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I just got one of these interesting little guns for Christmas...anyone have anything to say about them? I know a .25 doesn't have much power, but I do a lot of fishing by myself. Around town, I figure I would be more likely to carry something small and compact than something that I'm going to notice all day, and a gun is only gonna help if I have it on me...

When I go to the mountains, I plan on carrying something heavier like a .40 or .45 (my only other handgun is a 9mm Sig, still not big enough if a bear, moose, or even a deer decides to get frisky lol)

I haven't carried any gun since I don't have my ccw yet, and I would appreciate any questions, comments, and opinions. I'm not new to guns, I have a pretty good amount of experience shooting, mostly with shotguns. I've been shooting handguns more in the last couple years though...
 

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that pistol is a great little defensive pistol with the right loads

now as for carrying in the mountains do your self a favor and get your self a revolver in 38/357 and up
i have been an instructor and competetive shooter aswell as a hunter for many years and you just dont have enough power or penetration with auto loaders a revolver carries a bigger round with a larger powder charge and heavier bullets moving at faster speeds which all lead to deeper penetration.

as an example a 180 grain 40 cal round moving at 1200 fps will penetrate around 6 to 10 inches in a dense strata like a bears chest neck or shoulder where as a 230 grn 357 mag will do closer to 18 to 20 inches in the same strata. most of your guides in alaska will carry nothing smaller that a 45long colt or one of the magnum cartridges be it the 357, 41,44 and 2 guides i know carry the 500 smith snubnose alaskan survival that is sold in a package
 

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The only thing I'll say is when you fire the gun make sure the web of your hand between your thumb and your index finger are clear of the slide.

I used to sell them in the 90's. That was the biggest complaint I heard about them. The only small .25 I've owned is a Raven....didn't care for that small of a gun much.
 

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azbassernco said:
that pistol is a great little defensive pistol with the right loads

now as for carrying in the mountains do your self a favor and get your self a revolver in 38/357 and up
i have been an instructor and competetive shooter aswell as a hunter for many years and you just dont have enough power or penetration with auto loaders a revolver carries a bigger round with a larger powder charge and heavier bullets moving at faster speeds which all lead to deeper penetration.

as an example a 180 grain 40 cal round moving at 1200 fps will penetrate around 6 to 10 inches in a dense strata like a bears chest neck or shoulder where as a 230 grn 357 mag will do closer to 18 to 20 inches in the same strata. most of your guides in alaska will carry nothing smaller that a 45long colt or one of the magnum cartridges be it the 357, 41,44 and 2 guides i know carry the 500 smith snubnose alaskan survival that is sold in a package
When the time comes, I've been considering a Taurus Judge...I like the fact that I could load up with buckshot and/or .45 rounds. Plus [double action] revolvers are nice because if you do get a misfire, just pull the trigger and your on to the next round.

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The only thing I'll say is when you fire the gun make sure the web of your hand between your thumb and your index finger are clear of the slide.

I used to sell them in the 90's. That was the biggest complaint I heard about them. The only small .25 I've owned is a Raven....didn't care for that small of a gun much.
After reading about this gun online, that's pretty much the only bad thing people have to say about it (besides the fact that its a small caliber.) I have kinda small hands, so hopefully that will help me out a bit lol. I definately don't wanna get bit by it, looks painful!


What kind of rounds would you guys recommend? I already know to stick with full metal jackets, but what about brands, bullet weights, etc?
 

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azbassernco said:
that pistol is a great little defensive pistol with the right loads

now as for carrying in the mountains do your self a favor and get your self a revolver in 38/357 and up
i have been an instructor and competetive shooter aswell as a hunter for many years and you just dont have enough power or penetration with auto loaders a revolver carries a bigger round with a larger powder charge and heavier bullets moving at faster speeds which all lead to deeper penetration.

as an example a 180 grain 40 cal round moving at 1200 fps will

357 with 180 grain hardcast will keep you safe in Colorado. A S&W mountain Gun in 45 Long Colt would be perfect! Or you could get a 44 and just load 44 specials Like these in Colorado.


[url]http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=89]penetrate around 6 to 10 inches in a dense strata like a bears chest neck or shoulder where as a 230 grn 357 mag will do closer to 18 to 20 inches in the same strata. most of your guides in alaska will carry nothing smaller that a 45long colt or one of the magnum cartridges be it the 357, 41,44 and 2 guides i know carry the 500 smith snubnose alaskan survival that is sold in a package
357 with 180 grain hardcast will keep you safe in Colorado. A S&W mountain Gun in 45 Long Colt would be perfect! Or you could get a 44 and just load 44 specials Like these in Colorado.


http://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=89[/url]
 

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25. cal will kill anything coming at you, period!!!
just hit it in the right spot!
I walk around most of the time with a little 22.cal revolver, I will take my chances with it, this is not Alaska we don't have brown bears down here yet, or wolves, so your biggest threat would be on two legs ! thats a sick little gun!
 

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25. cal will kill anything coming at you, period!!!
just hit it in the right spot!
I walk around most of the time with a little 22.cal revolver, I will take my chances with it, this is not Alaska we don't have brown bears down here yet, or wolves, so your biggest threat would be on two legs ! thats a sick little gun!
I scared off a Lion when I was 18 with a 22 and was glad I had it!!! It was the sound, not the bullet that worked. I would use a 22 to kill birds and small animals for food, but not as a trail or camp gun?

We still have black bears, lions and wild dogs. A 357 or a 45 is the more logical choice in our mountains if he wants a trail gun! Especially with all the different loads now available to mix and match with!

No one was knocking his Berretta as a pocket gun for self defense! Just giving him some suggestions for a camp or trail gun.
 

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Conrats on the gun!! Ya, when I am backcountry I carry a Ruger Security Six .357 magnum with 230 grain hardcast and I still feel undergunned sometimes.

I think the big question would be do you have the marbles to calmy take a shot if something is coming for you??

Anyway, I dont' know much about your firearm but I hope you enjoy it..
 
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