Beretta 950 .25 acp trade for Desert Eagle Micro .380

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by gunman41mag, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. gunman41mag

    gunman41mag Well-Known Member

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    Give me your opinion, would you do the trade ??
     
  2. rifleman1

    rifleman1 Active Member

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    I've owned a tomcat in the past I don't know if it is or is not really comparable to the 950 but I liked it but I've never dealt with a micro so I would go for the trade just to try see if I liked it.
     

  3. gunman41mag

    gunman41mag Well-Known Member

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    Beretta 950 has a tip up barrel, the desert eagle micro. 380 is pretty heavy for a small gun
     
  4. rifleman1

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    Yes the tomcat had the flip up barrel also very cool little gun all in all.
     
  5. stalkingbear

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    I would make the trade so fast he wouldn't have a chance to think about changing his mind! No way would I keep a .25 if given the chance to trade for a decent .380! Perhaps you can trade the .380 next for a 9mm? Seriously, a .25 is worse than useless in a gunfight! It MIGHT kill, given surgical precision shot placement, but won't stop somebody in time to save you if no CNS hits, and might even piss him off more! I used to have a friend 1/2 my size that worked in the Jefferson County jail system, and his job was searching people when they 1st came in, before processing. He was shot 5 times with a .25 and killed the guy that shot him. This was in the mid 80s and in case you don't believe me I can provide his name and other info so you can look him-and the shooting up in the local news or paper archives.
     
  6. BillDeShivs

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    I would keep the .25. That .380 is very heavy and clunky.


    Stalkingbear- your friend would have survived if those 5 shots were .380 also.
     
  7. gunman41mag

    gunman41mag Well-Known Member

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    Here's what floating in my head, the Beretta 950 .25 acp, is a Single Action with a frame mounted safety & has the tip up barrel, easy to load and unload, plus it has a short light trigger pull, also it's lighter & the mag holds 2 more rounds. The Desert Eagle Micro good point is caliber (.380 acp)it's heavier, bigger, doesn't have a safety, & the trigger pull is a long heavy (10 pound) double action only, also parts will be hard to find. What a dilemma ??
     
  8. formerCav

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    I had a Raven 25 once. HAD is a key word. Had it for about ONE WEEK and got rid of it. JUNK.
     
  9. gunman41mag

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    I've been pondering on this trade, and the reason I went ahead with the trade is ? The .380 is a more potent caliber than the 25 !! With the 25, i would have to hit the eyes or neck to basically stop the thug !! The 380 should have enough power to reach the main organs.
     
  10. Mercator

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    I would. The 950 is for a vest pocket. Keeping it in a deep pocket or a blue jean pocket is not very practical for a guy with large hands or sausage fingers. The incredibly tiny "thumb" safety frankly scares me. A few years back someone offered me a 950 for a song, as the gun show was closing. I walked away.

    I have not fired a 950, but shot a closely related Bobcat. For targets, meh.

    The MDE is more straightforward. The trigger pull and the perceived kick is what you'd expect (the grip is very short for a 380). I liked it better because it is easier to draw safely, and it is also a handsome little chunk of stainless steel. It is an interesting design inside, with two recoil spring assemblies. My MDE was reliable with RN's but not always with hollow points.

    My 2 cents, both are recreational pieces, the MDE being better overall.
     
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  11. stalkingbear

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    My mom had a 950 when I was a small kid. I snuck it out to go TRY to shoot a groundhog and I FINALLY had to hold it almost against the groundhog's head before it would even kill a groundhog at VERY close range! I was only about 8-9 years old but that stuck in my mind how ineffective it was against a lowly groundhog! A heavier .380 DAO is, in MY opinion, MUCH better and a HUGE step in the right direction for defense than the 950. The ONLY thing the 950 has in advantages is the tip up barrel.
     
  12. gunman41mag

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    I'll just have to get used to a carry gun without a frame mounted safety, i know rifleman1 will be by shortly to cuss me out for wanting a safety on a carry gun
     
  13. rifleman1

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    I'm use to not having an external safety on my carry gun, I know gunman41mag will be by shortly to cuss me out for having the choice to carry what I want.:pot stirrer:
     
  14. Mercator

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    I wouldn't doubt it. He could have died too, shortly after, from internal bleeding.

    You cannot possibly know that, Bill.
     
  15. BillDeShivs

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    What I do know is that no handgun is a death ray. All require CNS shots for a sure stop. A CNS shot with a .25 does the same thing as a CNS shot with a .380.
    Using caliber as an excuse for poor marksmanship is foolish.
    BTW- I probably have shot more .25 than most people. I have done a lot of informal testing.
     
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  18. gunman41mag

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    My Beretta 950 .25 was pretty accurate for a small gun, but in a gun fight, I'm not going to have time to aim the tiny sights, hold my breath, & slowly pull the trigger
     
  19. BillDeShivs

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    Comparing .25 to .22 lr from pocket pistols, shooting .25s at bulletproof vests, penetration tests with wood, target shooting, shooting at targets of opportunity.
     
  20. Mercator

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    In the absence of a direct CNS hit, the ultimate survival is determined mostly by the blood loss. The rest being equal, 5 larger holes give you a shorter time to live before seeing the paramedics.