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Chiappa M1 Carbine .22lr FEELS LIKE THR REAL THING!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CoyoteSix, Dec 12, 2012.

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  1. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Member

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    So i was in my LGS today and found and fondled the Chiappa M1 Carbine in.22lr

    The thing felt and looked great!

    dare i say it really did feel like the real carbines I've handled.

    Anyone have experience with these puppies? I wanna know how it likes bulk long rifle, how it ruins dirty, and how well built it is. It felt over built and sturdy.

    As a young college student that lord's M1 carbines and Garands but can't afford'em this seems perfect. But i always like THR's info!
     
  2. kBob

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    Various folks are reporting problems with them over at Rim Fire Central. I have not handled one yet as I have yet to see one here abouts.

    I understand they ARE NOT copies of Erma EM1s. My experience with the EM 1 was happy on both sides of the pond and I wish I had bought one.

    I had hopes for the Chippy but they seem to be having teething issues that make me want to wait and see.

    Honestly a used 10/22 and tech sights sounds like a better deal and if you want put it in one of the M-1 Carbine style stocks and have a rifle that looks something like an M-1 Carbine but that works reliably.

    -kBob
     
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    rimfirecentral reports are mixed at best - you should read it over there, it will be in the "other rimfire" subforum

    You can also rig up a 10/22 as a fake M1 Carbine, EABco has a stock and I recently saw a better replica stock with proper barrel band, but I'm brain-farting where that was. I have the EABco stock and I was seriously jealous of the improved version.

    The EABco stock, a sling/oiler from the CMP, and a set of Tech Sights made an old junky 10/22 into a really nice carbine trainer.
    It fools the guys who got issued a Carbine, I have to take the real deal to the range if I take the fake one, because they all want to share a war story and I'd feel like a jerk just offering them a mag of .22lr in return.
     
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    Thanks guys. A 10/22 replica was the original plan. The little chippy just through me off. I guess i just like buying a second rifle over modifying one.

    It'd be awesome if some made a M1paratrooper stock for the 10\22... sigh

    There is the butlercreek folder but i like wood better...
     
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    I was going to buy one of the Chiappa replica guns

    then I read the RFC reviews
    then I encountered one at a shop and was seriously NOT impressed with anything but the stock (they DO have a surprisingly nice wood stock)
     
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    Look for a junker 10/22 at gun shows, you can always find another 10/22

    Heck, they're so common, there might be an extra in your coat closet
     
  7. kBob

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    The whole factory made 10/22 M1 stock thing sort of started on RFC a couple of years back or so. SOmeone had modified and actual carbine stock by hoging it out and glass bedding a 10/22 into it. Others had made mods to a standard ruger birch stock to get the look and several folks opined that a drop in 10/22 to M-1 Carbine stock would sell like hot cakes. The first such stocks I am aware of were by a couple of guys that I believe were sponsors on RFC and when they met with success others jumped on the band wagon.

    Any how you might look up the thread on modifying a real M-1 Carbine stock for the 10/22 and buy a M1A1 type folder reproduction to try it yourself. Seems expensive though but if its what you really want..... I personally would find a M-2 Carbine beater stock to "practice" on before I started carving up a $169 folder repro. Of course then you would have both styles of military stock.

    I think the best looking ones have had a 15 round carbine magazine shortened and epoxed onto a standard ruger 10 round rotory mag. Please use a commercial magazine for the cutting and epoxing.

    Those ea brown carbine sights that mock the original l type drift adjustable sights make me wonder if a windage/ range adjustable sight like the late guns and rebuilds used to fit that dove tail.

    With the sights, a carved up and reglassed M-1A1 stock and a cut up commercial magazine it might well fool some folks.....and be half way to the cost of buying a real carbine.

    -kBob
     
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