I have a friend (she is basically new to firearms). She has her CCW and is ready to start carrying concealed.
She currently has 2 handguns that were given to her. One is a Raven Arms .25 (Model E18 I think.) The other appears to be of another manufacturer (F.I.E. ?) but is the same caliber and looks very much like the first. They each appear to need some work including new springs. She has never fired either of them.
My advice to her is to sell these two guns and use the money to help her purchase a quality .38 or maybe a .357 small 5-shot revolver like a Ruger Sp101 or something similar. (She seems to prefer the revolver to semi-autos. If fact, she likes my wife's 5-shot Taurus .357)
I am concerned about the reputation for reliability of these two .25 caliber firearms as well as the effectiveness of the .25 caliber.
Rather than spend money to get one (or both) of these guns into shape (with reliability still questionable) I think putting the money into a good revolver makes more sense.
Any comments (agreeing or disagreeing with me) are welcome as I would like your opinion on this. She doesn't have a lot of money and can't afford to make a mistake.