A while back we were discussing the Chiappa/Citadel M1-22 Carbine. I said that I had one on order since last June. Well, it finally got here yesterday. I don't think 11 months is too long....do you? (not much!!).
So I get it and ignoring the owners manual like a good numnuts, I head off to the range. It didn't work for sh*t. I was really bummed because the firing pin strikes were very shallow and only 1 in 2 or 3 would fire. I tried single loading without the mag and every one fired. Oh yeah, that's convenient! Of course a bunch of other guys were there witnessing my frustration and hearing a few choice words. After a time I went home, cracked a beer and with nothing better to do, I looked at the manual. In it they said to be sure to disassemble the rifle and clean and lube it before firing it. Also in 2 or 3 places they said that a 150 - 200 round breaking in period would be necessary.
After my beer I went inside, took it apart, oiled it and lightly greased it in appropriate places and reassembled it. While watching the tube I pulled the sight aperture all the way up and it came off and the spring and ball bearing (slightly larger than a germ) went off into the carpet somewhere. By that time I was sorta like the Tazmanian Devil, totally PO'd. Taking that as a sign, I went to bed. The next morning I managed to find the ball bearing (miracles do happen I guess). I got a spring from a friend and off to the range i went. It worked perfectly! Not a hitch.
It's no target rifle. In fact, it shoots about 2.5" groups at 50 yds. But it's really cool looking and I will save final judgement on its accuracy until after the break in period. My 1911-22 was insufferable at first but is rather enjoyable now.
Here's some pics:
Steven: See if the bbl. moves any, had a ruger 10/22 that shot real bad. Bbl. was not secured corectly an a few shims an duct tape worked wonders. nice rifle though.
Thanks Mike. I checked and the barrel's tight.