Baby Browning help


January 1, 2005, 06:07 PM
I have found an immaculate Baby Browning( not one of the clones) and need some advice about reliability, best ammo, cleaning tips, etc. Any helpful tips would be appreciated as I can find very few reviews.

Many thanks!

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January 1, 2005, 06:10 PM
Very reliaible with any hard ball, not the type of gun i would carry with one up the spout


January 1, 2005, 06:14 PM
Ball ammo and have someone show you how to take down if you don't know Also wouldn't carry round in chamber.

January 1, 2005, 09:48 PM
I shoot Fiocchi hard ball in mine. I have heard others rave about glaser ammo but I have not tried it.

Its ok to take the slide and barrel off to clean it but if you take the frame competely apart I can say from experience that getting it back together makes you understand that John Browning was a lot more clever than you are :D

I picked up an old rusted beater for next to nothing years ago and took it completely apart to clean it up. I had to replace a couple of parts to get it to work reliably again. Mine has never failed to fire or eject. I have only run a couple hundred rounds through it. But it is known to work well. It will shoot as fast as I can pull the trigger.

If you take a look at the firing pin mechanism you would understand that there is no safety mechanism in the pistol at all to prevent an accident if you cock the pistol with a round in the chamber. So the advice from the posters above is well taken and just to put a point on it it would be downright dangerous to have a round in the chamber unless you intend to shoot it right now!

I just use clp to clean mine and keep it very lightly oiled and wiped down.

They are great shirt pocket companions!

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
January 2, 2005, 12:40 AM
They are very good for a backup deep concealment pistol; I have had the opportunity to shoot a few, and I used to own a Bauer clone of it in stainless.

I agree, don't stick one up the spout to carry it in your pocket. I used to load it with the Winchester pellet-nose rounds. It never failed to feed.


January 2, 2005, 03:21 PM
When filling out the paperwork for mine, a wise guy in the same room quipped: "You play cards?"

I only use hardball. Per the above, if you CCW this weapon, carry it without one in the chamber and practice drawing, racking, and dumping a whole mag at a time. Use hardball (better penetration).

January 2, 2005, 03:27 PM
Nice pistol! Do you have a source for mags--some aftermarket mags can be dicey....For that gun, do you have a favorite lube?


January 2, 2005, 03:56 PM
I got the parts I needed from these guys:

They have new mags. I would bet they are factory mags but worth a call to verify.

January 5, 2005, 06:38 PM
I'm way late to this party, but use of Fiocci hardball and Mec-Gar mags in mine have resulted in much reliable shooting.

Advice against C1 carry is good, as there ain't too much keeping that little striker from springing forward, even with the safety on. A good little "bump" and that would be all she wrote.

I think I picked up a couple of Mec-Gars from CDNN.

Helpful tip: Just my opinion, but even though I own the .25, I think a Beretta .22 or maybe one of the NAA mini's in .22 or .22 mag would be a better option for a SD BUG. My Baby lives in the safe, as it's heavier than the P32.

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