Antique pistol question

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Gm49007, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Gm49007

    Gm49007 New Member

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    Can anyone give me some info on this pistol
     

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  2. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The Liberty Mdl. 1914 .32 caliber pistol "Ruby" type. Made in Eibar. These basque produced pistols by Hermanos Bros. were also used by the French Miliatary during WWI. They have very little value on the collectors market. :)
     

  3. Gm49007

    Gm49007 New Member

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    This is stamped 1924 and its a .25; does that make any difference?
     
  4. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Wall hanger...........

    Other than shooting someone point blank an maybe killing the person, it was only a deterant to would be robbers, or used by the robbers to thoughs that didn't have bigger side arms.................You just have soon as used a cap gun..................;)
     
  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Put that one up for display.

    I would not want to shoot a firearm that old.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I had a Ruby for a while. I completely redid it. It was a good reliable pocket pistol by the time I was done with it. I carried it as a backup for about a year before I sold it off.
    Not much more than a step up from a knife.
     
  7. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Liberty made many "Budget" handguns around the turn of the 20th century. The name was revived in the 1960s and it was used to market revolvers. These guns were often produced with questionable metal treating. :)
     
  8. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    I agree - the second picture looks like - "CAL 25"

    I'm certainly no expert, but I really think that means its a .25 caliber.

    :p
     
  9. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Euro .25 Cal. Pistols were marked 6.35 MM. :)
     
  10. JW357

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    So... It's mismarked to .25 caliber? I'm confused.
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Euro pistols made for sale in europe were marked 6.35. Euro pistols made for export to the US market were marked .25. Not suprising.
     
  12. Gm49007

    Gm49007 New Member

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    It is a .25; I I took a chance and ran some rounds through it, it cycles pretty good.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    And that's the pudding..And we all know the proof is in the pudding :D

    OP it might not be worth a whole lot but if it was me I'd be hard pressed to get rid of it. 25's are not the cheapest to feed and they have very limited use but still..It's an old gun and that's pretty neat!. But I am an old gun geek.:eek:
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013
  14. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Of course to be an antique it has to be made prior to 1898.
    The .25 Auto cartridge was introduced in 1905.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013
  15. geoberk

    geoberk New Member

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    I have a similar Liberty .25. Tell me, when you look at it from the back, does your Liberty have a rectangular hole through which you can see the mainspring? Or is mine just worn/damaged? (Looking at the metal part located between the grips)
     
  16. zachalbrecht

    zachalbrecht New Member

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    While this gun may not be valuable it is a neat piece. Also you may want a larger caliber for personal defense but I have never met anyone who thought being shot with just a 25 was not serious. The most important aspect is reliability. Which for these is not great. Also a curio/relic is the designation not antique and it applies to anything over 50 years old. On that note many guns have been listed as curios that are not relics.

    http://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/curios-relics/index.html

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