Type: BB Pistol Manufacturer: KWC Model: Makarov PM Blowback Materials: Metal with ABS plastic grips Weight: 1.6 lb (737 g) Barrel: 76.2 mm (3 in), smoothbore Power Source: 12 g CO2 x 1 Action: Semi-Automatic, single-action only Ammo Type: 4.5 mm steel BBs Ammo Capacity: 15 rounds FPS: 303
Trigger Pull: Really nice. It is single-action only since it requires racking the slide to chamber the first round. The take-up is slight with a crisp light release. The trigger is definitely not going to get in the way of the accuracy of this pistol.
Accuracy: I found the pistol shot low at 30 feet, about 4 inches low. There is a preset built-in hop-up system that gives the BB backspin. The backspin will give the BB a bit of lift as it travels, so at longer ranges the BB may make up some of the distance. There were a few stragglers that shot a bit low, making the grouping just over 2 inches. There was a clearly defined tighter sub group that was about 1.75 inches in diameter. Overall, shot placement was low but pretty good side to side.
Build Quality: Excellent. The pistol is well built like the other full blowback KWC BB and airsoft pistols I have reviewed and shot in the past. The fit and finish is very good but I expect the electromagnetic black coating to wear off in the high spots fairly quickly. This does give the slight worn-in real gun look, however. In terms of quality, KWC may have even beefed up some of the areas prone to breakage like the trigger guard since this pistol is made out of Zink-based metals rather than the hardened steel in the real firearm.
Realism: I have to say the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is a really nice replica overall. It is perhaps one of the best considering it has full cycle blowback with an all metal full sized drop out magazine. A couple of drawbacks with the pistol that are different from the real steel Makarov PM are the thicker trigger guard and butt plate.
Full cycle blowback operation
Nice heavy blowback spring makes slide nice and snappy
Full metal build
All metal full size drop out magazine that holds the BBs and CO2
Fully field strippable
All parts function like a real Makarov
Open ejection port and reassessed barrel
No ugly CO2 tab
Crisp and light single-action trigger
Internal fixed hop-up for improved accuracy and sustained trajectory
Lower FPS due to short barrel and blowback operation
Magazine base is thicker and sticks out forward more than a real steel Makarov
Trigger guard looks to be thicker than on actual gun
Comments: The Makarov is one of my favorite pistols, a true classic! So the fact that there is yet another Makarov air pistol on the market is fine with me. This particular one might just be the best all-around Makarov airgun that hits all the spots us Replica Airgun enthusiasts love—like full blowback operation, a nice light single-action trigger, a full size metal magazine that holds the ammo and the CO2 and an all metal build with all those working bits and pieces like you would find on the real steel Makarov PM. I would have to say the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol is one of my favourite overall Makarov airgun replicas since it pretty much has everything going for it.
Full metal construction with plastic grips feels hefty in the hand. The magazine is a real pain to load. There is no catch to keep the spring follower open. You have to hold it down with a fingernail while you load the bbs. And the notch to grab the follower with your fingernail is tiny and hard to grasp. A very poorly designed loading system.
The gun I received is extremely picky with the ammo that will work with it. I first tried Daisy Premium grade, zinc coated, ultra smooth bbs. These did not work at all. A bb would jam in the barrel every few shots. I had to stick a plastic rod down the barrel to get them out. There were constant double feeds as well. I thought the gun was defective.
Then I tried the bbs that came with the gun and they worked well. No jams, but an occasional double feed. After that I tried Avanti Precision ground shot. These worked perfectly. So if your gun is like mine you might need to buy the expensive Avanti bbs for it. I didn't try any other bbs though. I get about 4 mags out of one CO2 cartridge.
Accuracy is just average. My $20 airsoft pistol shoots as accurately as this gun. So don't expect much.
The blowback is nice and the gun feels good in the hand. It looks nice and disregarding accuracy is fun to shoot with the correct ammo.
I mainly bought it because I wanted a replica of a Russian Makarov. If you want an accurate pistol to practice with, I would choose something else.
This video is a walkthrough review of the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol. I show you around the All Metal KWC Makarov PM blowback BB pistol close up and talk about its specifications and features. I even do a Filed Strip for you.
The Makarov is one of my favorite pistols, it's a true classic! So the fact that there is yet another Makarov Air pistol on the market is fine with me. And perhaps the KWC Makarov PM CO2 Blowback BB Pistol might just be the best all around Airgun Makarov hitting all the hot spots us Replica Airgun enthusiasts love... Like full blowback operation, a nice light single action trigger, a full size metal magazine that holds the ammo and the CO2 and of course an all metal build with all those working bits and pieces like you would find on the real steel Makarov PM. But you will have to decide for yourself...
Wow! Some new 4.5mm Steel BB and 6mm Plastic Airsoft guns and they are all brought to us from KWC. I would expect all of them to be available eventually in both 4.5mm Steel BB and 6mm Plastic Airsoft but for now I have the M11 in both Steel BB and Plastic Airsoft and the Makarov PM and CQBP M45 A1 in Steel BB.
This is just my quick preview video so make sure to watch it as I do show you around the guns fairly nicely but you can expect some more upcoming detailed Table Top and Shooting Videos shortly...
Here are some of the basic specifications for each gun...
This Video review focuses on the shooting performance of the KWC Makarov PM BB Pistol. I test it out to see what kind of velocity it can achieve and I also perform an accuracy test to see what kind of grouping I can get from 30 feet back on a paper target.