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Chiappa LSI Puma 1892 No. PCH-51241 357 Magnum/38 Special

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The Chiappa has a stiff action that rarely operated smoothly, and despite having the longest barrel in the test, it was the least accurate. We blame the sights.

Chiappa LSI Puma 1892 No. PCH-51241 357 Magnum/38 Special

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The Puma had a loading gate, but it was difficult to maneuver. We had a dickens of a time getting a full 12 rounds into the tube, which came with a capacity-reduction rod installed.
The rear sight is manually adjustable to shoot higher or lower by moving the rear sight ramp by one or more notches.
Here's what earned the Puma a Grade D ranking from our testers. We had repeated occurrences of this type of misfeed with both lead and jacketed bullets, in both 357 and 38. However, shorter 38 Specials did function better.
To get the full capacity of rounds into the Puma, remove the magazine tube cap (arrow), which is held in place by a screw under the tube. Then unscrew a steel rod from the cap.
The Puma had nice wood, but it was plain. Also, the clearcoat didn’t fill the pores perfectly. The others were better.

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