The items on this page were either available at one time on the US surplus market or, in some cases, were never available. We list them for the sake of completeness and to give collectors an overview of what may be out there.
Camouflage Belt Holsters - Wearing the issue belt holster in the field is a dead giveaway, so the East
Germans used this camouflage holster in the typical "rain drop" pattern. Fit
any country Makarov including the high-capacity Russian, and featured a pocket
for a second 8-round magazine and a quick release flap opening.
Shoulder Holsters. Can't you just picture
Staatssicherheits (Stasi) agents wearing these under trench coats? Made of a
blonde leather holster, adjustable cotton straps with elastic ends, leather
spare mag holder, and suspender-like clip belt fasteners. The problem with the
picture on the left from a catalog is that the model is wearing it incorrectly.
There should never be a strap across the chest or stomach. A reader had this additional information:
[The holster] can be used okay for concealed carry if the second (non-holster) loop is worn behind the neck and around the right shoulder. The Sportsman's Guide photo shows it worn incorrectly. Mine has a white top liner to protect the pistol from sweat!
There's also an interesting variation that used yellow plastic flaps. Presumably this was done to cut down on leather use.
There's also one other problem with these holsters: They were not actually made for the Makarov. These were actually designed for the Czech CZ-50 (even though most vendors sold them as Makarov shoulder holsters), they were a bit small. However, this could be rectified by the following procedure (yes, we've done this!).
Instructions for Wet-Molding the CZ-50 Shoulder Holster for use with a
The resulting holster will be custom-molded to your pistol. This is what the manufacturers of expensive leather rigs do as well!
We used to carry these, but they're all gone. These made East German made. If you can find some, they are worth it just for the collectible status. Here are some pictures:
OK, so you probably won't be able to find this, but it's interesting nonetheless. If you do find an original one, BUY IT!!!. For reference, the East German kits (when they can be found...and we've never seen one) reportedly fetch in excess of $2500!
See also the picture on the pictures page.
If you bought a Makarov and are totally lost with it, be safe and read
before you shoot. If you've lost yours, click
here to see our scanned copy of my Russian Mak manual. It has all the
relevant parts in it, even though some of the translation could use some work.
Original pistol manuals looked like this:
Miller Makarov Extractor Tool - Made removing and installing the extractor on the Makarov a simple and painless job. The design features a replaceable tip that comes from the commonly found Makarov cleaning rod. These are no longer available.
Makarov IJ-70 Takedown Tool - This tool was included with many IJ-70 Russian Makarovs. The original function of each tip is not documented. However, some functions can be inferred, such as screwdriver for the grip screw, firing pin removal, and extractor removal.
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