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Ok - got my Bulgy Mak on Thursday and picked up some Wolf el cheapo ammo to run through it tommorrow. As far as I can tell I got all of the greasy crap out of it (really wasn't coated TOO bad).

I'm wondering to what to expect tommorrow. Could I have possibly have missed an area for cleanup so that I'll get a FTF tommorrow?

Any other Mak owners have any problems first range session after purchase then cleaning?
 

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Outside's not important, get all the gunk out of the inside. You should detail strip the beast.
My East German is near-on 100% after about 3000 rnds.
 

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How about the firing pin tunnel?

Yes, definitely detail strip, Makarov.com's got the detail strip instructions. Just be sure and always have the safety in the down "fire" position any time you take the slide off for cleaning or reassembling. Also, don't pull the slide back on an empty magazine and lock the slide and then put the safety on. Letting the slide go forward that way will damage something. The only time the safety should be put on (the up position) is when the slide is forward in the firing "round chambered" position. [Yes, you must go up through the "safe" position and beyond to remove the safety with the slide removed from the frame]

Naturally, putting the safety on with the hammer down locks the hammer and slide. Putting the safety on with the hammer cocked decocks "drops" the hammer onto a block of steel.

The firing pin/tunnel only needs a little bit of lubrication.

I'd be more concerned with dud rounds with the Wolf ammunition. I've never shot any, that's what I'm hearing on John S. Farnam's website. http://www.defense-training.com/quips/quips.html

No problems with my first range session and after cleaning. I've only used Sellior & Bellot 95 gr. FMJ's so far. Also use standard 17# recoil spring.

Happy shooting! :)
 

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I've put 150 rounds through my Bulgarian Makarov, with no problems. The first 50 were Fiocchi 95 gr FMJ, the next 100 were Wolf 100 gr FMJ. I had one round that failed to fire but a second drop of the hammer fired it. The other 99 went BANG with no problems.

I had heard a lot of bad stuff about Wolf. That it smelled bad, it was really dirty, etc. I didn't notice any difference in the smell. It just smelled like gunpowder smoke. When I got the gun home and cleaned it, I ran the brush through it, then a solvent soaked patch. The first dry patch came out so clean, I thought something was wrong, and did it all over again. Apparently there wasn't. The next patches were clean too. So was the barrel.
 
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They are great pistols-the Russians simply do not know how to design pistols and long guns that are not reliable and simple.
 

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M2 Carbine - yeah I started yesterday with 100 rds. But soon as I have some time next weekend I will send alot more downrange.

I'm pleased that I got that Cosmoline junk off of it - at least yesterday there was no indication of any problems (ie fail to fies/feed/jams/etc) initially. 100 rounds is not definitive but (after initial cleaning) sure left me with a REAL positive impression of this pistol.
 
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