I know that some people swear by them as a back up gun, and some folks carry them as their primary. The Beretta's come to mind as do the BERSA .380. Both quality guns, as far as the majority of people say. In my opinion though, and it's just that, my opinion, the Makarov is a better choice. The size of a Walther PPK, and a better punch. The German, Russian, and Bulgarian ones handle 115 Grain HP's without a problem. I have not had a chance to chronograph the Silver Wolf ammunition, but recoverd bullet's show good expansion and penetration. For about $200.00, it's quite a pistol.