Makarovs are not "pot metal".First would be a Bulgarian Makarov and the second, a Keltec PF9 or p3at. Obviously, the Keltec with its light weight and slim lines would be easier to pocket carry, but that is not my biggest need. In a self defense situation considering caliber, reliability, etc. which one would you pick up first and why?
Personally, I'd go with a Makarov (though, at this point I am "transitioning" away from Maks, and am down to one). I've never heard of anyone needing to do a "fluff and buff" to get a Mak reliable.