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The thread on the S&W M61 Escort got me thinking about the little guns we have, but rarely speak about. After all "real men shoot...."
Here's my early pre-war Galesi in .22 Short Caliber. Beautiful and runs 100 %. Picked it up with the orginal box, papers, and cleaning brush for the princely sum of $60.00!
You're allowed to drool.
I showed you mine! Now show me yours!



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I don't have one to show but back in the day Galessi's had a pretty good reputation.

Right now I cannot remember if it was them or Bernadelli that had a .22 Long version, before anyone had a .22 LR pocket rocket.

Thanks for the pic!
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My smallest "fun gun" is a Beretta M21A stainless Bobcat .22 LR.

It has proven to be a reliable little pistol with just about any brand of high velocity ammo. I bought two extra mags for it and use it for a short range plinker. It did duty as a pocket carry piece while my KelTec P32 was in Florida getting the factory fluff and buff treatment.


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They are, without a doubt, "mouse guns" (anything less than 9mm/.38 Special +P). But uncountable millions and millions and millions have been produced for over a century now and have protected millions and millions and millions of people over that time. And they continue to sell well (despite the diatribes in the gun magazines against them). There is, and probably always will be, a definite market for them.

The ones made in the pre-war and early post-war periods (the Spanish-made ones excepted) were of very high quality, exemplifying Old World European craftsmanship and the very best that American gunmaking could do. Berettas and Bernadellis of any era were good guns.

They attract little collector interest, but are a fascinating genre in their own right.
 

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Aaaa, but the Junior Colts (,25 cal) made by Astra for Colt, & so marked, were quality equal to the same configuration .25's made later by Colt in U.S. ;) Regards, G>M>F>
 

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Oh yeah, the little Colt/Astras. A friend has had a Colt Cub for years. Although he has taken a lot of grief from me about it, it is a pretty decent little gun.
 
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The ones made in the pre-war and early post-war periods (the Spanish-made ones excepted) were of very high quality, exemplifying Old World European craftsmanship and the very best that American gunmaking could do.
My remark about Spanish quality referred to the pre-war period when there were, literally, hundreds of mostly very small gunmakers in Spain which made arms of highly variable, but usually not very good, quality. (After WWII the Spanish government put them all out of business except for Star, Astra and Llama --- all of which made quality guns in the post-war period.) Besides Astra, Star made a small auto for Colt for awhile also, but the model escapes me (one of the "Ponys"?)
 

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I dont own a small 22 cal but I can share a pic. of my 25 auto
made by C.G. Haenel Suhl , Schmeisser`s patent.
late 20`s I think. It has pocket wear but still shoots great.
(click to enlarge)


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Bought this for $300. Told my wife it was a Valentines day present for her, I use it all the time. A little on the snappy side but shoots straight.

.25ACP FN Baby Browning in my wifes hand
 

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Gil, Operationiceberg, and all.

Some really nice pocket rockets! Love the Browning .25 with the nickel plate and mother of pearl grips. You sure you weren't a pimp in a former life?
Gil, very hice Haenel .25. Looks kind of like a Colt Junior!

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Let me start with I am a large man (6'3") and I do own a mouse gun! I bought my Beretta 950, 22 Short, to help someone in financial trouble. I have kept it because it is beautifully made and I love to see the faces on spectators when I shoot it. Regards, Richard


 
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I only have 1 little gun, a Colt Mustang, but it's small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and carrys well IWB, shoots good too.

 
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My first pocket pistol, bought in about 1968, was a SA Beretta 950 (.22 short). After that, I owned a series of DA Beretta Model 21A (three or four) in .22LR that I always ended up trading because of their tendency to misfeed. (rimmed .22 ammo is not the best ammo design for reliable feeding from a straight mag in a compact pistol) Currently, my only pocket pistol is my Kel-Tec P32 and it is my all-time favorite. The P32 is my most carried self-defense pistol, and I'm a big fan of its innovative design. It typically rides in my strong-side back pocket in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster under a folded hankerchief and is no more noticeable or bothersome that my wallet.
 
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