Has anyone seen “in hand” or in pictures any specimen of the 9 x 18 mm Makarov cartridge made in North Korea? Does anyone have knowledge of production of that pistol in North Korea?
Recent citations in sources and a brief viewing that appeared to show North Korean military personnel practicing with Makarov pistols have raised questions about the possiblity of NK production. The films were on television and between very, very bried screen time and the size of the images, it was difficult to tell for sure what pistols they were, but they did not appear to be the NK’s version of either the Tokarev, or their 7.65 mm Browning caliber pistol.
We were of the misconception that following the Korean War North Korea was basically an impoverished nation, lasting right up to today, although they are perfectly willing to spend money on advanced weaponry. We reasoned that they probably would not have used resources on a third pistol. We have since found out that in the period of the 1960s and 1970s, North Korea was economically very sound. We also found that there were a couple of military reports, unfortunatley un-named and carrying only a years dates of the 1960s, that basically said NK was producing the pistol that early. We still harbor some doubts about that, since there has never been, to our knowledge, any hint of production of the Makarov or ammunition of Makarov caliber in NK until the last year or so.
At any rate, we are looking primarily for documented fact. We will listen to opinion, but if that is given here, please indicate the lack of documentation.