New Chiappa Double Badger

DOUBLE BADGER

Chiappa Firearms will show a new Double Badger combo gun at the 2016 SHOT Show next month. The Double Badgers are double barrel long guns arranged in an over-under configuration. The top barrel is rifled and set up for a rimfire cartridge, while the lower barrel is a smooth bore and chambered for a shotshell.

The new Double Badger guns are chambered for the .22 LR on top and the 20 gauge on the bottom. Existing guns use a .410 bore shotshell.

The shotgun barrel is set up for Remington chokes. It comes with a modified choke.

DOUBLE BADGER

Chiappa equips the gun with a fiber optic front sight. A ghost ring rear is standard. The receiver is also drilled and tapped for the addition of rings and a scope.

These guns can fold in half for compact storage and transport. Folded, the gun is only 21.2″ long. The gun weighs 6.8 pounds unloaded. The suggested retail price of this gun is $499.

Chiappa Firearms manufactures a variety of firearms including reproduction guns from history such as this Winchester 1887 clone. One of those is a reproduction M1 Carbine that is chambered in 9mm. Possibly the most interesting thing the company has introduced in recent years is the triple barreled shotgun that was first seen in the fall of 2012.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • NoSpam

    This was done in the long ago in the 60s. 222 Rem over a 3″ mag 20 gauge.

    • iksnilol

      Savage also makes one, the Model 42.

      It’s an old idea, but what isn’t?

    • greek preparedness

      Exactly…..Now days it will be 223.
      I wonder if the hammer can be made to alternate to rimfire striking.
      Then one can use a 22LR adapter, in that dream gun.

  • I wish it was chambered in 12 gauge, much wider availability of ammo and improved versatility. A .22 + 12 gauge being suitable for nearly everything.

  • Julio

    Most European shotgun manufacturers offer rifle/shotgun combinations but, prior to the Double Badger’s appearance, the only budget option was the Savage Model 24. Over several decades of manufacture this had good and bad phases but was recently rebooted as the (IMO horrible) model 42. Chiappa’s offering of a 20g multichoke is therefore a welcome one, but I think 12g would be a step too far as regards the overall weight/bulk of the gun.

    • Kivaari

      Savage has become junk merchants. The 42 is ugly and crude.

      • iksnilol

        That’s sad to hear.

        But their bolt actions are still good, at least those I’ve seen in Norway.

  • Chiappa should be formally barred from producing combination guns, drillings, and vierlings (if the future need arises). I’ve personally watched a new Litter Badger’s forend crack from simply opening the action. Their customer service is terrible and my LGS has had to return numerous defective products from them.

    • Kivaari

      Junk at any price is still junk.

  • Phaideaux

    Finally, they get the barrels stacked in the right order, but now the shotgun gauge is wrong. I just want an over under 22 and 12 with the 22 on top.

  • Andrew Thomas

    I have a chiappa double badger and two little badgers. I love the designs but the quality of the materials used leave a lot to be desired. I broke my first little badger the day I got it, stripped the machine screws right out of the soft chiappalloy.
    Broke a screw on my double badger trying to separate the two halves. Long story short, never attempt to take apart chiappas.
    I do love my double badger… Surprisingly it is my favorite rifle/shotgun…. It was a short list. I punch paper, bust clays, and hunt squirrels. Its a lot of cheap fun.

    • Kivaari

      The heavy use of zinc is enough to warn off the wise. I looked at a couple of Chiappa pistols and was instantly turn off by the use of pot metal.

      • iksnilol

        What about their takedown lever action?

        Any experience with that one? I am thinking the takedown function would be practical, whilst being a .357 lever action would make it a good gift for my dad (both being economical while being “cowboy” like enough).

        • Kivaari

          I plead ignorance. A similar O/U appeared in the ’60s. The little plate on the side was zinc, and broke within the first week in the store. Naturally no spares parts were available. Using zinc is just wrong. I’ve seen rental SIG and Walther 22 pistols just wear to junk, and considering they started with zinc, it wasn’t a long way to failure.

  • Broz

    Wouldda liked to have seen the three barrel shotgun – dispense with the third smooth bored barrel and replaced with a centerfire barrel…20 or 18 inch barrels would make a great survival gun…like the classic German drilling…

  • Soless

    Gah! Look at that hideous crown! Beat up Mosins look better than that.

  • Kivaari

    While looking at the muzzles, the first thing that struck me was the poor quality of the crown. People, it isn’t hard to do a crown that is better looking than a mud pit.

  • Nashvone

    My first gun was a 410/22 combo. My uncle used it to practice his amateur gunsmith skills. I miss that gun.

  • Jason

    The 22LR / .410 is $305. Bumping the shotgun barrel to 20ga increases the price $195?