The 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge is one fast mover.
Rumors are that it can defeat light body armor.
This hot cartridge is tested against a body armor panel in this video.
This Yugoslavian 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol is going to test a theory. The theory is that the hot 7.62x25mm pistol cartridge will penetrate some soft body armor levels.
The .30 caliber bullet is cruising along up to 1700 fps and features a steel core. The target is a Kevlar body armor panel that is of a level IIIa rating.
Where there is speed there is penetration. This tough steel-cored bullet holds together and defeats the body armor. This hot pistol cartridge behaves more like a bottlenecked rifle cartridge on target.
While this 85- to 90-grain bullet may not be the best in the knockdown power department, it is the master of speed and penetration.
That is one speedy little cartridge!