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Raven MP-25: The Original Saturday Night Special

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Today as part of our Cool Guns 411 series we are going to be talking about the Raven MP-25. This was a very inexpensive little handgun that was manufactured between 1970 and 1991.

Raven MP-25

Raven MP-25

George Jennings developed the Raven MP-25 in the late 1960s, and it was a very small .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol. It was a very inexpensive gun that was manufactured by Raven Arms. The inspiration came from the 1968 federal gun-control law that was passed prohibiting the import of little handguns with short barrels that fired small calibers. If you have heard the term “Saturday Night Special” before, the Raven MP-25 is the original gun that this term came from.

The Raven MP-25 is the true definition of a belly gun. It has a short barrel, bad sights, and some of the worst ergonomics a pistol can have. The .25 ACP round is pretty weak too, but it will do fatal damage at close range. That said, if you had a very large man high on PCP, the MP-25 might just make him more upset with you.

The quality of manufacturing on these Raven MP-25 pistols were pretty good compared to some of the mass produced cheaper models of today. However, they were well know for their mechanical failures, and generally thought of as a throwaway gun. They are not unsafe to shoot, just not something I would bet my life on.

Here is a really good video talking about the Raven MP-25 and it’s history by NeverEnoughAmmo:

Raven MP-25 Specifications:

  • Type: Semi-automatic pistol
  • Cartridge: .25 ACP
  • Action: Blowback
  • Feed system: 6-round detachable box magazine


Raven MP-25 Reviews from around the web:

Jersey Small Arms - Technical breakdown of the Raven MP-25 with some great photos.

Buget Gun Review – Fun review with a lot of personality.


Closing Thoughts:

You can pick one of these up today between $60 and $150. We don’t recommend this as any kind of personal defense pistol, but it is a really cool and affordable piece of firearm history that just might get you hooked on gun collecting!

If you enjoyed this post, make sure to check out the Puckle Gun from our Cool Guns 411 Series too.

Happy Shooting!!!

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