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Why is .25acp so crappy?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by coosbaycreep, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I just picked up an FIE titan .25 yesterday (which looks like something an unsuccessful pimp would carry, with it's capgun quality chrome finish and all) and after comparing the size of the ammo to other pocket pistol calibers, I don't see why it's so weak. The case is the same length as .22lr, and just a little bit shorter than a .32, yet it has only about half the knockdown of either of those calibers.

    I loaded up 3 rounds and fired it into the ground in our backyard, and it seemed pretty snappy, but when I tried to dig up the slugs to see how far they penetrated into the dirt, all I found was small bullet fragments a few inches down. This was 50gr FMJ too, which inspires even less confidence.

    This isn't something I plan on carrying...ever, but I was just curious why .25 is so far off a .32 and even weaker than the smaller cased .22lr?

    I also picked up a .22 jennings the other day, so now that I've got a very small collection of junk guns, I plan on doing some penetration tests with all of them to see just how crappy they really are, and I'll post some results.

    I know the chronograph results from my keltec .32 was enough to make me wish I had went with the .380 instead.
     
  2. dobeman

    dobeman Hillsboro Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't know that anyone gets .25 for "knockdown" capacity LOL. Though if you have a pocket gun with 7 or 8 capacity, you would certainly slow down a bad guy, they'd stop to pick the bullets out and give you time to run :)
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up an FIE titan .25 yesterday (which looks like something an unsuccessful pimp would carry

    What do the successful pimps carry? Lorcin's? :laugh:
     
  4. Sawz

    Sawz Aurora OR. Member

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    Here's one for the successful pimp. pimp%20my%20gun.jpg
     
  5. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Its better than poking them with a stick. And its easier to carry my .25 when I wear a suit than it is to carry my full size steel 1911...
     
  6. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Sawz's, is that the rare shriners clown car model?
     
  7. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    If I had the choice between a .25 & a rock, I'd take the rock.
     
  8. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Give me the .25. You'll lose.

    If you can't incapacitate someone who's not hopped up on goofenpills with a .25, you need to spend more time at the range learning to hit your target. If someone is all hopped up, my .45 may not even make a difference...
     
  9. trainsktg

    trainsktg Portland OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure how old many of the folks are here, but up until about 15 years ago, 25ACP was all of the rage.

    Keith
     
  10. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm definitely not one of the young folks here, but I never remember a .25 being "the rage".:) Even 40 years ago we made fun of them.:bluelaugh:

    But..Even a lowly .25 semi has a place in the universe. Usually never as a primary or first choice weapon, but as a backup, or when ya truly could not carry a bigger gun, for any reason. It was the size of the gun, not the caliber, that made them at least a little bit popular. Then, on the rare occasion that a 1911 would seem out of place in your speedo's, or in your jogging shorts, the little .25 would be somewhat easier to conceal.:D

    Now, folks are realizing that just some times, a little bitty gun does have a place, and the gun companies have capitalized on the size of a little bitty gun, but chambering it for at least a little more powerful cartridge, the .380, which we used to laugh at, also, and mostly still do.

    Now...I've shot a lot of things, and critters, over a lot of years, and I know I don't want to get shot by anything. Not even a .25. And, even I might carry a .25, .32, or .380, if that was truly the only choice I had.

    WAYNO.
     
  11. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    I remember years ago shooting a .25 into a 2x4 or some odd piece of wood. The bullet stuck in the surface of the wood like a little lead dart. Then again so did an old .32 S&W. We shot .22lr at the same board and they went through. By no means was this any kind of scientific test. Nobody wants to get shot with anything. If I were to choose a caliber for a gun that could double as a suppository, I would go with a .22mag or at least .22lr stingers.
     
  12. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I have never owned a .25 but I always consider reloading a factor when choosing a gun I may potentially own and the .380 is about as small a cartridge as I want to handle when doing so.
     
  13. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I classify the .25 as a "get off me" gun. You pull it out as the guy gets up close and personal, stick it in his eye socket, and pull the trigger till it goes click. I'm aware of one instance from the old rec.guns usenet forum where one was used and probably saved the guys life. If I can find his old post, I'll post it.

    elsie
     
  14. booneh

    booneh redmond,ore. New Member

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    i would take the 22 over the 25 every time.
    good small 25's are hard to come by but there are some very good small
    22's out there.

    booneh
     
  15. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I don't care what any of you say, my .25 auto is going to leave a nasty welt on any bad guys. If I can find the thing - it's so tiny. ;)
     
  16. arjunki

    arjunki Beaverton Active Member

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    :bluelaugh::bluelaugh::laugh::laugh::bluelaugh:
     
  17. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I think, as already mentioned, .25acp was popular on account of how tiny the guns that were chambered for it were. These days, I think it's a largely obsolete caliber because there are guns that are about almost as tiny, but lighter, that are chambered in .32 auto and .380.
     
  18. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    I have killed alot of things with .22lr, .17HMR & a 22-250, hiting my target is not a problem. I am a big fan of small cals. but a 25 is NOT on that list. I just don't think any amount of time at the range is going to fix the FACT that a 25 is a P.O.S.:D
     
  19. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    I hear all the .25acp nay sayers all the time. "the bullets well bounce off a leather jacket" :sleep: and so on and so forth. I have yet to find a single one that well volunteer to demonstrate this. I well gladly provide pistol and ammo.

    I'm not advocating carrying a .25 for primary SD, but as a back up that well do what it was designed for. they are a belly gun, intended to used when your target is just feet away.
     
  20. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    This is the only reasonable argument that has been raised yet. I am fortunate enough to have an old, high quality, reliable .25 ACP pistol. Not many are around and those high-quality pistols that exist are out-numbered by the Lorcin's and Raven's. If you can find an old Colt pocket vest or CZ Model 45 or something of the like, they make excellent back-up or last ditch guns. Like I said, I can wear mine when larger guns are just not possible or practical.