I got to shoot my "new" never fired Mak today. I only had one box of S&B 9x18 but I got a small taste of the gun I think. In short, it shot really high and was not very accurate. I was using 6-7" paper plates as targets from about 50' and even holding at the bottom of the plate, I was hitting just the tops. Group size was about 4" from a sitting rest slow fire SA. I am not happy with this preformance as a plinker or a target gun but it is fine for what I bought it for. I guess I expected much more from a gun that has received so many rave reviews. It is still new and I expect that as I break it in and get used to it, I will be able to get better groups but I need to get it shooting POA. It is shooting 6-8" high at 50' right now and that is really not something that I can live with even on a defensive pistol. The recoil was not bad at all even though it is a blow-back. I did a little rapid-fire and found it quite easy to control and it pointed well enough. I took off the plastic thumb rest grips and shot it with the red star grips that were original issue and I think I like the way they feel better. One thing that was nice was there were no jams or malfunctions of any kind. This is a huge factor when I consider a pistol for CCW or any self defense situation, if it jams, I have problems ever trusting it again unless I shoot many hundreds of rounds without any additional problems. My take on it is, it a good gun for what it was intended to do and I think that it will be reliable enough to trust. I give it a thumbs up for anyone looking for a simple and cost effective self defense handgun. It is no SIG 239 or Kahr K-9 but at 1/3-1/4 of the price, I think it does about the same thing. If it shoots 500 more rounds without a problem, I may move it to car gun duty and sometimes CCW. The rep for reliability is what the Mak is best known for and if it lives up to it's rep, I will be plenty happy.