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I was just wandering how popular this little Raven is .. It's always been a fine little shooter never a problem not one .. only thing I don't like about it was. The stiff trigger pull but I just fixed it after 40 years .. I took the trigger spring out and set it on a red hot stove eye for about 20 min then dropped it in a tsp leveled with oil ..that worked .. trigger pull is nice .. should have done this year's ago but just didn't think of it ..
 

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It's one of the founding members of the infamous Davis family of guns that cropped up with the GCA'68. As 'designated destruction deputy', I probably threw two dozen Raven/Jennings/Davis/Sterling 25s off the front end of a boat....after shooting at flying fish first, of course. :)
 

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The Raven was the quintessential "Saturday Night Special" of the '60's, '70's and '80's. They were dirt cheap, shiny and cute. But there's a secret about Ravens. THEY WORK!! They tend to be pretty reliable pistols and shoot rather straight. They are notorious for breaking firing pins, but replacements abound. I kinda wish I had one, its a real period piece.
 

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It's hard to mess up such a simple Browning design. Made well from steel, they command good prices. Pot metal castings not so much. Magazines are the key to reliability, but carrying one fully cocked and maybe locked is not for me and carrying one (Schmeisser) without one in the spout nearly cost me dearly in a Reno alley. I changed guns that day.
 

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The saving grace is that they did work better than the other cheap .25's of the time. Can't swear how how they'd work, but the average buyer wouldn't have been likely to put 100 rounds though it in a lifetime.
 

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When I went to work full time in '69, we sold (or gave) individual rounds of ammo so the freshly bought gun was loaded with fresh ammo when it left the shop. At that time, handgun ammo and .22 RF had to be signed out in a hard bound book. Since we were the only Browning ammo dealer in several hundred miles, it made crime solving a little easier later as a deputy sheriff. ;)
I don't recall ever selling a full box of .25 auto or 32 S&W.
 

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I've got one Raven and two Bauer .25s Never shot the Raven and have had it 30+ years. Shot my Bauer's some and upon inspection the safety lever on one was broke. It's been retired for a long time. The other one, I sometimes carried as a third gun, in my left front pants pocket. I was a one man unit in a very unfriendly part of town. BTW, it always was carried without a round in the chamber, never truly trusted a striker fired pistol.
 

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I have one a friend gave me. Had some trouble with it feeding and took it to a gunsmith gave me a lecture and told me to throw it away then fixed it. I shot a big cantaloupe sized dirt clod from 2’ away with . The clod stayed in tact and the bullet lodged inside. Each time I bring it out several gun officianados will say” I had one of those”.
 

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I never stocked them, but sold a few. There was a fellow I knew, Theo Baudoin, who loved the 25 acp. and he wanted to learn how to load it. I taught reloading to interested parties back in the 80's and he asked me to teach him. I provided the press and most of the necessary equipment and even dies if I had them. He bought the shell holder and dies (as I did not have them) and all the components. It is an infuriating little cartridge to load for. He was the most studious of any reloader I ever taught...and we loaded a few hundred for his little .25 collection. He was a Korean War POW Vet (link below). I ran into him a few years ago at the Lowe's in my Hometown and he reminded me of our reloading sessions. I would not recommend reloading for it, but as I learned, it can be done. :D I think we used either Red Dot or Bulls Eye.

 

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I bought one off a coworker 20-25 years ago dirt cheap, he said it wouldn't hit a man size target at 10 yards. I confirmed it's lack of accuracy but it did function reliably. Threw it in a safe and forgot about it until a few years ago. Was organizing the safe and came across it-the bore was completely smooth but green, so I tried cleaning the bore with foaming bore cleaner and a bore brush-after several cleanings the rifling showed up and the bore looked pretty good. Gun is now pretty accurate still has a terrible trigger and stiff safety but 100% reliable not bad for a $25.00 gun.
 
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