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Chiappa Firearms FAS 611: a no compromises airgun in 4,5 mm

FAS 611 Rifle

Some times ago airguns used to introduce shooters to competitive shooting sports have been of fairly low quality, because sophisticated and expensive tools weren’t really something a beginner was looking for. But why not? The FAS 611 air rifle, manufactured by Chiappa Firearms, is designed to offer a quality experience for those who want to work towards 10-meter target shooting with perfect results.

all4shooters.com / Roberto Allara

A veteran shooter would say: at last! Because up to now, anyone who has tested training airguns that are available at shooting ranges, has been left with the impression that they were aweful. They worked, of course, but were harbingers of poor results and did not enable anyone to improve. Shooters, in fact, not being able to have any confidence in their own sporting equipment didn’t know, if their poor performance was due to their own mediocrity, or whether the cause was a defect in the gun.       

Side view of the FAS 611 rifle
Right side view of the FAS 611 rifle manufactured by Chiappa Firearms. The walnut stock has a cheek piece that can be adjusted in height.
Vista laterale della carabina Fas 611
Left side view of the FAS 611 rifle manufactured by Chiappa Firearms. The buttplate can also be adjusted vertically.
Logo FAS/Chiappa
The combined FAS/Chiappa logo is displayed on the pistol grip base.

If we look at the current situation in Italy, we can say, that training airguns available at national shooting galleries range from the Beretta Weatherby, which is suitable for everything but target shooting, to the Beretta 70 with its long barrel, right up to the tremendous and legendary Drulov, which older shooters will remember as a training gun for Free Pistol (50 m) shooting.


We even got younger shooters to try it out, hoping they’d break it once and for all: nothing doing, amongst this airgun’s main defects was also its utter indestructability.

We guess in other countries it will not be so much different, when renting an airgun.


The situation in Italy has gradually improved over the past two years, thanks to a collaboration between Chiappa Firearms and La Domino, a company that has been active in the design of competitive airguns and accessories for over forty years. 

Leva d'armamento chiusa della carabina Fas 611
Chiappa FAS 611: The cocking lever, shown here in the closed position.

The founder of Domino was a skilled Automatic Pistol marksman. Like Pardini and Palamà he transferred his own high level competitions experience into his airguns. In addition to the Amarcord - familiar to older shooters - some will also remember the IGI-Domino, distributed by Ravizza. 

Hand guard plate of the FAS rifle
Chiappa FAS 611: The hand guard plate, with the slots used to access the shot regulators.

The first result of the Chiappa-La Domino collaboration was the creation of the Chiappa FAS AP 6004 compressed airgun, an updated version of the FAS 604, which was a very accurate airgun, despite the low muzzle velocity of the pellet.


Moreover, it was a manual pre-compression handgun and it was necessary to balance the output speed against ease of use – above all it wasn’t tiring to use – but compression had to be repeated for every shot right up to the end of the competition.


Nowadays, we’re in the era of the FAS AR611 compressed air rifle with its pre-charged air tank - an airgun designed for 10-meter ISSF shooting but which is also useful for the basic training of shooters who are coming into this specialty. It is also ideal for young Field Target shooting enthusiasts who might find it at national shooting ranges thanks to its good value for money ratio. And: the product is available in almost all international markets.

Trigger of the FAS rifle
Chiappa FAS 611: The trigger is conveniently arched: a concave moulding in the stock facilitates trigger reach.

The Match trigger is adjustable for trigger resistance and distribution between the first and second stroke, the length of each stroke and the trigger return. These are the same adjustments we find on high-end rifles designed for international competition.


The barrel is 63 centimeters long and features ten right-handed grooves rifling, and it is completely free floated without any support point. The front attachment has the milled dovetailing necessary for mounting a front sight with circular crosshairs, as is customary for use in competitions.    

Sight of the FAS 611 rifle
Chiappa FAS 611: The front sight is strongly tilted towards the shooter: here we can see the milling for attaching a sight tunnel.
Rear sight of the FAS 611 rifle
At the rear sight too, there is a milling for a possible aperture sight (sight pin). Behind the rear sight, the screws can be loosened to rotate the barrel.

The barrel can be rotated by loosening the two screws located on the breech in front of the dual milled elements, which allows the attachment of an adjustable aperture sight or even a telescopic sight. In this way it can be adjusted to suit the physical make up and position of the shooter, who can tilt the rifle and has, in its sights, the references needed to consistently reproduce the same position. 


The line of sight is 58 cm long. The action is operated via a small lever, which rotates on a horizontal plane and serves to arm the trigger mechanism and expose the breech to load the pellet; on bringing the lever back into position, the pellet is forced into the chamber.

Pressure gauge on the air tank of the rifle
Chiappa FAS 611 A pressure gauge on the air tank indicates the amount charged.
The adapter for the cylinder must first be screwed onto the air tank.
Chiappa FAS 611: Detail of the tank attachment.
Stock of the FAS rifle
Chiappa FAS 611 At the front end of the stock there is a short standard slide for additional accessories.

The propulsion relies on compressed air in a tank that is fitted with a pressure gauge. This cannot be completely disassembled, but there must necessarily be a device to lower the pressure in the tank to a constant value.

 

An adapter to connect the cylinder to the compressed air tank for recharging is supplied.


The stock is ambidextrous, in natural oiled walnut; the cheek piece is adjustable and even the butt plate can be moved up or down. 

Cheekpiece of the rifle
Chiappa FAS 611 The height of the cheek-piece can be adjusted.
Butt plate of the rifle
Chiappa FAS 611 Even the butt plate can be adjusted; an Allen screw will lock the butt plate in place once adjusted.

The air rifle is fitted with a fully adjustable leaf rear sight. However, the airgun is definitely not a Leibnizian Monad, complete in itself; it can be accessorised at will, with suitable sights and a different stock. It can easily be converted into a competition airgun. It isn’t the FAS 611 with which you can take part in world championships, but some competitions can be taken on successfully.


Ultimately, the essential characteristics of a competition airgun are accuracy and the ability to adjust the trigger - and in this gun, we can find uncompromised quality.

Rifle trigger
The trigger of the Chiappa FAS 611 can be adjusted at the base of the trigger guard.
Rifle action
The action separates from the stock; here, we can see the slide for adjusting the position of the trigger.
Allen screws
To fix the trigger into the new position, the Allen screws are tightened.
Trigger of the FAS 611 rifle
The trigger of the Chiappa FAS 611 can be adjusted using the same Allen key.
Retracted cocking lever of the FAS 611 rifle
The cocking lever in its fully retracted position.
Chambered pellet
When the lever is put back into position, the pellet is forced into the chamber.
Test target with RWS pellets
Chiappa FAS 611 Test target with RWS pellets with a brilliant result, as you can see.

It’s worth noting that the FAS AR611 is the only sports rifle with a floating 600 mm barrel, which is free to rotate around its own axis to allow the maximum level of alignment between the line of fire and the target.


A 9mm / 11mm track can be found underneath the fore-stock, which allows the use of accessories like counterweights, or - and why not - a strap to begin to get used to shooting in positions like kneeling or laying down on the ground.


For now, the FAS 611 is available in a "restricted version"  chambered in 4.5/.177 caliber with a muzzle energy below the decisive 7.5 joule level, corresponding to a pellet speed of 167 meters per second. The time of flight of the pellet is approximately six hundredths of a second. It can be bought without a gun license.


Different versions with superior power (therefore needing a firearms license) are planned for the future, in both 4.5 and 5.5 millimeter calibers, that will undoubtedly go on to occupy a rank amongst commonly used airguns.    

FAS 611    
SPECIFICATIONS


Manufacturer
Chiappa Firearms
http://chiappafirearms.com/en
Model FAS 611
TypePCP compressed air rifle 
Caliber 4,5 mm (.177)    
Trigger systemFully adjustable, two stroke    
Capacity
Single shot    
Barrel
63 cm
SightsFixed sight (replaceable) and rear sight that is adjustable in height and drift. Guide for mounting the optional sight systems, including optics
Complete length91 cm
Weight  (empty)3,1 kg
Materials

Barrel and stock in burnished steel, stainless steel or aluminium alloy for the other elements, wooden stock

Notes

Guaranteed for 2 years

Price799 €

For further information, please visit the Chiappa Firearms website.

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