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Old 01-27-2012, 05:32 PM
m.carroll29 m.carroll29 is offline
 
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Default CAUTION Citadel M1 Carbine 22 cal

Recently bought a Citadel carbine from Cabelas -$300. I returned it the next day. It is made by Chiappa in Italy. Before buying one of these you should be aware that much of the rifle is polymer (plastic). The plastic parts are the rear and front sights, the trigger guard, the trigger, the type 3 barrel band-don't know about the inside. If you're OK with that, fine. It comes with a wood or black nylon stock. My examination at the store was too hasty and I blame myself for that.
Chiappa began their business making replica firearms.

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:54 PM
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Didnt know you could return firearms
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:12 PM
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C'mon, did you expect M1 Carbine build quality for $300? Milled steel and American Walnut?

I'll agree I'm disappointed to hear this, but I'll wait for some reviews before I rule this one out. $300 for a cheap to shoot plinker that'll handle like one of my carbines is still pretty appealing, and "made out of plastic" isn't nearly as troubling as it was before Glock proved it could be done, and done well. Chiappa's 1911 clones are pretty well regarded, there's certainly a niche for knockoffs in .22lr.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:00 PM
Milsurp Collector Milsurp Collector is offline
 
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Get a Ruger 10/22 and one of the M1 Carbine-style stocks available from several vendors



add the M1 Carbine-type sights for the Ruger 10/22



get a new production 15-round magazine (don't ruin a USGI one) http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/MAG343-36.html, cut it down to the size that sticks out below a real M1 Carbine trigger housing, then epoxy it to the bottom of the Ruger 10/22 magazine.
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:54 PM
MTC29 MTC29 is online now
 
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I saw them at the SHOT Show and was less than impressed. If you really want a .22 M1 Carbine you should hunt around for one of the old EM-1 carbines. They will cost more than the Chiappa, but they are "more gun" for the money.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:55 PM
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I been looking for the Erma werkes/iver johnson EM 1s. When I do find them they are rough, missing parts, magazines, especially the rear sight and they still get 300.00 or more. I must say people must of liked these guns. All the samples I have seen are well shot.
As for plastic....what is not plastic these days. Heck I hear alot about how great the nylon 66s where....
Glad to see you actually had a chance to get your hands on one. The only citadels M1 carbines I have seen are on gunbroker for 360.00 or more.
I called the nearest cabela's and they had no clue what I was talking about.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:07 AM
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Recently purchased the Citadel M1 carbine in .22 . So far , quite satisfied with it , although it didn't like winchester ammo it functions perfectly with Federal ( as do many other weapons chambered in .22 ).
Granted the manufacturer used polymer , but do a lot of others , and I think you will see more and more of this as mfg. costs continue to skyrocket . I also have a Chiappa 1911 in .22 and have had no problem with it .
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:56 PM
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man where are you guys finding these things !
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:49 AM
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mac1911, Bought this one @ Cabelas in Dundee Mich last month . I have a 1943 M1 carbine made by Quality Hardware Mfg . with a 1943 dated Rock-Ola barrel . I purchased an original butt stock pouch , sling , and oiler for it . It has no bayonet lug which tells me it was probably not " re-done " after WWII . When I got the Citadel last month , I ordered the same items for it ( in repro ) thru World War Supply . I put one coat of tung oil on the stock that really brought the grain out . When you lay them side by side , they look like twins . The original has a high cut stock and the .22 hasa low cut .
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:25 PM
J.R.2009 J.R.2009 is offline
 
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Ya just can't beat a Ruger 10/22. I got the base model at a good price and ordered the stock from Brownell's. Got it in the "mud brown" finish and after 2 range outings took it off ( a mess ! ) and refinished it. The Tech sights are fully adjustable. Thought long and hard about the fixed sights you see below/above, where ever it is on your screen. But decided on the ones on it. Shoots great, no problems with the sights, had to do a little tweaking on the stock fit.

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