View Full Version : Mauser 25 auto

July 18, 2009, 11:18 PM
Can anyone tell me about this gun, one of my good friends just found out that his grandma still has this gun plus 2 shotguns that shes gonna let him have instead of letting them sit in the closet for another 20 years. I tried looking it up on google and dont really know what im supposed to be looking for. so if anyone knows about this gun, the questions are : 1. value of this gun 2. how powerful is the catridge. and last is it a good gun or is it a flop that a company made for only a short time

July 19, 2009, 05:38 AM
There is one on GunBroker that I would guess is like the one you are asking about:


I have a Mauser 32acp that is very similar and it shoots very well except my aged eyes have trouble with the very small 'vee' in rear sight.

These were manufactured for several decades and I believe well made. Both the 25acp and 32acp are not the firepower that many consider necessay....I do sometimes carry my Mauser as it is easily concealable

July 19, 2009, 12:22 PM
"Mauser .25" tells us next to nothing. Without a detailed description, there is no way to tell what you have. Could be 1910, 1910/14, WTP I, WTP II, etc.

Please don't try to alter/improve/restore the gun in any way, and don't try to disassemble it unless you know the proper method. Uneducated field stripping attempts are exactly the situations in which collectible guns can be scratched, broken, have parts lost, etc.

If you can post back here and give us a more complete description (are photos too much to hope for?), you will be in a much better position to evaluate exactly what you have and how much it is worth.

As far as the caliber goes, it's a pipsqueak compared to most, but nonetheless lethal if used by a competent shooter.

Any Mauser pistol is a quality item - that much is for sure. So hang onto it (once you've got it) until you find out what it is. Depending on condition, it may not be worth much money, but then again, it might.

Hurry back!

July 19, 2009, 07:41 PM
Its not mine but when my buddy brian gets it i'll post some pictures

July 19, 2009, 07:50 PM
Try these sites for more info



July 20, 2009, 06:40 PM
I've always understood the .25 to be basically a .22.

Wikipedia shows a 35-50 gr bullet at 750-1100 fps.
That's 65-100 ft-lbs, with a .22LR clocking about 100-130 and a 9mm about 400.

James K
July 21, 2009, 03:25 PM
I am not sure what you mean by "basically a .22." Performance wise, in a short barrel pistol, there is not a lot of difference, with the .22 Long Rifle having a slight edge. But the cartridges themselves are quite different. The .22 LR is a rimfire round with (usually) a lead bullet, while the .25ACP is a centerfire round with a semi-rimmed case and (usually) a full metal jacket bullet. They are not interchangeable.


August 9, 2009, 10:19 PM
As I recall from my misspent youth filled with reading gun catalogs, etc. the Mauser .25 differed from most .25 autos in that it was not a vest pocket gun, but had a considerably longer barrel. I remember reading somewhere that the longer barrel greatly improved the performance of the .25 auto round, which proved to be considerably superior to the .22 when fired from a gun with a longer barrel.

August 10, 2009, 08:17 PM
I have a Mauser 1934, a .32acp pistol. .32 is not a powerfull round, although they were popular in Europe early in the 20th century and in this country too. In spite of its lack of power the Mauser, in .25 and .32 is an interesting pistol with typical German over-design for the period. I don't shoot mine much but it does shoot.

Bill DeShivs
August 10, 2009, 08:46 PM
Mauser WTP "Westen Tachen Pistole."
It means "vest pocket pistol." Walther made a longer .25-the model 8. Perhaps that's what you are thinking of.

James K
August 12, 2009, 09:44 PM
In the 1920's and 1930's, a couple of European countries banned handguns with short barrels, so many makers, including Mauser, made guns with special barrels for sale in those countries. They are uncommon here, but turn up every once in a while, to the confusion of collectors.