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Jennings J-22 oppinions for wife

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Long_Range_Mauser, Jan 26, 2009.

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  1. Long_Range_Mauser

    Long_Range_Mauser Member

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    Okay so i am looking for a purse gun for my wife. Ran across the J-22 at local gun shop for $90. What are your thoughts about these guns.
     
  2. gotime242

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    Never in my life would i trust a j22 to defend a loved one.

    I have one, and have shot others. They are all mostly unreliable and not anything that should be used for any kind of defense. Its more of a tool-box, plinker gun.

    Maybe try to find a used .38 revolver. They can be found on the cheap.
     
  3. Joshua M. Smith

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    NO!

    Jennings are not good guns to begin with, being made fairly cheaply. In fact, that used one is going for what they used to go for new.

    As well, the .22 rimfire rounds are not as reliable as centerfire.

    If you want small and light, go with a S&W J-frame revolver in .38spl, lightweight if you can afford it.

    Josh <><
     
  4. greenr18

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    Buy a Beretta 21A Bobcat in .22 instead.
     
  5. Apple a Day

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    I have one. NOT a good SD gun. If you were local I'd give it to you for a song but I surely wouldn't advise it for your wife.
    "safety" is atrocious. Unreliable.
    If you're set on a very small caliber then may I recommend you look at a .25 caliber Beretta Bobcat or a .22 magnum snubbie?
    Good luck to you and best to the wife.
     
  6. mrt949

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    NO had one in 1980 .went auto .sent it back .junk :eek::what:
     
  7. Long_Range_Mauser

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    What about a .380. Local shop sells Hi-Points for $145.
     
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    Friends don't let Friends shoot Byco / Jennings.

    Goes double for family. Do a search for Gun for Wife, you will come up with a huge amount of info.
     
  9. bglz42

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    I have one. It's junk. If you want a really high quality firearm that's small and reliable, buy an NAA mini. I know, some folks will say it's a pipsqueek... but's it's better than a knife. Mine, and my wife's, NAA's are over 15 years old and have been carried daily. Never failed once...
     
  10. Long_Range_Mauser

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    My family name is shamed. LOL at least we make good music and bows
     
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    Makarovs in excellent conditions (maybe some are even new, I don't know exactly) run at about $120-150 around here.

    Tough (they are military grade pistols after all), reliable and with more stopping power than the little 22.

    I think is the cheapest, reliable and acceptable power wise choice nowdays for a small pistol for purse/coat pocket use.

    For the same money (around $150) you may find a good small used .32 semiauto or a well used but still functionally sound .38 special revolver of much more reputable brands than Jennings.

    You can still get the smallest Hi-Point pistol brand new for the same money but it is significantly more heavy, bigger and lack an external hammer. It is ok as nightstand gun in a pinch.

    Still for that tight budget, I would go the Makarov route.


    Please don;t make a mistake and leave Jennings/Bryco/Lorcin/Jimenez alone...in the garbage where they belong.
     
  12. Jason_G

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    Just like everyone else has stated, I would never trust my wife's life to a Jennings, Bryco, Raven, Jimenez, or any of the other names these cheap guns might be sold under. I know some guys however, that would be happy to let their X-wives' trust their lives to one :uhoh:. Seriously though, I know someone who had a Jennings .22 that was fairly reliable, but his was that "one in a million". Not worth risking a life on. Get her something dependable, and preferably in a caliber no smaller than .380.

    Jason
     
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    utterly unreliable. i had one and got rid of it.
     
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    its better to not even say jennings or bryco around here,i did a few posts down but it was on a .380,i did look up the j22 on mouseguns.com and its a jammamatic.ill keep my pa63 and the my little red headed boss will get a revolver,she weighys 110 lbs and cant even rack a slide on a auto.do they even make a small revolver in .32 magnum.maybe .38,just an idea.good luck.
     
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    Have one and it's ok as a toy. (Bought it on a whim). If you absolutely can not spend any more it is better than nothing, but I would recommend the cheapest revolver of any caliber as more reliable and effective. I have an inexpensive 22 single action revolver I would trust more.
     
  16. Long_Range_Mauser

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    how bout bonnie edition .32 mag
     
  17. Greg.B

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    Jennings/Jimenez/Bryco...all are considered "Saturday Night Specials". They're fun guns to play around with. I have a Jimenez J22 that's actually very reliable after doing some tuning and polishing on it. I shoot it quite a bit, and it's almost always in my jacket pocket or the truck for when that unexpected free time for plinking happens to turn up. However, they are far from ideal for personal protection.

    I understand looking for a weapon for your wife...I understand wanting to save money...but, get the best you can possibly afford. After all, isn't she worth it ;)
     
  18. Long_Range_Mauser

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    ......maybe....:)
     
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    For $239 she can have a reliable, dependable Bersa Thunder 380, a Kel-Tec P32 or P-3AT.

    A Makarov would also be light years ahead for not much more than the Jennings.

    If she really must have a .22 for self defense, get a revolver; .22 autos are way too unrelaible for self defense, much less a Jennings. And while you're at it make it a Magnum. (Charter has them cheaper, Taurus, and Smith have more expensive ones.)
     
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    Just a hint, have your wife rack the slide before the 2 of you deside on an auto.

    Don't know about you but me and my wife are older and she has arthritis and is limited on what she can pull back. Of course this means nothing if you carry one in the tube or buy a revolver.
     
  21. Long_Range_Mauser

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    she can pull more than i can (lol) she has the vise grip hands.
     
  22. Greg.B

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    hehe...I shouldn't have asked... :eek:
     
  23. MachIVshooter

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    Jennings? Hi-point? Why are you so set on buying a cheap gun for your wife to defend herself with?

    When I was married, I didn't bat an eye at $600 for a Beretta 84FS, because the woman you love is worth it (even though you may stop loving her at some point................)
     
  24. NG VI

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    Don't buy that zinc mechanical device for her. At least Hi-Points seem to be reliable, only fifty bucks more and you can get a better gun in a decent caliber. Honestly if you can afford it try to buy one of the more mainstream, higher-quality manufacturers. A friend's sister had a Bryco 9mm that she thought was a Glock, apparently some ****** sold it to her as a Glock, she didn't know any better, not even better enought to realize when a gun says Bryco on the slide it isn't a Glock. If you can afford $300-500 you can get into the great used market and some great new pistols as well. Just not a jennings.
     
  25. Long_Range_Mauser

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    cause i am a poor man is why. heck 600 dollars is almost two weeks pay
     
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