Ok first of all I said "COMPARISON WITH"
and not "VERSUS"
I'm not trying to start a caliber war here.
I just thought I'd post this as a FYI kinda thing for anyone interested.
Anyway,I was looking at some numbers for 7.62x25 tokarev,specifically this load here-
7.62x25 90g XTP-HP
At the stated velocity of 1650fps,this should produce 544 or so ftlbs of energy.
Now,I'm not saying that ftlbs is the holy grail of ballistic performance,but the highly praised terminal ballistic effectiveness of 125gr JHP loads in .357 magnum,a typical example here-
Speer 125 grain Gold Dot hollowpoint
Is actually pretty similar to the tokarev load I mention above,which BTW,is my preferred JHP load for the caliber.
The Gold Dot .357 Mag does around 570 ftlbs from a 4 inch barrel.
Expansion is different,with the tokarev load (in a lower velocity) giving an expanded diameter of 0.498 here-
Three handloaded Hornady XTP bullets of various weights (7.62x25 tok)
While the .357 gives an average of 0.651.
difference is 0.153.
And of course,weight is different,but penetration of each in gelatin,regarding the Hornady 90gr XTP in Tok and the Magnum,actually favors the magnum,interestingly enough,as 7.62x25 tokarev is known for its sheer penetrative power and has been regarded by knowledgeable people as a risky caliber for self defense chores because of this.
In fact,some could say the .357 load being reviewed here is more of a risk of overpentration than the tok load is.
The magnum goes around 16 inches and the tok penetrates above 12 inches.
NOW,I'M NOT ABOUT TO SAY that the 7.62x25 tokarev is more powerful than the .357 magnum.
.357 Magnum can be loaded to blow the doors off the Tokarev.
HOWEVER,that being said- the typical 125grain .357 magnum load as I've used for my example has been touted as an excellent cartridge for self defense,and the ballistics,tho favoring the .357 by a decent margin,are really not that dissimilar.
Personally,I feel quite confident with this particular Tokarev load in my CZ52,and I have a few small advantages,certainly which can be negated with training and experience,over a typical.357 revolver-
I have 9 shots on a cocked and locked magazine fed system with a single action trigger pull vs. 6 shots on a double action revolver that I,myself,cannot load or fire as rapidly as a box magazine fed weapon with a single action trigger pull.
Yes,I am aware that you can get a semiautomatic pistol chambered in .357 magnum.
And YES,I'm well aware that the CZ52 can be iffy cocked and locked because on some of the more abused examples of the surplus pistols imported,the decocker acts like a trigger,and can be accidentally tripped in normal carry.
tested my decocker by pulling bullet and powder out of some current manufacture brass cased ammo and dropped the hammer on the primers of at least 3 cases REPEATEDLY
with the decocker to ensure its reliability.
suggest that if you want to use your CZ52 the same as I do,you do the same.You should probably also test the functionality of the decocker every time you go to the range with your CZ52,to ensure it does not become a problem.
But for those of us who managed to get ahold of a good,fully functional example of the CZ52,it can be carried cocked and locked and has a relatively similar safety switch to the 1911/Hi-Power- being positioned in such a way that it can easily be manipulated by the thumb of the shooting hand; albeit the switch is "backwards" and a bit smaller and it has a de-cocker- which if it works properly,is actually a bonus.
The CZ52,IMHO,is fast and accurate and with good loads in a good pistol,makes a very adequate personal defensive weapon.