The 7.62x25mm Tokarev is a pistol cartridge that was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. It was designed to be a replacement for the 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge, which was used in the C96 “Broomhandle” pistol.
The 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge fires a small, lightweight bullet weighing around 4 to 5 grams (62 to 78 grains) at high velocities, typically around 1,300 to 1,600 feet per second (fps). It is capable of producing muzzle energies of up to 600 foot-pounds (ft-lbs), which is relatively high for a pistol cartridge.
The 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge is primarily used in Soviet-era firearms, including the TT-33 and PPSH-41 submachine guns, as well as the CZ-52 pistol. These firearms were designed specifically to take advantage of the small size and high velocity of the cartridge, making them compact and highly effective weapons for close-quarters combat.
While the 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge is not as common as some other handgun cartridges, it has gained a following among some shooters due to its unique properties, including its high velocity and penetration capabilities. It is also sometimes used for hunting small game, although it is not typically considered a cartridge suitable for larger game.