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Awhile back, I was lookin' for a .22 range revolver and after checkin' out what was available, it came down to a Ruger Wrangler or Chiappa (the 1873, I believe). I somewhat begrudgingly went for the Ruger simply because I was not at all familiar with Chiappa and their overall reputation, neither was the salesperson (RK Guns). I really wanted the Chi-Chi, I liked the look and feel of it way more than the Ruger and actually, it was about $70+ cheaper. I don't really want another .22 revolver but I can't seem to get that one out of my mind, I'm still considering gettin' one. I'd appreciate hearing about any hands-on experience or info y'all might have with this model and/or brand.
 

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To be honest I’ve never owned one but have manhandled a few . I’ve never been impressed by any of there firearms as they seem cheaply made . I pondered there M1 carbine rifle but all or most reviews have been discouraging.
As far as the Ruger vs Chippa I would buy the Ruger but think the Heritage is still a better deal . I’ve owned a couple and for what it’s worth is a fine little plinker.
 

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To be honest I’ve never owned one but have manhandled a few . I’ve never been impressed by any of there firearms as they seem cheaply made . I pondered there M1 carbine rifle but all or most reviews have been discouraging.
As far as the Ruger vs Chippa I would buy the Ruger but think the Heritage is still a better deal . I’ve owned a couple and for what it’s worth is a fine little plinker.
I considered a Heritage, actually my first brand choice but all that was available locally were the Barkeeps and the long-barreled models. I wanted a 4"-6".
 

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we all have our likes/dislikes and so forth but honestly IF I am wanting a single action 22 revolver I am not looking anywhere except the Ruger Single -6.
 

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The only experience I know of with a Chiappa was negative. It was a 1911-22 that my neighbor and shooting buddy bought new. It only took one trip to the range for him to decide he had made a mistake by purchasing it. It failed to cycle cleanly with any of several brands of ammunition. The fixed sights were seriously off (12 inches at 7 yards) and the general build quality was poor. He sold it at a loss at his first opportunity.

Again, it was not a revolver and was not my gun but his experience convinced me to avoid the brand.
 

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I didn't get out with the new Diamondback Sidekick today, I was picking up my wife from her eye exam where her eyes were dialated to saucer size. Then went and bought six arborvitaes . The Sidekick is nine rounds, converts to 22 WMR and is SA/DA.
 

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The old saying, "if you have to ask". The makers name is one thing but what model are you taking about. Are Chevrolet good, then you go out and buy a Vega?
Chiappa ? Not a name i think says good gun. I would do much home work on what model. I know nothing about .22 revolver by them but Rugers, i'm good with their .22 revolvers and wouldn't pass on them.
 

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Funny, but that was probably said about Browning's 1911!
Perhaps...but than semi auto was a new platform entirely.
Chiappa thought they could compete with the likes of these tried and true revolvers? Just no.
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Chiappa aren’t horrid firearms, but I wouldn’t exactly call them first rate either. They’re better than Bryco-Jennings, but thats not saying much. A rock might do better for defense than a Bryco. They mostly do reproductions of old classic six-shooters and lever action rifles. They have Italian firearms roots, but do some manufacturing in Ohio, about 60,000 units a year according to the internet. I read somewhere there’s a loose relationship with the folks at Charles Daly shotguns. The Daly folks seem to make two classes of shotguns: the stuff you see on cheaper than dirt, and hand crafted heirloom quality pieces you need a lottery win, or an old forgotten trust fund to afford. (Maybe not quite that bad, but they carry a hefty price tag.)

That Rhino revolver is intriguing. It’s not much to look at, but it’s the only revolver I know of that fires off the bottom chamber. I may have to look into one of those.
 
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we all have our likes/dislikes and so forth but honestly IF I am wanting a single action 22 revolver I am not looking anywhere except the Ruger Single -6.
I second the Single Six. There is a world of difference between the Ruger single action and everyone else. If you miss with a Single Six, it's your fault.

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Chiappa aren’t horrid firearms, but I wouldn’t exactly call them first rate either. They’re better than Bryco-Jennings, but thats not saying much. A rock might do better for defense than a Bryco. They mostly do reproductions of old classic six-shooters and lever action rifles. They have Italian firearms roots, but do some manufacturing in Ohio, about 60,000 units a year according to the internet. I read somewhere there’s a loose relationship with the folks at Charles Daly shotguns. The Daly folks seem to make two classes of shotguns: the stuff you see on cheaper than dirt, and hand crafted heirloom quality pieces you need a lottery win, or an old forgotten trust fund to afford. (Maybe not quite that bad, but they carry a hefty price tag.)

That Rhino revolver is intriguing. It’s not much to look at, but it’s the only revolver I know of that fires off the bottom chamber. I may have to look into one of those.
There are reports of cracking on the crane. The Mataba was the original. Pucker up when you find one.

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There are reports of cracking on the crane. The Mataba was the original. Pucker up when you find one.

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For the price tags I’ve been seeing… not likely I’ll be getting one. For that kind of money I can get an FN five seven and enough ammo to have a good bit of fun. Or get the Ruger 57 and even more ammo….
 
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Chiappa makes guns that range from inexpensive and good to not-inexpensive and excellent.
The company is based in Italy. The distributor is in Dayton, OH; their customer service is excellent. (I don't remember the URL for the distributor... there are fakes out their. Be careful)
The .22 revolver is a copy of the 1873 Cattleman (air)
 
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