|The Makarov has been imported in seemingly huge
numbers, mostly it seems as Bulgarian imports. Research
on this one suggests by the marking on left side
(see inset) that the triangle with a circle is actually
a Russian origin, even tho imported as Bulgarian.
Gun shows were selling ''Bulgies'' at about $149,
but this one was just over $200. Information on
these can be found at makarov.com.
The 9mm Makarov round (9x18) is mild but almost
certainly can be regarded as a useful step up from
.380 (9x17). The gun is very pleasant to shoot and
here we see a pair of grips that came with it in
the box - the regular grips being light brown with
a star emblem. Much of the ammunition availability
seems to be Russian origin steel cased, such as
Brown Bear, Silver Bear etc and the gun eats that
for a pastime.