September 21, 2011

New Traditional and Modern Full-Power Chiappa .45-70 Carbines

( -- Chiappa Firearms is introducing two new .45-70 lever action carbines for 2011. These new carbines can safely fire full-power modern era ammunition or traditional era correct .45-70 loads.

The first is the Chiappa 1886 Traditional Trapper. The Traditional Trapper's action is modeled after the original Winchester 1886 but, the company says, with modern manufacturing and materials, the result is a traditional looking 1886 with superior accuracy and strength.

The Traditional Trapper features a traditional walnut stock, and an 18 1/2-inch full octagonal 4140 alloy blued-steel barrel. To compliment the barrel, the receiver, lever and crescent butt plate have a beautiful case-colored finish. Magazine capacity is 6-rounds. MSRP $1,249.

The 1886 Kodiak Trapper is Chiappa's second new .45-70 model and again uses the time-proven 1886 action. This is the same basic rifle as the Traditional Trapper but with 21st Century ergonomic and design elements. The barrel is half-round and the half forward of the forearm tip is octagonal. The barrel, action, hammer and lever are finished in weather-resistant brushed electroless nickel.

The Chiappa 1886 Traditional Trapper

The walnut stock is encased with a tough armor-like rubberized finish. This finish provides serious knock-around protection for the stock and delivers a superior no-slip positive purchase for the shooter in most any weather conditions--especially handy if charged by an aggravated bear, moose, or hog.

Chiappa's Kodiak Trapper also features detachable sling swivels, a more inline stock with higher comb, slightly raised corporal point (bottom of butt) and flat rubber butt pad are all designed for reduced felt recoil and quick to shoulder movement. The Kodiak also comes with Skinner Express Sights for extra fast sight/target acquisition and the barrel is drilled and tapped for a forward fitting Scout Rifle scope. MSRP $1,395.

The Chiappa 1886 Kodiak Trapper

Basic Specifications of both carbines:
Caliber:.45-70 (modern era or traditional rounds)
Magazine Capacity: 6-rounds
Barrel (Traditional Trapper) 18 1/2-inch octagonal blued
Barrel (Kodiak Trapper) 18 1/2-inch half round half-octagonal electroless nickel
Overall length: 37-inches
Weight: 8 1/2 pounds


Comments (5)

They do LOOK cool but in my area we can buy two Marlin Guide Guns for the cost of one these "unknown quantities".

Posted by: quiet man | September 29, 2011 6:07 PM    Report this comment

Should have had a 20 inch barrel, at least, on both versions. Full synthetic stock would have been better on the Kodiak version, too. Given their track record, I don't expect a high level of quality from this company, but for the MSRP listed, it had better be as good or better than a Winchester, Marlin, or a Uberti. Either way, I won't be impressed until I see one first hand, and in this caliber, it had better be darn good.

I'm sticking with my Marlin 1895.

Posted by: Charlie Sometimes | September 29, 2011 4:41 PM    Report this comment

Would be better if Winchester would just re-configure their Japanese plant to produce some of these short rifles... the last thing they did in the 1886 was the "sporting rifle".. don't think they ever made a true carbine. The Browning 1886 carbines were the best SRC repros, but they're hard to find... although for these prices, I would hunt down one of the Browning SRCs or find a Win Sporting Rifle and have the barrel shortened !! I think the Marlin 1895 is still the best affordable / durable answer to the 45-70 lever gun question !!

Posted by: pbtexan | September 29, 2011 2:19 PM    Report this comment

Sure hope they get their Quality Control personnel more involved than with the 1911-22 they produced. Mine had areas that had no bluing whatsoever on the metal alloy. The slide after 30 rounds had what little blueing worn off. In other words a POS! I would hope at the price they are asking for the 1886, I will go with a Marlin; I know their QC is proven.

Posted by: 7mag | September 29, 2011 12:02 PM    Report this comment

I'd prefer the Marlin version.

Posted by: david b | September 29, 2011 11:22 AM    Report this comment

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