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Old October 22, 2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Chiappia .22 western revolver

About a year ago I purchased one of these revolvers in .22 LR and it literally self destructed within about 1100 shots! In the new Handgun alminac I noted that this gun is now being offered as a combo set with the .22WMR cylinder.
I wonder how long these will last with the increased pressures and hammering that the .22 mag gives?
Te revolvers frame is made of some alloy that looks all the world like a capgun! Chiappa touts this alloy as a major component of both the Western revolver and the 1911 copy that they market.
I am warning members here to avoid this product and instead invest in a Heritage Arms Western revolver, made of real steel.
It's unfortunate that manufacturers would market such shoddy products for over $200 and expect the public to buy them!
Please be aware of this warning and several others all over the gun forums! Save your money and buy a Single Six!
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Old October 22, 2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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I had a Heritage 22LR/22Mag combo and really enjoyed it. (Other than the silly safety). I found it pretty accurate with CCI blazer round nose and Winchester magnums. I only sold it recently because it had the long barrel and I want something to throw in the glove box of the jeep. I looking to get the short barrel with adjustable sight this time.

I know people always tell me to get a Ruger single 6 combo, but I just can't afford one right now and not for the foreseeable future.
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Old October 22, 2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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I've just bought a Chiappa rifle, M1 22. I love it. No zinc in it, but the cosmetic stuff is mostly plastic. I might replace the sight. An M1 Carbine sight can be fitted to it.

I've seen the revolvers you speak of. I had a similar zinc alloy revolver made by Rohm of Germany, I believe, and marketed as a "Hawes" brand back in the 60s. I shot it a lot, seemed to work fine for me. I remember it was $37.50 at the time I bought it. I sold it to a buddy in college for 20 bucks, was down on money. He wore it out over the summer fanning it. The barrel got loose in the frame, frame and threads being pot metal. It just couldn't handle that sort of stress, but I blame him more than the gun.

Zinc alloy is crap, though, and I won't buy a zinc gun just because of the low price now days. I have only a couple of revolvers in .22LR, a DA Rossi M511 Sportsman that's a friggin' tack driver and a NAA mini revolver that I've carried everywhere since the 80s when I bought it. Steel lasts, zinc not so much. Zinc guns are what they are, but they're not for me. I don't really care to get another revolver in .22, though. I love shooting my Ruger SR22 and my Mk 2 in the caliber. The Rossi is an accurate, well made gun, satisfies my revolver needs/wants. I have Blackhawks and cap and ball guns in single action. I have lots of fun with my 5.5" Pietta '58 Remington and the Ruger Old Army is very accurate and just as cheap to shoot as .22 and has been a lot easier to get ammo for during this .22 drought. They require more clean up, so I only shoot them when I'm in the mood. My .22s go out to the back yard range more often.
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Old October 22, 2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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I know people always tell me to get a Ruger single 6 combo, but I just can't afford one right now and not for the foreseeable future.
A couple of years ago I picked up a Ruger Single Six, it was missing the mag cylinder, for $175.00 in a little gun shop near Waco. It looked like it had lived its entire life in a drawer as the wooden grips were a little dinged up but otherwise seemed to have been used very little. I spent $50.00 on Gun Broker to get a mag cylinder, so for $225.00 I have a complete Ruger Single Six combo. The Heritage .22 combo sets were retailing for about $199.00 if you didn't catch them on sale so I think that I got a decent deal on a great revolver. However, the best part of deals like this is the search. Searching gun shops, pawn shops, want ads, & on line auctions to see if you can stumble upon good deals is the fun part, so rather than being budget limited to an alloy framed firearm do yourself a favor and go gun hunting. It'll get into your blood and if you are lucky you'll make some great deals, meet interesting people and have a good time.
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Old October 22, 2014, 10:25 PM   #5
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It's getting toug her to find Single Six at a good price.

A great in between is the Weirauch Bounty Hunter sold by EAA. Built solid in Germany.

Weirauch was formed out of the revolver end of JP Sauer.

They have the safety of a Ruger but "click" like an old Colt.
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Old October 23, 2014, 04:27 PM   #6
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Runaway inflation has pushed prices of good quality articles out of reason, same to be said of firearms and especally benchmark guns such as the Single Six.
just finding aunabused revolver is getting harder and harder to do.
I have been looking for a really nice 4 5/8" Dual cylinder Single Six.
Most are all scratched up or missing the Magnum Cylinder or with split grips, generally in poor shape.
I have even considered sending my beloved 6 5/8" revolver in to a custom shop and building the gun I really want. Cost keeps driving me off of that idea!
What I have dreamed of is a 3 1/2" or 4" gun with Stag grips a shortened extractor rod and casehardened finish. Strike the casehardening as Ruger construction materials prevent that.
One day while at the range, I was shooting both mySingle Six nd a Black Powder Navy when it struck me! The Single Six overall size approximates almost exactly the size of the Colt Navy!!!
That's why it feels so good!
Since it's advent, the old Navy model has been the perfect revolver! Weight, size, recoil (lack of...) and overall this is why the Single Six has drawn so many shooters in! This is also why nearly any price can be demanded for an excellent specimen.
Lots of luck to you al looking for yours!
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Old October 23, 2014, 04:53 PM   #7
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I also have the Heritage 22/22 mag and it has been perfect through who knows how many rounds. I have actually been rather amazed at the accuracy of the pistol out to and beyond 25 yards. I know it is cheaply made and probably won't last 10k rounds of 22 mag (as if I could buy that many) but it is a great starter shooter.
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