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7/13/12 12:05 AM
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My aging father was issued a 45 1911 during his stint in the Navy in the 50s. However, it had a 22LR insert in it and he loved shooting that over the standard 45acp.

So, when he read about the Chiappa 1911-22, he just had to have one. I found one on gunbroker for $225 and got it for him. I picked it up today but have not shot it.

Let me just say, this is not a gun that I would buy for myself. Now, I doubt my father will ever actually shoot it and it might be fairly accurate with ammo it likes, but it is a cheaply made blowback gun. I think it's painted instead of blued and it has no grip safety, just a manual thumb one (for righties only).

It is heavy and made out of steel, not plastic or Al. Well, the magazines are plastic but for 22LR, they seem to work better actually. It should last a long time but really nothing about it excites me.

I got my AMT 22mag Automag II for the same price 20 years ago and I love it. The Chiappa is not in the same category at all.

I think my father will like it and be able to work the action despite his age and diminished strength. He's getting on in years and, I suspect, just wants to relive a moment from his youthful days while he can. I also suspect that my son will inherit it and hopefully he will find some use for it.

The Remington version of the 1911 22 looks much better but does cost twice as much.
7/15/12 8:09 PM
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yeah havent seen to many good reviews on this. kimber makes a 1911 in 22 lr for 700$? but yeah look around somemore and try to find something that will work. so many companies are coming out with 22's so just keep looking.
10/6/12 5:35 AM
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I also have a Chiappa.

I got it for 140 bucks used-like new with case and two mags.

I had a lot of fun with it, but it's a cheap piece of total junk.

Don't be surprised or hold it against the gun that the grip safety doesn't work, that's the least of your worries.

The mags are plastic and Ive already worn two out in just a few months. The feed lips wear away and the round will just point straight up with only the rim of the case holding it in.

It is ammo picky.

I de-burred so much bad machining and poorly fit parts, I had it running really well (considering it's cheapness) before the mags wore out.

The barrel isn't even steel, but has a small steel insert.

The slide is Zinc alloy and cheap as hell.

The hammer works off a cheap ass coil spring.



Now, I think mine was worth every bit of 140 bucks, as Ive put probably 1 to 2K rounds through the thing.




Save up and get AT LEAST a GSG. They can be had for around 350 shipped.

Sig makes an affordable 1911 .22, as well as UMAREX (it's labeled as a Colt)

Rock Island has a new .22 1911 out, it SOUNDS very nice.

Ive been happy with every Rock Island 1911 Ive shot, great for the money for a starter 1911 or to pimp out yourself.

10/6/12 9:39 AM
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Like I said, I would not buy one for myself but my father likes it and will probably never shoot it. Looks fun though.

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