How to Disassemble a Phoenix Arms Model Raven 25-Auto

by Gus Stephens

The Raven Model 25 was an inexpensive, semi-automatic handgun manufactured by Raven Arms from 1970 until 1991 and by Phoenix Arms from 1991 to 1993. Marketed at prices from $50 to $75 during its production run, over two million Raven Model 25s were sold. It was among the handguns frequently cited in attempts to legislate against low-priced pocket pistols generically known as "Saturday Night Specials." The blowback-operated Raven Model 25 fires .25 ACP ammunition from a six-round magazine. Constructed of zinc alloy, its barrel length is 2.5 inches and its overall length is 4.75 inches. It weighs 15 ounces. Minimal takedown of this handgun is recommended for cleaning purposes only.

1. Make sure the pistol is unloaded and decocked.

2. Push in and hold the retainer button located on the rear of the slide with a blunt object such as the eraser end of a pencil.

3. Pull the rear part of the slide up off the tracks as far as it will go.

4. Release the retainer button.

5. Push the slide all the way forward while continuing to hold the rear portion of the slide up.

6. Remove the slide from the front end of the pistol.

About the Author

Gus Stephens has written about aviation, automotive and home technology for 15 years. His articles have appeared in major print outlets such as "Popular Mechanics" and "Invention & Technology." Along the way, Gus earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications. If it flies, drives or just sits on your desk and blinks, he's probably fixed it.