Saturday, August 20, 2005

e-Postal with a Jennings J-22

The Jennings J-22 Semi-Auto Pistol

Here's my e-Postal match entry for the snub-nose class.
98/250 offhand, and 125/250 bench rest for
a total score of 222 out of 500

Accuracy is not a strong point for the J-22 Jennings. The bullets that made these holes were going sideways!

Ah yes, the Jennings J-22. I guess it embodies all the things that define a saturday night special! It's small, and light, and unreliable. These features, of course, are offset by a total lack of accuracy!

An obvious choice to enter in the snub-nose class of the latest e-Postal handgun match. I don't even have to think up excuses, they're built in!

In spite of all of that, it's a fun little gun to shoot. The prices for these are very low, as .22 auto pistols go, and there's a lot of them around.

I was unable to get more that two or three rounds to fire without some sort of a failure. Failure to eject, failure to feed, failure to fire the round, every second or third shot something didn't work.

The accuracy is probably on a par with a blunderbuss, but not likely that it's any better than that. By looking at the targets, it was obvious that at ten yards the bullets were often tumbling end over end. Not conducive to accuracy! Sometimes, however, the shot went exactly as aimed, but often as much as six inches off, even from the bench rest. If you ever have to fire a Jennings for self-defense, I would recommend having the muzzle in direct contact with what you are shooting at!

With all these faults, why own one of these? Well, if you like doing your own gun work, I think this can be turned into a pretty nice little 22. These were cranked out rapidly to keep costs down, so most machined surfaces are a lot rougher than they should be. A few hours spent polishing and blue-printing one of these little guys could make quite a difference. I'm sure the trigger can be smoothed up considerably. Careful bending and tuning of the feed lips on the magazines can make huge differences in terms of feeding reliability.

OK, so you can get it to function reliably, what about the accuracy, or more correctly, the total lack of any?

I suspect that sometimes the bullet, instead of being spun by the rifling, is actually just getting a groove cut into it, and it's spinning (if at all) much slower than is needed to stabilize it in flight. Perhaps a lower velocity round might be the ticket. I think if you find the right ammo, it might not do too badly. Maybe some of those sub-sonic rounds? It should be worth a try.

If you feel like playing around with one of these little guys, go for it, and let me know how it works out.

Paraphrasing another blogger, it's probably not much of a back-up gun, but it's still better than a rolled up newspaper........

59 Comments:

At Saturday, August 20, 2005 6:02:00 PM, Blogger H2SO4 said...

That's some pretty good shooting from that little cracker..

 
At Saturday, August 20, 2005 6:33:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

It's kinda embarassing to miss the target completely from a bench rest at ten yards..........

 
At Sunday, August 21, 2005 8:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, OK, you can put away the hair shirt now, we all know you're the "martyr de jour" for this stunt.

Mr. Completely, the Compleat Race-gunner, finds a J-22 in his front yard where some gangsta abandoned it whilst running from the po-leece, and actually fires a postal match with it.

I'll take this as a challenge: on my next trip to the range, I'll take my little Beretta "bearcat" or whatever fuzzy critter the little .22 short killa is named after.

You're on, Mister.

Rivrdog, out

 
At Sunday, August 21, 2005 11:47:00 AM, Blogger H2SO4 said...

And thanks for the bump in link position.

Pals,

H2

 
At Sunday, August 21, 2005 12:20:00 PM, Blogger VileBill said...

Ha! What a hoot!

 
At Sunday, August 21, 2005 12:22:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I'm going to do the Beretta .22 I posted about earlier.

I'm sure you'll feel better after seeing that set! :)

 
At Sunday, August 21, 2005 10:35:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Hey Rivrdog, I think a little grudge match is in order here. Next time we get together I'll bring the Jennings, and provided it doesn't explode or something we can have a shootout.

High noon, black and white hats (I'll flip you for the white hat!), maybe the "Fist full of dollars" theme in the background. AK can referee. Maybe the current e-Postal rules and targets.

Being a high-roller by nature, I'd probably wager as much as two-bits or so.

Let's see, what's the line?

"Ahm'a callin' yuh out, pardner........" or something like that?

 
At Monday, August 22, 2005 8:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, something like the whore shootouts I saw re-created on Wild West Tech one night. The Wild West whores carried derringers, if they carried at all, and one day in some wild town, two of them got into a "this town isn't big enough for both of us" shootout. Three to five paces with derringers, but as I recall, the only one killed was a John of one of the madams who was standing by his 'dam, literally, and paid for it when the opposing madam missed quite wide and got him in the K5 "by mistake".

So, maybe we should be the Johns, and let the wimmen shoot it out? Just to preserve historical accuracy, y'unnerstand.

Of course, if you're totally in control of your feminine side, you could always show up in a Madam costume....

Rivrdog, whose idea of a backup is a slightly smaller cannon.

Ta-Ta

 
At Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, shot it Mr. C: Beretta Minx .22 Short. See my blog for details.

I think I beat 'ya. You may now consign that J-22 to the Sound on your next trip on the Kingston-Edmonds ferry.

Rivrdog, out.

 
At Thursday, September 01, 2005 8:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use CCI - Mini Mags - they feed the best in the j-22.

 
At Friday, October 07, 2005 10:41:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, I have 2 of those little critters. I love em'. The reliability on one of them was, bluntly put, horrible... Try cleaning the thing, and check your magazine and ammunition, after doing that mine functions fine. Accuracy with old remington high velocity is... pretty damn good for me, Didn't expect much from a $25 gun but was impressed, It always hits to the point of aim, I could hit a rabbit in the head at 15-25 yards... Yup, glad I bought these old jenningses of mine, always carry it with me when out in the woods...

 
At Friday, December 16, 2005 7:54:00 AM, Anonymous Kocho Sensei - Golden Dragon Self Defense said...

I needed a cheap backup and purchased a used Jennings .22 from a pawn shop.

I had read some of the put-downs on the internet, but bought it anyway because it was light and cheap.

I took it to a firing range and fired it two-handed, police stance; single-handed free style; sand-bagged and wall-braced. I was pleased to see all the rounds hit inside the silhouette with only three rounds - my first three - outside the rings. I hit the bullseye only twice, but eight times in the 10-ring next to it. The rest were clustered in the next two rings. I fired 24 rounds and decided it was good enough for a backup.

 
At Tuesday, January 10, 2006 8:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well y bought one of these guns and I was very disapointed with the function.
But I placed a couple of hours and some money on the gun and it works better than it did before and now it has a very nice accuracy.
I would realy like to speak to some owners of the jennings pistol to compare how the little gun works.
my e mail is prototipex@yahoo.com

 
At Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got a J22 many years ago and I shoot subsonic ammo in it. It is surprisingly accurate and does not jam at all. I have probably put 4 or 5 hundred rounds through it. (maybe more) Do not shoot hollow points or hi-velocity ammo as the rifiling is very fine and for some reason the hollow points jam.

 
At Thursday, March 09, 2006 2:53:00 PM, Blogger TKC said...

LOL! And here I thought my Unique Mod 52 was a sob story. Maybe we should get together some time on the range with these two.
Bang! click Crap!
Bang! Bang! click Crap!
Hit anything yet?
Nope!
Me neither.

It will give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "I may shoot slow, but on the other hand, I miss a lot too!"

 
At Monday, March 27, 2006 1:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having difficulty getting my J-22 apart to clean and service. Wonder if doesn't have something to do with the extractor. Any clues out there anyone can give me on getting the upper receiver off? Thanx much.

-beachbum1701

 
At Monday, March 27, 2006 8:28:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Push in the thing in the center of the rear of the slide. Lift the rear of the slide up a little, and slide it off to the front.

Sounds like it might just be dirty.

.....Mr. C.

 
At Sunday, April 30, 2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Robby Garner said...

I bought my Jennings J-22 around 1985 for about $60 dollars I think. I've probably put less than 500 rounds through it, but it seems to like CCI MiniMags best. Winchester XX worked fine. Hollow points tend to jam trying to feed.

I find that I can be fairly accurate with it considering the short barrel. I don't think it is a useless gun. It is fun to shoot for plinking around, shooting milk jugs and tin cans. It's more powerful than a BB gun, but is small enough that you can easily carry it around.

 
At Wednesday, June 28, 2006 4:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the chance to purchase a nine
mil. jennings over the weekend for
about 150.I'm so glad I passed up on the purchase because the firearm
is a complete and total peice of crap from accuracy to reliabilty.
Dont place yor saftey and the safty of your family on such a crap shoot.IF I NEED IT TO JAM I'LL GO TO THE CLUB.

 
At Thursday, July 06, 2006 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous john young said...

hey dude i bought this 22 cal about a year ago and i loved the way it shoots! but now i cant shoot it anymore cause i cant seem to find some parts for it, i need the button part that came out when i shot some cheap 22lrs thru itand it came apart. can you tell me where a man could find some parts forthis gun? i have a few other guns but this gun is the best one if i get it fixed. you can send me back some email at johnyoung@tls.net thanks hope you can help me out, ive tried everywhere to get these parts. the little red button that goes in the back of the gun that shows it is loaded, take down pin i think, it isnt there anymore. thanks for your time. i,ll wait for your reply if you do. good bye, john.

 
At Friday, July 07, 2006 10:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought one of these for 40 bucks new at a gun show. I thought it would be good to drop in my tackle box. It can't shoot twice without jamming. What a piece of crap. Maybe I can get it working with some filings. There is a place in a tackle box for a 22 that shoots! My best mouse gun is the M21 Berreta. What a joy of a piece. Same quality as my m85 .380 and M92 9mm. Nice autos for a lefty. Still, at the ranch, it's my .22 ruger, or high standard or .22 new frontier peace maker by colt that I carry when working bees. I have shoot at least 6 rattlesnakes from under my bee hives in Texas. Also comforting to feel that piece on my leg, when you look up and see 40 illegals walking by in the middle of no where and watching you and your truck with some interest.
I have the little freedom arms 22 direnger. It shoots good. Well made and a good gun to have in a knife fight. Range less than 5 feet.
Nice blog by the way. Just found it surfing. I will book mark and visit again.
A fellow gun lover, Dave

 
At Monday, July 31, 2006 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous rlj914 said...

Hey Fella's bought1 of these J-22 from a uncle was wondering if anybody could tell me where i could get something to show me how to take it apart to clean it and replace springs etc...e-mail me please at rlj914@yahoo.com Thanks and keep up the good work!!!!

 
At Monday, August 07, 2006 2:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used this gun only 5 times but it worked well for me. my dad bought it as a police backup and it was a nice little gun to fire. i would recommend it to anyone looking for a personal defence weapon or even a backup for the police force.

 
At Monday, August 07, 2006 9:17:00 PM, Blogger scorpionf89 said...

Hi Guys

I can see that no one hear has had any real experance with the J-22. I have had myen for about 2 years and I have shot just about every kind of ammo trew it just because face it win I get a new gun I love to learn every thing I can and test every thing I can befor I start modificashions to it.

Ok hear is the point i would like to make. A J-22 in new condishion is a very acrate gun but the fact is this thing is very particular to the ammo you put in it. The right rounds and it will never fail you the rong rounds and its horably unreliable. It is also very finky about being clean. So if your J-22 is jaming thats the first thing to check.

The ammo i would highly sugest is remington golden Bullets you can by them in briks of 500 at wallmart for $10 at least thats what thay cost befor I was deployed to korea. Holow points are what I shoot most but the jacked rounds work fine as well.

 
At Sunday, September 03, 2006 5:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD DAY GENTLEMEN.
i have had a jennings for many years. my father bought it here in the Wine Country of northern california for around 40-50$. my opinion of it has been effected seriously by the fact it exploded in my hands once during firing. basically the slide flew off and bounced off the side of my head.

i must agree that .22 sub-sonic (not CB caps) works the best, and hollowpoint ammuntion definately has ramping problems in my weapon.

does anyone in cali or nevada (near fernley) have one of these little buggers for sale?, id love to have a couple more of them.

drop me an email a27bstroke6@yahoo.com ~V

 
At Friday, September 15, 2006 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well i am from mexico and its hard to get guns around here so i bougth a jennings 22 from the wife of a drug dealer here in sonora mexico so i decided to put a laser sigth to hit the rabbits i need help recommnend me a ship laser sight that fits the j 22 my mail.
manuel_salas_mitani@hotmail.com
do you think something will fit on the market today tahnks.

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 6:25:00 AM, Anonymous Magilla said...

A buddy of mine gave me a J22 because it wouldn't fire at all. I took it apart and discovered that the firing pin had mushroomed the top part of the barrel inside the chamber. I found that some precision grinding and polishing around the extractor and where the bullet seats in the chamber helped greatly. I use cci stingers but I think I'm going to try the sub sonic ammo and what happens. I still have issues with the ramping of the bullets and but a nudge on the slide get it back where it needs to be. Has anyone had re-cocking problems using the sub sonic ammo? Despite the minor problems, it really is a fun little piece of crap the shoot. apm2@aol.com

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 6:33:00 AM, Anonymous Magilla said...

My initial typing of my email was as accurate as a J-22, (ha ha ha) it's actually apmn2@aol.com

 
At Wednesday, September 27, 2006 9:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings, i am a collector looking for any jennings J-22, or any Bryco arms pistols, that are for sale.

email me with pic's and prices on any small auto pistols that need a good home.
a27bstroke6@yahoo.com VJF

 
At Saturday, October 07, 2006 6:32:00 PM, Anonymous JD said...

hello, hate to tell you this, my wife hit a 6 inch tv at 30 feet. with some shooters present. pure luck? the pistol had been completely smoothed out, but we still hear about it 1 jennings can shoot. my cash is on the jennings. JD

 
At Friday, November 03, 2006 3:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're looking for a forum to discuss the J-22, try GlockTalk's Saturday Night Special forum; specifically this thread: http://glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=369844

Proud to say (ok, well, not really) I'm the original owner of my DISC Tactical RACE all-black J-22, and I'd love some pointers (and pictures) on just where to polish, and just what to bend on the little guy.

As previosuly stated, I think CCI's rounds worked well through it. Don't use raw lead nor hollow-point rounds.

When I carried it, I carried it cocked, but with nothing in the chamber, to give it a smoother rack if and when I did need it.

 
At Monday, June 18, 2007 9:36:00 AM, Blogger Dan said...

I learned a couple of things about the Jennings. Like the Glock, it is sensitive as to what ammo you are using.
After I replaced a defective firing pin and started using the high velocity ammo, I rarely had misfires.
I found that hitting a .22 rifle target with it was a joke. But I could hit a 2 litre coke bottle 12 out of 12 shots in "fast action" situations from 5 feet to 20 feet.
I liked that it uses .22lr ammo that goes with my ruger 10.22
If you want a gun that fires every ammo every time, go with a Smith and Wesson .38, .38sp, or .357 or quit bitching

 
At Sunday, July 01, 2007 8:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much would one of those cost today?

 
At Monday, November 19, 2007 1:38:00 PM, Anonymous All-done said...

If you really want your jennings P.O.S. to fire every round no matter what ammo you are using, you have to be creative. I am not a gun expert so i am going to use some catchy phrases like thing and deal o.k., o.k.. On the slide, the black deal that catches the shell, doesnt have enough catch. so all you have yo do is file it a little where the black deal touches the side by the bullet.the result is every shell catches and ejects just fine! let me know how you do.

 
At Monday, December 03, 2007 9:14:00 PM, Anonymous Chris USCG said...

I just had my Jennings .22 break on me yesterday at the gun range. It was misfiring as usual, with the various types of ammunition I brought with me to the range (Winchester, Remington, and homemade).

So while firing it, I was in midfire when the entire gun popped into pieces in my hand. It was like watching one of those old 90's Crash Test Dummy toys spring into pieces after pushing the chest button. The slide popped forward, the 2 internal springs went flying, the firing pin flew behind me, it was a complete mess. It was also quit embarrassing. Only thing I was glad for, was that I was not in a shootout with this gun...because I would surely be dead.

Thanks Jennings for making a gun that could have endangered my life, and the life of people around me.

 
At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the people writing these details use their J22 as they do their spellcheck button, no wonder they are having trouble.

 
At Wednesday, March 19, 2008 8:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant seem to take this little thing down i bought it at the flea market for 5 buckes and cant find much on it.

 
At Thursday, May 08, 2008 4:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a j-22 crome plated,been carrying in in my vehicle for a few years and in my tackle box,for emergenies.I bought it new and have fired it,with little malfunctions,I think it might be quility control.last summer it was stolen out of my car,so im going to buy a new one,or hope the old one will turn up.

 
At Tuesday, June 10, 2008 9:03:00 AM, Blogger redgrapes said...

as to accuracy the NRA states that most gun fights happen within 15 feet and 3 rounds. That situation fits the j-22.
With a few modest touches to the extractor, firing pin, and replacing some springs, I eliminated all my misfire issues on my jennings.
I love the gun and have shot atleast 10,000 rounds through it over the past two years without any issues.
Subsonics suck because most don't have enough power to cycle the action.
It loves cci hollow point mini mags and cci hollow point stingers.
If the stingers cause your gun to jam then try lengthening the slide spring.
I can shoot a 100 mini mags or stingers through it without an error but other cheeper bullets get it dirty faster and it likes to be kept clean.
Over all if you like to tinker around it is a fun gun to own and you can easily make it quite reliable. I can place 6 bullets within 6 inches at 21 feet in only a few seconds.
No other gun I own has made my shooting better because you have to have really good trigger pull to make it shoot accurately and that will translate into more accurate shooting with other hand guns (atleast it did for me).

 
At Saturday, August 30, 2008 6:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bought a J22 not too long ago, immediately researched the web for everything I could find on it. thank you everyone for warning about the flying take-down button! I love my jennings! They are notorious, and I've read many a pro and con. I find all it takes is keep it clean and well lubricated. Ive put several hundred stingers through it, as well has some regular range ammo, at first all i had was some reloaded 22s i had kickin around, and that jammed once every 5 or 6 magazines, but the stingers rarely cause me any trouble. Maybe one jam in every dozen magazines. I find the more I've been using it and taking care of it, the better its been cycling. No unwanted take-downs at the range, I'll knock on wood.
If I set the target at 10 feet i can put all six in or bordering the ten ring, and at 30 feet with properly aimed yet reasonably rapid shots I can still fire all six around the bullseye with maybe a six inch spread from furthest to furthest. its all about that trigger pull, the jennings feels like you have to pull it just a littttle too far, once you get used to that aim improves (three inches or so of barrel! get used to it!)

I dont know if I feel like writing any more, love my jennings, dont put it through the laundry by accident! (i haven't)


: D

 
At Sunday, October 26, 2008 11:08:00 PM, Blogger bargainbin2 said...

If any one has a broken J22 I sure need some parts if you are willing to part it out. Please email me at

bargainbin2@galaxycable.net

 
At Thursday, January 01, 2009 9:28:00 AM, Anonymous Jaz.357 said...

Happy new year to all! I have two J22. One new never used cost $80. One used with no mag $20. New gun came w/two mag so have one for each. With so much talk about ammo, what is the best to use? I want to start using the J22 guns for plinking and dont want any blowups. I have a Ruger SP-101 snubnose for carry. The j-22 is for fun. What is the best ammo?

 
At Tuesday, January 06, 2009 6:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey happy new year, i am interested in your j-22's, contact me at henry_ssi@live.com and best ammo to use for a 22lr are stingers. go to any gun stor and you can get 50 pack.

 
At Monday, January 12, 2009 3:14:00 PM, Anonymous FergusonTO35 said...

Hey guys, I own 3 Jennings J-22's and 2 Jimenez JA-22's. Jimenez Arms is the current version of Bryco/Jennings, they are based in Las Vegas, NV. Being a J-22 fan, I can usually make one of these pistols as dependable as anuother .22 autoloader.

My first suggestion is to first put at least 250 rounds through the gun before making any judgements about it. These guns really do need a break in period before they give the best dependability and accuracy. As far as ammo goes, any common high velocity round nose ammo will work. Federal Champion #510 (available cheap at Wal-Mart) is the best I've found. CCI Mini Mag is great too, but costs more. Rounds that have long or very flat nose bullets generally do not feed in these guns.

After your pistol has fired a couple of hundred rounds it should be well broken in. If you are experiencing weak ejection or stovepipes (empty shell stays in the slide) examine the length of the firing pin nose which strikes the cartridge. Approximately 3.0-3.1 mm is right for most of these. Many of them come from the factory with a pin that is too long. This causes the empty shell to eject too early, causing a jam.

The feed lips of the magazine are another area which requires attention. My experience is that these mags function best when the spacing between the mag lips is .200-.205 inch. Too close together and the lips pinch the slide, impairing function. Too wide and the round will hit the top of the chamber mouth and jam instead of going into the chamber. The lips are supposed to aim the round right into the chamber, so with this in mind you can adjust accordingly.

These pistols are way more accurate than most people give them credit for. The key is to find its favorite ammo and to practice good trigger control. Remington Thunderbolt is hands down the most accurate in all my J-22/JA-22 pistols, I can shoot golf ball size groups at 10 yards all day. Fom the factory, these pistols have very stiff triggers and theres not a whole lot you can do to change it without creating potential safety problems. DO NOT under any circumstances modify the sear or sear spring in these guns. The good news is that the trigger pull tends to improve a great deal the more the gun is fired.

If you need help with your J-22 or any other Saturday Night Special type firearm, please visit us at www.bryco-jennings-jimenezarms.com and go to the chat forum.

Peace, FergusonTO35

 
At Saturday, June 06, 2009 8:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a J-22 for my daughter and it shot fine at first. After a while the failure to extract started. I found the barrel had battered the slide and was making a mess of the firing pin hole and impinging the extractor. I stoned the barrel back nearly to the receiver face and cleaned up the battering. Shoots like it should with hot, round nosed ammo.

 
At Saturday, August 01, 2009 3:10:00 PM, Anonymous Joey said...

If anyone knows where to get parts please email me @ alphamalewolf69@hotmail.com. Thanks a bunch. I particularly looking for some magazines. Thank again in advance.

 
At Saturday, August 22, 2009 2:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ferrol says, I love my j22. I found that it ejects and fires great with 22 mini mags but not with plain 22 long rifles. But the first time in 10 years and a lot of bullets later when I fire this pistol on the next round it does not come back enough to cock it for the next round . anyone who can tell me why I would appreciate it .

 
At Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:54:00 AM, Anonymous jdog85 said...

Yours is nickel plated, correct? I have one that's coated in Teflon and it never jams, at least when firing. It still has its host of problems, however.

It DOES jam if you don't work the slide just right and its accuracy is crap, but it's fun to shoot and the sound scares the sh*t out of animals and people who've never seen one before. Plus, it looks like a miniature Bond gun. My advice would be to go out and find one of the Teflon coated ones and compare the two. It's still a piece of crap, but at least it's a functional piece of crap.

 
At Thursday, December 24, 2009 8:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had a little J-22 since 1996... might be little, but mine has performed exceptional...Jams a bit especially with cheap wal-mart ammo.... but as far as accuracy, I have pegged a bulls-eye at 120ft with this lil bugger... so I am rather satisfied. I have had .40 cal... and other misc handguns and this one is my keeper.. it has outperformed the rest of em.

 
At Saturday, January 16, 2010 1:03:00 PM, Anonymous stinger22 said...

Hello Mr. C.
I just purchased a Jennings .22
and have a couple questions about it.
Can you get in touch with me ?
Thanks,
stinger.22

 
At Monday, January 18, 2010 8:36:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

Stinger22:

Post your questions here in the comments. That will give you the best chance of having someone in the know answer them....


Mr. C.

 
At Monday, January 25, 2010 7:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my J22 since 1983 or so. It jams with cheap ammo cause it needs more powder for the blow back action. Also the magazine lip can affect it as well. CCI Mini mags fire great through it. I keep it cause it was my very first pistol. But, I do enjoy the little bugger. It is important to count your shots as it does not have last round open. So, if you pull that trigger on an empty chamber...the firing pin will dend the chamber surface. And you will have to round file it so you won't jam every round. But, all in all....I will never get rid of mine.....ever. I love it.

 
At Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much do they go for?

 
At Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had one of these for years. Never would shoot more than once and would jam so I never shot it. The other night out of bordom I tore it down and did a little smoothing on the ramps and cleaned it good. Seams to work just fine now. Should have done that years ago. Not the most accurate gun I have ever owned but plenty good pocket pistol. I wouldnt want to get shot with it.

 
At Friday, May 07, 2010 7:13:00 PM, Blogger Tony D said...

I bought mine at a gas station slash gun store in Ithaca New York back in the 80's - still have it. Fun to shoot, and you can't any hit anything past arms length with it but that aint why I bought it. It's a fun plinker and as long as you use high power hollow point CCI's or similar, the feed and mis fire problem goes away. If you are using this as a carry piece, stop right now because you are a knubskull. Get a centerfire anything.

 
At Monday, December 05, 2011 10:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knobskull here! My J22 in my pocket beats a 1911 left at home because it is too heavy. I am saving my nickels for a Glock 36, but money is tight right now; so J22 for now is better than nothing.

 
At Saturday, April 28, 2012 8:46:00 PM, Blogger DJinNC said...

A lot of people hate this little gun. I have one that sat in a tackle box for about 15 years. Fired maybe once in the last 7 years. I cleaned it the night before my CC class, picked up some glasses, ear plugs and thunderbolt 22LRs from Wal Mart on the way to class............. Qualified with tight groupings. I have no complaints. It did stove pipe a few times early, but I hadn't shot it in years. I'm going to give it some TLC. It is a very accurate little gun. BTW, the instructor absolutely hated that I pulled this little thing out!!!!!! Threatened to disqualify me if it jammed again. He said nothing about all the highpoints on the line, LOL.

 
At Saturday, January 05, 2013 12:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my my my, just picked up a J22 from the hock shop here in Asheville NC. I'm reading some of these comments and I'm wondering if I got screwed. BUT after I tear it down and clean it up, I have high hopes as I like it's weight and the size conceals in my pocket just fine,(I'm Licensed)

 
At Sunday, May 05, 2013 1:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Purchased my j22 1981. My hands are small- my aim is good. It jammed today during target practice.I live in the boondocks, sometimes I am alone for a day or two.Love my little gun- need my little gun.any advice? I really don't like shooting my husbands 357 or 9ml.

 

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