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Why the switch from 7.62x25 to 9mm Makarov?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by emt1581, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    Penn's Woods
    Why did countries that used to use the 7.62x25 Tok. switch to the 9mm Mak.?

    Seems like guns like the CZ-52 and TT-33 are superior in power/penetration/etc. to guns like the Makarov and why the switch?


  2. novaDAK


    Apr 17, 2006
    When using FMJ, bigger holes are better.

  3. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson

    Jul 10, 2001
    Hard to psychoanalyze a foreign army staff, but I think it because they were going away from SMGs to AKs which would cut the need for 7.62x25 ammunition way down and they took the opportunity to go to a more modern (1929) gun design in a simple blowback action.
  4. You also have to look at the traditional use of pistols by iron curtain countries.

    They only had to be effective from a couple of feet away with shots to the back of the head.

    Handguns really don't get much priority from any military. The SMG, Carbine, or Rifle are the primary fighting weapons.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  5. novaDAK


    Apr 17, 2006