Friday, November 30, 2012

Chiappa M9 22LR Pistol (Barrel Shot Out ?)

Its been about 8 months since I bought the Chiappa M9 22 replica of the Beretta M9 (92fs). I honestly have not shot tons of rounds through this gun like most of my others. But something happened to me the other weekend while shooting the M9 22. A blast of particles came back into my face. I figured it was just crappy ammo and that the slide had not closed all the way. Then it happened again. I began to look at my brass that was ejected and noticed a massive bulge near the base and a couple that had actually cracked. It appears that the bottom side of the chamber has swelled or something. Needless to say this gun will be going back to the manufacturer for repair. I hope they can fix this.  I really think this gun is a nice training tool for my real Beretta 92F. I'll keep you informed how it goes.

Update 2-5-2013:

Here is my letter to Chiappa....

Let me just start of by saying that Chiappa's track record with me is not good. This is the second product I have bought from Chiappa and it has been defective. Its sad since Chiappa appears to have some really nice looking guns. The 1st time I purchased from Chiappa it was a couple of M4 22LR rifle magazines and they did not work, they appeared used, and one even had "BAD" written on the side of it with a permanent marker. To Chiappa's credit they were replaced quickly with new magazines. My second purchase from Chiappa is the M9-22 S/N xxxxxxxx. This pistol apparently has an issue with the chamber and the brass swells upon ignition and in some cases cracks and blows back pieces of brass and powder residue into the shooters face. I sent the pistol back to Chiappa with spent brass casings so the technician could see it 1st hand ( RMA# was xxxx). I received my M9-22 last week with a letter saying there was a bur on the feeding ramps and that it was removed. I do not believe the pistol was test fired after it was deburred and sent back to me. I shot the pistol with 10 rounds and they all exhibited the same issue with bulged cases.

This gun is unsafe. What can be done to resolve this issue?










20 comments:

  1. Wow that Suks I was going to buy one but instead bought the gsg 1911

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  2. Your story re-enforces the importance of wearing "eyes" while shooting. My "pistol safety / defense" instructor even insisted we wear hats with brims to avoid detritus from coming down behind our safety glasses.

    Getting hit in the eye by a hot case would be bad -- having a "blast of particles" get in your eyes could be a bigtime disaster.

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  3. That is very true. I once had a brass case fly up and land behind my glasses and sit between my cheek and glasses. Gave me a nice burn.

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  4. Hi Nic, do you think a new barrel can be solve the problem? What about materials,do you think they suck?
    Thank you for your reply

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  5. I think a new barrel is what it is going to take to fix this problem. I've heard bad things about the M4 22 uppers they sell. After this issue and the mag problem I had before. Once I get this pistol fixed.... hopefully they will fix it. I am done with them.

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  6. From the looks of it the action does not close all the way and the disconnector is too generous to allow firing that way.

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  7. The slide does close all the way. I checked on that when I got it back from the factory before shooting. I think the metal is just so cheap that it has given way under the chamber pressure.

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  8. Hey have you fixed the problem? I just got mine and it has a problem that is the same but with both my guns.

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  9. I sent it back to Chiappa and they said they would replace the gun. I am still waiting... its been a while... month or more.

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  10. What a nightmare. Same thing has happened to my M9 after only 100 rounds. Emailed them on 3/27. Still no response. I called, no one answered. I feel like a fool.

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  11. Your not alone. I'll post any updates here, FaceBook and Google +

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  12. one of those guys is right in my opinion about the action not closeing all the way. I have an m9-22 from chiappa but its the tactical version, works the same way. one the slide spring doesnt always pull the action closed all the way and has to be thumb finished before firing, doesnt always eject due to gental spring and clearance. but for your issue I would actually take a round color it with a thin layer of paint and manually load and close the action. when you remove it without firing it look at the paint scrape marks and varify that the action is full. from apearance in your pictures the loading gate and port chamber seems true to the barrel but im also not holding it in my hands, but it certainly doesnt look as far off as the buldging of the rounds. I think the slide block is too far back in the slide causeing complete closer but NOT full action. ex navy petti officer 2nd class. hope that helps sorry for the long speel lol.

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  13. oh and by the way, I sent mine back too and waited 2 1/2 months before filing a report with the bbb, after the report I got a brand new replacement within 24 hours. looked at the shipping tracking number and they sent it next day air just to get it back to me asap. not happy with the product or customer service and I will be shelving this gun for a walter.

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  14. Mine cracked its slide yesterday. 2 weeks and 1073 rounds is what it took.

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  15. Mine has a hairline crack in the slide. They are built with crappy
    metal. The slide never stays back the sights came loose many times. The
    gun is crap. Please don't waste your money. The slide cost 175. The gun
    was $275. Now i have a big paper weight.

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  16. Mine broke now the second slide - it still works but there are hairline cracks at the rear of the firing pin channel. Took about 2500 rounds to break the second slide.

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  18. Hmmm my letter wouldnt have been as nice as yours...lol

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  19. I was going to buy one of these. At a compelling price. New in box and never fired or registered. Private party. Looks like it would be a big mistake. I will look elsewhere. Thank you, Tom

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  20. at cdnn, they are 175 bucks new!! but with the avalanche of bad reports I've read,even that won't make me buy one. sounds like a total garbage
    company

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