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    Default Browning Baby (just a little OT)

    Hi guys,

    After only 7 (SEVEN) months, i have been granted a permit to take over my father's pistol, which he isn't allowed to keep because he is not a member of a shooting club (yes, belgium is a police state...). I'll pick it up next week from the police station where it has been on deposit for all this time. I hope it will not be trashed. Before turning it in i cleaned an oiled it thoroughly, and put it in a sturdy box. But it has been resting there for 7 months with all it's unfortunate brothers and sisters in who knows what conditions ...
    Aniway, i'm posting a picture i took before the goodbeyes, and also a picture of my father's original liscence. Even if you can't understand the writing, the dates and serial# should be interesting. I'll try to post more pictures asa baby's back home .

    Best regards, A
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    Couldn't post the scan of the liscence, file is too big.

    Aniway, liscense was issued on 06 april 1959.
    Liscence# (in our town): 33.
    Pistol serial# 19115

    Best regards,
    A
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    nice looking pistol , hope you get it back in equal condition ,

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    Cute baby!

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    Nice gun glad you get to keep it!
    What has our country become? More takers than givers.

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    Default My Browning Baby 6mm

    My Browning Baby 6mm is my most favorite gun!!!

    Andrey, you went 7 months without yours, I went 2 years and 13 court dates without mine with office hughes bragging he already had it in his personal collection.

    I was real scared pondering what kind of condition mine would be in when the Honorable Judge Mosley told them to give it back to me. But they knew I had photos.
    I was way surprised I got it back with the one bullet still in the clip.

    But all is well now and here is a photo I just took of my Baby. Did I mention that I LOVE this gun!!! Point it like pointing a finger and it's there!!!




    Strange that when looking for information on this most excellent gun it is always listed as a 25 cal when it is NOT, it's a 6mm.
    Yup, I know it will shoot 25's but it is in fact a 6mm.



    It's right on the gun it's self as seen in photo above 6mm.

    I found out when mine was produced by the number on the gun.
    Dang, I LOVE this gun and it was love at first sight.

    Sly

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLY View Post
    Strange that when looking for information on this most excellent gun it is always listed as a 25 cal when it is NOT, it's a 6mm.
    Look at your barrel in the photo. "6m/m35" 6.35mm = .25acp

    just as:
    7.65mm = .32acp
    9mm Kurz (or Short, Corto, etc) = .380acp

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogtown tom View Post
    Look at your barrel in the photo. "6m/m35" 6.35mm = .25acp

    just as:
    7.65mm = .32acp
    9mm Kurz (or Short, Corto, etc) = .380acp

    +1 they are .25 ACP

    very small and very cool... but i wouldn't want one as my primary carry gun, thats for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogtown tom View Post
    Look at your barrel in the photo. "6m/m35" 6.35mm = .25acp

    just as:
    7.65mm = .32acp
    9mm Kurz (or Short, Corto, etc) = .380acp

    Thanks dogtown tom for teaching me something.

    Sly
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    Yes, they're nice little examples of craftmanship. Fine historical pieces and fun to shoot.
    Not first choice as primary defense weapon, but better the .25 in your pocket than the .44 in your gunsafe ...
    Best Regards, A
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    Default To: ANDREY

    The left side of your Baby Browning has "Browning" marked on the grip and the slide legend is marked " Browning Arms Company" and "Made in Belgium", so I suspect your pistol was an export model possibly sold in North or South America. Could your father have brought it back from overseas? Also, the right grip is "FN" marked and I was wondering if it is original or a replacement.

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    Good afternoon. My pistol is the one in the first picture on the first page of this thread.
    Grips are marked FN on top and BABY on the bottom. Both are identical.
    The pistol was bought here in Belgium, in a hardware store in the town where i live.
    So i'm pretty positive it never left the country.

    Best Regards, A
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    I got to shoot a friends baby at the range this weekend. I was very impressed. I did not note the serial number but he inherited it out of his Grandmothers night stand drawer. In very nice condition with no appreciable wear. I would like to add one to my collection.
    Jim

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    A friend of mine bought one a couple weeks ago.
    Looks like it has never been fired and perfect finish.
    It even came wit a military style belt holster !
    Kinda funny for such a pocket gun.

    Brgds, A
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    What is a fair price range on the baby? I think I want to start keeping an eye out for one.
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    Dunno about the states, but here in Belgium you can buy a pristine one for 100 to 110 euros.
    Every gunshop has at least a couple of them.
    (Due to the change in gunlaws a lot of people were forced to turn in their firearms)

    Brgds,
    A
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    Default What I Paid For My Baby

    Quote Originally Posted by jklein_1968 View Post
    What is a fair price range on the baby? I think I want to start keeping an eye out for one.
    I got mine in Baytown, TX 1990. It was love at first site.
    But I left that day without it trying (hard) not to be an impulse buyer & went home than I called every gun dealer I could without calling long distance, I could reach a good part of Houston.

    Out of all the gun shops I called, which were many, there were only 2 (sweet) old men who even knew much about a Browning Baby. They both said that if it was in the condition I said $300. was a fair price.

    I went back the next morning and left with my Baby and NEVER have I regretted it.

    The few I have let shoot it were in awe. It is awesome, like pointing a finger.

    Sly
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    Hi Sly,

    Yep, trying to aim with those tiny sights is just impossible.
    Just point it and at (relatively) short ranges it's pretty accurate.
    All steel construction too, so you don't have to worry about losing fingers.
    Well, as long as you keep them away from the bussiness end of course, gripping it properly (2 fingers ...) is something to get used to.
    Bottom line: it's fun to shoot AND a nice collectable.
    (Btw, of all the US states i ever visited Texas is my favorite.)

    Best Regards, A
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    Mint condition are bringing $400-$500 and in some cases a bit more. Average condition (some wear) are bringing $300.

    I have my Uncle's with his original purchase booklet from March, 1969. Appears to be unfired.

    Words Conquer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradB View Post
    Mint condition are bringing $400-$500 and in some cases a bit more. Average condition (some wear) are bringing $300.

    I have my Uncle's with his original purchase booklet from March, 1969. Appears to be unfired.
    That is awesome. I've been looking at the auction sites if I snag one I will push up a few pictures.
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    I too have a Browning 25, inherited it.

    It's only been shot once that I know of, and that was when I tested it a few years ago. It had not been fired before that from what I can tell.

    I have been doing some research and was wondering if it's actually correct to call this a "Baby Browning". It was my understanding, although I admit all based on internet research, that only the ones that are copies of the original had the "Baby" moniker.

    Also does anyone have a manual or user guide for it. I'd like to know the proper way to clean and lube it inside and out.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Here is a link to view the Baby Browning owner's manual.

    http://stevespages.com/pdf/browning_baby.pdf

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    Thanks Clermont!

    I just printed it out.

    Sly
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    l just got my baby browning from my father (it was his when he was a my age ) but he never used it and doesn't know where the manual is. I checked the manual that is linked on this site, but it doens't quite answer all my questions. After I have loaded the clip, there is this little L shaped piece that is supposed to slide in over the bullets ( I am asuming) but i cant figure it out Lol. Its my first gun, and i'm new at all this. I want to practice using it, but i don't want to blow my hand off if I have loaded it incorrectly. lol if someone could help me out i'd greatly appreciate it

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    My late father-in-law had one many years ago, now long gone. He still had the soft case he stored the Baby in, so he gave it to my wife. It needs cleaning, and the zipper's a tad green, but it's all original.


    Too bad the pistol was gone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by offkilter80 View Post
    l just got my baby browning from my father (it was his when he was a my age ) but he never used it and doesn't know where the manual is. I checked the manual that is linked on this site, but it doens't quite answer all my questions. After I have loaded the clip, there is this little L shaped piece that is supposed to slide in over the bullets ( I am asuming) but i cant figure it out Lol. Its my first gun, and i'm new at all this. I want to practice using it, but i don't want to blow my hand off if I have loaded it incorrectly. lol if someone could help me out i'd greatly appreciate it
    Dang it! Your first gun & it's a Browning Baby!!!

    I don't know about any L shaped piece but here's a photo on mine with the clip pulled out:



    Sly
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    Quote Originally Posted by IHJ View Post
    My late father-in-law had one many years ago, now long gone. He still had the soft case he stored the Baby in, so he gave it to my wife. It needs cleaning, and the zipper's a tad green, but it's all original.


    Too bad the pistol was gone...
    ummm, I think you should the bag to my Baby

    Sly
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    Good morning,

    I don't have a clue what you mean. There is no l-shaped piece to slip in over the bullets.
    Just load the magazine like with any other pistol, snap it into the grip, rack the slide, you're ready to go...

    Best regards,
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    If you look at THIS link - http://www.okiegunsmithshop.com/25_auto.jpg - you'll see a breakdown of the components of the 'Baby' Browning.

    You will note that there is NO piece shaped like the one that you describe.

    tac

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    god, it sucks you need to be a member of a club to shoot there. good old socialist europe i guess. nice looking pistol though, hope you have fun shooting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDREY View Post
    Hi Sly,
    (Btw, of all the US states i ever visited Texas is my favorite.)

    Best Regards, A
    Snipped to address...

    Hi Andrew,

    Texas is my 2nd favorite state & is where my Son lives. I'm back in Nevada 2 miles as the eagle flies from California.
    I would love to see Belgium.

    Sly
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveTA1983 View Post
    god, it sucks you need to be a member of a club to shoot there. good old socialist europe i guess. nice looking pistol though, hope you have fun shooting it.
    In the mean time, if you stop being a member of a shooting club, the law in Belgium permits you to keep your gun(s) but the permit will mention that you are not allowed to possess ammo for it/them.

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    Default A nice Browning a good little shooter

    For an up close and personal defensive weapon the Baby Browning is very nice. Here is my example of the licensed copy that Colt made: mine was made in 1914; the finish is original!


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    Quote Originally Posted by SLY View Post
    ummm, I think you should the bag to my Baby

    Sly

    Huh???

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    Does anyone know how to lock the slide back or if there even IS a slide stop?? I too have one of these that my late father had at his dental office. So glad I found this forum because I couldn't find any information on it.....

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    No slide stop on the Baby Browning.

    tac

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    If I'm not mistaken you can download (or print) the manual from the Browning website.

    Best regards, A
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    Doesn't the Baby Browning slide lock back by pulling the slide back and engaging the safety?
    Last edited by Clermont; 10-03-2009 at 03:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwo4uscgret View Post
    For an up close and personal defensive weapon the Baby Browning is very nice. Here is my example of the licensed copy that Colt made: mine was made in 1914; the finish is original!
    That's the 1908 Vest Pocket Colt or 1905 Vest Pocket Browning, not the Baby. I used to own one but the grip was so small I ended up firing it by squeezing the trigger and grip safety simultaneously with thumb and trigger finger - I doubt that was a real good idea as I never could hit anything with it!

    The Vest Pocket was made by Colt until 1940, by Browning until 1949 or so.

    The Browning Baby, a completely different pistol, designed as a more advanced and simplified Vest Pocket which doesn't have a grip safety or slide lock lever, was made from 1931 until 1983.

    The equivalent spot on Colt's product array was filled, post WWII, by the "Junior Pocket model", made by Astra 1958-68, and the "Colt Automatic Caliber 25", made by FIE, 1970-73
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clermont View Post
    Doesn't the Baby Browning slide lock back by pulling the back and engaging the safety?

    Yep...I figured this out after I posted my question. I couldn't see the slot until I placed it under bright light. Also, the orginal paperwork and manual were in the factory box that the pistol came with. Took it to a local firearms shop in the Dallas area and he said he was amazed....looked new to him. I had no idea what I had, nor did my father.:cool:

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    Wow! 19115 would almost put that gun as pre-war production.

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    Mine is # 1398XX. It comes in a velvet lined black box with a Browning medalion inlaid into the box. Anyone have an idea as to what year mine was made?

    It is 100% and looks unfired. Any info would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooltown View Post
    Mine is # 1398XX. It comes in a velvet lined black box with a Browning medalion inlaid into the box. Anyone have an idea as to what year mine was made?

    It is 100% and looks unfired. Any info would help.
    Found this the other day:
    http://www.browning.com/customerserv...etail.asp?id=6

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    Hello,
    I just picked up this guy yesterday... serial is 1972xx... From what I can gather it is a late version of the FN Vest Pocket pistols having all three safeties.. My question is with that serial, what would the date possibly be??

    thanks in advance!!

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