Baikal MP-654K (Makarov)


Makarov PMM (9 mm)

Info:
Manufacturer/Model:
Baikal (IZH) MP-654K
Replica Of:
Makarov semi-auto PMM (9x18)
Made In:
Russia
Caliber/Ammunition/Feed:
177, lead BBs, 13-shot magazine
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Accessories:
None
Recommended Pellet or BB: Gamo .177 Round lead balls
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
1.8, 6.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
steel, blued, rubber
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
3.8, steel, yes
Trigger Action:
DA/SA
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
>12 (DA), 7.3 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fixed
Velocity (fps):
380
Sound Level (dB):
101
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1996 - present (U.S. importation stopped in 2001)
Condition/Manual/Box:
90%, yes, yes
Serial Number:
 9835169B
 
Comments: This pistol is manufactured in Russia from the same blank as the Makarov firearm. The Makarov has been the standard military/police sidearm in Russia (and the former Soviet Union) since the 1950's. It is manufactured in Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Germany. The BATFE stopped importation of the air pistol in 2001 because of concern it could be converted to use .22 cal rimfire ammunition (conversion kits were supposedly available over the Internet). Because the pistol was made from firearm parts, BATFE required that the end of the barrel be painted orange. Interestingly, the 9 mm firearm is still imported to the U.S. but the CO2 airgun is not. While the airgun shoots BBs, its barrel is rifled so only lead BBs should be used. Gamo round balls work well, but you must carefully select ones that fit easily into the magazine. This gun has a very heavy DA and SA trigger and the safety is difficult to engage and disengage. However, it is very "pointable" and fun to shoot as a plinker but not very good for target shooting. It makes an excellent "trainer" for those who own the corresponding firearm.

Pyramyd Air Report on the Makarov MP654K.
Makarov Web site with information on the Baikal MP-654K.
Airguns That Look Like Firearms by Tom Gaylord.
Baikal MP-654K Web Page

Performance: Measurements were made on 7/16/06 at a temperature of 83 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Gamo lead roundballs (8.0 gr). The highest velocity measured was 390 fps, the lowest was 340 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 367 fps). A seven shot string shot with open sights grouped at 1.07". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


 

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Loading BBs: BBs are inserted in the hole at the top of the magazine while holding down the follower spring (there is no detent to hold the follower in place while loading). Lead BBs are the preferred ammo for this airgun since it has a rifled steel barrel. Gamo lead BBs work well, but only BBs that fit easily through the loading hole should be used to prevent jamming.
Loading CO2:

Packaging: The Baikal Makarov come with a small package of steel BBs. However, only lead BBs should be used to avoid damage to the rifled barrel.

 

 

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