What do y'all think?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by jersh243, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. jersh243

    jersh243 New Member

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    A friend of mine is selling a raven .25 auto, what do y'all think of it as a first handgun?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. jersh243

    jersh243 New Member

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    Why? I need reasons.
     
  4. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Unpopular caliber. If you want a caliber that small, go .22, you will have many more guns to pick from, plus .22 ammo is more readily available and cheaper to buy.
     
  5. DeltaF

    DeltaF New Member

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    If you get in sticky situation with a .25, try throwing the gun at your attacker. It will probably be more accurate and do more damage that way. It's a gut gun.
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Agreed! Especially in that brand, blech!

    Start with something that has a reliable safety, a full-sized grip, and the ability to empty a whole magazine without a stoppage.

    Tell your friend to sell it to someone he does not like.


    TBH, my sister had a .25 as her purse pistol for a long time; the last time I cleaned caramel out of the barrel, she agreed to try my Bersa Thunder .380. I miss that Bersa, but I am glad she has a better purse pistol.

    The lil Bersa might be a interesting starter; it looks similar to the old James Bond PPK. It has a comfortable grip, though it isn't what I consider "full sized". The price is in the low $300's for the nickel finished model. Magazines are expensive, though.

    My first was a .22LR similar to the Ruger Mark series.
     
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  7. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

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    Depends on what your budget is. The Raven should be worth about $50 or less. If budget allows, there are other good choices. Someone mentioned the Bersa. I own 3 of them and they are fantastic guns. Can't go wrong choosing one of those. If you want to stay little, but dependable, take a look at NAA mini revolvers in 22mag. Lot's of caliber snobs will laugh at them, but they are a serious little shooters. good luck
     
  8. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The little .25 is often deadly at pocket pistol ranges. The low powered handgun bullets will not often shoot through a human. They do however enter the body cavity and tumble around spending their energy. They most often create fatal wounds.
    The Ravin is not a quality handgun. The reliability of these guns is "edgy" at best. :)
     
  9. jjones45

    jjones45 New Member

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    Spend about $100 bucks more and get a high point
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Such a small handgun is not recommended for training or a first pistol.

    (As an NRA instructor) I would suggest getting a larger frame .22LR and learn the basics.

    Unlike TV, one does not pick up a gun and know everything about shooting automatically.
     
  11. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Good advise. These small center fires are inaccurate and FTF is common. The ammunition for a .25 ACP is very expensive.:)
     
  12. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    Go with something in either .45 or 9mm. .25 is pretty useless.
     
  13. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    1- Raven guns are built to be cheap. They use cheap materials and construction and design are all cost cutting measures.
    2- you will get crummy sights, crummy trigger, stiff recoil springs because of the blowback design. The metal is usually a cast zinc allow that is brittle.
    3- there is no investment value at all.
    4- for a first gun you are starting with poor ergonomics, trigger and sights and will gain nothing but bad habits.
    5- the cartridge is weak, and expensive for its low power.
    6- you'd be better off taking whatever money he is asking for it and applying it to saving for something better.
     
  14. jersh243

    jersh243 New Member

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    Ok what do y'all think about the hi-point c9? it's about 80 more.
     
  15. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    $80 more than what?

    Much better than the Raven.
     
  16. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Lifetime warranty and terrific customer service. Still an entry level firearm, but the best of the worst.
     
  17. jersh243

    jersh243 New Member

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    $80 more then the raven
     
  18. jersh243

    jersh243 New Member

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    So it's a decent beginners gun? I will probably get the 40 s&w because its my favorite caliber
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    it's a about a hundred times better than the Raven. do an internet search about the Raven and then come back here and tell us what you found.

    yes a 25 auto can kill a person, but there are way better rounds than a 25 auto. even the little 22lr is better than the 25 auto.

    the Hi-Points have a great warranty and are decently accurate and for the most part work like a pistol is suppose to.
     
  20. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Good choice.