The Tokarev is without a doubt a fast cartridge. However, the velocities figures often given for the Tokarev reflect the cartridges performance form the longer barrel of submachine guns. SMG barrels are typically 9 to 10 inches in length.
The handguns which were designed around the Tokarev cartridge, the TT30 and CZ52, have 4.6″ and 4.7″ barrels respectively. Given the same ammunition these pistols will achieve somewhat lower muzzle velocities. But just how much lower?
I recently chronographed four commonly available loads from the Tokarev 1911 with its 5″ barrel. The velocities were recorded with an Oehler 35p placed 10 feet from the muzzle. All these loads use either 85 or 86 grain FMJ projectiles:
Polish Surplus: 1575 fps
Yugo Surplus: 1457 fps
Wolf Gold: 1415 fps
Sellier & Bellot: 1600 fps