i am the proud onwer of a pristine yugo model 57 tokarev. the m57 holds one more round than the standard t33 and comes from the factory with a safety much like that of a 1911 . there is no cobbled together safety installed for importation. good news bad news wolf no longer makes the 85 gr hollow point but mag safe makes a hot 52 gr that travels at 2120 fps with 519 ft lbs of energy. having always been a hi-power or 1911 guy i discounted the 7.62x25 and when i heard about these guns i thought 30 cal mauser. yes the ammo is interchangable but the 30 mauser is a weak sister to the tokarev round. i thought ok time to test this thing out. i bought some factory winchester ,and some seller & beilot ( sp ) and tons of surplus. i used the wet phone book as a backstop. my findings .... the surplus polish goes through a phone book 6 inches the romainian goes through the same book, the winchester goes about 5.9 inches the mag safe goes 4 inches and totally explodes and frags out. took some steel plates home for the next round of tests 1/8 inch "deck plate" first the 9mm , it bounced off as did the 357 mag using 125 gr jhp. nice dent but no penatration . all the jacket 7.62x25 went throgh the plate except the winchester, those dented the plate much like the 357. i didnt try the mag-safe since i knew it wouldnt go through. now based on these observations will i park my browning 9 and pack a tokarev ... nope but i will keep the tok in the bed stand loaded and ready to go. it's a fine gun and an excellent caliber and when loaded with the mag-safes as good a stopper as any conventional caliber. i have no doubt this thing will defeat a ballistic vest and i will test it in the coming weeks. oh and for the record and for grims i dug out a old brake caliper from the shed and guess what, the 7.62x25 blew holes in that too. does any else feel the tokarev is an outstand round and would you feel comfortable using one to defend you life ?