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FOR MAKAROV ARTICLE PART 1 THROUGH 4 SEE PREVIOUS COMMENTARY - WHICH HAS PART 1 THROUGH 4...
FIRST - IS A MUST SEE VIDEO
MAKAROV PISTOL CONTINUED:
Makarov - Part 5
I have decided to write this continuation a little earlier than usual. I want to start this segment with a list of the Makarov parts so you can see what the Russian design engineers have accomplished with so few parts. This is remarkable.
Parts for the Makarov are as follows; ( I have used the non Russian model for this list, using fixed sights)
3. Extractor plunger
4. Extractor spring
5. Fixed rear sight
6. Firing pin
7. Thumb safety
8. Thumb safety detent spring
9. Recoil spring
10. Slide stop and ejector
13. Sear Spring
14. Trigger bar assembly
17. Trigger guard
18. Trigger guard pin
19. Trigger guard spring
20. Trigger guard spring plunger
21. Magazine assembly
23. Mainspring clamp
25. Grip bushing
26. Grip screw
27. Barrel pin
The following is the disassembly procedure for cleaning and field stripping.
You must always make sure the pistol is unloaded. Safety must come first, Always, repeat, Always remove the magazine before you rack the slide to empty the pistol of any cartridges.
You are going to pull the front portion of the trigger guard down and push it over very little to either side and let it rest on the frame while it remains in the down position. Now you will pull the slide all the way to the rear and lift up the back end of the rear of the slide and you will be able to now ease the slide slowly forward and off the frame. With the help of the recoil spring, it will have helped you guide the slide off the front of the barrel.
You can remove the recoil spring off the fixed barrel. To remove the grip off the frame you must remove the grip screw by turning it counter clockwise. When the screw has been removed, pull the one piece grip straight back off the frame.
YOU HAVE NOW FIELD STRIPPED THE MAKAROV PISTOL.
The Makarov can now be cleaned executing this procedure and no further disassembly is required for the average person that justs wants to clean and maintain their pistol by cleaning it and replacing the lubrication.
At this point I would clean everything using LPS MICRO X contact cleaner and when it is totally clean I would re lube all the contact and moving parts using Militec gun oil. Be sure to clean the chrome lined bore using the proper cleaning rod and jag. Use a bore cleaner and be sure all fouling is removed from the bore.
I use a VERY thin film of lithium base Militec grease on the rails. DO NOT APPLY ANY LUBRICANT OF ANY KIND ON THE BREECH FACE OR THE EXTRACTOR. Spray the Micro X cleaner into the magazine using the 5 inch red spout that comes with each can, until it runs clean. DO NOT PUT ANY LUBRICATION IN THE MAGAZINE.
If you have a blued pistol you can wipe it down with a Sentry Tuff Cloth that will prevent rust.
IN MY NEXT COMMENTARY I WILL TELL YOU HOW TO DETAIL STRIP THE ENTIRE PISTOL. I WILL GO SLOW AND I WILL BE VERY CLEAR SO YOU WILL UNDERSTAND EVERY THING IN DETAIL. I INTENTIONALLY LISTED ALL THE PARTS AND NUMBERED THEM, SO IN CASE I HAVE TO REFER TO THEM FOR CLARITY. THERE ARE VERY FEW SEMI AUTO PISTOLS THAT I KNOW OF WITH THIS FEW PARTS THAT HAVE BECOME SUCH A SUPER RELIABLE AND ACCURATE SEMI AUTO PISTOL THAT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE ENTIRE WORLD. NOW YOU SEE HOW VERY SMART THE RUSSIAN DESIGN ENGINEERS REALLY WERE...
Makarov - Part 6
I have decided to continue this very indepth commentary and cover all bases so that you will know how to completely disassemble the Makarov pistol and we will go thru the complete reassesmbly. I do not plan on going into this much detail on future commentaries because with out drawings to show you its very difficult on my part. You can be certain that even though this is a fairly inexpensive pistol with approx. 30 parts, it is an all time world classic. If you own one its a keeper.
The following is the detailed disassembly procedure;
As always make sure the pistol is empty, "BEFORE" you pull the slide back to check the chamber, remove the magazine. This is a standard safety rule of practice for all semi auto pistols. The mainspring clamp must be pushed down to remove it, the hammer must be rotated forward while doing this. If the mainspring clamp is too tight, use a nylon or brass punch and tap it using a small brass hammer. Be sure to cover it with your hand or it will go flying.
You can now remove the mainspring from the frame. Your next step is to release the sear spring off the slide stop using a very small screw driver. In order to remove the sear and the attached sear spring, rotate the sear forward and line up the flat end of the sear pin with the corresponding sear pin hole in the frame and you can remove it from the frame holes.
You will now remove the hammer by rotating it forward so that the ends of the hammer pin match up with the cutouts in the frame that hold the hammer pin. One end of the attached pin is flat, it is a keyed installation. It only goes in and out one way, similar to the sear and its attached pins. They are one piece designs.
To remove the trigger bar from the trigger, just lift the trigger bar out after separating it from the trigger. In order to remove the trigger from the frame, you must pull the trigger guard down, in the down position, much the same way as you did in the basic field stripping operation. Push the trigger forward and unhinge it and pull down out of its recess in the frame.
You have now removed everything out of the frame, except the trigger guard assembly. I see no reason to go any further and remove the trigger guard unless you are preparing to refinish the frame. If it must be removed, a pivot pin must be removed from the frame which includes a strong trigger guard spring and a pin.
I see no reason to remove the barrel. There is a special press fixture tool made by Federal Arms Company that will make this an easier operation.
Now you are ready to disassemble the slide. In order to remove the thumb safety, it must be rotated ALL the way up and it will match up with the cut out in the slide and you can easily remove it. To remove the firing pin, tilt the slide with the muzzle end up and it should drop right out.
To remove the extractor from the slide, I always tape the slide with masking tape to protect the finish around the extractor. I put the slide on my work towel and using a small screwdriver, depress the extractor plunger and while it is depressed you can rotate the extractor out. Now you can release the plunger and spring out of the extractor tunnel assembly of the slide. The slide is now fully stripped, except for the rear sight and there is no reason to remove the rear sight. If you have a Russian Makarov with the adjustable sight I suggest you leave it alone.
All you have left is the magazine assembly and you can remove the plate on the very bottom (magazine floor plate) , now you can remove the magazine spring and follower from the bottom of the magazine body.
This Part 6 concludes the complete stripping of this very good pistol that is a superb design using about 30 parts and springs.
Makarov - Part 7
THIS IS THE LAST SEGMENT OF THIS SERIES. We are finally finishing this commentary about a remarkable handgun. We are going to discuss reassembly.
Start with installing the extractor in the slide, install the extractor spring and plunger in the slide extractor tunnel. You must be sure the claw is facing the breech face as it appeared originally. Insert the extractor by pushing the spring detent pin, (using a small screwdriver) in while you rotate the extractor into place. Remember to use masking tape to protect the slide.
Now install the triangular firing pin, there is no firing pin spring. The rear of the firing pin has a cut out that must be aligned correctly in order to allow you to install the thumb safety. The thumb safety is inserted with the lever above the slide and when it is positioned correctly it can be rotated down into position. The internal spring wire on the inside of the thumb safety will mark the slide but this is normal and it can not be helped. The slide is now fully operational.
We now go to the frame and install the trigger, pull down the trigger guard and push it over to either side of the frame so it remains in the down position. With the trigger aligned correctly insert it in to its respective slot in the frame, move the trigger guard into its normal position, which locks the trigger in place. You can now move the trigger in the rear position and connect the front of the trigger bar pin into the hole in the trigger. The rear of the trigger bar is the hinged cocking lever which is installed into its recess in the right rear inner section of the frame below the area where the hammer will be installed.
To install the hammer with the trigger fully forward, insert the hammer pins in their respective open slots in the frame, the hammer must be rotated forward to line up these attached pins in the frame cuts.
You will now install the flat mainspring. The trigger must be fully forward and the cocking lever placed in its proper recess. Insert the dual flat mainspring into position in the rear opening in the frame. The thin leaf of the right side of the mainspring (looking from the rear) will rest on the cocking lever and the larger leaf of the main spring on the left side fits into the hollow recess in the bottom rear of the hammer. Align the hole in the mainspring into position on the raised boss on the back of the frame, and reinstall the mainspring clamp which secures it in place.
Now you will install the slide stop / ejector on the left side of the frame. You will install the sear and sear spring assembly with the slide stop / ejector in place. Install the pin on the spring side first then the other pin and rotate the sear and sear spring toward the hammer, the right attached pin is keyed and lines up with the opening in the frame to accept the sear pin. ALL REFERENCES I SPEAK OF ARE VIEWED FROM THE REAR. Use a small screwdriver and lift up the very end of the sear spring, which has a bend for this very purpose, over the slide stop / ejector where it remains.
Installing the one piece grip is done by sliding it into the rear of the frame. Install the grip screw thru the grip and turn it clockwise into the threaded hole into the frame. you must always check that the grip screw never goes in to deep in the magazine well or it will restrict the magazine.
You have now completed the installation of the frame and slide, and now you will install the recoil spring on the fixed barrel. Cock the hammer and leave it in the single action engagement. Pull the trigger guard down and push it to either side of the frame where it will stay temporarily. Insert the recoil spring into the slide guiding the barrel forward and pull the slide all the way back, raising the rear of the slide over the frame and push it down into position, allowing the slide to go fully forward into battery. Put the trigger guard back into its normal position.
The only thing left to reinstall are the magazine components. Insert the magazine follower into the magazine body and install the magazine spring. Be sure the magazine spring at the very top is angled with the high side under the front of the follower, you will now compress and captivate the magazine spring, protect your eyes, you will install the magazine floor plate exactly as it was originally by siding it into position.
Always check everything before you ever attempt to take anything apart. You should have an exploded drawing and a parts list of every gun you work on. In my case I often take pictures first or make hand made drawings when I do not have a second gun that is identical.
THIS CONCLUDES YOUR REASSEMBLY PROCEDURE AND ENDS THIS ENTIRE SERIES ON THE MAKAROV PISTOL. IT IS VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN ALL THIS IN WORDS AND I DOUBT I WILL DO ANOTHER COMMENTARY EXACTLY LIKE THIS BECAUSE IT MAY BE VERY BORING TO THOSE THAT ARE NOT INTERESTED IN COMPLETE DETAIL. THIS WAS A VERY DIFFICULT COMMENTARY FOR ME TO WRITE AND EXPLAIN. I GO THROUGH THIS WITH EVERY HANDGUN I WORK ON, AND THAT IS OVER 100 DIFFERENT MODELS.
YOU MUST READ PART 1 THROUGH 7 TO UNDERSTAND THIS ENTIRE SERIES OF COMMENTARIES OF THIS EXCELLENT MILITARY PISTOL OF THE RUSSIAN MILITARY AND POLICE. ANY QUESTIONS CALL ME OR EMAIL ME AND I HOPE YOU NOT ONLY LIKED THIS 7 PART COMMENTARY BUT ALSO REALIZE HOW MUCH TIME I DEVOTED TO THIS SERIES IN ORDER TO HELP YOU.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT I DO THIS BECAUSE I WANT TO HELP YOU AS I DO NOT GET PAID ONE DIME FOR THESE COMMENTARIES OR MY TIME.
AUTHORS PERSONAL NOTATION: This commentary as well as all my previous commentaries are my personal opinion and my personal viewpoint only. I answer to "NO" editor or anyone, I write the truth that you can not easily find anywhere in forums or publications, even if TEDDY ROOSEVELT is your hero. That comment was made to a specific person that will understand what a fool he made out of himself. As for the forums, its like, in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. I will start doing commentaries on important websites and links you must see and put on your favorites list.
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Saturday, August 04, 2007
ITS ALL ABOUT OIL & POWER & MONEYGingrich says war on terror 'phony'
Former speaker says energy independence
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/03/07
Washington — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday the Bush administration is waging a "phony war" on terrorism, warning that the country is losing ground against the kind of Islamic radicals who attacked the country on Sept. 11, 2001.
A more effective approach, said Gingrich, would begin with a national energy strategy aimed at weaning the country from its reliance on imported oil and some of the regimes that petro-dollars support.
"None of you should believe we are winning this war. There is no evidence that we are winning this war," the ex-Georgian told a group of about 300 students attending a conference for collegiate conservatives.
Gingrich, who led the so-called Republican Revolution that won the GOP control of both houses of Congress in 1994 midterm elections, said more must be done to marshal national resources to combat Islamic militants at home and abroad and to prepare the country for future attack. He was unstinting in his criticism of his fellow Republicans, in the White House and on Capitol Hill.
"We were in charge for six years," he said, referring to the period between 2001 and early 2007, when the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. "I don't think you can look and say that was a great success."
Thursday's National Conservative Student Conference was sponsored by the Young America's Foundation, a Herndon, Va.-based group founded in the 1960s as a political counterpoint to the left-leaning activists who coalesced around the civil rights movement and opposition to the Vietnam War.
Gingrich retains strong support among conservatives and ranked fifth among possible Republican nominees behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with the backing of 7 percent of those queried in a ABC News/Washington Post poll taken last week. The poll surveyed 403 Republicans and Republican-leaning adults nationwide and has a 5 percentage-point margin of error.
"I believe we need to find leaders who are prepared to tell the truth ... about the failures of the performance of Republicans ... failed bureaucracies ... about how dangerous the world is," he said when asked what kind of Republican he would back for president.
Gingrich has been promoting a weekly political newsletter he calls "Winning the Future." It's available free to those who leave their e-mail addresses at
.net, one of several Web sites he is connected with or operating. Gingrich began writing the newsletter in April 2006, and it now goes out to 311,000 readers each week, said Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler.
At another Web site — www.americansolutions
.com — Gingrich is running a virtual political salon, with video clips, organizational information and contacts revolving around his conservative vision for the country's future. It asks supporters to join in an Internet "Solutions Day" on Sept. 27, the anniversary of Gingrich's so-called Contract With America, a slate of conservative policies he led through Congress as speaker of the House a decade and a half ago.
"What I'm trying to start is a new dialogue that is evidence-based," Gingrich said Thursday. "It doesn't start from the right wing, it doesn't start from the left wing," he said, but is an effort to get politicians and voters to "look honestly at the evidence of what isn't working and tell us how to change it."
Gingrich was interrupted with applause once, when he called for an end to the biting partisanship critics say has polarized national politics and paralyzed the workings of government.
"We have got to get past this partisan baloney, where I'm not allowed to say anything good about Hillary Clinton because 'I'm not a loyal Republican,' and she's not allowed to say anything good about me, or she's not a 'loyal' Democrat. What a stupid way to run a country."
He reserved his most pointed criticism for the administration's handling of the global campaign against terrorist groups.
"We've been engaged in a phony war," said Gingrich. "The only people who have been taking this seriously are the combat military."
His remarks seemed to reflect, in part, the findings of a National Intelligence Estimate made public last month.
In the estimate, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that six years of U.S. efforts to degrade the al-Qaida terrorist group had left the organization constrained but still potent, having "protected or regenerated" the capability to attack the United States in ways that have left the country "in a heightened threat environment."
"We have to take this seriously," said Gingrich.
"We used to be a serious country. When we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, we took on Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany," he said, referring to World War II.
"We beat all three in less than four years. We're about to enter the seventh year of this phony war against ... [terrorist groups], and we're losing."
Gingrich said he would lay out in a Sept. 10 speech what a successful U.S. approach to this threat would have looked like over the past six years.
"First of all, we have to have a national energy strategy, which basically says to the Saudis, 'We're not going to rely on you,' " he said.
The United States imports about 14 million barrels of oil a day, making up two-thirds of its total consumption.
U.S. Weapons Provided for Iraqi Security Forces Gone Missing
| Thousands of U.S.-provided weapons in Iraq have gone missing—in some categories, more than half of those distributed. About 110,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 80,000 pistols have fallen off the radar completely. Even 135,000 pieces of body armor, which was in terribly short supply early in the war, has disappeared.|
Washington spent about $19.2 billion to develop Iraqi security forces; about $2.8 billion was used to buy and deliver equipment. There was, however, virtually no record-keeping of weapons distribution from June 2004 to December 2005 while the Iraqi security forces were built up.
One military commander told the Washington Post that “there was, frankly, not much of a choice early on: We had very little staff and could have held the weapons until every piece of the logistical and property accountability system was in place, or we could issue them, in bulk on some occasions, to the U.S. elements supporting Iraqi units who were needed in the battles of Najaf, Fallujah, Mosul, Samarra, etc.”
Even today, however, the system has not improved much. The director of international affairs and trade at the Government Accountability Office says, according to the Washington Post, “records are on a spreadsheet that requires three computer screens lined up side by side to view a single row,” an extremely unwieldy method. There have also been many data entry errors, further confusing the record.
There was an increase in black market small arms sales just before the 2005 Iraq elections, a spike possibly attributable to the missing weaponry. A senior Pentagon official acknowledged that some of the missing weapons are probably in enemy hands.
Supplying weapons in the Middle East has not had good results. The U.S. also lost weapons and intelligence infrastructure when Hamas took over in Gaza. Still, the U.S. is working to arm “friendly countries” in the Middle East, no matter how many times it sees U.S. weapons end up pointing back at U.S. troops. For more information on why this strategy will ultimately fail, read The King of the South.
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