Jimenez Arms

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Jimenez Arms
Industry firearms
Founded 1978 (1978) as Jennings Firearms
Founder Bruce Jennings
Headquarters Carson City, Nevada, Irvine, California and Costa Mesa, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Paul Jimenez
Products weapons, Semi-Automatics

Jimenez Arms, also known as "J.A.", is an American firearms manufacturer based in Henderson, Nevada. The company was started in August 2004 using the molds and machinery from bankrupt Bryco Arms and currently makes four models of firearm.

Under its Bryco name, the company was described by the U.S. BATF as one of the "Ring of Fire companies.[1]

All guns manufactures by Jennings/Bryco/Jimenez are constructed of injection-molded Zamak, a zinc alloy.


Jennings Firearms[edit]

Jennings J-22 pistol in .22LR caliber.

Jennings Firearms was founded in 1978 by Bruce Jennings, the son of Raven Arms founder George Jennings. It was later renamed Bryco Arms, but the Jennings name was retained as a brand name for many years even while Bryco Arms used its own brand name for firearms. Possibly most known for producing the both popular and yet infamous Jennings J-22 pistol in .22LR caliber.

Bryco Arms[edit]

Bryco Arms was the successor company to Jennings Firearms, an American firearm manufacturing company, based at various times in Carson City, Nevada, Irvine, California, and Costa Mesa, California. The company's most famous product, along with the Jennings J-22, was the Bryco Arms Model 38 semi-automatic pistol, available in both 32 ACP and 380 ACP calibers (also known as the P-38). As with Jennings, company was owned by Bruce Jennings.

Bryco Arms was one of several manufacturers of so-called Saturday night special firearms that operated in and around Los Angeles, California, all of which were descendants in some way from George Jennings' Raven Arms. It produced firearms variously branded as Jennings Firearms at its Irvine, California facility, as well as under the brand name of Bryco Arms at its former Carson City, Nevada facility, and at its Costa Mesa, California facility.

Bryco Arms declared bankruptcy in 2003 as a result of losing a lawsuit filed in Oakland, California and which resulted in a jury award of a record $24 million judgment against Bryco Arms. The lawsuit stemmed from an injury to a then 7-year-old boy named Brandon Maxfield received from a 20-year old family friend who was attempting to unload the 380 ACP version of the Bryco Arms Model 38. The gun discharged while the 20-year old was attempting to clear the chamber, the gun inadvertently pointed at Maxfield.[2] The discharge paralyzed Brandon Maxfield from the neck down. The plaintiffs convinced the court that due to a design defect, the gun had a cartridge feed problem, made evident when the safety was on and the user pulled back the slide to check the chamber or load a cartridge into the chamber. Rather than re-design the gun to correct the jamming problem, the instruction manual for the weapon was changed to require that the safety be placed in the fire position when checking the chamber or chambering a cartridge, which hid the problem from the user.[3][4][5]

Jimenez Arms[edit]

Bryco's former factory foreman, Paul Jimenez, bought the bankrupt Bryco Arms for $510,000 in August 2004, and renamed the company Jimenez Arms. Operations resumed in Costa Mesa, California. The JA-NINE, the former Bryco Arms Model 380 (renamed the JA-380), the former Jennings J-22 (renamed the JA-22 LR), and the Jennings J-25 (renamed the JA-25) are the only four firearms manufactured by the company. Jimenez Arms later ceased California operations and on August 30, 2006, a license was granted for Jimenez Arms to commence operation in Henderson, Nevada, and production has resumed there.[6] Since their relocation the company has begun production of the JA-32 (A .32 ACP pistol based on the frame of the JA-380) and the LC380 (A .380 ACP pistol based on the frame of the JA-NINE).


  • Bryco Model 38 (32 ACP, 380 ACP), now known as Jimenez Arms JA-380
  • Jennings Model J-22 (.22LR), now known as the Jimenez Arms JA-22
  • Jennings Model J-25 Auto (.25 ACP), now known as the Jimenez Arms JA-25
  • Jimenez Arms Model JA-NINE (9x19mm), also known as the JA-9 (although the gun is marked JA-NINE)
  • Jimenez Arms Model JA-32 (.32 ACP), based on the JA-380 design
  • Jimenez Arms Model LC380 (.380 ACP), based on the JA-NINE design

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hot Guns: Ring of Fire". Frontline. PBS. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Michael Harkins (2011). "Seven Years Later". Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  3. ^ John Blackstone (2004-07-12). "Teen Tries To Buy Gun Company". CBS News. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Legal Community Against Gun Violence Honors Brandon Maxfield". 2005-07-12. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ Michael Harkins (2011). "Seven Years Later". Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  6. ^ Rademacher, Kevin (February 16, 2005). "Gun maker expands to Nevada after ruling by California AG". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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