This weekend I took my wife shopping in Lexington. After a day of shopping (actually standing around and following her while she looked at stuff), she said "Why don't you run by Buds and buy yourself a gun?" I was shocked, but I took her up on it. Needless to say it was very crowded, and I heard one of the salesmen say to another customer that there would be about a 20 minute wait to do the paperwork. So I just looked around. It's hard to pick something out of the blue without giving it some thought. So, I decided to just order something or buy locally. Here's my dilemma. Lately I've developed an interest in surplus weapons, and I'm to the Makarov point. When I looked at the prices, though, they've jumped quite a bit from the last time I looked. You can still get a CZ 82 or a P 64 for about $250 in "good" condition, but a Bulgarian Makarov in unissued condition is well over $300. I can get a new Bersa Thunder 380 with a lifetime warranty for just over $250 though. Now I realize that the 9x18 is "slightly" more powerful than the .380 (but only 50-75 fps in most cases), and the Mak class of pistols has a historic value that the Bersa doesn't. 9x18 isn't readily available locally, though, and by the time I order it, it winds up costing way more than .380. Also, depending on the surplus model you choose, spare parts can be hard to find (or too expensive). Somebody talk me into (or out of) buying one over the other.