Ridge83 wrote: Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:23 am
With the fact that pistol caliber carbines have seen a big resurgence in the past few years. Why haven't we seen semi-auto and/or bolt action carbines chambered for rounds like the 7.62x25mm Tokarev ? It's a decent cartridge with a lot of good things going for it.
Simplest answer: there's not enough of a perceived market for it.
We have 9mm Parabellum ("Luger") already, and in noncorrosive, Boxer-primed, brass cases, usually at a very affordable per-round price. It's also going to be a bit more powrful than the 7.62x25 Tokarev. Not saying the Tok is bad, but the 9mm makes more sense in a handgun, which is both rounds' primary usage.
I see someone else mentioned dirt-cheap milsurp ammo and how it's dried up. That was also the appeal of two very famous WWII rifles, the British SMLE and the Russo-Soviet Mosin-Nagant. Now, even if you can find milsurp ammo, it's considerably more expensive, so we might as well go with the good ol' 'Murrican standbys of .30-06, .308 Win, .270 Win, and so on. The appeal of those two rifles is now, therefore, largely nostalgic and much less practical.
And then there's the levergun market in handgun chamberings such as .38/357, the various .44's, or .45 Colt. With some practice, one can work a levergun fast enough to where you think they're shooting a semi-auto. Plus, leverguns are 'MURRICAN! So, they remain popular. Among hoplophiles in this country, I'm not aware of very many who don't sometimes think of slingin' that ol' truty Winchester mounted across their backs.
This is why it doesn't appear to make financial sense for someone to develop a semi-auto in something like the Tok vs. just sticking with 9mm Para/Luger.
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