Is the Jennings J22 Worth Buying?
The J-22 was sold for $100 when it was first released. It is still readily available on the second-hand marketplace. They have a terrible reputation, and some people collect all of the different versions to build a collection. The J-22 is blowback-operated, has a 2.5-inch fixed barrel, weighs just under twelve ounces, has fixed sight, and feeds from an eight-round detachable magazine.
The Jennings J-22 and J-25, now marketed under the Jimenez JA-22 and JA-25, first started production in 1978. While they made several other firearms, they are most famous for their J-22. A recent analysis of the gun by BATF suggests that it has a high likelihood of exploding when dropped. But despite these risks, the J-22 is still worth considering for your next self-defense mission.
The Jennings J-22 is a cheap and unreliable pistol that has poor reliability. While it is not a practical carry gun, it can make a nice conversation piece and unreliable range toy. If you’re not planning to carry the Jennings J-22, this pistol won’t be of much use. In fact, you’re better off buying a fully-automatic pistol.
Early J-22 pistols were notorious for their poor headspace. These pistols’ headspace starts to become dangerous after around 300 shots. When I was 23 years old, my pistol went into “full auto” mode. It had 550 total shots, was seventy-five thousand pounds, was heavier than normal, had 0.041″ headspace, and was intermittently slam-fired.
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