January 1998

Jennings Model Nine Tops Other Cheap 9mm Pistols

The Jenningsí workmanship and functioning were superior to those of the Hi-Point JS-9. The Lorcin L-9mmís frame broke.

This monthís Downrange takes aim at the efforts of a group to drive Californiaís manufacturers of cheap auto-loaders out of business. The group is assisted by data indicating that such handguns are disproportionately used in the commission of crimes.

Since statistics are so easily manipulated, weíll say neither yea nor nay to that purported fact, but we have published some pretty harsh words on budget-priced pistols in the past. For example, our report on the AMT .380 Back Up complained of the pistolís lack of any visual means to determine whether or not itís cocked, and we revealed that it jammed 20 times during our 300-round test. About AMTís .22 Automag, our bottom line recommendation...

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