The Cold War-era Makarov is a common pistol, but within the hundreds of thousands made, the East German variants are the most desirable.
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?
A reader has a question about a Makarov he purchased about 15 years ago.
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.