Makarov PM: A successor of a legendary TT pistol

PM Makarov pistol chambered in 9x18mm Makarov

The Makarov PM pistol, designed by Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov in 1951, succeeded the TT pistol as the standard service sidearm for Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War. Its slightly larger caliber and reduced firepower distinguished it from its predecessor. The Makarov PM served as the standard issue sidearm for the USSR and was issued … Read more

SVD Dragunov: The most popular combat sniper rifle ever

Dragunov SVD - combat sniper or designated marksman rifle

The SVD Dragunov has been the standard Soviet Army sniping rifle since 1965. It was also adopted by the other armies of the Warsaw Pact and copied by Chinese, Egyptian, Iraqi and Yugoslavian makers. The Soviets were first to adopt a semi-automatic rifle for sniping purposes, when all other armies considered that semi-automatic rifle for … Read more