1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

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

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hexidismal, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    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 )

    Last edited: Jul 16, 2007
  2. Snowdog

    Snowdog Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    I had a Jennings about 20 years back. I fired I don't know how many rounds throught it. It was fun and reliable.

  4. Alphazulu6

    Alphazulu6 member

    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).
  5. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

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

    I can't believe you did either! :neener:
  6. field70

    field70 Well-Known Member

    Beat me to it
  7. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    Wow, is that the Jennings single shot with a shell holder in the grip?
  8. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. Mortech

    Mortech Well-Known Member

    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 .
  11. Roadwild17

    Roadwild17 Well-Known Member

    I have a raven 25, it atleast goes BANG every time.
  12. sammy

    sammy Well-Known Member

    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!! ;)
  13. Wedge

    Wedge Well-Known Member

    I actually have a strange desire to buy one of those. No other reason than as an oddity.
  14. DB

    DB Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Blue .45

    Blue .45 Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. hexidismal

    hexidismal Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. CajunBass

    CajunBass Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Mavrick12

    Mavrick12 Well-Known Member

    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 ^_^.
  19. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. Alphazulu6

    Alphazulu6 member

    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

Share This Page