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Old January 1, 2020, 09:04 PM   #1
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Baby Browning!!!

Local auction had a handful of guns including a Baby Browning in 25 cal. I did some research and was tempted to buy. Thing went for $550.00. Definitely at the high end of the value if I understand my research correctly . . . but boy was I temped.

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Old January 1, 2020, 11:02 PM   #2
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Were you at Bauer's auction?
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Old January 3, 2020, 12:05 AM   #3
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Not sure . . .

There were four names associated with this auction, and I don't recall them. This was in Greenville IL.

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Old January 3, 2020, 12:54 AM   #4
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I have been noticing one on the website of an evil gun shop in Northern Mo I frequent. On consignment for $595. Don't know how much the owner will actually take. Been thinking about it also. Heading up that way tomorrow morning. But I've been burning up the plastic the past couple days ordering parts for an AR build I am getting ready to start. So I doubt the evil gun shop lady will talk me into it.
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Old January 3, 2020, 07:41 AM   #5
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My slightly older and a little bit larger than the Baby Browning FN Browning 1906 is almost always in my pocket.




Super reliable and with the grip safety in addition to just the manual safety, it's one of the few semi-actions I'm comfortable carrying in a pocket even without a holster.
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Old January 3, 2020, 01:43 PM   #6
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"...at the high end of the value..." Condition is everything. However, auctions aren't really a good place to get accurate values. The auctioneer's job is to increase the hype and thereby increase the price he gets for his client.
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Old January 3, 2020, 01:53 PM   #7
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A while back I was interested in those and checked completed listings on GB to get an idea of what they sold for. One guy bought one for $300 which had the lightweight frame. It had noticeable pocket/carry wear, but was still a very good deal for the buyer. I think it was a BIN listing, and probably would have gone for $600 with a regular auction.

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Old January 3, 2020, 02:32 PM   #8
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Note of interest- the lightweight Baby Brownings all had chrome-plated slides-not nickel.
The lightweight model is much rarer than the steel framed model.
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Old January 3, 2020, 04:52 PM   #9
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To help me get through my baby Browning "need" I bought a Bauer. I know its not exactly the same but it is a stainless version and was a lot cheaper.

Now these guys have some real nice stuff. https://precisionsmallarms.com/
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Old January 4, 2020, 07:50 AM   #10
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I too, have always been enamored with the Baby Brownings. I always thought they were beautiful, well made pistols. I could just never justify spending $500+ on a 25acp that I would probably never carry. That being said, I scratched my itch to a certain extent when I picked up a very nice little Astra Firecat last fall for $150. That seemed like a better price for a range plinker.
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Old January 4, 2020, 07:55 AM   #11
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Anyone that knows the internals can it be safely carried chambered
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Old January 4, 2020, 09:07 PM   #12
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I have heard some people say yes and some say no. It has seemed like a personal preference thing. I have carried mine loaded with the safety on.
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Old January 5, 2020, 11:18 AM   #13
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...I picked up a very nice little Astra Firecat...
I had a 1962 Firecat and was very impressed with how well it was made. Much tighter tolerances than the modern day stuff I've seen.
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Years back I had a PSP clone. Supposedly licensed by fn. Nice reliable and accurate for its size. Gave it up as part of a trade. Later picked up a Bauer with feeding problems. Turned out to just be magazine related. I seldom carry it, but its still nice.
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Old January 5, 2020, 01:51 PM   #15
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I have one similar to JAR except it only has a grip safety, no thumb safety. I inherited it from my wife's uncle. No idea of it's value.
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I have one similar to JAR except it only has a grip safety, no thumb safety.
Borrowed from the www:

The first variant of the FN Browning Model 1906, like Browning’s prototype, had no manual safety and featured only a grip safety. There was no mechanism to hold the slide open, either for reloading or for disassembly. The early trigger was a narrow, flat piece of machined metal, curved in front to fit the finger, with a smooth surface. Approximately 150,000 of the first variant guns were manufactured between 1906 and 1909.
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Another extremely nice tiny gun that is often overlooked is the Bernardelli VP .25, or Baby in .22 long (not LR!) and/or .22 short.
They are 1/10" longer than the Baby Browning, but thinner.
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Carmady. Thanks for the info.
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Old January 6, 2020, 06:57 AM   #19
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Carmady. Thanks for the info.
You're welcome. I didn't think it was allowed to post a link to the article, but after re-reading the rules I think it's okay, so here's a link to the complete article by Ed Buffaloe on the FN 1906 and Colt 1908.

https://unblinkingeye.com/Guns/1908Colt/1908colt.html

And here's a link to a Baby Browning which sold for $3,275 last night on GB.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/849653898

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Looks like mine is a 1917.
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Old January 8, 2020, 05:44 AM   #21
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I had a 1962 Firecat and was very impressed with how well it was made. Much tighter tolerances than the modern day stuff I've seen.
I just seen one at Cowen's Aution House for $204 if anyone interested.
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Old January 10, 2020, 08:15 PM   #22
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Anyone that knows the internals can it be safely carried chambered[?]
This question cannot be categorically answered, since "safely" is not (and likely could not be) sufficiently defined.

That said: the Baby Browning has no striker block mechanism. This makes it theoretically vulnerable to a "jar off" if dropped. I have a BB, and I not only actually shoot it, I also reload for it! It has never jarred off, but then I have never dropped it. To steal a line from Paul Harrell, "You be the judge."

( I will note that reloading for .25 ACP could be considered "unsafe," at least to the fingers that get pinched while running a round into the seater die.)
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Old January 13, 2020, 10:40 PM   #23
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$350 for a well worn one with rust/blueing issues. Run of the mill seems to be $400-500 range. In a condition like jar's, I'd expect $500 range. Not perfect but no major cosmetic flaws.
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$350 for a well worn one with rust/blueing issues. Run of the mill seems to be $400-500 range. In a condition like jar's, I'd expect $500 range. Not perfect but no major cosmetic flaws.
I should be in as good shape at 106.
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Old January 14, 2020, 09:23 PM   #25
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I remember as a kid, reading in a 50's Men's magazine my Grandfather had laying around his saw shop, about a riot in a prison, supposedly a true story, written by the then retired Warden. The Warden was carrying a Browning .25 as last ditch weapon as he was trying to talk to the ringleader. At the time, I remember thinking a Colt Official Police or S&W model 10 in .38 Special would have been more comforting.
Those little .25's still have some zing to them, although I prefer something bigger these days. Three decades ago, I used to have a Beretta .25 tip up barrel, I kept it loaded with hot Geco hardball. Wished I had kept it. A cool little weapon. A Browning .25 would be even cooler if I saw one at a good price.

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