We already talked about the LA322, manufactured in Italy by Chiappa Firearms: it's a lever-action rimfire carbine chambered in .22 Long Rifle, a plinking caliber per excellance. And that's exactly what Chiappa's LA322 is: an all-fun-and-no-fuss practical, accurate and handy carbine conceived for inexpensive target shooting or small game hunting.
Chiappa Firearms LA322: accuracy and fun
To briefly sum up its technical features, the Chiappa Firearms LA322 lever-action rimfire carbine is 90,17cm/35.5" long overall and sports a 47cm/18.5" rifled barrel. The underbarrel tubular magazine holds up to fifteen rounds, the trigger is single-action only with an external hammer, and sights include a hooded front post sight, a Buckhorn-type adjustable rear sight, while the frame is drilled and tapped frame allowing the use of rings or rails to mount riflescopes or other aiming devices.
Most importantly, the LA322 lever-action carbine can be taken down just by unscrewing the notch located on the right side of the receiver. This way, it can be stripped in two distinct assemblies for easier and quicker cleaning or maintenance, as well as for a more convenient carry or a safer long-term storage.
Chiappa offers three versions of its LA322 carbine: the standard version with plain walnut stock and handguard; a Deluxe version with pistol stock, checkered walnut furniture and black chrome frame/blued barrel finish; and lastly a Kodiak Cub with a matte white chrome finish and black “soft touch” furniture.
This time, anyway, we wanted to put Chiappa's lever action carbine through its paces, as you can see in our brief video. The result? Lots of fun for everybody!