Well, I happen to shoot a 7.62 X 25 tok. I also happen to shoot a 9mm. I shoot a couple of .45's too, along with a .380 and a couple of 9X 18's thrown in for good measure. I have never shot at anyone with any of those cartridges, and Im sure that 99.999% of everyone in here in ARFCOM havent, either. The facts are that the cartridge did excellent execution on the germans during world war ll. We know this from history. I wasnt there and I have no first hand experience so Im talking second hand here.
I can tell anyone that its a handful no matter what handgun its chambered in. I shoot a TT33 and a CZ52. Both of these pistols feel like magnums to shoot. I also shoot a small Colt in .380 along with an LCP. I own and shoot two S & W stainless handguns in 9mm and also a S & W in 4506 and 4516. Those two are a handful on the range and so is the LCP, of course.
I can go on record here on ARFCOM and say, from my experience, that the .380 cartridge is no 7.62 X 25 tokarev. It is not even in the ball park as far as penetration is concerned. I havent tried ballistic gel. Just the poor man telephone book stuff, okay. I can go on the record too, that the .45 is no 7.62 X 25 tokarev as far as penetration is concerened, either, and Im not gonna argue stopping stopping power. I havent ever shot anything but rabbits, freezer meat or paper with any of them. The .380 will kill a rabbit or a 800 pound steer for the freezer deader than $1.00 a gallon gasoline. So will the Tokarev, .9mm, and the .45. Personally, I would not want to have a bullet from any of these cartridges perforating any part of my body. It will not be a healthy condition I know.
The issue here is more of what is the cool factor than anything else. Im my opinion. Handguns chambered for the tokarev cartridge are few and far between and for some guys, they are ugly as hell. Which they are. NOT cool!!! Like a Kimber, a Springfield, Sig or a Glock, for sure. As for me, however, I like what they look like and the history they represent. I like the price of the ammo, too, cuz its still cheap and seems to be plentiful. Its not on the shelf at Wal Mart but who cares? It only takes a week to have some deliverered to my house. I can shoot the stuff and not feel guilty of hoarding or feel like i have to immediately go find another box, or a case, to replace what I just shot up.
My Tokarevs make me feel warm and fuzzy and guilt free because I know I will always have ammo for them.
My .02 cents worth