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

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

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  1. hexidismal

    hexidismal Member

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    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 )

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  2. Snowdog

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    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
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    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

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    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

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

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

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    Beat me to it
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  7. trueblue1776

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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

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    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

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    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
     
  21. romma

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    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!
     
  22. W.E.G.

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    I paid $45 for mine. It broke, so I sold it to the Washington DC Police Department for $100.
     
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    Nice! Although they love the press being able to claim they took another gun off the streets!
     
  24. JA

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    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%.
     
  25. jon_in_wv

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