I can't believe I bought a Jennings...


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hexidismal
July 16, 2007, 08:54 PM
Today on the local craigslist listings I noticed a guy was selling this little Jennings J-22. Now, mind you I'm no gun snob, most of my handguns are in the 300 to 500 range with a few exceptions here and there... but this is the ever dreaded Jennings I'm talking about here. I certainly never expected to buy one of them. The guy was pretty nearby though, and he wanted only $85 for it.. so I said what the heck.. for 85 bucks its another gun in the safe .. :rolleyes:
Besides, best case scenario I'll make a shooting buddy , right ? (Just trying to justify it..hehe )

http://images.craigslist.org/010101010206010311200707166c8240ebc1f0bd50480099a5.jpg

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Snowdog
July 16, 2007, 09:09 PM
Yep, that's a member of the "pot-metal" family.
It's better than nothing for the tackle box. I have a Davis .380acp that's of the same ilk and I can say it's reliable. Accurate it's not... especially now that the rifling has worn away (that after 300 rounds of Hansen JHPs). However, it'll load one in the pipe, spit out a chunk of lead and spit out the case without fail. Maybe yours will work the same....

Good luck.

Geno
July 16, 2007, 09:14 PM
I had a Jennings about 20 years back. I fired I don't know how many rounds throught it. It was fun and reliable.

:)

Alphazulu6
July 16, 2007, 09:15 PM
OUch. Well at least its aesthetically pleasing :D Honestly though, any gun that is in great shape and <$100 is out the door with me (drives my wife crazy but what can I say).

10-Ring
July 16, 2007, 09:17 PM
Quote "I can't believe I bought a Jennings... "

I can't believe you did either! :neener:

field70
July 16, 2007, 09:20 PM
"I can't believe I bought a Jennings... "

I can't believe you did either!

Beat me to it
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trueblue1776
July 16, 2007, 09:58 PM
Wow, is that the Jennings single shot with a shell holder in the grip?

Stevie-Ray
July 16, 2007, 10:01 PM
I couldn't have taken it for 10 bucks. Sorry but that's another AMT to me, almost as good anyway, and best used as a paperweight.

armoredman
July 16, 2007, 10:06 PM
My first auto was a J-22, same box, about 24 years ago! It worked, most of the time. Traded it for 4 table dances 10 years later, no I'm NOT kidding.

Mortech
July 16, 2007, 10:10 PM
I had one about 12 years a go , I gave it away a few months later to a guy I didn't like :evil: . They are only good for carrying something loaded through juristictions where having a loaded gun in your car is a no-no ( getting fewer and fewer these days ) in case your pulled over and they confiscate it .

Roadwild17
July 16, 2007, 10:19 PM
I have a raven 25, it atleast goes BANG every time.

sammy
July 16, 2007, 10:48 PM
I have the same Jennings in my safe. A relative got it to kill herself. She did not try thank god, but I got it NIB. Fired 20 or so rounds and only got 1 to cycle. What are you doing to make yours work? Will trade for table dances!! ;)

Wedge
July 16, 2007, 10:59 PM
I actually have a strange desire to buy one of those. No other reason than as an oddity.

DB
July 16, 2007, 11:30 PM
I bought a Bryco .380 back when I was much younger and went to a gunshow with only $75 in my pocket. I'm waiting for one of those gun buy-back things the government sometimes does. I might even make a profit. BTW... I was impressed that the Bryco went through a couple of magazines without a hiccup.

Blue .45
July 17, 2007, 01:13 AM
I have a raven 25, it atleast goes BANG every time.

My uncle bought one of those about fifteen years ago. His seemed to function pretty well. Of course, he only paid $50 dollars for it, so he couldn't complain if it didn't.

hexidismal
July 17, 2007, 02:16 AM
I actually have a strange desire to buy one of those. No other reason than as an oddity.

Yeah, I suppose that's actually why I bought it. Given the tone of my original post, I think it's quite clear that I don't exactly expect to get any performance from the gun. It was just strange thing to purchase, and at 85 bucks it's not like it's a big loss to own a bizarre wildcard in the collection.

CajunBass
July 17, 2007, 02:49 AM
I can't believe I bought a Jennings...

Why not? It was inexpensive, so what did you have to lose? I doubt you're counting on using it to hold off hords of mutant ninja gummie bears from space.

Enjoy it.

Mavrick12
July 17, 2007, 03:14 AM
Yeah I have a 25 of theirs. It was horrible before, but it turned out it was the mag. I got a new mag and its not all THAT bad. Its kinda neat lookin at least.

And besides holdin of mutant ninja gummie bears from space is best done with a 12 Guage ^_^.

Carl N. Brown
July 17, 2007, 02:06 PM
I have a Jennings J22 as a pocket gun for my field jacket
(empty chamber, magazine loaded with Stingers, or
first round a CCI shotshell).

At least once a year, I test fire the four magazines, clean
the gun and reload the magazines from a fresh box.

It has never failed to function with Stingers. With Aguila
60gr Subsonic Sniper it got in the habit of failure to eject
the last empty, so I went back to Stingers.

J22s are not very reliable with bulk pack ammo. But cheap
ammo is good for practicing failure drills.

Seriously, it will not replace my Ruger Mark II in accuracy
or longevity (the Ruger has had way over 10,000 rounds
through it); but as long as it continues to function well
it meets the just-in-case requirement better than a
sharp stick.

Now the Jennings 9mm, yuck.

Alphazulu6
July 17, 2007, 02:08 PM
Just keep it as a backup to throw at the bad guys. It must weigh 20 oz... that would hurt if you got em in the side of the head :D

romma
July 17, 2007, 04:14 PM
I was shot in my shoulder and neck with a Raven .25 and it wasn't pretty. They will do the trick with the right placement!

W.E.G.
July 17, 2007, 04:28 PM
I paid $45 for mine. It broke, so I sold it to the Washington DC Police Department for $100.

romma
July 17, 2007, 04:31 PM
I paid $45 for mine. It broke, so I sold it to the Washington DC Police Department for $100.

Nice! Although they love the press being able to claim they took another gun off the streets!

JA
July 17, 2007, 04:47 PM
My Jennings J-22 has over 1000rds firied in it. It has been 100% reliable as long as I fire no more than 2 boxes of ammo before cleaning it.

There are two rules with any of the Raven,Jennings,Bryco,Davis,etc... pistols.
1.-Never carry one with a loaded round in the chamber.
The sear is small and ther is not much surface area of the sear in contact with the striker holding it back. The sear spring is not super strong.
2.-Keep it clean.
Most people don't realize how much firing residue ammo leaves behind. 22 ammo is the worst as the bullets are lubed with wax which a lot rubs off as the cartridge is chambered. Firing residue combined with the bullet lube wax really makes a thick sticky paste that slows down the slide's movement causing jams.
22 ammo with copper plated bullets has less bullet lube wax than plain lead bullets. So you can fire 3 boxes of ammo with copper plated bullets before the jams start showing up like they do after firing 2 boxes of lead bullet ammo.

PS- I have a Raven 25 that has more than 1500rds fired in it. As long as I stick to the "fire no more than 2 boxes of ammo before cleaning it" rule it functions 100%.

jon_in_wv
July 17, 2007, 07:44 PM
My first auto was a J-22, same box, about 24 years ago! It worked, most of the time. Traded it for 4 table dances 10 years later, no I'm NOT kidding.

That is SO funny. Bless your heart, and HERS!

twinhairdryers
July 17, 2007, 11:06 PM
romma - who shot you with a raven?

"romma

I was shot in my shoulder and neck with a Raven .25 and it wasn't pretty. They will do the trick with the right placement!"

that must have stung like hell.

brashboy
July 17, 2007, 11:47 PM
Also, you'll be sorry if you dry-fire the Jennings J22. Doing so can cause the striker to hit the edge of the chamber, burring it. This happened to mine, and the slide would not lock up when a round was chambered. I solved the problem with a small file, but there is a little pock mark that can't be filled in; hardly the mark of a fine handgun.

Let me reiterate the warning above not to carry it with a live round chambered. In fact, when merely chambering a round, be afraid... be very afraid.

brash

target1911
July 18, 2007, 12:52 AM
Quote:
"I can't believe I bought a Jennings... "
I can't believe you did either!

Beat me to it

WOW...a lot of like-minds here

Wow, is that the Jennings single shot with a shell holder in the grip?

My Mom has one of those....and that is exactly how it works too....not to mention its very hard to hit a pie plate at 10 ft. Yes, I said ft not yds

CajunBass
July 18, 2007, 10:56 AM
hardly the mark of a fine handgun.

Whoever said Jennings was a "fine handgun." I don't think THEY even try to claim that.

MassMark
July 18, 2007, 11:57 AM
I had a Jennings years and years ago that would only function with CCI Stingers. It malfunctioned with everything else I put in it and I have no idea as to why. I wonder where it is now??? Perhaps melted down to make napkin rings or something... ;)

Carl N. Brown
July 18, 2007, 01:52 PM
quote massmark: I had a Jennings years and years ago that would only function with CCI Stingers.

My experience too. And the reccommendation in the instruction booklet.

Phelptwan
July 18, 2007, 04:17 PM
My first auto was a J-22...I still own it. I bought a crate of .22lr about 5 years ago (10000rds), and I've put at least 1000 through the bugger. My only real problem with is it is that it fails to eject every 5 mags...after a cleaning it's good to go.

KINGMAX
July 18, 2007, 04:29 PM
if u take it to the swamp, and it don't come back, well, u ain't lost much

KINGMAX
July 18, 2007, 04:30 PM
i can't believe you bought one either

Cowboybootnut
July 18, 2007, 05:46 PM
I bought one abut 25 years ago when they first came out. It was $65. I traded it 1-2 years ago. It was very reliable, I shot only CCI Mini-Mags and had no jams, FTF, etc. I believe I shot about 1000 rds or so.

It was fairly reasonable in accuracy from 5 to 10 yds.

McCall911
July 18, 2007, 07:31 PM
Ah, you could do worse than buying a Jennings. It's really not a bad-looking little pistol IMO.

What's worse is when you pay 5 to 10 times that $85 for something and it turns out to be total junk! :fire:

DMK
July 18, 2007, 07:55 PM
My dad's got one. It's kinda fun to shoot. It's no target gun, but not inaccurate at 15 yards. He had something break when he first got it(can't remember what it was). Sent it back, they fixed it promptly and he never had another problem. Feeds anything he's fed it, which is usually the cheapest 22LR he can find.

Slinger
July 18, 2007, 09:22 PM
Confession is good for the soul. Don't you feel better now?:neener:

bkjeffrey
November 9, 2007, 11:34 PM
I was given a Jennings J22 a few weeks ago. It appeared to be brand new. The first thing I did was clean and liberally oil it. I can say that out of 600 round of CCI Stinger only about 15ish failure to ejects. No other problems with operation. I also can consistently hit an old washing machine at about 35 yards with it.

weregunner
November 10, 2007, 01:39 AM
Just for gee whiz info there is this:

www.bryco-jennings-jimenezarms.com

RyanM
November 10, 2007, 01:59 AM
Well, at least it's a .22, so if the slide flies off, it won't fly off all that hard. Ever watch Sin City? :neener:

sm
November 10, 2007, 02:29 AM
Over the years, assisting new folks we either had access to one of the Jennings's in .22 or bought one.
Some of the other inexpensive guns as well.

Teaching tool, instructional aid, educational too if you will.

Private ranges and even we as individuals out and about with folks we knew, would snag one of these to show.

You have someone, on a budget, and they can see, and actually shoot one.
Compare to say a used Police Trade in revolver and this person better understands what they are getting for money spent.

Oh sure, some folks had us get them one, various reasons, from being a joke to one lady, sentimental and all, her daddy got her one as a little girl and did not know what happened to it.
She got herself one with the pink grips like her daddy got her (near as she could remember) as her dad had passed and all...

Still the main deal was education, which was a good thing for a lot of folks.

Silly fun too. Get us lined up, all with these inexpensive guns, target at say 10-15 yards and "Okay who ever actually hits the target, does not have to police the range".
Or something.

I am not ashamed to admit, sitting, using knees and all to brace myself.
Well the retired SWAT looked like he was doing long range silhouette on his back and using leg...
Gun buddy had thoughts of taping his to a 2x4 to make a rifle ...

Range owners wife beat us. She walked up, weak handed threw the gun up and fired and she hit the target.
Show off...*grin*

Ladies and kids out that day, just cracking up laughing...

When they finally break, tear up, whatever, set into Lucite for book ends and similar.
Do one apart, the other together, neat gift ideas.

Nitrogen
November 10, 2007, 02:47 AM
I've always wanted one, just to tell people I own one.
Same with a hi-point.

jahwarrior
November 10, 2007, 11:01 AM
i have a cobra ca380, same ROF class as the jennings. i bought it for sentimental reasons; it reminded me of the first gun i bought, from some guy in an alley when i was 16. you know what? it shoots pretty good. i'm not going to win any matches with it, but it'll do in a pinch.

HisSoldier
November 10, 2007, 11:56 AM
I went searching to find out what these are made of, someone said "pot metal". I couldn't find anything on this particular gun. To me pot metal includes aluminum, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Jennings is die cast aluminum. Same material as the Beretta though I suspect they are forged, no big difference in my opinion. If they are truly zinc die cast that would be a little worse. One reason I think why I found no references to the material in the Jennings is because the typical gun owner neither knows nor cares what his gun is made of.
If being a cheap handgun means only that it is die cast (of whatever material, aluminum or zinc) and not what the type of cheap material is used than I guess that leaves many expensive aluminum framed guns out. Not to a true materials snob like me though.:) If function is what matters then it doesn't matter if it is zinc or aluminum die cast, sand cast, plastic or whatever. (pressed resin impregnated fiber! The new space aged alternative! Wonder material! paper:))

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