How Fast is It?

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

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4 Responses to How Fast is It?

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  2. Devin Keith Noffsinger says:

    I would love to acquire one or more of these 1911 barrels for the .38 super frames.
    Please keep me informed should you make them available.

  3. Travis says:

    It looks like he may start selling them soon. There’s some info here about how it shoots & possible barrels for sale.

    And yes I want one too! 😀

  4. jim says:

    now i have a reason to buy another gun it would breath new life into some of the older45’s

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