Chiappa 1911 22 or Sig Sauer 1911 22


June 10, 2012, 11:21 PM
Need inpuy on both please. Have shot the Chiappa and only held the Sig. Beavertail safety is functional on Sig, but only for looks on Chiappa. All comments appreciated and thanks in advance.

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Captain Brown Beard
June 10, 2012, 11:34 PM
Speaking from personal experience here. I just got rid of my Chiappa 1911-22. I put around 100 rounds through it, and I never once made it through a complete magazine without a stovepipe, fail to feed, fail to fire, fail to extract, you name it, it happened. The cheap tin pot metal they make the frame out of didn't do much for me either. To me, it was an expensive paper weight and nothing more.

That being said, I've heard countless reports from other people that have been nothing but pleased with theirs, so chalk mine up to a dud. Also, I saw one in one of the local shops recently, and the finish looked 10 fold better than the one I got rid of, so perhaps quality went up since I got mine.

June 11, 2012, 05:53 AM
Watch out for the Chiappa 1911-22. I have one and hate it. It is easily the worst gun I have ever bought. I hear some are good but you would be taking quite a chance in my opinion. I will be selling mine as soon as I can get it fixed (the slide locks intermittently with ammo in the magazine and requires a firm tap to go back into battery).

June 11, 2012, 09:59 AM
The GSG 1911-22 is the same gun as the Sig, and most likely slightly cheaper since it isn't branded SIG.

Haven't had any major trouble with my GSG, though it can be a wee bit picky about ammo. It likes the higher velocity stuff for the most part.

June 11, 2012, 11:20 AM
I really wanted a .22lr 1911 trainer, and given all the options, I went with the offering from Rock Island Armory (AKA Armscor)
They mounted an interestingly designed upper on one of their standard .45acp frames, and market it as the XT22. (22 and 45 combo - interesting, but I just have the .22 and a couple .45 guns on Officer frames) ("standard" ... what I have)

So far, my XT22 has eaten 450-500 rounds of CCI minimags (no issues), 40-50 rounds of various other CCI hotter loads(no issues), and runs nicely on Fed550 bulk as well (the cheap stuff from WalMart, very few issues, some Fail to RtB and a few ejection bobbles)
The magazines are available from RIA for a reasonable price, and Kimber rimfire conversion magazines fit (but don't drop free) and feed.

RIA took a different approach and just mounted a quality conversion kit on a frame for you, rather than making the slide out of lighter material, they made it out of less material, and I think out of higher quality material. Zamack has some uses in firearms, but given the option for a spiffy design and steek or a cheapo design and Zamack, I'd rather have steel from a known good manufacturer in this application.

June 11, 2012, 01:09 PM
Anything has to be better than my Chiappa 1911-22. Won't go more than about 35 rounds without a stovepipe jam. What really chaps is I had to pay shipping to send it back to Chiappa for repair and if anything it came back functioning worse :(

My worst gun purchase ever!

Captain Brown Beard
June 11, 2012, 02:19 PM
Well I'm glad to know it wasn't just mine that was garbage.

June 11, 2012, 03:44 PM
To be honest I didn't like the Chiappa, and have no experience with the Sig. I do love the GSG 1911-22 though. I would advise looking at the GSG before you make up your mind. Someone said they are the same as the Sig, I did not know that. But they are the way to go IMHO. I put 2-3k rounds through my GSG before giving it to my uncle.

June 11, 2012, 07:46 PM
Thanks for all the replys!! Was going to ask about the GSG tonite, just saw them this morning at local hardware store. In fact i am going to ask about it in seperate thread, so maybe reach more people. Thanks again

June 13, 2012, 04:12 PM
I find the Chiappas to be an excellent ability to resolve FTFs & FTEs has improved greatly! :cuss:

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