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Replace Grips on Makarov

Updated on September 27, 2012
A Makarov featuring the original grips
A Makarov featuring the original grips | Source

Required Materials

  • Slotted Screwdriver
  • Replacement Grips

Makarov Overview

Brief History
The Makarov is one of the most popular handguns in the world. The simplicity of its design allows the firearm to be very durable and equally reliable. The pistol was developed in 1951 by the Soviet Union and remained in service until 1991. The Makarov is a solid firearm for target plinking, collecting and self-defense.

Standard and Aftermarket Grips
The standard grips on military-issue Makarovs are hard plastic and can feel a bit slim when handled by people with larger hands. A few companies, Pearce being one of the few, sell aftermarket rubber grips that provide excellent handling. Replacing or changing the grips can be performed very easily due to the pistol's simplicity.

Exposed frame after original grips are removed
Exposed frame after original grips are removed | Source

Replacing Makarov Grips

  1. Perform a safety check to make sure the pistol isn't loaded by removing the magazine and inspecting the chamber. Be aware of surroundings and other people and pets when operating a firearm, even when safely unloaded.
  2. Use a slotted screwdriver to remove the screw on the back, or spine, of the grip.
  3. Carefully slide the current grips away from the pistol frame.
  4. Slide the new grips on while keeping the threaded hole in the grips lined up with the threaded hole in the pistol frame.
  5. Replace the screw.
  6. Tighten the screw until snug, but do not over-tighten.
  7. The grips are now installed and ready to use.


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