questions about makarovs
First off I know they are very cheap but are they quality pistols? How is reliability, and accuracy? Where can you buy them in 380 instead of 9mm? Is 9mm better than 380?
They are great pistols. Mine replaced a Walther PPK/s, and it is much more reliable. They are inexpensive, accurate (for pocket pistols), and well made. I peersonally would not have one in anything other than 9mm Makarov, it is a hair more powerful than the .380, but I reload and ammo availability is not an issue.
They beat the snot out of a PPK/S, which is considered by some to be a quality pistol.
Extreemly well built hand guns and solid as a tank! The East German are the best overall followed by the Bulgarian then Russian then Chineese(spelling?). East Germany are over $300 now but the others can still be had for around $200.
I've got a Russian IJ-70 in .380 that has been perfectly reliable, and is quite accurate. I think I gave under $200 for it at a gun show about 7 years ago. Frame looks rough but it shoots nicer than some of the PPKs that I've shot. I'd still like to find a Bulgy or East German one in 9x18.
They are DAMN good guns. I owned a German one back in the late eighties which I paid a mere $135. I kick myself in the ass for selling it! I am now in the process of buying another German Mak. I agree with the other poster here. Get one in 9x18. More powerful compared to the .380. They are accurate and reliable guns. The single stack versions are quite concealable for a CCW.
You won't regret it!
A good pistol. Definitely the best you can buy for less than $400. Mine is the hi-cap model which occasionally experiences jams primarily due to the mags. Get a single-stack model and you'll have a good gun.
Ammo in 9mm can be trouble to find if you don't reload. Gun stores don't carry it too much. I stock up at gun shows whenever I get low.
Only negative I can think of is that the trigger isn't as crisp as I'd like.