Lighter and less bulky than it predecessors and packing a bigger punch the Makarov pistol
After the Second World War, and about the same time as the AK47 came into service in the Soviet Union, this pistol replaced the old Tokarev TT33 self-loading pistols and Nagant M1895 revolvers.
Lighter and less bulky than it predecessors and packing a bigger punch the Makarov pistol or PM became the Soviet Union’s standard military and police side arm in 1951.
The most widely known variant, the PMM, was a redesign of the original gun in 1990 where engineers reworked the original design, primarily by increasing the load for the cartridge to increase in muzzle velocity. The PMM magazine holds 12 rounds, compared to the PM’s eight rounds