The Pistolet Makarova or Makarov is a semi-automatic
(self-loading) pistol, designed in the 1950s by Russian Nikolai Federovich
Makarov. The objective was to design a simple and reliable medium-powered
pistol intended as the sidearm of the Soviet Forces. The pistol was accepted by
the Russian forces in 1951 and has been the standard sidearm ever since. Recent
developments and advancements in firearms technology may soon change that, but
its place in history is secured.........