My mother carried one of these for many years in her purse. Saturday night specials were much higher quality back then.
With all due respect....you should have asked before you made the purchase.
A BUG needs to be as reliable as your primary.
If you need to use your BUG the feces has hit the overhead oscillator and it needs to work flawlessly.
When I was an active LEO I carried a Beretta Moodel 950 .25 ACP for a while but that was back in the early 70's and it was carried on the "QT".
A .38 S&W carried on the ankle was my BUG for many years.
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My last duty BUG was a Diamondback .380 ACP.
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My department had a minimum caliber for BUG and .380 was it.
Qualification was also required for the duty BUG.
Think long and hard about that Jennings for any serious SD work.
Oh yeah I still have the .25 Beretta. It resides in my golf bag but given the choice I would most likely use my 56 degree sand wedge for any serious SD work. :image035:
I own and have carried my Raven 25 at times.... It's better then nothing.
I prefer to carry my LCP now that they are getting smaller....
OP, good luck and enjoy..
Shoot straight and safe!
According to my LEO friends, a .25 is what they usually take from gangbangers, and find at the scene of a domestic call when the female shoots the male...AKA, the "husband killer"....usually because the husband bought the gun for his wife/girlfriend to defend herself (??) and then he is out cheating on her.
She finds out...she takes out the gun "to scare him...not shoot him"...until the gun suddenly "goes off" and the husband/boyfriend is laying in the living room bleeding out. :rolleyes:
That's just one story.
That aside...how well can you shoot it?? How many rounds have you run through it? Do you have a pocket holster for it? (highly recommended for pocket carry)
The quality of that gun is rather suspect. If it's your BUG then the situation has gotten so intense that you're down to your last option, it had better be good enough to save your butt.
I see no reason at all for a .22 or .25 when there are .32 and .380 autos in the same size range.
My second deployment, before I had purchased my own gun, my buddy lent me a Jennings 9mm. I didnt know much about civilian firearms and thanked him. I then did research and was thankful my wife had not needed to use the gun in home defense. When I returned I tested the gun and to be quite frank, it sucked. At 7 yds (my home defense distance) the gun wouldnt give me anything better than 3" groupings. I had multiple jams during the test fire. I would not recommend this gun as a backup or a primary for a spouse self defense weapon.
You can save money on clothes, groceries and the like but when it comes to purchasing a firearm that you might rely on to save your life or the lives of your loved ones it's time to open up the purse strings IMO.
There's truth to the saying that "You get what you pay for".
Sounds like you overpaid by about $109.
There is only one caliber of handgun I do not allow in class. At the risk of some Crockett-like wrath, I will leave it at that.