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      03-29-2012 10:12 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Toy View Post
      I have a question: Did Jennings make internal improvements to Bryco's design and did Jimenez make internal improvements to the Jennings design? I don't know, am just asking.
      Well, Jennings was the start, and then it went into a Calsmithing or whatever name they used for a few months during a change of leadership, and then on to Bryco. AFAIK the Jennings Nine had a better reputation than the Bryco 59, due to less feed issues. Something about the mag spring, and feed ramp that changed, and tended to suck in the 59.
      The new Jiminez stuff I haven't heard anything about. AFAIK some of the parts are interchangeable between all of these weapons, but there's so few people with them that still function, it's hard to figure out what works, and what doesn't.
      I do know they're all made out of Zamak, and have very poor tolerances. Some parts like to rub, others shake apart. There's no real quality control, so one 59 could be great, but the next could fail in the first three shots.
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      03-29-2012 11:49 AM #27
      Quote Originally Posted by DustinM View Post
      If you're going to buy a throw away, at least buy a used Kel Tec.
      The funny part is that my Kel Tecs have been more reliable than other people's pistols which cost 2-3x as much. I know friends with Kahrs and Rohrbaughs which have more problems than my Kel Tecs. Kel Tec has figured out the formula for making the most inexpensive, reliable, and durable guns. They aren't pretty but they work very well and are very well made. Their customer service is excellent as well.

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    3. 03-29-2012 02:24 PM #28
      I'll second what Obin said.

      Kel-Tec may not be the best looking, but they are reliable and when it comes to light weight sub compact conceal carry I don't think theres any better.. especially not in the same price range.

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      03-29-2012 03:03 PM #29
      Bersa makes a decent gun as well, in my experience. I bought a Thunder 380 for my wife a few years ago and have put ~1000 rounds through it. Only had problems with one box of Winchester, otherwise the gun has been accurate and reliable. Though I would probably not buy another gun in .380, ammo is too expensive. They can be had for
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      03-29-2012 04:23 PM #30
      [QUOTE=LinkATX;76644614]Bersa makes a decent gun as well, in my experience. I bought a Thunder 380 for my wife a few years ago and have put ~1000 rounds through it. Only had problems with one box of Winchester, otherwise the gun has been accurate and reliable. Though I would probably not buy another gun in .380, ammo is too expensive. They can be had for
      "We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa

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      04-01-2012 02:00 AM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by DustinM View Post
      Well, Jennings was the start, and then it went into a Calsmithing or whatever name they used for a few months during a change of leadership, and then on to Bryco.
      Some history I found online... I use it as a reference to know what brands to simply avoid. Snobbery be damned, unless it is free and chambered in .22 or less, I'll pass.

      A machinist by trade, George Jennings founded Raven Arms in 1970. His son Bruce Jennings joined Raven two years later, but left in 1978 to start Jennings Firearms. In 1982, George Jennings helped his daughter Gail and her husband Jim Davis, formerly the office manager at Raven Arms, start Davis Industries. Jim's brother John Davis, a machine operator at Raven, also went to work at Davis Industries.

      In 1985, faced with the prospect of losing his Federal Firearms License for a felony assault charge, Bruce Jennings sold Jennings Firearms to Calwestco, owned by a his former office manager, Gene Johnson. After plea bargaining the charge down to a misdemeanor, Bruce Jennings converted Jennings Firearms into a firearms wholesaler and established a new company, Bryco Arms, controlled by his ex-wife Janice, to manufacture firearms. Jennings Firearms, the wholesaler, bought guns from both Calwestco and Bryco Arms, and resold them to distributors. In 1991, Calwestco closed.

      In 1987, John Davis left Davis Industries to start his own gun manufacturing business, Sedco Industries Inc. John Davis was in business for only three months before a $45 million dollar lawsuit alleging he stole trade secrets was filed against him by George and Bruce Jennings, and his own brother, Jim Davis. Sedco closed in 1989, and John Davis declared bankruptcy three years later. That same year, a nephew of George Jennings started Sundance Industries.

      Jim Waldorf, a childhood friend of Bruce Jennings, set up his own gun manufacturing business in 1989, Lorcin Engineering. He brought in John Davis as plant manager and by 1993 Lorcin was making more pistols (341,243) than any gun maker in the U.S.

      The original Jennings company, Raven Arms, was destroyed by fire in 1991. But soon after the company re-emerged as Phoenix Arms. Phoenix is equally owned by Bruce Jenning's ex-wife Janice, his three children, Jim Davis' four children, and Raven's former general manager, Dave Brazeau. George Jennings has since died.

      Jimenez Arms, also known as "J.A.", is an American firearms manufacturer based in Henderson in Nevada. The company was started in August 2004 using the molds and machinery from bankrupt Bryco Arms and currently makes four models of firearm.
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      04-02-2012 11:56 AM #32
      I had a chance to shoot this gun over the weekend. 95gr FMC Megatech ammo. Ran about 50 rounds through it without a single problem. Cycled ammo just fine and seems to be reasonably accurate. Kind of a fun little gun to shoot. 380 Auto has a lot more punch than I thought.

      I took the gun apart and did some polishing/deburring. That seemed to help a bunch.
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      04-02-2012 12:47 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Uberhare View Post
      R380 Auto has a lot more punch than I thought.
      That's what this take-down button thought too... I think it failed and allowed the gun to fall apart...

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