The Jennings J-22
was produced by the Jennings
corporation in California
in the 1980s and 1990s. It was an inexpensive .22 LR
caliber (J-22) and .25 ACP
caliber (J-25) aluminium
alloy slide and frame. The latter models by Bryco were made of zinc
The pistol is blowback
operated and striker fired. The barrel
long and had shallow grooves, like the Micro-Groove rifling used by Marlin Firearms
. It came with a six round magazine.Because of the low price, it was also exported to some countries in Europe where it achieved some notoriety in the pocket-pistol competition class in the 80s and 90s.
The pistol has been claimed to be flawed because of its soft material. Another frequent claim is that the gun malfunctions more often than should be expected. It has also been criticized for its accuracy
, with some critics claiming that it could only hit a dinner-plate sized target at about 10 yards at best.
The J-22 is held in low regard. Owners of expensive handguns dismiss the J-22 as junk
. From that perspective, it is thought of as a "throw away" gun used mainly by criminals. However, there are some people who think of the J-22 as simply a fun "plinker". The small size of the J-22 makes it popular as a "tackle box" gun, for shooting snakes, or dispatching small animals.
The J-22 and current JA-22 (manufactured by Jimenez Arms
) are often purchased... Read More