Thanks to Peashooter85 once again for learnin’ me something new.
Quick, what was the first pistol to utilize a polymer frame? Some would answer, the Glock 17….. close but no cigar. Some more enlightened people would answer with the H&K VP70 (myself included)…….. but that wasn’t it either. The Glock made its debut in 1981 as a contestant for Austria’s new service sidearm. The H&K VP70 came about several years before in 1970 and as a polymer frame handgun that “had nevuh been done befo” it was a radical idea. Or was it. Rewind a few more years to 1965 and we see that the Russians actually hold the title for designing the first plastic framed handgun. They came up with a version of their Walther PP knockoff, the Makarov PM, that utilized a plastic frame. This experimental version was designated the TKB-023 and never got really far. All I have for you is a picture and appears to be a normal looking Makarov. The trigger guard no longer appears to be able to pull down for disassembly so there must have been a takedown lever or other device to field strip it. If anyone can point me in the direction of more info for this, please leave a comment.