After being with us for almost 100 years now,
the 1911 style auto pistol is more popular than ever, with more
manufacturers than I can keep track of selling high-quality 1911
pistols to satisfy the market. Chambered for the grand old .45
ACP cartridge mostly, with 9mm Luger, .38 Super, and several
other centerfire cartridges also being chambered in the popular
pistols, there is a 1911 for everybody. With all of these
cartridges being relatively expensive to shoot, .22 rimfire
conversions for the 1911 have been around for decades. Some are
pretty good, some very good, and
others not very reliable at all. With more and more shooters
wanting reliable and inexpensive practice with their 1911
pistols, the rimfire conversions are more popular today than
Chiappa Firearms, Ltd. has just introduced a
dedicated 1911 style .22 Long Rifle pistol called the 1911-22,
and it is the subject of this review. I first heard of this new
pistol a few months ago, and have been awaiting its production
ever since. They are currently shipping to dealers, and I have
had mine for about a week now. When it arrived, I didnít even
bring it into the gun room, but headed straight for the shooting
shack, immediately loading it up and feeding it all the ammo
that I could find.
I was at first impressed with the ease of
working the slide to chamber a round. It takes very little
effort to work the slide, which is a plus for those who lack
hand strength due to an injury or arthritis. If your hands can
function at all, working the slide on this 1911-22 will be no
problem. The trigger pull was a bit heavy to suit me, weighing
in at seven pounds, ten ounces, but releasing crisply. I prefer
a much lighter trigger for target work, but this trigger pretty
well replicates the trigger pull of a typical centerfire 1911.
The 1911-22 weighs in at two pounds, one
ounce with an empty magazine in place on my scale. This has
plenty of heft, yet is still lighter than a full-sized
centerfire 1911 by about half a pound. The slide and frame are
made of a non-ferrous alloy, probably zinc based, but has steel
inner components for strength. The magazine holds ten rounds,
and is made of polymer. It functioned perfectly, never failing
to feed reliably, except for the one time that I loaded it with
eleven cartridges instead of ten. Some of the smaller parts like
the mainspring housing and magazine release button are also made
of polymer. The good-looking walnut grips are laser-checkered,
which gives the appearance of a set of well-worn vintage walnut
grip panels. They are very comfortable to hold, and look good
against the pistolís black finish.
Disassembling the 1911-22 for cleaning is
pretty straightforward, and takes no tools and very little time.
The five-inch barrel is rigidly fixed to the frame, and the
slide moves forward off the barrel and frame. The thumb safety
and slide release are located in true 1911 style, as is the
magazine release, and they work just like on the centerfire 1911
style pistols. The slide locks open on an empty magazine, and
after inserting a loaded mag, the slide release allows the slide
to move forward and chamber a round. On the right side of
the slide, just under the rear sight, is a key-operated hammer
block that rotates a steel block around the rear of the firing
pin, preventing the hammer from making contact. The manual thumb
safety blocks the trigger and locks the slide.
Shooting the 1911-22 was a real pleasure. The
sights were pretty well regulated for high velocity ammo, and
plinking at targets such as rocks, sticks, and steel plates
offhand was rewarding. The pistol felt like it was pretty
accurate shooting offhand, but I did not realize just how
accurate it was until I locked it into my Ransom
Rest and started testing the accuracy of the pistol. Keeping
in mind that this is a budget-priced pistol that is priced lower
than many .22 conversion kits, I was expecting budget-priced
accuracy as well. After firing a few groups with various brands
and types of ammo, I was shocked to see how accurate this pistol
really is. With Wolf and PMC match ammo, it shot very well.
Moving to high velocity rounds, it still shot very well.
Shooting the cheap Federal bulk hollow point ammo that is sold
by Wal Mart, this pistol grouped like a good target pistol,
putting ten shots into less than one and one-half inches at
twenty-five yards. Changing ammo to one of my all-time favorite
hunting rounds, the Winchester Dynapoint, the 1911-22 cut that
group size in half! As pictured, this pistol would group all day
long into one ragged hole at twenty-five yards. Amazing. I have
fired pistols costing four times as much with match ammo that
would not group this well. When this pistol produced match-grade
groups with my favorite hunting ammo, I knew we had a keeper.
Functioning was also very reliable. This
pistol is set up to run with high velocity ammo, and with that
type, functioning was one-hundred percent. Standard velocity
ammo also cycled very well, but would not always have enough
power to lock open the slide on an empty magazine, which is no
fault of the pistol. With cheap bulk Federal, it worked
perfectly. With cheap bulk Winchester XPert, it did as well.
With the Winchester Dynapoints, it also functioned perfectly, as
it did with CCI Mini-Mags. Feeding with everything was perfect,
and only two stovepipe jams were experienced with the
I usually do not list prices in my reviews,
as prices tend to change, and reviews on Gunblast.com stay
posted in the Archive section for
years. However, since the price of this 1911-22 is one of its
biggest selling points, I will make an exception. As of this
writing, the suggested retail price of this pistol is $299 US,
making it a real bargain as a fun, inexpensive 1911-style
plinking pistol. As a super-accurate match-grade target
pistol, the price makes this handgun a real steal. The
1911-22 is not made of highly-polished blued steel. The trigger
pull is a bit heavy. It even has a Phillips-head screw holding
the thumb safety in place. However, if you want an affordable
1911-style rimfire pistol that shoots like a two thousand dollar
target gun, this Chiappa 1911-22 is your baby.
Check out the Chiappa 1911-22 online at www.1911-22.com.
To order the 1911-22 online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
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Pistol comes with hard plastic case, cleaning
brush, and instruction manual.
Slide locks open on an empty magazine.
Barrel is fixed to the frame, contributing to the
pistol's excellent accuracy.
From a Ransom Master Series rest, bulk-pack
Federal hollowpoints displayed excellent accuracy, but
the Winchester Dynapoint ammo was stunningly accurate!
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