East German Ernst Thaelman PM Makarov 9×18 DA/SA Pistol C&R, Holster

SOLD FOR: $905

WOA#: WY231119ES004

Make: East German, The Ernst Thaelman Factory

Model: Makarov, PM

Serial Number: BP 3306

Year of Manufacture: 1963 C&R (BP Date Code)

Caliber: 9×18mm Makarov

Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Exposed, DA/SA

Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “BP 3306”.  The left side of the frame is marked “K100 BP3306 63 “with a “y dotted circle” proof. The right side of the frame is marked “Makarov 9×18 Germany C.D.I. Swan VT”.

Barrel Length: 3.6” Approximate

Sights / Optics:  The sights are open iron sights.  The front sight is a blade, integral to the slide.  The rear sight is a square notched bar dovetailed to the slide.  The top of the slide is serrated for glare reduction.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  This pistol comes with its original checkered polymer grips. The polymer grips rate in about Excellent condition.  There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined with sharp peaks.  The mag release is located under the grip.

Magazine Quantity & Condition:  Two8rd magazine in Excellent overall condition. The spring is strong.  The leading edges are sharp.  The follower shows some wear.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion visible.  There is some minor fouling in the grooves. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10

Overall Condition:  This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. This pistol is remarkably clean and well maintained. There are minor spots of finish loss on the leading rear and front edges of the slide.  The screw heads are sharp and pins are serviceable. The markings are clear.  Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics:  We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  This pistol comes with a total of two magazines and a vintage east german holster in Excellent condition.  There is some minor rust on the rivets. The leather is pliable. There are no rips or tears.

Our Assessment:  The East German Ernst Thälmann Factory PM, commonly referred to as the Makarov, is a historical and robust semi-automatic pistol, deeply rooted in Cold War-era firearm design and lore. Originating from the Soviet Union, the Makarov PM (Pistolet Makarova) was widely adopted by Warsaw Pact countries, with East Germany producing their variant at the Ernst Thälmann factory. This particular model holds a special place in military history due to its reliability, simple design, and effective use.

Chambered in the 9x18mm Makarov caliber, which sits between the 9mm Luger and .380 ACP in terms of power, the East German Makarov offers a balance of stopping power and manageable recoil, suitable for military and police use. Its blowback operation, combined with a fixed barrel design, contributes to its notable accuracy and durability. The pistol’s compact size and rugged construction made it ideal for officers and enlisted personnel alike.

One distinctive feature of the East German variant is its exceptional build quality and finish, often considered superior to other Makarovs produced in the Soviet bloc. It features a blued steel finish that is second to none.  Collectors highly value these pistols for their historical significance, build quality, and as a representation of Cold War-era small arms design. The Ernst Thälmann Factory PM is more than just a firearm; it’s a piece of history that reflects the engineering prowess and the geopolitical narratives of its time.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

East German Ernst Thaelman PM Makarov 9x18 DA/SA Pistol C&R, Holster
East German Ernst Thaelman PM Makarov 9×18 DA/SA Pistol C&R, Holster