Chiappa M4-22 upper review

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by Zacsquatch, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Zacsquatch

    Zacsquatch New Member

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    Well, my Chiappa m4-22 upper came in monday after noon at work. I opened it up and did a lil dance to the gun gods. This is the completion to my first AR so bare with me on the termonolgy and specs. I payed $325 plus $25 shipping to Fairbanks, AK from Marksarmory.com. A coworker of mine also ordered one for his Bushmaster to let his neighbors kids learn gun safety on.

    The upper receiver is a polymer, and it seems pretty durable. The Chiappaloy barrel has a nice matte finish and looks to be durable enough for a .22lr.
    I immediatly threw on my Command arms poly handguard set. They have 2 rails at 12 and 6 oclock, which is all I will ever need and I like to KISS. The stock handguards are simply plastic handguards, no heat shield (not really needed with a 22).
    I had a cheap rear BUIS ready in anticipation. They are NCstar A2 style irons with a 0-2 peep and a 3+ peep. I dont plan on putting optics on it, and If I do it will be a Primary arms A3 knockoff but that will be later on.

    The first thing I noticed when putting it on my DPMS lower was the pin holes were super tight. I had to use a small rubber mallet to tap them in. I have since takin it down enough to get the rear pin in by hand, but to get it out, I still need mechanical help. Once I had it on the lower, I ops checked it, dry fired with some snap caps and it checked out great. I did notice once I looked down the rail to get a sight picture that the front gas block/sight was canted to the right. I loosened the set screw and got it level in a couple minutes, no biggie there. There are no big gaps or loose fitting parts anywhere. This is very tight and sturdy but only time will tell how true this stays in the long run.

    I immediatly broke it down and wiped it off, ran a bore snake through it, lubed it with Teflon based Remoil and reinstalled everything. The bolt comes right out, and its pretty substantial. The dust cover works but the FA is just a spring in a sealed tube to mess around with (Kind of like the gas tube on a 522).
    I ordered this with a 10 round mag so It would be easier to lug around for hunting. They are very easily made into 15 round mags by removing the plastic stops inside, Mwuahahahah. I already have a dozen or so BDM and CMMG mags for my Sig 522.

    Didnt have a whole lot of time last nigh to really do a thorough shoot but I did break it in with 200 rounds of Federal 525 blue box Bulk pack. I had 4 FTE's in 8 mags. No out of battery's, fail to fires or fail to feeds. It took all mags like a champ. The 4 FTE's all happened in the first 3 mags but after that it smoothed right out. I was aiming at a 2 liter bottle at 25 yards and was hitting it ever shot. I didnt have a target with me so I just used Kentucky windage until I can properly sight it in this afternoon.

    For $325, I am so far very impressed.. For those of us who do not want to spend $600 on a spikes or Tacsol, this is a very good way to go. Even if it only lasts me 5000 rounds, i will be happy.

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  2. Bobjr59

    Bobjr59 New Member

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    Sweet let us know how it handles after she has 10,000 rounds down her pipe
     

  3. mocatz187

    mocatz187 New Member

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    M4-22 Bad Barrels and bad importer service

    I've had two bad barrels replaced under warranty
    The first one I sent back to the place I bought it from and it was immediatly replaced. But the second bad barrel required me to send it back to the manufacturer.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2010
  4. AR1911

    AR1911 New Member

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    bad barrells?

    What was bad about the barrels?
     
  5. mocatz187

    mocatz187 New Member

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    First barrel had a chunk missing out of the inside of the bore. second one had a strange wavy appearance in the bore, looks like it was bored with a worn drill. Wavy barrel caused 20 inch groups at 35 yards. The barrels look unlike anything made in the USA. These are made in Italy I think.
     
  6. Bobjr59

    Bobjr59 New Member

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    So did they fix the problem or just replace the barrel?
     
  7. mocatz187

    mocatz187 New Member

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    Yes they fixed it but it took at least a month. I wish I bought a spikes tactical upper instead, nothing to worry about with that brand.
    With a spikes tactical upper you could buy it, store it for a year and let the warranty run out and still be confident that you have a working upper. With chiappa you wil have to test and test before you can verify that you have a good upper.
    Besides, the Italians have NEVER been known for their gun making ability. Only Berretta has been able to break into the American market.
    If you want to buy something Italian get a motorcicle but if its a gun get something Germen or American.
    I hope my positive motorcycle recomendation unoffends any Italians reading this!

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    is unoffend a word? I don't think so
     
  8. mocatz187

    mocatz187 New Member

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    Lead buildup

    The wavy barrel interior caused severe leading in the barrel and after I had it for six months the groups opened up big time. The replacement barrel has the same wavy pattern and I have not been able to get very many rounds through it. I believe that this one will lead up too.

    I wish I could sell mine real quick and easy.

    I'm shooting this weekend and I'll be taking my 10/22!
     
  9. mocatz187

    mocatz187 New Member

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    I suppose it's one of the more reliable feeding dedicated 22 uppers