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i was in my local shop the other, doing a transfer, and as always, the counters were full of odd, unusual guns, some of which i knew well, many of which i'd never heard of. a lot of them were small pocket guns. they included Ravens, of course, along with Davis/Cobras, Jennings, and R&G. then there were a couple i'd never heard of, and they actually seemed to be put together really well. one was a Sterling, and there were a few that were European, like Mauser, Salaberrin, and Bernardelli. most of them were under $100, and one or two were in odd calibers, like .22 Long.

i'm REALLY tempted to pick one of these up. does anyone have any knowledge of these types of guns? i did some digging, and i know that .22 Long is a hard round to come by, around here, anyway. so i'm leaning towards a .25 or .32ACP. my pocket's been feeling light since i sold my P3AT and S&W 642.

i used to own a Raven .25ACP, and while i know they get a lot of flak, the one i had never gave me any issues. i just want to know if there are alternatives to Ravens out there, or should i just stick with what i know?
 

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.22 Long is nothing more than the .22LR case loaded with the 29-grain .22 Short bullet. A gun marked ".22 Long" MIGHT in fact be chambered for .22LR, or it MIGHT be safe to shoot with at least standard-velocity .22LR ammo.

Of the brands you mentioned, Bernadelli is one I know of that has a pretty decent reputation. Not the world's best but also not junk.

We can be or more help if you can post exact make/model numbers or, better yet, photos of what you're interested in.
 

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jahwarrior72; all,

look around the gunshows & you wil llikely find MANY nice/used semi-automatics of the WWI period & the 20s, 30s, 40s, & 50s for CHEAP. - most will be .25ACP, .32ACP, 9x18mm or .380ACP caliber.
(imVho, those "old school", all steel, veterans are BETTER-made & more accurate than ANY of the modern "budget pistols". - ONE of those .32 pistols at the last show was a Czech-made, post-WWI era, 7-shot SA that was so pristine that it looked like fine jewelry. - i still don't know WHO actually made it, as i've "googled it" to no avail. - the price, after some bargaining: 75.ooUSD.)

at the last local gunshow here in SA i found 11 NICE, European-made, .32ACP pistols, for LESS than 100.oo each, some of which i bought as presents for my younger brother (for Christmas), who collects/shoots "vintage" .32ACP pistols.
(i'd bet that Ed has at least 50-60 .32s in the gun-safe.) - i think that he'll be PLEASED!

yours, sw
 

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jahwarrior72; all,

....ONE of those .32 pistols at the last show was a Czech-made, post-WWI era, 7-shot SA that was so pristine that it looked like fine jewelry. - i still don't know WHO actually made it, as i've "googled it" to no avail. -...

Can you post a picture?
 

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SpecialEd,

SORRY = NOPE. NO camera, NO knowledge of how to do it & right now, i don't have the pistol in my possession.
the reason we believe that it's Czech manufacture is the style & the proof marks.- it has NO makers name - just a number, proofmarks & the serial numbers

yours, sw

jahwarrior72; all,

....ONE of those .32 pistols at the last show was a Czech-made, post-WWI era, 7-shot SA that was so pristine that it looked like fine jewelry. - i still don't know WHO actually made it, as i've "googled it" to no avail. -...

Can you post a picture?
 
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