Are Jennings unsafe?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by earl1412, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. earl1412

    earl1412 New Member

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    Found this link about a self firing Jennings at a Florida gun range, the lawsuit seems to be a given, but it's the first I've heard of a gun magazine needing a pliers to load ammunition properly, then firing on its own!
    http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/03/07/55522.htm
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    That one certainly was.
    I've never held them in particularly high regard anyway. But this is a new low, even for Jennings.
     

  3. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    I had a Jennings J22 years ago. What a piece of $hit. It wasn't worth the coest of the materials used to make it. FTF, FTE, stovepiped rounds..... If someone attacked you and this is all you had, I would olnly recommend throwing this gun at them. Now it never went off on its own, but you never actually new if it was gonna fir when you pulled the trigger. :(
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Please bear in mind- if you are considering a Jennings ANYTHING- there is no longer a Jennings Company. There is no longer a Bryco Company (their successor)

    However, if the lawyers are like some I have seen, they will file suit against whoever made the pliers that was being used to "make the bullets fit better".

    :eek::confused::mad:
     
  5. TimKS

    TimKS Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I've owned a J-22 for a long time, I'm guessing 20 yrs. or more, and it has NEVER been any problem what-so-ever. It's a good & accurate shooter.

    I also purchased a used one recently that was a POS like you explained above.

    The OP'ers story is one that stretches my imagination to believe. You don't just lay a gun down and it starts pulling it's own trigger ...and keep it up. :eek:
     
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  6. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Oh crap not this thread again.
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Is a Jennings unsafe?? Damn right they are.:mad: a real POS
     
  8. TexasGunner

    TexasGunner New Member

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    When I bought my Sig P238HD I tried to trade in the J22 (because I couldn't even give it away!) and they knocked $40 of the Sig. I bet they went into the back and threw it in the trash.
     
  9. gearhead396

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    I've fired a Jimenez JA nine which is basically the same thing Paul Jimenez bought bryco all the molds and everything and bryco was Jennings. He even had to move the company to Nevada because California wouldn't let him operate because they were so crappy. it shot every time except after it would cycle I would have to push the slide forward that couple if centimeters every time. Piece of crap
     
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  10. gearhead396

    gearhead396 New Member

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    Lol I know it seems like every few months were talking anout how crappy a Jennings bryco or Jimenez is but hey we should cause they are CRAPPY
     
  11. luckyj

    luckyj New Member

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    Agreed. I bought a J22 several years ago for $50 and I was pissed that I spent that much money on it. After 3 - 4 trips out to the woods to shoot the thing, I gave up. I ended up trashing it.
     
  12. shouldazagged

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    I'd love to be able to laugh at that line, but we both know it's too damn true to be funny. If litigation isn't the biggest indoor sport in this country it's certainly in the top three.

    As for Jennings/Bryco/Jimenez/Mattel/Popeil/whatever, I've never trusted a gun that appeared to be made of glazing putty.
     
  13. Viking

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    I was made a believer as to their being a POS after seeing two Jennings with their slide ends, at the barrel bushing, broken off. After seeing that I have no desire to own one.
     
  14. steadyshot

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    I have a Bryco 380. I bought it about 25 years ago. I think it's made out of pot metal. It's a real jam-o-matic. Over the years I was hoping to find one of those gun buy back programs so I could get something for this worthless POS.

    Hell, I'd be happy with a $50 gift certificate from Wal-Mart in exchange for it......
     
  15. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I've owned plenty of J-22's made by the various Calwsco, Bryco and Jennings names. I've never had a problem. Just remember Glocks. We all know they're safe, but just because one football player or DEA shoots himself, the lawsuits are abound.
     
  16. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    Now reliability, that's another problem! They cost 50 bucks for a reason!