Siberian Tiger vs. Submachine Gun?

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

No, I am not blogging about an idiot shooting an endangered tiger with a submachine gun! This photo was taken during a training exercise designed to simulate Siberian Tigers escaping from their cages at a Chinese zoo.

At this point in the exercise the “tiger” has been shot with a tranquilizer gun. I find it alarming to see a policeman pointing a Type 64 Type 79 submachine gun at the animal. Chambered in the weak 7.62x25mm pistol cartridge, it is just about the worst gun possible to use against a 850 pound beast. There is a reason the British hunted tigers with large-caliber double rifles, along with overpowered pistols for backup.

According to Wikipedia, in both 2010 and 2011 Siberian Tigers killed zoo/tour staff in China.

.58 Caliber Howdah Tiger Pistol (with carbine stock)

[ Many thanks to Alex for emailing us the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • PanFriedPipeBomb PanFriedPipeBomb on Jul 13, 2012

    Eeny meeny miny moe...

  • Mark Mark on Jul 17, 2012

    The 7.62X25mm isn't what I would call a weak cartridge. I have two Romanian Tokarevs and the 7.62X25 has punched all the way through a wet full size yellow pages with FMJ. My 1911A1 .45 ACP firing 230 gr FMJ only got to page 365. Ole Painless at TBOT has through and through penetration of a K-Pot and a Steel Pot with the 7.62X25 round, which neither the 9mm nor the .45 ACP did. Granted it is not an ideal self defense cartridge as there are very limited loads for it. But it can get the job done, The PPS and PPSH used by the Soviets during WWII were still in use up to their invasion of Afghanistan. And there are suppressed variants still being used in the Russian Military in Chechnya.