I saw some pictures of an 80 round makarov magazine at http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2...akarov-pistol/ Does anyone have any other information about this, or by chance could identify the drum used? I think this would be interesting to make.
Here is the article and pictures.
Eighty Round Magazine For Makarov Pistol
Posted November 6, 2013 in Pistols by Steve Johnson with 51 Comments
Tags: Makarov, pistol, russia
A Russian inventor has developed an eighty round 9x18mm magazine for the Makarov PM pistol. He writes (in Russian) that the Makarov is still in use by police in Russia not because they cannot afford new pistols but because the Makarov is genuinely loved. He says the problem with them is that standard magazine only holds eight rounds and extended magazines only hold up 12 rounds. Twelve rounds is not a lot by todays standards, especially when you consider that the 9x18mm is about 30% less powerful than a 9x19mm NATO. His solution was to develop a drum magazine that holds eighty rounds.
On a side note, the 9x18mm, despite being almost 50 years younger than the 9mm Luger/Parabellum, was intentionally designed to be anemic because the Soviet Army wanted a simple blowback pistol with a fixed barrel.
Many thanks to Val for the tip.