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Bryco-Jennings Firearms Model 38 380 auto

Discussion in 'General Handgun' started by pachuco209, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. pachuco209

    pachuco209 G&G Newbie

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    I recently came into possession of a Model 38 380 auto Jennings Firearms made by Bryco arms and I have heard some pretty scary things about them. It was an old gun of my pops and he gave it to me. I read that they are defected guns and are "junk guns" and "saturday night specials." I just want to know if it's safe to shoot or should I just sell it off to someone that wants it. From what I know the company is no longer in business do to a lawsuit. It functions thus far but I haven't fired it yet. I've taken it apart and put it back together just fine. What should I do with this pistol? From what I read about the lawsuit, the safety has to be off to unload and that's how an accident happened to someone.


     
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  2. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Evangelist

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    I'd use it as a trade-in on a nice quality-made pistol...that way you can escape the 5-day waiting period.

    Some folks have done alright with 'em, but I'd sooner trust my life to a rubber-band zip-gun.
     
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    They were made from pot-metal, zinc, soft alloys like that. I wouldn't trust it.
     
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  4. Ten Man

    Ten Man G&G Evangelist

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    I would also advise getting rid of it, UNLESS you have a need for a cheap, last-ditch effort gun in your back pack.

    I owned two of them up until a year ago. One was blue, and one was silver. They both shot OK, but would bite the web between my thumb and finger. They function as well as can be expected for a $100 gun.
     
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  5. Tha Dave

    Tha Dave G&G Evangelist

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    I have one too and they are good for the first shot at point plank range thats about it. It is about as useless of a gun as I have ever seen, if you dont have a high firm grib on it, it will jam every other shot (on a good day) and if you do have a high firm grip it is going to bite the webbing on your hand. On top of that at 10 feet from a shooting vice this thing shot like 10 inch groups!! Not even kidding. It would be better of greater use if you wield the ejection port and muzzle closed and used it as a paper weight. I hate to say that about a gun but in this case it really is about that bad. JMHO
     
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    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    rather than asking biased opinion go to this site for factual info from unbiased owners. they have good and bad reports.

    bryco-jennings-jimenezarms.com :: Index

    but if you want to get rid of it i'll send you packaging and shipping fee's, and my adress:cool:
     
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    I would agree. I owned a couple of them and they were ok. Nothing dazzling but nothing terrible either. I did like the way they felt in my hand.

    The slide bite can be fixed in 10 minutes with a small file. There is a "fluff and buff" on that forum that definitely helps.

    I eventually traded mine for a Mosin Nagant.

    There are better guns out there and they aren't that much more expensive.
     
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    First I will say I am not a gun snob. I have a Hi-Point in the safe right next to a Browning. I like guns that work as they should regardless of the price. I have a Bryco/Jennings .380 in my closet right now with the last inch of the slide missing. Yup blew right off. If your wanting another cheap pistol. Trade it in on a Hi-point.
     
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    Since it belonged to your Pops, remove the firing pin and recoil spring, put it in a shadow box, and hang it on the wall. When people ask about it just tell'em it was your Pops gun.
    The Jennings guns were popular during the 1970's because they were cheap. Their QC was poor as was their materials but it was a gun everyone could afford. Do what you please with it but speaking as someone who never got a thing from my father...your Pops gave it to you.
     
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    Alvin Mays J.R G&G Newbie

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    I've just bought a bryco-Jennings model 38 .380 cal auto I've never owned one and I'm just wanting to know if I got robbed or if they really are and count of a weapon?
     
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  11. Ten Man

    Ten Man G&G Evangelist

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    Say what????


    How is anyone supposed to tell you if you got robbed, when you don't state how much you paid for it, and whether or not it shoots?
     
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    M14man I don't take prisoners... Forum Contributor

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    read the comments above Alvin May. I would not consider having one myself.
     
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    I own a nickel plated model 38, it has been decent. I have only been able to shoot it occasionally but every time I have shot the weapon it hasn't failed once (approx. 700 rounds). I paid $115 for it in late 2000 and it still fires nice. I keep it clean and ready to go. Since they are not made anymore, parts are going to be scarce, and there is no company liable for any failure/injury from a faulty weapon. I agree to put it in a gun display box, I would however leave the gun intact though.
     
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    Trade it for a Colt 1911 in good ole 45. Feeds better and superior kick-azz power!!!!
     
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    What that gun is worth as a drop-gun is immeasurable. If you ever have to shoot someone, leave that POS on their person and feel free to call the cops - just make sure it is free of finger prints from you or your relatives.
     
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    Addendum: If you live in a state outside the NE, Left Coast, or ILL.
     
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    May well work in the Deep South.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum, Alvin Mays JR.

    I don't own a Jennings. But from what I've read about them, here and elsewhere, they are not good firearms; certainly not something to trust your life to.

    You didn't say what you paid for yours, but if I were you and you are looking for an inexpensive, reliable firearm in .380 ACP, take it to the gun shop and trade it in for a Hi-Point CF-380. The Hi-Point pistols aren't pretty. (Neither are their carbines.) However, they have the supreme virtues of going BANG every time you pull the trigger, and eat anything you feed them. And they won't break the bank; you can often find them for under $200.
     
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    There are plenty of east block military weapons around that are cheap and much more serviceable.
    Raven Bryco Jennings Jiminez and several others are all the same
    Made in Ontario California striker fired zink aluminum alloy steel barrel insert....
    We used to sell the MP 25 ravens for $49.00 all day long.
    The 380 for 69 bucks
    They are worth that now.
    If all you can afford is one of those ok get one save up and get a Rossi or Taurus....then when you can get the cash buy a Ruger.
    Or a Smith and Wesson.
    A defensive firearm needs to be the best you can afford.
    Ya can't practice much with the striker fired pistols the springs won't hold up.
    If anything goes wrong when practicing or when you "need" It
    It is beyond economic repair.
    It is a entry level. Pistol

    Sent from my LG-V410 using Tapatalk
     
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    In other words they ain't no Colt Python!!! Might do in a pinch for a paper weight.
     
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