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Old 04-17-2010, 05:01 PM
BuckJM53 BuckJM53 is offline
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Chiappa 1911-22 Issues / Service




For those of you who currently have a Chiappa 1911-22 or are considering a purchase, I thought I'd share the following experience (both bad and good).

I will start by saying that other than having to file the front sight slightly to get it properly sighted in, my Chiappa had been humming right along for over 4,000 rounds with no issues (purchased it about 4 months ago). During a range trip last week (for no apparent reason), the slide stopped locking back about 50% of the time after the final round was fired (and when it did lock back, it would slam forward as I either removed the empty magazine or as I put in a full one). Upon close inspection, I couldn't see any obvious issues creating the problem so I contacted Chiappa and arranged a time to bring it in for repair (I only live about 15 minutes from their location in Dayton Ohio). Upon inspection, the gunsmith told me that mine was one of the "early models" and that the problem was easily corrected by installing an updated recoil spring plunger & slide stop (which he did as I waited, and in addition lightened the trigger a bit and gave me a new magazine as well ). I tested it a couple of times (seemed to do the trick) so I headed off to the range as usual. As I was working my way through the 3rd magazine, the Chiappa suddenly launched its recoil spring plunger and recoil spring down range . Upon a closer inspection, the portion of the barrel bushing that retains the recoil spring plunger snapped completely off . After calling a cease fire on the line to retrieve my parts , I packed up and headed back to see my new best friends at Chiappa . Once again, he repaired it while I waited and indicated that to the best of his knowledge that this was the 1st time that they had ever seen this issue (It's always great to be first ).

All in all ... while these early problems are a concern and I certainly hope that this is not an every 4,000 round issue (guess I'll know by August), the Chiappa service experience was good and the people I met were all very helpful.

I'm interested to know if anyone else has had any of these problems with their 1911-22?
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:56 PM
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just got mine today .......really like it....it was your posting that i made up my mind to go get 1....thanks scott
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:48 PM
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just got mine today .......really like it....it was your posting that i made up my mind to go get 1....thanks scott
How is the construction of the pistol? I am looking at them - but none around to actually foundle - (that I have found anyway) - some reviews are great - others bash the metalurgy of the pistol. Your feed back would be helpful to me.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:14 AM
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based on what i have read and i've always wanted a .22 cal 1911 i purchased one from davidson's last week. when it arrived i took it home and broke it down and cleaned it. the gun was pretty clean to begin with but i wanted to make sure. here is my first impression without having fired it yet. it has the look and feel of a 1911. fit and finish are ok. the grip safety is non operational, it's just there for looks. the spring is very light compared to a real 1911 but it is only a 22. makes jacking one into the chamber surprisingly easy. i am not sure how well the finish will hold up over time and i'm not sure what metal the slide is but everything semms ok for a new gun. i have not yet been able to shoot this gun but if it works as well as others i have read about on the net and the accuracy is as good as i have read then i will be happy. after all it is a $250 gun and not some custom 1911. i can forgive finish wear on a $250 gun as long as it shoots well. oh, the wooden grips are kinda nice and pretty fancy too
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:04 AM
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just got mine today .......really like it....it was your posting that i made up my mind to go get 1....thanks scott
You're welcome ... It's a fun little plinker for the money

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How is the construction of the pistol? I am looking at them - but none around to actually foundle - (that I have found anyway) - some reviews are great - others bash the metalurgy of the pistol. Your feed back would be helpful to me.
Lefty ... other than the issues that I originally posted, the pistol hasn't shown any significant wear in the finish, the rails or in any of the internal mechanisms during the first 4,000+ rounds. Don't know how it will react when I hit 15 - 20,000 rounds, but I intend to find out.

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after all it is a $250 gun and not some custom 1911. i can forgive finish wear on a $250 gun as long as it shoots well. oh, the wooden grips are kinda nice and pretty fancy too
Dale ... while it's not as accurate as my MKIII512, it is a pretty accurate little pistol for the money and is great to warm up with before you pull out your real 1911s (the grips are very comfortable IMHO)
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:16 AM
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I just bought a used one for $200 shipped and had a chance to take it to the range this past weekend. I had only one kind of problem that I have never seen or heard of before.
Here's my failure: After firing a round, a new round would chamber but the hammer would no longer be cocked. This would happen 5-10% of the time with 3 different types of high quality/high velocity ammo. Has anybody heard for something like this happening and what could it be. I could just cock the hammer back every time it happens but I rather have it trouble-free.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:25 AM
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I though this thread was about a week old but realized it was from 2010 and is over a year old. Opps sorry! But any useful info can just be PM'ed to me. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:31 PM
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Well, it's my first time here. I have a Chiappa 1911-22. I've been shooting it for a couple of years. Started having ftf's. On closer inspection I noticed that the mag wasn't fully seated. Inserting a full or empty mag, and with the slide back, I'd apply a little pressure to the mag lips. No lock! After checking several other mags and I was getting the same thing.
Seems that I need a new mag release. Mine is so worn that it won't lock. Tried the "Ciappa" site and they were 'sold out'.
Any help?
thanks ahead of time..
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:36 PM
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Well, it's my first time here. I have a Chiappa 1911-22. I've been shooting it for a couple of years. Started having ftf's. On closer inspection I noticed that the mag wasn't fully seated. Inserting a full or empty mag, and with the slide back, I'd apply a little pressure to the mag lips. No lock! After checking several other mags and I was getting the same thing.
Seems that I need a new mag release. Mine is so worn that it won't lock. Tried the "Ciappa" site and they were 'sold out'.
Any help?
thanks ahead of time..
I was surprised to see this thread resurrected after nearly 5 years .

Rab ... I would recommend that you contact Chiappa directly at:
[email protected] or
(877) 425-4867

They have always gone out of their way to help me so it is worth a try
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:41 PM
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Though an old thread I'm glad to see when a problem arises the company eagerly stands by its product. Regarding the magazine release, do you know if it's .22 specific or is it interchangeable with other 1911s?
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:57 AM
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I wish I had contact info when I had my Winchester model 92 copy called a Puma and made in Italy by Chiappa. It was a .44 mag with beautiful wood. But the mag tube would back out with recoil. I bought it from Cabela's and they said Chiappa would not send them replacement parts, that the gun had to go back to Italy for repair. Six months later I pick up the gun and it has the exact same problem.

Cabela's gave me store credit and I chalked up the brand as one to avoid from then on. It's entirely possible that this was a bad idea, that the 92 design just isn't strong enough for the 44 mag. But if that's the case they never should have offered it for sale in the first place.
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:43 PM
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Though an old thread I'm glad to see when a problem arises the company eagerly stands by its product. Regarding the magazine release, do you know if it's .22 specific or is it interchangeable with other 1911s?
Bama ... unlike the GSG/Sig 1911-22s which have some 1911 compatible parts, virtually everything on the Chiappa was designed specifically for it and accordingly are not interchangeable with standard 1911 parts.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:05 PM
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:22 AM
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The mags are tiny just for 22's
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