One magazine to take out the assailants, another to shred their vehicle. All hail 7.62mm...When I carry the Tokarev, I have one magazine of Wolf HPs in the gun and a spare mag of Romanian milsurp FMJ on the side.
-- John D.
It will go through 2 layers of sheet rock and 2 or 3 people, especially with FMJ's. I firmly stand behind my assessment that it is not a suitable urban carry gun.Michigander,
I think most 7.62x25 owners are aware of the penetration, that's one reason we like it. We just change our tactics in USING it in a situation (but that's true of ANY gun you carry, yes?). If that's done, it's fineforacarry gun.
That. Is. Horrible.I used to have one.
I had mine chambered, hammer down, safety on. It fell on the ground, landed on the hammer, and shot me through the leg. It shot went through the thickest part of my leg bone, then through a cement fire wall and 2 stucco walls, then it bounced off my neighbors ceiling, and landed in the sink. It looked ready to be reloaded. This was Romanian FMJ ammo.
The HP's will penetrate a little less, but please don't make any mistake about it. It is a hyper fast pistol round, not really suitable for general carry.
If it's all you have and can afford, it's understandable, and it's definitely good that you're not carrying chambered. As my experience shows, the safety/decocker mechanism isn't to be trusted. Even if it proves to be reliable, as mine did, a couple hundred rounds can screw the things up.
If you have something else, or can afford something else, my suggestion is to stop carrying the 52. You have a dangerously non existent level of drop safety, all too little power transferred, and a dangerous amount of penetration. Not to mention slow reloading, and a low capacity.