Jimenez Arms J.A. 380

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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photo and reader ratings for Jimenez Arms’ J.A. 380 pistols.

Manufacturer’s Description

The Jimenez Arms J.A. 380 is a semiauto pistol built on a zinc alloy frame and chambered in .380 ACP. Features include:

  • Fixed sights;
  • a finger rest on the magazine;
  •  a cocked indicator;

    The satin chrome finish on the slide and black frame.

  • rear, vertical serrations on the slide;
  • a black, polished black or satin chrome finish on the slide; and
  • a black or satin chrome finish on the frame.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Width Height Weight
.380 ACP 6+1 2.75″ 5.3″ .96″ 3.75″ 19 oz. empty


MSRP: $150

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6 thoughts on “Jimenez Arms J.A. 380

  1. Rick

    I purchased 1 of these at a local show just for the heck of it. I have put hundreds of various brands of 380 thru it without a problem. Custer service is terrific, after the last time shooting it I field striped it and lost the sear spring, my fault, called them that day and they put 2 replacements in the mail for FREE. Now that’s service!!. Low priced but a good shooter after a breakin period. Better customer then the big boy’s. Next I will get a 9mm from them.

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  2. Terry

    Good comments. I have a JA-9, T-380 and JA-380 along with more expensive firearms. Mine have been
    very reliable after a breakin and cleaning. I know we always get slammed but Jimenez has improved. As good as my Glock and S&W, no but, they work and work.

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  3. Chuckdp

    I just purchased a A380 ACP online because of the price and the way it looked but then I saw some videos on YouTube about the firearm it did not look too promising then I read about the company and then I heard they went out of business and someone bought the company and wanted to move to Nevada after a mishap happened in California where it left one teenager paralyzed , I don’t know the exact date but I think it was around 2010 now it is it is 2016 a New owner of the company is taking so are the pistols getting better or should I get rid of the firearm and search for something more expensive but better in all around safety and firing of the pistols a better name I wanted it for for carry concealed but do I have to worry about safety issues and just purchase a better firearm chuckdp

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  4. macrol

    I have the JA380 along with several better firearms. Have they improved, yes. Is it is good as the Taurus TCP and some other small 380’s, no. However, if you take care of it and don’t plan on shooting 5000 rounds through it you should be fine. When you get an extra $35-$45 I’d have a gunsmith polish the feed ramp and look for any burrs that can be removed. It usually only likes FMJ ammo.
    Mine has worked very well. Some will say they would rather have a bat than a JA-380, however, thats just a stupid statement. Obviously they haven’t been threatened. I’m retired law Enforcement and believe me there have been a lot of officers shot with this type of weapon.
    I would still look for something better eventually, maybe something you can put on layaway.
    By the way, that was the JA-9 that was deemed unsafe years ago, not the JA-380.

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  5. Richard Traylor

    I bought one simply to tinker with(polishing the feed ramp and smoothing out the slide and internals). Too many people think that a hundred dollar gun should perform like a six hundred dollar kimber – GET REAL! I have my Colts, Rugers, S&Ws, Glocks, and various other name brands in my collection. Now I’m buying some of the cheap guns to play around with and refine. Remember folks, all guns start with an ugly piece of steel. It’s the refinement of that steel and the associated parts that make it better. I see it as opportunity. Sort of like taking that old ugly family coupe and dropping a hemi engine in it. The outside appearance may not draw much attention, but if you can place those shots inside the diameter of a baseball it will draw some curiosity. I have already done the same with a little Phoenix HP-22. A little polish and slight modification and it already is a great little performer for the price paid.

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  6. Edward Kristensen

    I’m looking for more info on how to field strip and maintain the J.A. LC380 I recently inherited .. Was also wondering about the availability of a larger capacity magazine.

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