Skip to comments.Chiappa Little Badger Survival Rifle
Posted on 08/28/2020 4:36:14 AM PDT by w1n1
The Little Badger's overall design principal is minimalistic. The Chiappa engineers gave the little gun everything it needs.
I first encountered the Chiappa Little Badger single-shot, I pegged it as a survival rifle. It comes in basic black, either in 22LR or 22WMR, both of which are fine for small game. With an overall length of 31 inches, it is already small, but it also folds over and onto itself, creating an extremely compact triangle about 16.5 inches tall and 8 inches across the base. It weighs less than 3 pounds, making it only slightly heavier than large center-fire pistols.
The Chiappa engineers gave the little gun everything it needs but resisted the temptation to load it down with things it didn't. For example, it has no foregrip other than four 4-inch pieces of Picatinny tactical rail attached to the flats of the barrel shroud.
They form a good gripping surface and give the shooter a place to mount a 4X scope and perhaps a tactical light for hunting nocturnal creatures, like raccoons and opossums. If you mount a scope, the factory offers a horizontal bar you can attach to the grooved thumb portion of the hammer that lets you cock it from either side of the scope. Also, there is no safety other than a half-cock notch on the hammer. A survival rifle should be rugged, and mechanically simple. The Little Badger fits the bill.
The factory sights are M1 Carbine-style fixed front with an adjustable rear. The large knob allows for precise click adjustments for windage, and elevation is adjusted using a sliding rear aperture that has six different positions, four of which are numbered, but this slide can easily be pushed out of place if you arent careful.
The sights, like the rail, ammunition holder and buttplate, are made of plastic, which didnt appeal to me, but this is not an expensive rifle with an MSRP of $225, and they worked fine. My only concern is that they might not prove durable enough for long-term field use. Then again, my testing was not destructive and these parts might prove fully adequate. Read the rest of Chiappa badger survival rifle.
Do they sell a holster and bandolero? That won”t fit in my pocket. And only one bullet?
One Cannot have enough .22’s
I bought a Ruger SS 10/22 take down and its a great rifle, but if I was to do it again, I’d just put a folding stock on a 10/22.
Just as compact and quicker to deploy.
I dont think rabbits are going to shoot back. Lol.
Lets see.... mmmmmm a $500 10/22 or 2 or 3 Remington tube fed autos (spares)...
TBH I never cared for the ruger magazines.
I bought a Ruger SS 10/22 take down and its a great rifle,
Love mine. Eats everything I feed it. Its plenty accurate out to 100 yards or so with a BDC scope. 150 rounds in magazines weigh next to nothing. The stainless version rides next to the spare tire in my vehicle. Its just about a perfect little GOOD rifle.
I paid $295 for my Takedown IIRC. You need to find another gun shop.
The only thing I did not like on the 10/22 is the bolt hold back, Volquartsen makes a mod to fix that but I just used a grinder to fix the existing part.
My Marlin 60 served me well for 35 years, but I love the 10/22
$225 for a cheap single shot Chiappa is ridiculous.
The factory Ruger 25 round magazines work flawlessly in both our 10-22s. Pain in the thumbs to load them, but theyre utterly reliable.
Every house in America should have at least one .22 rifle.
Volquartsen threaded bull barrel
Optics (Leopold rimfire with BDC reticle)
Leopold rings and flip up lens covers
Timmney drop in trigger
Poly recoil bolt
Kidd bolt carrier
Kidd bolt handle, rod and spring set
Super shooter at 75 yards
Fits in a backpack
...according to what I hear from a friend
It is. Spend another hundred and get a Ruger.
You ever watch “Harvey” with Jimmy Stewart? That’s a big freakin rabbit. Reminds me of Lebron James. He can jump and bounce a ball.
What i do not understand is why the 10 rd mags are so compact and the 25’s are so huge, but I had some of them and they work great.
“My Marlin 60 served me well for 35 years, but I love the 10/22.”
I like my Marlin 60, as well; and it is one of my “go to” .22LRs for squirrel hunting (the other is a Marlin 25, which is scary accurate, and is my favorite .22LR).
The Ruger 10/22 is very good, as well;but I never liked the magazine, so I don’t have a 10/22.
I just ground off the tit in the hole, I worked fine.
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