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HELP! Spanish Bufalo .25 - How to field strip it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Owen Meany, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. Owen Meany

    Owen Meany New Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Dear friends,

    I recently acquired a tiny, Spanish-made, .25 caliber Bufalo pocket pistol. The design and appearance are similar to those of the well-known Colt 1908 “Vest Pocket” model of the same caliber. For all I know, the Bufalo may be a copy of the Colt or its European twin, the FN model of 1906.

    My gun looks just like this:


    Photo is not mine. It comes from: http://armsbid.com/ks7pix/7rsm-72.jpg

    After searching high and low for a day or so, it appears that information about the Bufalo .25 is very hard to come by. There was little of any use (online, anyway – I plan to start investigating actual books and other paper publications soon, as time permits. But I’m hoping some of you may be able to help first.

    Yes, I did search and turned up the thread below, but no mention was made of disassembly:


    What I primarily want to know is how to disassemble (field strip) this firearm. At first, I was confident that disassembly would follow the pattern of the Colt 1908, which is:

    1) Relieve tension on striker spring by pulling trigger (manual safety off, of course, and magazine must be in the gun if it is one of those with a magazine disconnect safety).

    2) Remove magazine.

    3) Retract slide until about 1/16” of slide extends beyond the front edge of the frame’s dust cover.

    4) Grasp barrel and rotate one-quarter turn to the right (clockwise if looking at the muzzle).

    5) Permit slide to return forward under spring tension and draw it off the front of the frame.

    6) Remove the barrel from the slide, as well as springs and guides, etc.

    However, the disassembly process for the Bufalo is apparently not like this - or not exactly, at least. When I tried to take the gun down in the above manner, the barrel refused to rotate when the slide was in the position that a Colt’s should be in.

    After some patient examination and gentle struggle, I found that, with the slide retracted much farther to the rear (approaching the extent of its travel), I was able to rotate the barrel one-quarter turn to the right. Actually, after doing this, I saw that the grasping grooves on the barrel were only fully exposed once the slide had been retracted that far, so it made sense.

    Having gotten this far, I thought I was home free and that I would then be able to simply draw the slide off the front of the frame as with the Colt 1908. But then, to my frustration, the slide wouldn’t travel forward on the rails with the barrel in the rotated position.

    So, I’m stuck.

    Does anybody have a Bufalo .25 and if so, how do you field strip it?

    Any other information you have on this Bufalo pistol would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your time!
  2. Owen Meany

    Owen Meany New Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    I just disassembled it with the kind assistance of someone on another forum.

    Thanks anyway.

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