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Looking for a Quote (25 automatic)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by deolexrex, May 30, 2008.

  1. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a quote about carrying a 25 automatic.

    something like...

    never carry a 25 automatic because if you do...

    A little help?
  2. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    I think it might be Jeff Cooper.
  3. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    ... or is it Clint Smith?
  4. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    ...because if you shoot a man with it, he might get mad.

  5. Hawk

    Hawk Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this is the right one - nothing about carrying the thing, only use as an inhaler:

  6. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    if he notices...

    that's the one

    anyone have the full quote?
  7. mhdishere

    mhdishere Well-Known Member

    It was Jeff Cooper. The full quote (as close as I can get from memory anyway) goes:

    By all means carry a .25 if it makes you feel better, but under no circumstances should you load it, because if you load it you may shoot someone with it, and if you shoot someone with it, and they realize it, they may become dangerously annoyed at you.
  8. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    That's very, very close. Thanks!
  9. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

  10. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

    We have a winner!

    Thank you very much!
  11. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    That particular quote does nothing for Jeff Cooper's reputation, IMHO.
  12. deolexrex

    deolexrex Well-Known Member

    How so?
  13. Rex B

    Rex B Well-Known Member

    Here it is

    "As we used to teach in the spook business, carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it you may shoot it. If you shoot it you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody - and he finds out about it - he may be very angry with you."

  14. FEG

    FEG Well-Known Member

    In the book, not the movie, Goldfinger carries a Colt .25 ACP pocket pistol. He says something to the effect of "you have to aim at the eyeball and not miss, but of course, I never do..."
  15. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    For two years, I searched newspaper and other media accounts regarding people shooting other people in legitimate self defense. I saw literally dozens of stories about people, male and female, young and old, who not only successfully used these tiny .25s, but who killed the bad guys in the process. I recall thinking many times, this guy was shot only once by a .25 and died?!

    Now these weren't cops engaging professional bad guys, and I'm sure that had a lot to do with it, but people using guns in surprise situations. And though I think Cooper was trying to make more of a point than in offering what was to him good advice, I believe he was just being mule-headed.

    A Beretta 950 has eight or nine rounds and can be fired very quickly. A bad guy would have to face a hail storm of bullets if he were up against a determined citizen.

    Some looked down their noses at the Beretta 70S .22LR autoloader. They said, practice with it but use the .380 version for defense. Actually, my preference would be for the .22LR model. Twenty-twos have enough energy to get into a body, but not enough to escape it. Thus, they can do tremendous damage. Many inner city doctors can tell you that finding the entry wound is easy; finding the actual bullet is difficult.


    Nine rapid-fire shots from this small pistol is more than enough
    to dissuade an intruder or robber.
  16. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    Any of those mouseguns will kill you dead with a proper hit. The biggest concern is how long it'll take for him to expire and what he will do between now and then, especially the ones that are on drugs and feeling no pain.
  17. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't want to rely on one.
  18. Leanwolf

    Leanwolf Well-Known Member

    I knew two different women who used .25 ACP pistols to save their lives. One used her Colt's 1908 .25 ACP and the other used her Beretta.

    One bad guy died, the other was badly wounded and was later arrested in the E.R. of a hospital in Los Angeles.

    Yes, I depend on larger calibers and advocate same... but those two women were saved because they had those .25s when they needed protection desparately.


  19. DAdams

    DAdams Well-Known Member

    At Least

    Step up to a Seecamp .32, high quality, larger hole. :D
  20. Z71

    Z71 Well-Known Member

    Shoot into a junked out car door with a .22 pistol and a .25 auto sometime. You may be surprised at the .25 auto's penetration!

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