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This article, Burglar's Delight, was written by Mister 83. Please do not edit this fiction without the writer's permission.


Weapon
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Makarov Pm Custom 'Burglar's Delight'
Ammunition Type: 9x18
Feed System: 10 round magazine
Type: Handgun
custom(?): yes

The Burglar's Delight is Aiden O'Shaunghnessey customized Makarov PM. Though he possesses this gun. It originally belonged to a Former Soviet Officer living in Raccoon City. Aiden acquired by stealing from the officer when he broke into his house in 1995.

DesignEdit

The Makarov pistol resulted from a design competition for replacing the Tokarev TT-33 semi-automatic pistol.[2] Rather than building a pistol to an existing cartridge in the Soviet inventory, Nikolai Makarov utilized essentially the "9mm Ultra" cartridge which had been designed by Carl Walther G.m.b.H. for the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Walther's cartridge became the 9x18mm Makarov. For simplicity and economy, the Makarov pistol - which was principally a scaled-up Walther PP - was of straight blowback operation, with the 9x18mm cartridge being the most powerful cartridge it could safely fire. Although the nominal calibre was 9.0mm, the actual bullet was 9.3mm in diameter, being shorter and wider and thus incompatible with pistols chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum cartridges. Consequently, Soviet ammunition was unusable in NATO firearms, and in the event of war NATO forces would be unable to use ammunition from Soviet sources.[3]

In 1951, the Pistol of Makarov (PM) was selected because of its simplicity (few moving parts), economy, easy manufacturing, and reasonable stopping power. It remained in wide front line service with Soviet military and police until the end of the U.S.S.R. in 1991 and beyond. Today, the Makarov is a popular handgun for concealed carry in the United States; variants of the pistol remain in production in Russia, China, and Bulgaria. In the U.S., surplus Soviet and East German military Makarovs are considered Curio & Relic eligible items by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, because the countries of manufacture, the U.S.S.R. and the G.D.R., no longer exist.

Since 2003, the Makarov PM was formally replaced by the Yarygin PYa pistol in Russian service,[2] although as of 2010 large numbers of Makarov PMs are still in Russian Military and Police service. The Makarov PM is still the service pistol of many Eastern European and former Soviet Republics.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makarov_PM

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