Bauer Automatic

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Bauer Automatic
Bauer .25 Auto pistol.jpg
Bauer Automatic
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Fraser, Michigan, United States
Service history
Used by LEOs, detectives, citizens
Production history
Designer Robert Bauer Sr.
Manufacturer Bauer Firearms Co.
Unit cost Initially around $100
Produced 1972–1984
No. built Unknown
Variants Fraser
Weight .284 kg (0.63 lb) with empty magazine (10 OZ)
Length 102.5 mm (4.04 in) (4")
Barrel length 53.3 mm (2.10 in)
Width 25.5 mm (1.00 in)
Height 70.5 mm (2.78 in)

Cartridge .25 ACP
Action blowback
Muzzle velocity 760–1100 fps depending on bullet weight
Effective firing range 10 meters
Maximum firing range 25 meters
Feed system 6-round detachable box magazine (.25 ACP)
Sights Fixed, integral machined in the slide.

The Bauer Automatic is an American-made copy of the Baby Browning. Made of stainless steel, they are chambered in .25 ACP with a six-round magazine capacity. The Bauer was manufactured in Fraser, Michigan from 1972–1984.[1] The pistol was marketed as the Fraser-25 from 1984 to 1986.[2]


The Bauer .25 Automatic was made of precision machined 416 stainless steel investment castings and fitted by hand. The pistol features a two-position thumb safety. One position locks the slide while the other position locks the slide in the disassembly position, allowing the user to rotate the barrel clock-wise 45 degrees and remove the entire slide (rather than counterclockwise-as is the case with the FN Baby Browning pistol, to avoid copyright infringement claims from FN).[2]

Factory options included "white pearl" (plastic) or wood grips, and a variety of holsters. An engraved version was manufactured for the Bicentennial in 1976.[3]

Many parts interchange with the FN Baby Browning, including grips, magazines, and various internal parts.[2]


  1. ^ Lee, Jerry (17 January 2012). Standard Catalog of Handguns. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 53. ISBN 1-4402-3009-9. 
  2. ^ a b c Wood, J B (21 October 2007). Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. pp. 49–56. ISBN 1-4402-2630-X. 
  3. ^ Shideler, Dan (28 February 2011). Gun Digest Book of Semi-Auto Pistols. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 91. ISBN 1-4402-2439-0. 

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