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    I am looking for input on a good/reliable .25 auto. Is there such a thing?

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    I've heard that the single-action Beretta tip-up barrel is pretty good. The only one I personally know about functions 100% with fmj, although I don't know the particular brand of fmj that my friend uses.

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    FMJ only for the 25acp
    yes the beretta is probably the best on the market
    there is also the North american arms
    i also like the baby browning 25acp
    i have one that is new in the box -

    what are you going to use it for?
    self defense? - you have to be within 5 feet for it to be any good

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    Thanks...
    I didn't know Browning made one. I'll have to check on that one. Why do you call it a baby?

    It is mostly just a sentimental thing I guess. I bought one (.25) for my mom when I was a kid for her to carry in her car. She has a .38 now and I have the .25 back. It's an old German one I'd have to dig out to even get the right name. My dad said he heard it had an inherent safety problem so it has just been sitting for years. My wife thinks it is "cute" so I thought I'd check into a new better one for her to play with. Plus I have about 15 boxes of shells that need to be shot.

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    Browning does not make 25acp pistols any more
    this is one from PSA
    it is smaller than the colt Jr 25acp - thus baby
    see
    http://www.precisionsmallarms.com/models.aspx
    there is an interesting story behind the company
    for the classic form and style of 25's - this is THE company
    i have a contact where i bought mine - good luck

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    Taruas has a nice one.

    http://www.taurususa.com/product-det...adcrumbseries=

    It shoot pretty nice

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    The Beretta 950 BS AKA Jetfire is a terrific .25. The newer versions also have a manual safety. Fairly easy to find and a good hideout piece.

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    Thumbs down Why?

    Well, in my way of thinking about the .25 cal gun is why even consider buying one. In this day and age with all the mouse guns being produced, you can do much better than a .25 for any reason. Just think if you had to shoot at someone to defend your life, you better be real close and shoot them in the head. If you are 5 feet away and shoot, then you better expect to receive some bullets from them. Just think about it!!!

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    Thumbs down

    I do agree, it is a very small cartridge... Think about it... A .25 is a step up from a .22... It will just make the perp even more mad at you

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    for the same size (ok just a tad bigger) you could have a 380 from keltec or ruger or sig or kahr
    also the keltec 32 is even lighter than the 380's and is much better than a 25
    the keltec 32 doesn't have near the trouble that some of the keltec 3AT's have had

    classic 25acp is 9 oz
    the beretta 25 is 11.8 oz
    the keltec 32 is 6 oz
    the keltec 3AT is 9oz
    the ruger LCP is 9.4 oz
    thus that is why the 380's are flying out the door

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    Thanks for the info guys. I ain't planning on using it for defence. Kinda just want one...the PSA looks pretty cool. I held the Ruger lcp the other day but decided on the Diamondback .380. Kinda wanted one of those too.

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    thanks for replying
    did you read the PSA web site?
    pretty interesting isn't it
    yea - for a 25, this is the one to get - classic lines

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    Yes I did read it. Very Cool! I'm gonna get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSG View Post
    The Beretta 950 BS AKA Jetfire is a terrific .25. The newer versions also have a manual safety. Fairly easy to find and a good hideout piece.
    I have the Jetfire's "big brother", the Beretta Tomcat. That's the .32 Auto version. I keep it loaded with Federal 65 grain HYDRA-SHOK jacketed hollow points.
    I've also run Speer Gold Dot 60 grain hollowpoints and Magtech 71 grain FMJ stuff through it with no problems.

    Its best feature is the tilt barrel, which solves the "nasty blowback spring" problem for "little guns". That completely removes the need to jack a round in the chamber using the slide. For this gun, using the slide
    to chamber the first round is DANGEROUS. DON'T DO IT. You end up with the safety off, and the hammer cocked back in "single action", just ready to go. The only safe way is to tilt the barrel, place the round,
    and snap the barrel down. All done with the safety on.

    And, yes, it has a frame mounted safety lever.

    Actually, I just bought it new when a local gun store was going out of business. Couldn't pass it up for $200. And, I already had its big brother, my 92 FS Centurion.

    The Tomcat in .32 Auto isn't really a serious CCW. Just a mouse gun. 61 grain bullets says it all. But, it sure can be "hidden" anywhere.

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    Thanks to Hideit...
    Pick up my PSA 25 on Wed. What a cool feeling little gun!
    I'll fiquire out the picture posting soon and report back after I get a few boxes shot up.

    Thanks for all ya'lls input!

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    for those that don't know - these are from the liscenses from the original browning factory
    interesting history about this company on their web site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottsabby View Post
    I am looking for input on a good/reliable .25 auto. Is there such a thing?
    I've had a Beretta 950 Jetfire for over 30 years now, it's never had a single hiccup. Great little gun.

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    Beretta equals no problems...........

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    That's right! At least for me. I've had the 950, two 84's, a Browning BDA, and now another 84, and they have all been flawless. I wish I could say the same for Colt, AMT, FN(Browning HP), and others I had problems with.

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