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Old 01-04-2011, 1:34 PM
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Default Tell me about the Baby Browning

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The Baby Browning 6.35 mm: Made in Belgium, this is a great gun for concealed carry. It is very accurate at distances under 25 ft. and totally reliable in my experience. The 1968 Gun Control Act (signed by President Johnson on October 22, 1968 in the wake of the King and Kennedy assassinations) prohibited the importation of these guns. With the American market cut-off, F.N. produced far fewer guns in 1969 and thereafter, for export to other countries like Spain. Some of these guns are showing up recently.
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Old 01-04-2011, 2:23 PM
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I would think they're fine, They're just a mouse gun and if they're not on the roster then but are already in CA I don't see why not ? I um know a feller who's grandmother had one that was bought in Arkansas back in the day (50s?) and this person was given this same firearm.

I think back then and in Arkansas you weren't required to register hand guns so I don't know this feller's condition but I would assume if you knew that the one you wanted was legally registered and in CA that you could buy it and transfer it into your name ? I don't know how rare these are but they're fun little guns to shoot... so ive heard
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Old 01-04-2011, 2:40 PM
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If in the state you can PPT. If not in the state as long as it older then 50 years old it would be classified as a C&R and would be roster exempt. If younger then 50 years old you would need to bring it in to California as a single shot pistol.
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Old 01-04-2011, 2:46 PM
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Legal to inherit (mostly). Legal to buy as a PPT.

They're teeny. Mine fits completely in my hand. They bite, too. And they fire the .25 ACP. We had a lady at work shoot herself in the chest with a .25 ACP and round didn't penetrate her sternum. It is, however, better than nothing.

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Old 01-04-2011, 2:53 PM
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I had a serial number range list to see when mine was made and I forget cuz im at work but I have the ranges listed and I think mine was made around 1955 I think.. Actually after the list I don't recall when mine was manufactured but it is under FN.

"Although the "Baby" Browning was first produced at F.N. in 1905, Browning didn't import them until 1954. Accurate serial number counts were not available until 1959.

1954-1958....1-181,000
1959.... 181001-206439
1960.... 206350-230999
1961.... 231000-250999
1962.... 251000-278999
1963.... 279000-286099
1964.... 286100-303499
1965.... 303500-329999
1966.... 330000-367443
1967.... 367444-412999
1968.... 413000-479000
1969.... 479001-

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Old 01-04-2011, 4:05 PM
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After looking around, what I have is not the Baby Browning, but the Browning 1906 "Vest Pocket" It looks as if it was stored in a holster and has a little rash at the front end of the slide, I'm betting the consensus would be to not re-finish it? I have a seven digit serial which I believe is around 1959.

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I had one ... A great little soft shooting .25. Really a neat little gun. I'd not carry it cocked however there isn't much holding back the firing pin.
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I had one ... A great little soft shooting .25. Really a neat little gun. I'd not carry it cocked however there isn't much holding back the firing pin.
Even with the safety engaged?
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Even with the safety engaged?
Sure it's designed not to go off with the safety engaged. ... but it's still a striker fired weapon. and a little thumb safety that I found OFF more than once when i wasn't expecting it to be on my first baby browning. I read others that said they experienced the same thing.. I never felt confident in it. Yes I had a good pocket holster for it.

I prefer the grip safety of the little colt. 25 auto . or the even better beretta jetfire.

My favorite .25 was the unobtanium SEECAMP that i just sold.. Now that one is a piece of art... Not easy to find but worth it.. Why did I sell it... I want an HKP7M8 again.. got to get the money somehow.
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Sure it's designed not to go off with the safety engaged. ... but it's still a striker fired weapon. and a little thumb safety that I found OFF more than once when i wasn't expecting it to be on my first baby browning. I read others that said they experienced the same thing.. I never felt confident in it. Yes I had a good pocket holster for it.

I prefer the grip safety of the little colt. 25 auto . or the even better beretta jetfire.

My favorite .25 was the unobtanium SEECAMP that i just sold.. Now that one is a piece of art... Not easy to find but worth it.. Why did I sell it... I want an HKP7M8 again.. got to get the money somehow.

Thanks for the info. This 1906 does have a grip safety, does the Baby Browning not?

Thanks again.
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Default My dad owned one

It had pearl grips. He actually bought it at a Gas Station. No kidding. It was in a display case with some other guns the gas station owner had. (back in the 60s)

The safety should never be trusted. If you dropped it just right it would fire.

The joke at the time was "If you shot me with that and I found out about it, I would be angry."
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The joke at the time was "If you shot me with that and I found out about it, I would be angry."

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