I just got my new 1961 (AZ****) East German Makarov this last week, all I can say is wow! I wish they still made pistols with this kind of quality. The finish had some very minor holster wear at the muzzle but that is it. The bluing is still rich and vibrant and looks like new. Now for the real kicker, the barrel has to be the cleanest that I have ever seen in a surplus firearm. The rifling is 100% and looks as if it has never been fired. I completely disassembled the pistol and gave it a super cleaning, and guess what, there was not any trace of firing residue anywhere in it. The only thing I had to clean from the internals was the 31 year old oil and cosmoline they smother in it. I have a feeling that whoever this pistol was issued to just kept it holstered and never really used it. After putting in a 19# Wolff spring, a Pearce Grip, I gave it a good cleaning, oiling, and a coat of Blitz cream to polish the pistol and then headed out to the range. I brought with me 250 rounds of Barnual JHP (it's all I had, and I've been needing to practice with it), it devoured everything without a single problem and then begged for more. What a super shooter! the trigger is smooth as butter and the accuracy is remarkable. Needless to say I'm very pleased with this acquisition. For those who are curious I paid $199 for it plus the seller threw in the 2 original EG mags, 3 more EG mags, and 2 Russian/Bulgie mags. Not a bad deal for an East German in this condition plus 7 mags total. If those 10,000 Bulgie Maks ever become a reality I pick one up and use that as my shooter. I figure if I get a Bulgie I'll put the EG away, only to use once in a while and pass it on to my son when he is older. It's too bad that Germany still doesn't make these, this kind of quality is lacking in new production firarms.