S urplus Shoulder Holsters. Can't you
just picture Staatssicherheits (Stasi) agents wearing
these under trench coats? Made of a blonde leather holster, adjustable cotton
straps with elastic ends, leather spare mag holder, and suspender-like clip
belt fasteners. The problem with the picture on the left from a catalog is that
the model is wearing it incorrectly. There should never be a strap across
the chest or stomach. A reader had this additional information:
[The holster] can be used okay for concealed carry if the second (non-holster) loop is worn behind the neck and around the right shoulder. The Sportsman's Guide photo shows it worn incorrectly. Mine has a white top liner to protect the pistol from sweat!
In 1951, the PM was selected because of its simplicity (few moving parts), economy, ease of manufacturing, and reasonable stopping power.  It remained in wide front-line service with Soviet military and police until and beyond the end of the USSR in 1991. Today, the Makarov is a popular handgun for concealed carry in the United States; variants of the pistol remain in production in Russia, China, and Bulgaria. In the ., surplus Soviet and East German military Makarovs are listed as eligible curio and relic items by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, because the countries of manufacture, the USSR and the GDR, no longer exist.