22 Caliber Pistol review of the Chiappa 1911-22
The specifications of the Chiappa 1911-22 are:
Capacity: 10+1 rounds
Barrel length: 5"
Front sight: Ramped
Rear sight: Adjustable for windage
Overall length: 8.5"
Weight: 33.5 ounces
Grip: Stippled hardwood
Slide: Aluminum-zinc alloy
Finish: Black (several other finishes are offered)
Safety: Left side (also has manual keyed safety)
Slide stop: Left side
Magazine release: Left side
Accessory rail: None (Picatinny style on the Tactical model)
Considering the price point, very accurate when used with better quality ammunition and good quality parts being used. Style and operation is very similar to that of a true 1911. Comes with two (again, 2) 10 round magazines. As you will note in the other reviews of 22 caliber pistols on this website, the majority come with 1 magazine only. When shooting a .22LR semi-auto pistol, you will quickly go thru a magazine in no time at all, so it gets very frustrating when you have to stop every 10 shots.
Try to keep your firing-hand thumb away from the slide during firing or if against it, make sure it's not sitting heavily against it. The recoil spring is very light, a heavy thumb dragging on the rail can induce a malfunction. As is the case with almost every 22 caliber pistol being reviewed on this site, better quality ammunition will give you a much better experience and it still costs a fraction of the bigger caliber ammunition.
Other than the trigger this 22 Caliber Pistol is a very reasonable 1911 style pistol which mimics very well it's bigger caliber brother.
Very heavy trigger (this should change for the better when the model receives a steel trigger). Front site has to be carefully filed in order to be adjusted. After adjusted it should be coated with a "Cold Blue" product. The only problem with this is if you over adjust or if you ever sell it, your adjustment may not match the next person's shooting characteristics.