Glock 25: One of the rare pistols banned in the United States

Glock 25 is banned in the United States
Glock 25 is banned in the United States by the Gun Act from 1968 (Photo: XY)

Glock 25 (G25, Model 25) is a specific pistol of small dimensions, equal to those of the Glock 19 which makes it perfect for concealed carry. It was introduced for the first time at the IWA Outdoor Classics in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1995. It is chambered in .380 ACP (9 mm Short) which is not so popular in the United States.


The market indicated that Glock should add a model in this caliber to expand the range of its products. So, the Glock 25 is in fact a blowback derivative of the compact Glock 19. The length of the barrel is 102 mm (4 in) and a hexagonal profile with a right-hand twist of 250mm. It has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds and the ability to use a special magazine to extend the capacity up to 17 rounds. Nevertheless, it is only 30 mm wide.

Glock 25 is a Austrian-made pistol chambered in .380 ACP
Glock 25 is an Austrian-made pistol chambered in .380 ACP (Photo: XY)

Standard fixed sight elevation is 6.9 mm, unlike the 6.5 mm elevation used for the 9×19mm models. Glock 25 has a total length of 174mm. The height of the weapon is 127 mm and the weight is 570 g without the magazine. The trigger pressure is about 2500 g.

Saturday Night Special

The magazine capacity and caliber are one of the main reasons why Glock 25 is banned in the United States. The American Crime Bill prohibits a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds for civilian use. Because of this restriction on the magazine capacity and heavy competition, this model is not for sale in the USA.

Back in 1968, the Gun Control Act cut off the supply of cheap handguns from Europe into the US. Those weapons were known as Saturday Night Special. New Gun Control Act established a point system that makers had to follow to get their guns eligible for import.

The .380 ACP chambered Glock 25, sadly, do not grade out to enough points to make it legal. The points system was introduced to determine the “sporting purpose” of a handgun. These points are awarded based on criteria including the gun’s length, height, weight, caliber, construction, safety, features, sights, and grips. (1968 Act, 935(d)(3)).

Technical specifications: Glock 25

Manufacturer: Glock Ges.m.b.H., Austria
Type:  short recoil, locked-breech, semi-automatic
Caliber: .380 ACP
Barrel: 4.02 in (102 mm)
Weight (empty): 22.75 oz (645 grams)
Magazine capacity: Standard: 15 rounds; Optional: 17 rounds
1 comment
  1. Um… there is NO law in the USA about civilians not being allowed to own magazines holding more than 10 rounds. (Except in a few select states). I can look over the rail of my bed and see 11+ over 10 round mags.

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