How to Field Strip a Jennings 9mm

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Jennings was a brand of firearms commonly associated with "Saturday night specials," which was a slang term loosely used to describe small, inexpensive handguns, usually purchased on the black market. Jennings Firearms was introduced in 1978 by Bruce Jennings as an early forerunner of Bryco Arms. Bryco Arms was later purchased by Paul Jimenez in 2004 and renamed Jimenez Arms, according to Bryco-Jennings-JimenezArms.com. Field stripping a Jennings 9mm handgun is a basic process associated with many small semi-automatic handguns.

Unload the weapon completely. Remove the magazine and pull the slide to the rear and visually inspect the chamber to ensure that no ammunition is present.

Pull the slide back 1/4 inch and hold it in place. Locate the slide release pin on the underside of the muzzle.

Grab the slide release pin with both fingers and pull down. The pin will protrude slightly. Push the slide forward and off of the weapon as you pull down on the release pin.

Remove the spring-wrapped buffer from the upper slide. This pulls off easily. Turn the slide over, and the barrel will drop out of the slide. The weapon is field stripped and ready for cleaning.


  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded weapon.
  • Never point a weapon at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.


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