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Old 10-30-2010, 06:17 AM   #1
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Looking at getting a cheap plinker gun for my cousin, wanted to know if Jennings is worth the slim price tag.

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Looking at getting a cheap plinker gun for my cousin, wanted to know if Jennings is worth the slim price tag.
In a word: NO

You've started threads on a lot of different handguns in the past week and all we can give you is our opinion. You really need to find a range that rents and try them for yourself...
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My cousin knows that I am well versed in handguns and 3 or 4 years ago asked me to recommend a 9mm pistol that would be small enough for everyday carry, lightweight, and relatively inexpensive.

I recommended three types from the cheapest I would trust with increasing expense. The first was a Kel-tec PF-9 9mm for around $300, the second was a Taurus PT111 for between $350 and $400, and the last was a Glock 19 or 26 for around $500. He didn't want to spend more than $500.

The prices are from a local store in my area.

Two days later he said that I was totally wrong he got a 9mm for $140. He was bragging. I said "its a Jennings isn't it."

He said a "Bryco Model 59." I simply responded same thing, and have fun while it lasts.

Two weeks later he set me this image:

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He said he took it shooting and after 18 rounds this happened.
I re-recommended the same three guns and said listen to me this time.

He did and now owns a Taurus Pt-111 and a Ruger SR9c (that he just bought).


What you should know is that the Jennings, Bryco, Jimenez, Raven, or whatever name are all the same "ring of fire" guns.

Here is some more info:

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I always warn people to avoid them.
If you don't mention the above names to people looking to buy then they won't know of the potential problem

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Sure their smaller guns, like the JA-380 are cute, and feel good in the hand, but I've seen MANY of these come in my store for repair. Mostly because the firing pin retainer/takedown button is broken.
I agree with mesinge2, cheapest gun I would trust would be a Kel Tec.

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In a word: NO

You've started threads on a lot of different handguns in the past week and all we can give you is our opinion. You really need to find a range that rents and try them for yourself...
Your opinion is what I want ..........my dad has always had a Colt and a Desert Eagle, two pretty expensive guns, that were well built(although the DE recoil springs are disappointing). However, my dad made quite a bit more money then I do so I wont be able to drop as much bucks into these weapons as he could(at least at first). Consequently, I don't know much about these so called "budget" guns. I could fire one and love it, but it could be a total lemon on the inside.That's why I've been asking you guys about a variety of different options, cause you guys know a large amount more about what guns are well built then I do at this point.
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You seem more interested in autos that revolvers so I'll just show you some cheaper autos.
FWIW, when I say cheaper I mean inexpensive and "not of poor quality"
For a cheaper carry auto I would look to a Taurus, Kel-tec, or older Rugers.

But here are the pieces I would consider: the top one being the most expensive of the list. I do not have personal experience with the zastava M88 but I have heard good things.


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Hi points are reliable and inexpensive but huge for a 9mm and ugly to boot. Furthermore, the 45 version looks like a power drill:

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I looked at one once and thought about buying it. I'm not that knowledgeable either but a new 380 for under $200 made no sense to me. Dirt cheap price means dirt cheap made and that's true no matter what your buying. I decided to do some research before buying and I'm glad I did. Along with simply being crappy they won't cycle hollow point ammo. Solids only and that's a deal breaker for me.

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If inexpensive is what you want then look for it. But cheap is not the same thing. Those Jennings pistols are cheap. THe ones stated above are more inexpensive. I might even add Bersa to the list but those are hit and miss too.

I think about this when I'm buying a firearm. Is it cheaper to buy something I'll have to replace? And how much is my life worth. No, you don't have to spend a grand to get a decent weapon. But when buying a firearm it can get real pricey when we try to go real cheap.

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[...] The ones stated above are more inexpensive. I might even add Bersa to the list but those are hit and miss too. [...]
Of course my list is by no means exhaustive just some examples off the top of my head. Also, you should try out as many as it takes until you find one that is right for YOU. Don't just buy something that some random unknown internet dude said, but don't buy tin foil shaped like a gun either just because it saves you some clams.

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[...] And how much is my life worth. [...] when buying a firearm it can get real pricey when we try to go real cheap.
I agree with this statement 100%.
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