Chiappa M1-22

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by Visper, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Visper

    Visper AK = Automatic Killer!?! Supporting Member

    As promised I got her out to the Range.

    Disassembled her and oiled it up before the trip. I always like to do this to new firearms so that i know its done. They did a decent job on it so it wasn't bad. Checked everything and it looked like a quality manufacturing job.

    Sighting in went fairly simple, didn't really like the composite sites but they function just like steel ones, at least on a 22. Sighting in at 25yds didn't take long as it was fairly close out of the box and actually liked the M1'ish adjustable elevation on the rear sight. I was pinging a steel plate at 25-50 yards easily and comfortably at about a 90% rate. It was so light and handled great.

    I hear this is a very close replica (dovetail @ the rear sight) so I was thinking of trying a steel rear sight that I can get off ebay, I'll let you all know how that goes if I try it.

    No FTF or FTE but only put about 200 rounds through it. Finding 22lr ammo around here is like striking gold...

    So I did more reading and found out the Chiappa M1-22 is totally interchangeable with an original M1 stock and vice verse. I decided to check this. I have a neighbor that had (key word) a post WWII Plainfield M1 stock stored in his attic. He purchased this and moved the action to a collapsible paratrooper stock and just stored the original. I offered him $50.00 for it and had it within a 1/2 hour (he had to find it).

    So after I get this I run, ok jog, home and start do disassemble and check this, hoping I didn't just waste $50.00 lol. It fit perfectly even with all the original metal in the old M1 stock.

    All in all this was a quality purchase in my book:

    $150.00 for the gun on gunbroker
    $40.00 for shipping and FFL transfer fees
    $50.00 for stock that came with sling and oiler.

    Grand total $240.00 for a damn close replica that is cheap to shoot (when you can find ammo...)

    Hope this is helpful to anyone considering a fun 22 plinker that isn't your run of the mil AR type and brings a small sense of history to our little hobby or obsession... your choice lol.

    Here are the pics: (old to new)

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  2. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    I got the wood stock version for Christmas. It is a sweet gun. My boys pull it out everythime they come over to shoot. I have also read that the original M1 sights were interchangable. I also put a metel guard on top of the forward grip.

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  3. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member

    Wood stock looks a lot sexier.
  4. Great choice on the wood stock. its pretty sexy. I didnt realize they could be had for as low as $150. Im tempted to get that or the 9mm version. of course the 9mm is more expensive
  5. Visper

    Visper AK = Automatic Killer!?! Supporting Member

    Exactly my thoughts!!

    Gonna start shopping for some real rear irons.
  6. bersa2

    bersa2 Member

    Great score on the vintage stock. It's definitely a tempting little plincker.
  7. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    I fondled a Chiappa M1-22 at a LGS last weekend. Seemed light enough and the action was light and as smooth as can be expected for NIB gun setting in the LGS rack. I immediately wondered if the charger/action on the 9mm version was just as light. I doubt it, but I'd really like it if it were.

    Peace favor your sword,
  8. Rerun

    Rerun Supporting Member

    How much are they selling for?

  9. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    One of the LGS I frequent has the synthetic stock for $249. I gave $279 out the door with 4 extra mags, on Black Friday last year!
  10. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    IMS, it was about $250.

    Peace favor your sword,
  11. Rerun

    Rerun Supporting Member

    That doesn't sound too bad for a wood stocked, magazine fed .22LR Carbine OR synthetic stocked rifle...

  12. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    If it wasn't a very sexy M1 replica, it would be about double what I would pay. But I'm cheap, and I have bought good mag fed wood stocked semi guns for $50 and $60, though more often they are $125-$150.;)

    I see closer to $325 in my AO for that Citadel, so I'll be waiting on a used model to fall into my lap.:(

    Though I did give asking price on the last two Ruger 10/22s I bought. But like the Citadel or the StG and AK replicas one sees, they were special models to add to my collection.:rolleyes:

    Oh and a huge plus 1 to adding the wood. Does the guy realize he just cut the price of his M1 carbine in half by selling you the wood?
  13. Visper

    Visper AK = Automatic Killer!?! Supporting Member

    I assume he does >.> he's very happy with his paratrooper collapsible and I guess if you never plan on selling it, it doesn't really matter if you cut its worth in half.

    But no matter what I was very happy to relieve him of it and make my Chiappa look very nice!
  14. Love the look with the metal guard. That thing is one sweet little gun!!!