does anyone have a recomendation on a particular ammo for the "piece of crap" J.A.NINE 9mm?
since you're starting out with a jiminez, I would feed it pretty decent ammo, that way when it jams, you know its not the ammos fault.
What kind of ammo are you looking for? Range or defense?
For range, give it some good american made brass cased FMJ's. Remington, winchester, federal, mag tech, etc... You can usually find winchester white box for the cheapest, check with walmart. They've been getting some back in stock lately around here.
for defense, any good hollow point. I prefer federal hst, corbon dpx, or winchester ranger sxt... but any good JHP will work. you should definately make sure the old J.A nine can cycle hollows without feeding problems first though.
see if the gun feeds FMJ and then try out some HP,if you have a problem feeding a round,take a dremel tool and polish the feed ramp.You might have a shooter there,so if it feeds the ammo,shoot the hell out of it and have fun doing it.Hell almost everybody here has had a crappy gun before but if it shoots,what the hell.
The gun changed hands twice within a day before i got it the guy I bought it from "said " he shot 4 rounds through it without problem before i got there and they were his last 4 winchester range bullets, but the bullets in both mags are LUGER CBC hollow points. Question, is firing the gun the only way to know if it can cycle the hollow points without feeding problems and would it be safer for me to try a "range bullet" in the gun first or does it make a difference?
Is there a particular reason you want to hang on to this weapon?
I purchaced it to help out a friend and had been thinking about home security. Now that I have it I feel stuck because I cant afford to go and buy a better one because after researching the make and model I honestly am afraid of even attempting to fire it and it seems like everyone but me knew how big of a piece of crap it is so now Im stuck.
Just put it up for sale and "the greater fool theory of economics should prevail"
Is there a site online where i can run the serial numbers to make sure it is clean before I take it to pawn shop etc...?
there are sites like www.hotgunz.com and www.stolenweapon.com that allow theft victims to enter serial numbers of their stolen guns... but the databases only show guns that have been entered by the original owners, which means they're incomplete. The only real database is the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) which is only accessable by LE. You can call your local police department or ATF and see if they'll run the numbers for you, but they may not give out info over the phone. I would just say that you're getting ready to buy the gun from a private party and wanted to make sure it wasn't stolen. They will ask you for the make, model, caliber, and serial number since some of the same serial numbers are used by different manufacturers.
as far as I know, they're not dangerous. they just jam a lot. If you're feeling that uneasy, have a gunsmith check it out or worn or lose parts. Give it good quality ammo, and you should be fine. I just wouldn't rely on it as a defense gun. In a life or death situation, the last thing you want is a faliure to feed or stovepipe jam. It could still serve as a tackle box gun or plinking gun though
that said, if you can find a buyer and get your money back...
If i manage to get most of my money back out of this is there a brand of 9mm that is cheap and reliable that you would recomend somewhere around the 150 range used of coarse?
you may be able to find a USED S&W sw9ve, ruger, or taurus for that price, or slightly above. They will be a good step up from the J.A. From there, you can find used glocks (general LE trade ins) for around $250. It will just take a little looking. Just go with a good name brand.
thanks alot you have been extremely helpful
you can cycle the rounds without firing the gun. First make sure its pointed in a safe direction, then chamber a round. then pull the slide back and release it (same as chambering). That will eject the chambered round and feed a new round from the mag into the chamber. repeat this until the mag is empty. I would do it with quite a few magazines. if the slide gets stuck while returning to the forward position, look into the chamber to see if there is a round holding it up that didn't make it into the chamber. If thats the case, I wouldn't load hollows into it until you get the feed ramps to feed correctly.
There shouldn't be any difference in safety between firing a fmj or jhp out of the gun. It will either fire or not fire. If its gonna blow up in your face, it will do so with either type of ammo. We are only saying that some lower end guns will cycle fmj's fine (range ammo) but have problems feeding jhp's (hollow points). It shouldn't be dangerous to test this with live fire, you just may get a lot of jams... or it could fire fine
I appreciate the patience I know it gets aggrivating having a dumb ass like me asking simple questions.I know and accept being at the bottom of the food chain I heard that if I had any questions about gunsthis would be the sight for "strait shooting" answers thanks
Rarely if ever does anyone here get aggrivated because someone ask a question we already know the answer to. I would rather we try to answer your questions, than have you get killed over a jammed gun trying to defend your self.
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