In my life, I've owned and/or shot close to 100 different hand guns. Literally. I've shot some really sweet guns. Both semi's and revolvers. And there's no doubt that my current SigSauer P220 W. Germany 45acp date: 1989; is definitely my #1 handgun of all time. Even if I went on welfare and had to sell most everything I have, I doubt I would ever part with the P220. Th balance; accuracy; reliability; and dependability is out of this world. You could load a case with sand and rocks and the damn thing would shoot it. And in my revolver world, nothing beats my S&W model 13-1 4" date: 1975; 357 magnum. It has the smoothest action and awesome accuracy. But for the times when the P220 isn't practical for carrying, I always used my FEG AP-MBP 7.65 (32 auto). (Walther PPK Clone). As long as you fed it european ammo, (I prefer Fiocchi or S&B); the gun was as reliable and dependable as could be. I never had 2nd thoughts about trusting it as a tool to protect my life. But I never really had a #2 gun behind my SigSauer P220. The S&W 13-1 is a great primary home defense gun. (Along with the remington model 870 12 gauge). The P220 is a great personal carry gun for about 6-8 months out of the year. And the AP-MBP is a fantastic carry gun for those warmer months. But they weren't the ultimate standout. Then came along the CZ-82 9mm Makarov. I bought this at a gun show about a month ago. Been researching a long time and just had to get one. The dealer I bought it from NEEDED items I had more than he needed this gun. So I got it for a very decent price. It's an older 5 digit serial number model that is in VG condition. I had a chance to shoot a couple of rounds (Literally), after buying and cleaning it. Just to make sure it worked. But I didn't get a real good chance to shoot it until today. IMPRESSED is not even coming close to what I think. I ran a box of Silver bear through it. A box of Brown bear through it. A box of Hornady XTP through it. And a box of Federal American Eagle. The only ones I didn't try but would have liked to was some S&B and some Fiocchi. (I'm a firm believer in Euro ammo for Euro guns; and USA ammo for USA guns). Anyhow; 175 rounds may not be a torture test, but there were no jams, misfires, feeding problems, or anything. The balance on the gun is amazing. With a magazine in, I can balance the gun with 1 finger. Muzzle jump is almost non-existent. And because of that; I could do practice maneuvers of shooting while I was moving, and still hit the paper plates (I like those as targets for defense practicing. It the right size of a chest cavity.) But most of all, the CZ-82 is one hell of an accurate pistol. In the old days we referred to it as "DOBA". (Dead-On Balls-Accurate). And this thing. It was one of the smoothest shooting guns I've ever shot. I could have stayed there and shot 500 rounds and I don't think it ever would have phased me. This is one of the sweetest guns I have ever shot. I would say that the only drawback with it, compared to a true Makarov, is it doesn't have a de-cocker. But because it does have a POSITIVE Trigger safety, which means the trigger MUST be continually pulled to fire; lowering the safety to put it back into double action mode is a very SAFE process. "It has a safety for (Cocked and Locked) but I have never been a fan of that. Especially with my 1911A1. But that's a different story). Anyway; lowering to double action is safe; and double action pull is so smooth on this. I don't even need to think about any Wolf spring kits for this baby. Anyway; I have just made this pistol my #2 favorite. When the P220 is not used, the CZ-82 definitely will be the carry gun of choice. No gun can be an "All Around" gun for everything, so it's not replacing anything. But with the right ammo, it performs similar to low end 9mm's. I'm not a big believer that smaller calibers aren't affective. They definitely are if you LEARN how to shoot. But I bring it up because anyone interested in such a gun might try and discount it because they THINK it's too small. Definitely look into these guns. They are inexpensive. The ammo is one of the cheapest and AVAILABLE anywhere. (Gun stores and similar are expensive: $18-$24 a box. However; just about any place online has silver bear ammo for $9-$10 a box). Obviously nothing can really compare to the quality and craftsmanship of my Sig P220; and I won't compare the CZ-82 9mm makarov or the FEG AP-MBP 32auto to it. Different guns for different times. But when the czechs declined using the Russian Makarov in favor of developing their own version for the same caliber; believing that they could IMPROVE on the design and performance; they were dead on. Anyway; if anyone is interested in the CZ-82, it's a great gun and investment. My opinion doesn't mean squat; but I definitely recommend this gun. And am very excited and glad that I bought it.