The Mak is an excellent survival pistol. Its simplicity makes parts breakage rare, and when things do go wrong it is easy to fix, making it the almost perfect survival pistol. That said, for hiking use in the wilds I prefer a revolver to a pistol. There the possibility of having an encounter of the four legged variety is greater. And generally these types of encounters come much closer, often at bad breath range where I prefer the revolvers ability to be pressed into the fur and discharged multiple times where a pistols slide would likely get jammed.
Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is. ---- Josey Wales