Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Makarov PM Darra copy

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Makarov PM Darra copy


about 2011

Object Number



Gifted by the Ministry of Defence, February 2016

Physical Description

This Pakistani or Afghani copy or refurbished Makarov PM is a medium-size pistol with a straight blowback action and is of all steel construction with a frame-fixed barrel. In a blowback designs such as this, the only force holding the slide closed is that of the recoil spring wrapped around the barrel; as a consequence upon firing the barrel and slide do not have to unlock. Blowback designs are simple and more accurate than designs using a recoiling, tilting, or articulated barrel, but they are limited practically by the need to have weight in the slide. The 9×18mm cartridge (Russian designation: 57-N-181S) around which this pistol was designed provides enough energy to action the blowback design. The PM is heavy for its size, largely because of the heavy slide which is needed to provide greater inertia to delay the opening of the breech until internal pressures have fallen to a safe level. The Makarov design is widely regarded as particularly well balanced. The slide also has a full- length textured anti-glare strip on the top
In concept the Makarov PM is a very simple pistol, the designer Makarov and his team, during development, drastically simplified the construction of the pistol, improving its reliability and reducing the number of parts to an astonishing 27, not including the magazine.
The non-chrome-lined, 4-groove, right hand twist, 9.27mm (true calibre) barrel is pressed and pinned to the frame through a precision-machined ring. There should a 7kg rated recoil spring that wraps around the barrel which also acts as the spring guide.
The front sight is integrally machined into the slide. The fixed rear sight is dovetailed into the slide. The extractor is of an external spring-loaded type. The breech face is deeply recessed in order to improve extraction and ejection reliability. The stamped sheet steel slide-lock lever has an internal tail serving the additional purpose of an ejector. The one-piece, wraparound bakelite or later plastic grip is reinforced with steel inserts and has a detent inside the screw bushing preventing unscrewing during firing. There is an impressed 5 pointed star within a circle on each side of the grip. A lanyard ring is affixed on the left side of the grip.
The sheet-metal mainspring housed inside the grip operates the hammer, the trigger and the disconnector, and its lower end is the heel and spring of the magazine catch. The sear spring also serves a dual purpose by operating the slide-lock lever.
The Model PM has a free-floating triangular shaped firing pin, with no firing pin spring or firing pin block.
This example has engraved serial numbers which are 3mm in size instead of 4mm, the quality of the engraving is also suspect. There is also no evidence of inspection stamps.
All of the Pakistani or Afghani copy or refurbished Makarov PMs seem to be dated 1991, clearly a spurious date.


Moulded, Forged, Cast



OverallHeight125 mm
OverallLength163 mm
OverallWeight0.725 kg
BarrelLength93 mm


Serial Number RC7315


9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Makers Marks
Engraved on the left side is the serial number, precede by two cyrilic letters (one spurious, there is no cyrilic letter R) and a bisected triangle within a circle, followed by a date
on the left side of the frame