A special gift from my grandpa!

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jordan89, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    I made a visit to my grandparents earlier today and my grandpa surprised me with this gun. It's a raven p-25. He said that he has had it for 20-30 years and that my great grandfather had it a couple of years before him until he passed away. Im very aware of the bad reputation that this gun has had but the sentimental value far exceeds that. That being said I don't plan on shooting it often and hopefully one day I will have a son to pass this on to.

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  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    For most folks the sentimental value is greater than the market value. It'll make a nice heirloom.
     

  3. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Lucky you. Cherish it. What gives this gun a bad reputation?
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Even though a handgun can be passed on, history may be forgotten. Scribble what you know on a piece of paper with names, dates, and places.

    WoC, the bad rep is from the "quality" of the manufacturing. If it were not a family heirloom, the best advice is to stay away from them. Raven Arms MP-25 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Thanks again, DanF. So from what I read and understand, this gun is THE Saturday Night Special? I don't think I ever heard of a .25 caliber weapon.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Keep it in the family and try shooting it once in a while but outside of that I wouldn't use it for much.
     
  7. neilage66

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    There is also a group of rifle cartridges that are affectionately known as *quarter inchers* or *quarter bores* to their devotees.

    That Raven might just be a shooter (or not).
    Don't know till you try.
     
  8. jeepejeep

    jeepejeep New Member

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    I bought a Raven .25 about 25 years ago because it was $65 brand new, the reviews I read about it said it was very reliable and fairly accurate for what it is and I just couldn't resist! Well, the darn thing goes bang and just plain works every time. Not too accurate past 10 feet or so but this was intended to be a "in your face" type of weapon. It's just fun to me and my kids call it "The noisy cricket"!
    Yes, for you the real worth is sentimentality, so enjoy it, shoot it a bit and never let it go. Keep that little bugger in the family.
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It is always cool to have something from your ancestors. It isn't a fancy or high-dollar weapon, but that doesn't keep it from being uncool. Maybe you could put it in a nice lil display case on the wall.

    I doubt all those antique flintlocks were top-dollar firearms when purchased.
     
  10. c3shooter

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    WOC- it is .25 ACP. .25 ACP - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    To the OP- As far as the Raven, despite the inexpensive manufacturing, they actually scored high on reliability of shooting WHEN SCORED AGAINST OTHER VEST POCKET .25s. One of my Baby Hammerless .22 revolvers (22 short, 1 inch bbl, not heavy enuff to be good paperweight) belonged to Step-mom's grandmother- in her days as a Dance Hall girl. Like your Raven, the family history makes it priceless to me.

    The ORIGINAL Saturday Night Special was the receiver of a breech loading rifle (Hall's breech loader). Reciever could be detached from barrel, and carried as a crude handgun when the troops went into town on Saturday night.

    Inexpensive handguns, frequently of European origin, got stuck with that name. Among the lowest were the Rohm or RG revolvers, and one brand called Rosco. Yeah, that is where term originated.
     
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  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I hereby nominate c3 shooter as the forum historian. His knowledge of firearm facts and lore needs to be officially recognized. The title Historian should be added to the title of Moderator.
     
  12. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    His knowledge is incredible, isn't it?
     
  13. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Couldn't agree more!
     
  14. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Nice pistol, it is always a good feeling when your next in line to hold a family heirloom and one day pass it along to someone else who will cherish it.
     
  15. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    My wife has a Raven 25. Has always gone bang when I pulled the trigger. I would not hesitate to use as a pocket carry back up, but the safety seems to be too easy to put off & on. I'd never know if it was off or on when I drew it.
     
  16. jordan89

    jordan89 New Member

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    Could anyone explain the serial number format for raven? I want to know the year that it was manufactured. Btw, I got up early today and put a few rounds thru this gun and it fired nicely.
     
  17. jeepejeep

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    Not to hi-jack the thread but you're wrong. The term has it's base in racism as shown here:
    The Racist Origins of the Term "Saturday Night Special" | SaturdayNightSpecial.org