Serial Number:
 T00100980B
 
Comments: This pistol is manufactured in Russia from the same blank as the Makarov firearm. The Makarov was the standard military/police sidearm in Russia (and the former Soviet Union) since the 1950's. It is manufactured in Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Germany. The BATFE stopped importation of the air pistol in 2001 because of concerns that it could be converted to use .22 cal rim fire ammunition. Interestingly, the 9 mm firearm is still imported to the U.S. but the CO2 airgun is not. The MP-654K can shoot both steel and lead BBs. However, since its barrel is rifled, lead BBs are the preferred ammunition. Gamo round balls work well, but you must carefully select ones that fit easily into the magazine. This gun has a very heavy DA and SA trigger and the safety is difficult to engage and disengage. However, it is very "pointable" and fun to shoot as a plinker but not very good for target shooting. It makes an excellent "trainer" for those who own the corresponding firearm. The Special Edition version of the Baikal Makarov has wood grips and uses an Allen screw to tighten the CO2 cylinder. This give the Special Edition a very realistic appearance. The Baikal MP-654K, along with the Baikal MP-656K and the Hyde Automatic, are currently the only production air pistols ever made from converted firearms.

Pyramyd Air Report on the Makarov MP654K.
Makarov Web site with information on the Baikal MP-654K.
Airguns That Look Like Firearms by Tom Gaylord.
Baikal MP-654K Web Page

Performance (lead BBs): Measurements were made on 10/15/09 at a temperature of 68 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Gamo lead roundballs (8.0 gr). The highest velocity measured was 355 fps, the lowest was 309 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 329 fps, s = 16). An eight shot string shot with open sights grouped at 0.63". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.

Performance (steel BBs): Measurements were made on 5/11/10 at a temperature of 74 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr). The highest velocity measured was 387 fps, the lowest was 352 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 371 fps, s = 12). A six shot string fired with open sights grouped at 0.58". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.

Accuracy tests were also performed using RWS BBs as well as Crosman Copperhead BBs. The RWS BBs produced a six shot group measuring 0.93" and the Crosman BBs produced a six shot group measuring 1.25".
 


 
Right Profile:

 
Front View:

 
Right Side Markings:

 
Left Side Markings: This specimen of the Baikal MP-654K has matching serial numbers on the slide, frame, magazine, and box.

       


 
Rear View: The rear sight can be adjusted for windage by drifting the sight left/right in the dovetail.

           


 
Slide Lock View:

 
Loading BBs: BBs are inserted in the hole at the top of the magazine while holding down the follower spring (there is no detent to hold the follower in place while loading). Lead BBs are the preferred ammo for this airgun since it has a rifled steel barrel but steel BBs work well too. Most lead BBs, such as those from H&N and Beeman, are too large to fit into the magazine but Gamo lead BBs work well. However, to prevent jamming, only lead BBs that fit easily through the loading hole should be used. As a further precaution against jamming, load a steel BB into the magazine first and then load no more than seven lead BBs.

 
Loading CO2: The CO2 cylinder is punctured by turning the allen screw on the bottom of the magazine.


 

Packaging: The Baikal Makarov Special Edition comes with both wooden grips and rubber grips. It also comes with a wrench for tightening the CO2 cylinder, a small package of steel BBs, and extra valve seals. Even though the gun is shipped with steel BBs, only lead BBs should be used to avoid damage to the rifled barrel.

 

 

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