Unheadstamped 7.62x25mm Tokarev

What is known about unheadstamped (Soviet) 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridges?

What era are they from? WWII? Pre-WWII?

Was this an economy measure to save time and cost?

Which factories manufactured these? I know, hard to say since there is no headstamp!

Thanks,

AKMS

[quote=“AKMS”]What is known about unheadstamped (Soviet) 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridges?

What era are they from? WWII? Pre-WWII?

Was this an economy measure to save time and cost?

Which factories manufactured these? I know, hard to say since there is no headstamp!

Thanks,

AKMS[/quote]

7,62x25 TT cartridges index 57-N-132 was made in USSR by plants # 3 and #38 from 1930 till 1941 without headstamps. After begining of WWII a new plants was engaged for producing this cartridge, and so it was necessary to make a headstamp including manufacturer code and year of production.
From 1944 the big plants start use in headstamp also month of manufacturing and small plant starting use only number of quarter ( = 3 months ).

The first dated Tokarev rounds are 1942, for reasons explained very well above.

Yes, you are right. On picture below shown plain base 7,62x25 TT without headstamp and two samples of early headstamps 1942 - “T 42” and 541 42". Sorry for quality of the picture, but in present time I am not at home and it is all I can find in my files.