POTD: An M1911 In 7.62×25 Tokarev

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Are you someone who appreciates the classic lines of the 1911 platform, but wants a cartridge with a little more punch than a .45 ACP, or even a .38 Super? A recent photo by Oleg Volk has the answer:

Adding to the slick, classic John Browning design, the beautiful color case hardened frame, the enhanced beavertail, hammer, and night sights, this handgun by Sam Hoster of Custom Defense, LLC is chambered for the Russian 7.62x25mm Tokarev caliber, a suped-up variant of the 7.63 Mauser cartridge introduced with the equally classic Mauser C96 pistol. To make the conversion work, Sam adapted magazines from the Colt Mark III National Match 1911, which were originally designed for wadcutter-loaded .38 Special match ammunition.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Brian M Brian M on Sep 01, 2015

    It's funny, because the TT pistols are somewhat like the spiritual descendants of the M1911 and are in numerous ways improvements on the basic short recoil design by having a fully captive recoil spring, articulated guide rod, unified hammer assembly, and locking lugs on all sides of the action. Now all someone needs to do is make a 7.62x25 TT33 in DA/SA with double stack magazines, a drop safety, a spring-loaded firing pin, a hammer block safety, a grip safety, and a decocker. It would be a fearsome beast.

  • Supergun Supergun on Sep 12, 2015

    The Cor Bon 165 gr 45 is sufficient.