Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Political and climate refugee in Texas.
I miss the little .25's of the 60's.
Just the past few years I came to the realization that I had crossed the threshold of being an old fart. Its been a lot of miles, over a lot of bad roads, and seeing the big seven-oh in the alarmingly not to distant future I look back on certain things with nostalgia. Cars, manners, guns, and music. I miss cars that it took all of 30 minutes to Put in new plugs, points and condenser, spray some Gumout down the carb and your good to go. I miss music that you can actually dance with your girl to, and understand the words that wouldn't embarrass your grandmother.
But I miss the little .25 autos that were so common place in the 60's. The gun world was a much less complicated place back then. Everyone had a ".38. If it was for home protection then it was a generic Colt Official police or a Smith and Wesson model 10 of some variant. If you wanted a concealable gun, then people got a "snub nose .38" like Joe Friday, Peter Gunn, Frank Cannon, and all the other Hollywood gumshoes.
But for others, who valued really deep concealable guns, the little .25's were the nuts. The Baby Brownings, Beretta Jetfires, Colt juniors/Astra Cubs, Erma, Mauser, Bauer's, Gallesi were popular. Flat little packages that dropped in a pants pocket and didn't give you away by dragging your pants down to half mast.
The very first gun I ever fired, was a flat little old Colt .25. Not the later Colt junior that looked like a mini 1911, but the real one, from 1908. John Brownings vest pocket pistol. All smooth like a bar of soap that has been in a shower for a while. Nice rounded off corners and smooth curves unlike the modern pistols that are like sawn off pieces of 2X4 shrunk down. The old Colt was all about concealment and finesse. Very nicely finished little gun, it felt great in hand. Recoil was almost non existent and at 10 to 12 feet was very accurate.
The little Beretta jet fire was a great one. With an eight round magazine and one the chamber, you had nine 50 grain projectiles on hand that would go right thru a wool tweed sport coat and sternum and stop the oil pump right then. The Beretta also felt great in the hand. Mild recoil and accurate it was a great little self defense pistol for the close encounters of the ugly kind. Nowadays, in spite of my cane, I fall down a lot from trying to kick myself in the a$$ any time I think of the one I sold in one of the many gun trades I've made.
I know, modern guns are a long way from the old ones, and now you have .380's the size of some of the old .25's. But are they really as good? The Ruger LCP series and the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard equivalent feel like crap in the hand. Skimpy grip, plasticly cheap feel, and nasty snappy recoil. They are effective weapons, no doubt, but are they as nice a gun to shoot? Heck no. The Baby Growing was like a Swiss watch, when the Swiss were still making watches. A tiny marvel of fine workmanship and crisp trigger. The Beretta was also a crisp trigger and was actually fun to shoot, if a bit expensive.
I'm not sure progress has been made.
Don't over do it, just enough will do.
Last edited by cb51; 10-19-2019 at 02:18 PM.