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Arms P25 MP25 and Phoenix Raven Pistol
Caliber .25 ACP
6 + 1 capacity
1971 - 1991
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FIRING THE PISTOL
After loading your Magazine, insert it into the bottom of the pistol handle and push it into the pistol as far as possible. Point your pistol in a safe direction and with your other hand firmly grasp the serrated portion of the Slide and pull it as far rearward as it will go. Release the Slide from it's rearmost position, allowing it to go forward of it's own accord. This procedure places the first cartridge into the chamber and the gun is ready for firing. Subsequent feeding and ejection operations are performed automatically until the pistol is empty. NOTE: Unless the pistol is already cocked, the safety must be in the "FIRE" (F) position before the pistol can be cocked or loaded from the magazine supply.
Make sure the Recoil Spring is in the Frame. Place the Slide Assembly over the Barrel and pull rearward until it can be dropped down onto the Frame. Depress the Retainer into the Slide far enough to allow it to drop into its slot. Release the Retainer after Slide is pushed down onto the Frame. You should not be able to lift the rear of the Slide away from the Frame if properly assembled. After the Assembly is completed, but before loading, manually operate the pistol to see that everything functions properly.
(THE FOLLOWING IS NOT FROM THE MANUAL)
Presuming your right handed, hold the pistol in your right hand. Grab the Slide with your left hand. Put your pointer finger on the Retainer and push it in. Keeping your finger on the Retainer lift the Slide up and pull it off the front. You won't lose the Retainer and Firing Pin Spring this way. You can literally field strip the Raven pistol in two seconds.
First Model Raven P-25 Old Model Raven P-25
The P-25, made in Baldwin Park CA USA, was introduced in 1971 and discontinued in 1984.
New Model Raven MP-25
The MP-25, made in Industry CA USA, replaced the P-25 in 1984 and continued until 1991.
Phoenix Arms Model Raven
Arms Raven, made in Ontario CA USA, replaced the MP-25 in 1991 until
Serial Number Location
serial number on all Raven pistols is located on
the backstrap as indicated by the yellow box in the
picture below. The First Model Raven P-25's had a
six digit serial number as did the Old Model P-25's
and early Old Model MP-25's. This carried on into
a seven digit serial number range right on through
the New Model MP-25's until production ceased at
somewhere near the 2 million mark in 1991.
Phoenix Arms took over production they offset
the serial numbers to the right and their numbers all
appear to be seven digits in the 3 million range.
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