Makarov PMM (9 mm)
Made in Taiwan for Umarex, Makarov
Makarov semi-auto PMM (9x18)
177, steel BBs, 18-shot magazine
CO2, 12 g Powerlet (use seamless-neck cartridges)
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr)
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
metal, blue-black paint, plastic
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled: 3.50, steel, no
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable: 8.63 (DA), 8.80 (SA), no
Velocity (fps): 380
Sound Level (dB):
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in):
Manufactured Dates: 2009 - present
98%, yes, yes
This pistol is manufactured in Taiwan for Umarex.
is a faithful replica of the original Russian Makarov service
It is all metal except for the plastic grips. It has the usual
fine painted finish typical of Umarex's higher quality guns. The
thumb safety and magazine release work the same as on the
firearm, but the mag release is located in front of the magazine
instead of behind it. The slide can be moved back and forth by
hand, but the pistol does not employ blowback. The slide lock
lever is molded into the frame and is simply cosmetic. The grips
slide toward the rear to gain access to the CO2
chamber. While this is a convenient way to load/unload CO2
cartridges, sliding grips like these have a tendency to move
around when firing the pistol. When loading CO2
cartridges, use the narrow neck variety (Umarex, Gamo, Daisy)
instead of Crosman-style cartridges and make sure the cartridge
is centered before tightening the piercing screw. Crosman-style
cartridges (those with a seam around the neck) don't seat very
well in this gun. The cartridge piercing screw has a spring on
the tab to keep the tab flat against the bottom of the grip.
This gives the gun a cleaner and more realistic appearance. The
Umarex Makarov has a smooth double-action trigger with a good
release. In single-action mode, there is some creep in the
second stage. Interestingly,
trigger pull is a little heavier in SA mode than in DA mode.
When used with the proper BBs (Daisy Avanti BBs work very well),
this air pistol is capable of producing very tight groups -- the
best I have seen in a smooth-bore BB pistol. This is at least
partly due to the consistent shot-to-shot velocities produced by
this gun. When compared to the only other Makarov replica
available, the Baikal MP-654K, the Umarex is more accurate and
easier to use. However, the MP-654K is a more faithful replica
since it is made from some of the same parts as the original
firearm. The Umarex Makarov is one of the best CO2-powered
BB pistols currently on the market.
Pyramyd Air Report
- Part 1 on the Makarov by Umarex.
Pyramyd Air Report
- Part 2 on the Makarov by Umarex.
Pyramyd Air Report
- Part 3 on the Makarov by Umarex.
Measurements were made on
6/22/09 at a temperature of 75 ºF and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired
from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr).
In double-action mode, the highest velocity measured was 386 fps, the lowest was 370 fps
(average of the 10-shot string was 378 fps, s = 5). In
single-action mode, the highest velocity was 391, the lowest was
378 (average of the 10-shot string was 385 fps, s = 4). A six shot string
shot with open sights grouped at 0.44". (The best group I
could get with Crosman Copperhead BBs was 0.85"). Click the thumbnail below to see a
larger image of the group shot with Daisy Avanti BBs.
here for a description of the measurement methods.
Front View: Although it looks real, the slide lock lever is cast
into the frame and is non-functional.
Right Side Markings:
Left Side Markings:
Take Down: To disassemble the
Makarov, first make sure that the CO2
cylinder has been removed and then cock the hammer. Next, pull
down on the trigger guard and move the slide back and up.
Reassemble in reverse order, making sure that the trigger guard
is held down.
Loading BBs: BBs are inserted into the top of the
magazine. The follower spring has a
detent to hold the follower in place while loading. Daisy Avanti BBs will produce very tight groups with this gun.
Push the mag release forward to
free the magazine.
The grips slide rearward to load CO2
cartridges. Use cartridges with a seamless neck to get a better
Comparison with MP-654K: Both guns
are excellent replicas of the original Makarov firearm, but the
MP-654K with its blued steel slide is more realistic. The finish
on the Umarex Makarov is very well done, but it still looks like
a paint job instead of blued steel. The Umarex Mak has a smooth
bore and shoots steel BBs. The Baikal Mak has a rifled barrel
and shoots .177 lead balls. In 2009, the Umarex Mak sold for $69
while the Baikal Mak had an average auction price of $275.
Right side view of both Makarov
The packaging is nicely done, especially the inclusion of a
brief history of the Makarov firearm on which this air pistol is