About a year and a half ago, I purchased a Chiappa 1911-22 model pistol for use as a recreational plinking gun. I’ve had minor issues with this pistol since day one that have made me contemplate taking advantage of my Gun Genie lifetime warranty, but at this point I don’t think I have much other choice.
While shooting it at the cabin earlier this Fall, it decided to puke a bunch of parts out of the front end. The main point of failure was the barrel bushing. Which is kind of important, since it holds all those otherwise airborne parts in place. I had always known that this gun used a cheaper metal (Chiappa calls it Chiappalloy), but I guess my batch was particularly weak.
After doing an Easter egg hunt for the recoil spring, spring guide, and spring plunger, we finally found the remaining piece of the barrel bushing. Apparently it had broken cleanly off while the action was cycling.
Luckily I had purchased this gun thorough a online retailer who has a lifetime guarantee (I had already read of “smaller” problems such as failure to eject, failure to lock back on empty, and stove pipes, on the internet), so I sent I sent it back for a their choice of either replacement or repair. Otherwise I guess I’d be contacting Chiappa for a replacement bushing. Ugh.
And here’s the update video on the fate of my Chiappa 1911-22 pistol and my experience with Davidson’s Lifetime Guarantee through the Gun Genie website.