Ukraine has rather strict firearms laws but still permits civilian ownership in some facets. Rifles are easily obtained for recreational use provided the proper documentation is submitted and approved but pistols are illegal for private ownership. This leaves citizens with two primary options for personal protection in everyday carry, a knife or a traumatic pistol.

The Fort-12 was probably the most popular model I’ve encountered, resembling a CZ-75 in style. It features a special barrel designed specifically for rubber bullets and as such has a very limited range. Its designed to be used in a close quarters self-defense role, so range isn’t really an issue in this regard. The bullets themselves are odd because the have a flat cylindrical shape to them, probably aiding in the weapon’s limited range. A major problem with this is after a sustained amount of fire, the barrel lining becomes incredibly fouled by the rubber deposits. Apparently malfunctions are a common occurrence so routine maintenance is an absolute must.