9mm Makarov Ammo

The 9x18mm Makarov was designed in 1948 to be used in the Makraov PM pistol and was adopted by the Soviet army in 1951. Soon it was found in a variety of weapons, including the Skorpion vz. 82. Although not in wide military use now, the 9x18 remains popular among firearms enthusiasts.
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  1. Brown Bear 9mm Makarov Ammo - 1000 Rounds of 94 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $275.00 Price
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    • 1000 Rounds
    • Made by Brown Bear
    • Discount Steel
    • 27.5¢ Cost Per Round
    • Brown Bear SKU A918RFMJ
  2. Prvi Partizan 9mm Makarov Ammo - 50 Rounds of 93 Grain FMJ Ammunition

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    $17.95 Price
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    • 50 Rounds
    • Made by Prvi Partizan
    • Foreign Discount Range
    • 35.9¢ Cost Per Round
    • Prvi Partizan SKU PP-R9.4
    • UPC 8605003801023
  3. Hornady 9mm Makarov Ammo - 25 Rounds of 95 Grain JHP Ammunition

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    $22.00 Price
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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Hornady
    • American-made Self-Defense
    • 88¢ Cost Per Round
    • Hornady SKU 91000
    • UPC 090255910001
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History of 9x18mm Makarov Ammunition

Designed in 1948 by B.V. Semin, the 9x18 Makarov cartridge was adopted by the Soviet Union in 1951 for use in the Makarov PM pistol, replacing the TT-33 pistol. There were a few requirements that the new cartridge had to meet. The first was that it would function well in a blowback pistol. The second was that it be different from NATO ammunition so that NATO forces would not be able to use Warsaw Pact ammo against them.

Eventually the 9x18 was chambered in several different firearms. Some of the more popular ones include the CZ vz, 82, the Stechkin APS and the Skorpion vz. 82. The cartridge remains in service today by many former Warsaw Pact countries and was only recently replaced after 60 years of service in the Russian military. The military ammunition made in 9x18 Makarov is all designed as antipersonnel but some is designed to defeat light body armor or unarmored vehicles while some is designed for use with a silencer.

Ballistically, the 9x18 Makarov uses full metal jacket and hollow point bullets that weigh between 93 and 115 grains on average. The bullets will travel anywhere from 820 to over 1300 feet per second. This gives muzzle energies that are from 115 to 300 foot pounds. Most 9x18 Makarov ammo will shoot right at one inch groups at 25 yards. So, while not as powerful as the 9mm Luger, it is a respectable cartridge.

Although it never really caught on, the 9x18 Makarov does have its fair share of fans. Military firearm collectors, especially those who collect Warsaw Pact firearms would consider their collection incomplete without at least one firearm in this caliber.

The 9x18 Makarov is one of those interesting calibers that will likely be around until bullets and powder give way to guns that shoot lasers. Is it a great powerhouse round that can be used for big game hunting? No. Is it an uber-reliable, super expanding but never over penetrating round that will provide one shot stops in all self defense situations? No. Is it a mild recoiling, accurate and fun to shoot cartridge that can fill the needs that your average pistol owner would have? Absolutely.

Discuss 9mm Makarov ammunition by adding your comment to the 14 comments below or by asking a new question

Bruce Alex Durham ( Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:46:20 +0000 ) : Will you ever get anymore in stock?
Robert Didomenico ( Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:25:24 +0000 ) : SURE WISH I COULD FIND SOME.
Jim Gardner ( Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:58:47 +0000 ) : can you belive I had 5 Makarov in the late 90's sold them what a DA!
Libby Castle ( Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:10:36 +0000 ) : I got one of 'em....still have it. So, thanks for being a DA...lol
Marty Posey ( Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:16:07 +0000 ) : I need a few more mags. does anybody got any for sale?
Monty Davis ( Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:13:52 +0000 ) : I owned a Russian 9x18 was one of the best conceal carry pistols I ever had.
Duane Eddy ( Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:07:37 +0000 ) : love one
Frank Krogman ( Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:21:41 +0000 ) : ARE THESE CONSIDERED A 9 MM short?
Beverly Wood ( Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:08:30 +0000 ) : I have a Makarov that was made in East Germany (when there was an E. Germany). The date on it is 1962. What would you say the value would be? Also, I would like to buy one box of ammo. How much would that cost?
Jay Nordin ( Sat, 06 Apr 2013 17:08:12 +0000 ) : where can I get more ammo, used Cabela's in the past?
Daniel M O'Connell ( Sun, 21 Apr 2013 16:44:52 +0000 ) : Can you use this in a regular 9 MM gun (taurus 24/7 G2 )?
Harry Nelson ( Tue, 21 May 2013 21:54:11 +0000 ) : No. They are totally different. The 9x18 cartridge is thicker than a 9mm.
Harry Nelson ( Tue, 21 May 2013 21:58:39 +0000 ) : They run about $400 in top condition, $250 rough. However, with firearms & ammo prices being skewed so high right now, everybody is charging what the market will pay.
Harry Nelson ( Tue, 21 May 2013 22:01:11 +0000 ) : I have seen them called that, but they are not really 9mm. See this site: http://www.makarov.com/
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