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Chippewa 22 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kerstingm, Jul 26, 2010.

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  1. kerstingm

    kerstingm Member

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    I was at a local gun show this weekend and I saw a Chippewa Puma 22 1911.
    Has anybody on here had a chance to shoot one? I have seen a few post on line
    That said the pistol shot fine but the finish was crap and started flaking off after
    A few cycles. That being said I just picked up a Sig P229 would it just be better to
    Pick up a 22 conversion kit for it?
     
  2. ThePunisher'sArmory

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    Get a conversion kit. That way you get used to your main pistols trigger pull. I too looked at the Chippewa but it looked like an air gun to me. Plus the mags are cheap plastic. Definitely not a trainer pistol. I went with the Sig Mosquito and extra steel mags instead. 250 rounds and counting with no problems. I only use mini mags as the directions suggest though.
     
  3. HisSoldier

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    low temperature die cast white metal.
     
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    Chiappa maybe? Been tempted to get one but got a GSG 1911 instead.
     
  5. 6x6pinz

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    the chiappa has been getting some real good reviews from people who look at it as an inexpensive pistol. Those who think they are buying a quality $1000 pistol for $250 have less kind things to say. This is just another one of those cases where you get what you pay for. I can't believe anyone would put the Chiappa on the same plain as a sig for comparison.
    While I enjoy my quality pistols I am picking up my Chiappa (actually 2) on wednesday. Fun plinkers but that is about it.
     
  6. HisSoldier

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    The GSG is also low temperature die cast white metal. I don't understand why people would rather have five garbage guns than one good gun. I also don't understand why no one makes a 1911 in .22 out of steel, it would sell well.

    Just because a gun shoots .22 doesn't mean that it's not a serious gun, and in the case of a small caliber 1911 the purpose is very serious, to have a cheap to shoot gun with (as nearly as possible) the same weight, feel and trigger as a 1911.

    Such a gun would hold up for a hundred thousand rounds. That concept, as I just identified it, is worthy of investigation by a gun maker, make it so it will be passed down through 5 or 6 generations, like a 1911.

    Make it so it is something to be proud of, to admire. It would cost at least as much as a high dollar 1911 and would, in it's application as a 1911 training gun, be worth every cent.

    These pot metal guns are not the answer.
     
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    I bought one of the Puma (Chiappa) 1911-22 last week and I'm trying to sell it.

    It is unfired in the box.

    I did read the extremely positive reviews for accuracy and reliability (so far) but I still cannot get over the pot metal construction and the horrible finishing....I'm not that fussy about it usually but this pistol sets the bar really too low....I don't even know how durable that finishing is...look like uneven spray paint.

    The pistol literally has the smell (the metal itself) of a toy/blank handgun....I believe that it is nothing more than a conversion in .22 cal of a blank 1911 pistol made by the same company under the brand Kimar.

    This is the Kimar 911 blank firing pistol.

    [​IMG]

    So last Saturday I bought a Smith & Wesson 22A on sale at Cabela's for $199.

    Had ton of fun at the range, I love the ergonomics, the accuracy, the big pistol feeling, the balance and the flexibility (it has an accessory rail).

    For less price than the Chiappa, the finishing is stellar in comparison....it "feels" like a real gun and it comes with 2 metal magazines versus only one for the Chiappa (and made of plastic....it looks like an air soft pistol magazine).

    So the S&W 22A filled the .22 LR handgun slot in my collection (later one I may get a good .22 revolver) while the Puma 1911-22 is waiting for a buyer.....impulsive buying I guess....
     
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    I would buy a conversion kit, I haven't heard anything good about the Chippewa but hear a lot of good thing about the conversion kits.
     
  9. ThePunisher'sArmory

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    Chiappa is now making a dedicated AR .22lr upper for $300. The guy at the gun shop showed it to me when I was looking at the SW 1522 and CMMG. The barrel was cheap metal, Plastic flat top upper, and terrible bolt. I would stay away from Chiappa all together. Not only cause they look and are cheap, but because they look like they would blow up in your face or hand!!
     
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    Mine hasn't blown up and always feeds and locks the mag back on the last shot, accuracy is fine, but mine is stovepipe city -- 2 in 60 rounds would be a good outing :(

    Then there is the trigger, the reset is horrible making it shoot nothing like the 1911 its supposed to be an analog for practice.

    I'm exchanging PMs with a fellow here who sent his back for repair and I'm waiting to see if his is really fixed before I spend the money to send mine back.

    I have no doubt you will really like your M22A -- mine is my favorite .22lr pistol.
     
  11. kerstingm

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    You are right there is no comparison between a Sig and the Chippewa I have read nothing but crapy reviews on line. Sad thing is I have read some pretty por reviews
    on the Mosquito saying it's picky on what you shot as far as a lot of jamming. My P229 is my first Sig but I am more than happy with it. I think it is a lot better than my XDM tha I had and that was a sweet gun too.
     
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    Are the ATI/GSG 22 1911s the same type of thing? I'm interested in these. Anyone have one yet?
     
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