Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 Tactical Colt 1911 Styled 22LR Pistol Review

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Type: .22 caliber pistol.
Manufacturer: Chiappa.
Model: 1911-22 Tactical.
Materials: Metal (Chiappalloy & Steel).
Weight: 2 pounds.
Barrel: 5 inches, metal rifled.
Propulsion: Gun Powder.
Action: Semi auto, single action only.
Ammunition Type: .22LR caliber rimfire.
Ammunition Capacity: 10 round magazine.
FPS: 1,138 - 1255.
Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 Tactical semi auto pistol is fairly heavy at the start of it's life at close to 10 pounds! This is a bit distracting but it has been reported that as the metals harden and the gun breaks in (Closer to the 2000-3000 round mark), you can expect a much lighter trigger pull of closer to 5 pounds.

Accuracy: I put about 500 rounds through the Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 and took some time getting used to how it felt and also shot several groups on target before I did my final test group. I shot two full magazines (20 shots) and was able to get a 6-7 inch group from 10 yards out (30 feet). I was shooting in a standing unrested position using the open sights unadjusted and my grouping was well center but just a tad bit high and to the left. Interestingly enough I had a nice tight 5 shot sub-group that all landed within each other almost dead center on target.

Build Quality: The Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 Tactical 22LR is not built out of the same hardened steel material (with the exception of some key high stress areas) as you would find in a large caliber hand gun as it is not necessary with the lower pressure of 22LR rimfire ammunition, but it is an almost all metal gun and seems to have decent fit and finish. Chiappa utilizes a special proprietary metal they call Chiappalloy throughout much of the pistol to make the 1911-22 look, feel and weigh about the same as a conventional 1911 45 auto. 

Realism: The Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 Tactical looks the part for sure of a real 1911 A1 styled 45 auto. It even feels about the same weight and has a similar balance to it. On the outside you can tell because of the smaller diameter .22 caliber barrel and the lack of a working grip safety. Internally the 1911-22 has a fixed barrel which is not true to the original 1911 design but it does make the 22LR version more accurate and simpler in design.
Purchased From: Wholesale supplier.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive to purchase and shoot but still has that "1911" look and feel.
  • Came with two 10 round magazines.
  • Comes in a nice hard shell case.
  • Can add an accessory rail under the barrel.
  • Adjustable rear sight for windage.
  • Fixed barrel for better accuracy and less moving parts.
  • Nice realistic weight adn ballance to it.
  • Very easy to take down and clean.
  • Similar dimensions to a real 1911 and should fit most holsters and add-ons.
  • Has a secondary "tool based" firing pin lock for safe storage.
  • Made in Italy.

Cons:

  • Trigger is very heavy at first - needs to be broken in!
  • Slide spring is very light which can lead to some cycling problems if you are not careful.
  • No working grip safety like the real 1911.
  • Plastic magazines.

Comments:
My Chiappa - Puma 1911-22 Tactical first impression was that it kind of had a blank gun look and finish too it which is not a bad thing but I wondered if it would take the abuse of constant 22LR rounds being shot through it and it most certainly did. Chiappa has put hardened steel where it needs to be and used their proprietary Chiappalloy where it is best suited. after about the first 100 rounds the 1911-22 stated performing consistently for me using a couple of brands of 22LR I brought with me and cycled both 22LR Standard Velocity and High Velocity just fine. I did notice it started to act up at around the 400 round mark but on inspection, the Chiappa 1911-22 just needed a cleaning to clear the debris that was forming in the breach area. I would also suggest keeping the magazines loaded up fore a few weeks to decrease the spring tension which helps with chambering the first couple of rounds out of a new magazine. Overall, I am really happy with my Chiappa 1911-22 purchase and plan to shoot this gun often and extensively!

My YouTube Video Review for the Chiappa 1911-22 Tactical .22LR Pistol:

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