The East German, Russian and Bulgarian models are actual makarov's. Other guns in 9x18 are not true makarov's[...]
Steelheart's right and I'll add that the Chinese is also a "real Makarov". (For the purist, Russian military issue is the only true Pistolet Makarova
My take is this.
The Russians made a finely machined commercial Mak with adjusatble sights, but with a lesser finish.
The Bulgarians made a good showing with a nicely done machining/finishing combination.
(It should be noted that the commercial Russian "IZH-70
" is the only one with an adjustable sight. I prefer the Bulgarian with the fixed [if tiny] blade.)
The Chinese cranked out an "acceptable" product that looked good, but failed the collectors critical eye. Some of the traditionally machined parts were stamped and the finishes were inconsistent.
Hey. They work. It's puzzing to me that these should be among the most costly. Probably due to availability. They're rare.
The East German Mak... Ah! Now there's a Mak. Not the coveted Russian PM
, but -- in terms of Makarov pistols -- a fine specimen. Good condition pieces will tend to have a deep, dark blued finish, finely crafted machining with well-finished machine marks (if any can be found), and (if I'm any judge) a buttery smooth action.
All that blathering said, I like the Bulgarian Makarov for my money. Of good quality, it will serve me well as a daily carry or truck gun that cares little of dings and scratches. They're plentiful. And the cost is low. ($200 would be my top end for an absolutely excellent condition [perhaps even non-issued] Bulgie Mak.)