.25 ACP Ammo

Is .25 ACP Any Good?

Today, let’s dive into the cartridge that everyone loves to hate with a passion: the “great” .25 ACP. The 25 ACP cartridge, also known as the 6.35mm Browning, is a small but popular cartridge among gun enthusiasts and collectors. Invented by John Browning in 1905, it was designed to be used in small pocket pistols for personal defense.  The 25 auto caliber guns were popular for most of the 20th century, but the popularity had faded by the 80’s and 90’s. Today, there are hardly any handguns in production that take 25 ACP. However, there is still enough demand for the ammo to be relevant in today’s age.

Many people argue that the 25 ACP is not an affective self defense round. However, There are also many other small caliber advocates that have different stories of somebody dropping a 250-pound person with a single shot of 25 auto. With that being said, there are many other different variables and factors we need to consider when we’re evaluating a self-defense round like the 25 ACP.

What is 25 ACP good for?

Despite its limited stopping power, the 25 ACP cartridge is still a popular choice for concealed carry and self-defense due to its small size and ease of concealment. The low recoil and lightweight design of the cartridge makes it easy to handle for shooters of all skill levels, especially those who may not be comfortable with 9mm. It also helps that 25 ACP is widely available and common for you to purchase. Many people also forget that ACP comes in several different calibers, including: .32 ACP, 380 ACP, and .45 ACP. One of the main distinct advantages of 25 ACP is that pistols chambered in this cartridge can be smaller than any other semi-auto guns. 25 ACP is also the best option for people who are not as good with guns or haven’t even shot one yet. Handguns that use 25 ACP are very easy to carry. Its nick name became the “baby Browning” from the popular use of being carried in purses. These handguns even become popular amongst men because it fits easily in a vest pocket in the days when most working men wore suits with vests. It’s a great addition for autoloaders, it will keep on firing until the trigger is released which is something a novice can pull off. Another great advantage for the 25 ACP round is that since the primer is set above the cartridge base; the 25 caliber casings are not rendered useless after firing. As a result, the cartridge carries heavier projectiles allow for more accuracy. Additionally, the small size of the cartridge allows for higher magazine capacity in smaller handguns.

What are some limitations to 25 ACP?

The 25 ACP cartridge does have some limitations. Its low energy and limited stopping power can make it less effective in situations where immediate incapacitation is necessary. The cartridge is also, more susceptible to wind drift and bullet drop over longer distances due to its lightweight design and low velocity. Its muzzle energy is also very low even when compared to .22lr. Many of the pistols made in the .25 caliber had no sights at all, this makes the gun difficult to use even in controlled range shooting situations. Even though 25 ACP is still relevant and popular today, the round can get expensive. This was a major downside for many people and deterred people from carrying this type of pocket gun. The financial burden of owning and shooting one was just not worth it when cheaper options were available.

25 ACP vs Other Popular Calibers

When compared to the 9mm and .380 Auto, the 25 ACP generally has a lower muzzle velocity and energy, resulting in less stopping power. The 9mm typically has a muzzle velocity of around 1100-1300 fps and muzzle energy of 350-500 ft-lbs., while the .380 Auto has a muzzle velocity of around 900-1000 fps and muzzle energy of 180-300 ft-lbs. In contrast, the 25 ACP has a muzzle velocity of around 900 fps and muzzle energy of 64-83 ft-lbs. This decrease in muzzle energy makes 25 ACP inferior in terms of stopping power but the conceal ability and portability of 25 ACP is unmatched.

.25 ACP Comparison
.25 / 380 / 9mm Comparison


The 25 ACP cartridge fires a small, lightweight bullet that typically weighs between 35 and 50 grains at a muzzle velocity of around 900 feet per second (fps). This results in a relatively low muzzle energy of around 64 to 83 foot-pounds (ft-lbs). The trajectory of the cartridge is not as flat as larger cartridges and the bullet tends to lose velocity and energy quickly over long distances.

Cost at True shot

Here at True shot, we carry many known brands of 25 ACP including Magtech, PMC, Aguila, Fiocchi, and PPU. Today, you can order 50 rounds of PMC 25 ACP for $21.99, that’s $0.44 a round. Currently, we have Fiocchi ammo & PMC ammo for the .25 ACP. Please visit our website to see our 25 ACP ammo options.

PMC & Fiocchi .25 ACP
PMC & Fiocchi 25 ACP Ammo

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Should I get .25 ACP?

While the 25 ACP cartridge may not have the stopping power of larger cartridges, it remains a popular choice for gun enthusiasts and collectors due to its historical significance and unique design. It is also a popular choice for small pocket pistols and backup guns due to its small size and ease of concealment. The fact that manufacturers are no longer making these pistols also make it impractical to invest in one of them since parts will become scarce. Ultimately, the choice to use the 25 ACP cartridge will depend on the specific use case and personal preference of the shooter.

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