Since coming on-board TFB all those years ago, I’ve been pestering the editing staff to get a Chiappa X-Caliber rifle in for review. As an amateur “prepper” the concept of the gun was highly enticing, a combination of the two most popular survival calibers in one lightweight package. Considering the low cost to make the two calibers in a break-action, the MSRP of the weapon at $615 is reasonable considering import costs, etc.
Looking at it face value, its an interesting weapon. It comes with two built-in calibers and conversions for 8 pistol calibers (.380 , 9 mm , .357Mag/.38SP , .40 S & W, .44 Mag, .45 ACP , .410/.45colt). With sighting and accessory options via a Picatinny rail, the X-Caliber looks like a new and improved version of the old Air Force rifles.
However, the low cost seems that it may be due to poor construction. ReadyMan, a cadre of some former special forces and military members, got their hands on one of the rifles and found it wanting. The primary issue is the front sight, which fell off almost immediately. Considering the front sight of a “survival rifle” is critical to its success long-term (and in the case of the X-Caliber needed to support the two barrels), this is a fatal flaw.
Still, I’d like to get my hands on one for my own opinion, but ReadyMan’s experience will stay in my mind upon handling.
Enjoy the video below: