Sometimes maligned as dowdy and underpowered, the Makarov is nonetheless a practical, low-cost alternative to pricier modern pistols—and offers a collectability that nearly anyone can enjoy.
A reader has a question about a Makarov he purchased about 15 years ago.
This Cold war classic—the “Mak”—can be found in nearly every corner of the world. But how is it as a modern fighting pistol?
The Cold War-era Makarov is a common pistol, but within the hundreds of thousands made, the East German variants are the most desirable.