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I'm very fond of the tiny pocket autos - not only the newer offerings by Kel-Tec, Ruger, and others - but most especially the little Colts and Brownings.

Here is the .25acp companion to Mrs. xtm's Hi-Power:


Many folks don't know just how small some of them are. Here is a photo of it on top of a G-26 - often called the "Baby Glock".


Show us some photos of your "Baby" Autos!

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Colt 1908


Beretta 950BS


Walther TPH


FN/Browning 1910


Here's all of them except the TPH with a HPMKIII for size.
 

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Here is my favorite baby auto, a Rohrbaugh 9mm. As you can see it is quite a bit smaller than a S&W 337 and doubles as a BBQ gun... :)

 

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Just one, a CZ "duo" in .25. It's a copy of the Baby Browning design. I traded a Raven .25 for it years ago. The CZ had been taken apart and I was handed a box of parts in the trade. Took an hour of so of messing with it before I figured it out (pre-internet days). I had traded a drift anchor after I sold my boat for the Raven so in the end I got an all steel .25 auto of a proven design for a used drift anchor. One of the better deals that I've ever done!
X-man, that is one fine looking Baby Browning. Don't let anyone whine about the caliber, the way I see it 6 rds from a palmed pistol at contact distance into the BG's face will break teeth, gouge out eyeballs, give em a nose bleed and will just generally make em think about running home to momma.
 

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m58 said:
.....a palmed pistol at contact distance into the BG's face will break teeth, gouge out eyeballs, give em a nose bleed and will just generally make em think about running home to momma.
Exactly! :lol:

I don't have a lot of confidence in the knock-down power of a .25 slug, but they do give a criminal something to worry about and usually make them exit for greener pastures. ~25 years ago, one of my neighbors used a .25 auto to shoot a would-be rapist who broke into her home. She was fairly hysterical when he burst into her bedroom, but managed to plant one slug ~ 4" above his navel. It must've gone through all the way to the spine, because she said that he folded over and hit the floor, pronto! He couldn't get back up and had trouble crawling away because he had already dropped his drawers for the task at hand. She then emptied the mag. at his big a$$ as he waddled away on his hands and knees, but only got in one more hit. The one lucky bullet hit him at the base of the scrotum and removed one of the family jewels! That nice big chunk of DNA remained in the hallway and later became a crucial piece of evidence for his conviction. He actually did go crying home to his momma - she lived 2 blocks away and the police blood-trailed him to her house.

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Alphonso said:
Here is my favorite baby auto, a Rohrbaugh 9mm. As you can see it is quite a bit smaller than a S&W 337 and doubles as a BBQ gun... :)


Nice, I've only seen one Rohrbaugh in person but I wasn't allowed to touch it.
 

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I bought this back in the 1980s when I had an FFL and could order new guns directly. Think I paid $119 for it. Has been extremely reliable and fairly accurate. Factory magazines are hard to find and very pricey. About 12 years ago I was at a show and I saw a dealer with 5 brand new mags in the factory wrappers. He said he wanted $5 each. I about feinted and bought 3 of them. Took 20 steps and then realized my mistake and went back. Too late. The guy standing behind me had told the seller what they were selling for and he was changing the price to $25. DOH!

My father in law likes small auto pistols so I got him one of these for Christmas 2 years ago. Picked up an aftermarket mag for a spare and it apparently works OK. His was made in FL and mine was made in AR about 20 miles from my house. I didn't realize there was ever any gun manufacturing in AR.

 

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SP,

I really like that Iver Johnson .22 - right down to the little I.J. owl emblem on the grip panel! For a moment there, I thought it was stamped "Iver Jackson", and I was about to call "Foul!"

Iver Johnson was one of those companies that manufactured items on each end of the quality spectrum! The "Ivory" Johnson firearms I have are like yours - fine equipment. I recently found out that I.J. had a fancy retail store in N.Y.C. that was a rival to the Griffin & Howe and Abercrombie & Fitch shops catering to wealthy sportsmen.

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m58 said:
Just one, a CZ "duo" in .25. It's a copy of the Baby Browning design. I traded a Raven .25 for it years ago. The CZ had been taken apart and I was handed a box of parts in the trade. Took an hour of so of messing with it before I figured it out (pre-internet days). I had traded a drift anchor after I sold my boat for the Raven so in the end I got an all steel .25 auto of a proven design for a used drift anchor. One of the better deals that I've ever done! ...
m58,

You mentioned boat and boat anchor so many times, I thought the thread was going to shift over to Rugers. :lol:

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A real Smith on the S&W Forum! I hoped someone would post a pic of one of those - a nickle one, too!

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Jamn 44 said:
...Nice, I've only seen one Rohrbaugh in person but I wasn't allowed to touch it.
Jamn,

We are only about 50 miles apart. You can touch and shoot mine if logistics allow...
 

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Colt 1908 Vest Pocket Hammerless .25 made in 1921.
 

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mm6,

How does that S&B .25acp ammo work in your 1908? It works flawlessly in that little Browning - the only brand of ammo I've found that does. I understand that it has decent penetration - sort of like wielding a .250" ice pick.

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mm6,
That is an outstanding photo of a great looking Colt! The pistol has just the right amount of wear to show its use as a working gun and yet it still retains its beautiful case color trigger centered in the photo. Great photo of an excellent pistol.
 

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xtm,
Glad this topic didn't drift too far off of course! Cuz I like these little pocket pistols, plus them Rugers cann't anchor a boat down here cuz it's way too windy! :lol:
 
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