Chiappa 1887 T-Series Shotgun

Lever action shotguns were not popular for a long period of time, and even John Browning suggest that Winchester opt for a pump action in lieu of a lever design. However employer trumped employee and thus the 1887 was born. The T-Series is a non-NFA reproduction of the 1887 shotgun and in this video we do a bit of shooting with it.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


  • John Yossarian

    Damn! Alex C. operates like a boss in this video: 1. Terminator reloads, 2. One-handed shooting. Never knew he had it in him!

    • thedonn007

      Good thing he did not the reloads with live ammo.

  • Vince

    John Browning was never a Winchester employee. He was an independent inventor who Winchester purchased designs from.

  • Don Ward

    Bravo, Alex! Bravo.

  • Paul White

    Hmm…in the winter I wear a lot of dusters. I wonder if it’d fit in a shoulder holster for EDC?

    (no, I am not serious)

    • iksnilol

      Yes, yes you are.

      Go forth and rock it, brother!

    • retfed

      Back in the 70s, Jackass Leather (now Galco) made a shoulder holster for the Marshal Service’s cut-down Witness Protection 870s. The gun was held muzzle-down under the strong-side armpit and you could grab the stock and swivel it into firing position (sorta like the old swivel holsters). There was an ammo pouch on the off side. They made a similar holster for the MAC-10.
      And no, I never had one.

  • thedonn007

    Does the barrel have rifling, or is this considered a title 1 firearm due to the length, below 30″ but over 26″.

    • Rick O’Shay

      The barrel is over 16″, so it’s not an NFA item. (18.5″ barrel, I believe)

      • El Duderino

        Shotguns have to be 18″.

        • Rick O’Shay

          …And it is. 18.5″ barrel.

          • El Duderino

            Umm yes, but if it was 16.1″ (over 16″) it would still be a SBS. Right?

          • Stan Darsh

            Correct. Rifles need a minimum bbl length of 16″ and shotguns need a minimum 18″ bbl while both need to be 26″ OAL.

          • Rick O’Shay

            If NFA states that less than a barrel length less than 18″ would make it a SBS, then it would be a SBS. But since it has a 18.5″ barrel, it’s not an SBS and therefore not a Form 1 NFA. I introduced the confusion by assuming rifle barrel restrictions (16″ being the minimum length) were also applicable to shotguns.

  • Matt

    I have both this & the norinco replica.
    This is much heavier & beefy. Slight differences (2 piece lever action in the norinco as in the 1901 version, 1 piece like the 1887 in the chiappa).
    Both are rather a pain in the axx to cycle, you have really to whack the lever and the cycling is pretty long (90 degree).
    Because of that, is WAY much tougher to cycle the birdhead grip than the full length stock (the left hand hardly keep the gun in line) which can lock on the shoulder (that is why I ordered a standard stock for the chiappa).
    The gun also is pretty sensitive to the ammo used, thus find the right type and stick with it.

  • Matt

    and if you want to buy one of the props used in the movie, in on auction for 10.000 $….

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Nope. Still don’t want one.

    • Swarf

      Nope. Useless. I don’t mind limited use as a trade off for high fun value, but this thing would just frustrate the hell out of me. There is no comfortable way to shoot it. There is no accurate way to shoot it. It is difficult to load. It’s difficult to cycle.

      There is only one thing tou can look cool doing, and if you do it with live ammo, you risk being known as “the guy who shot off his own armpit” for the rest of your life.


      • Swarf

        Also: Chiappa can suck it.

      • iksnilol

        Well, I’d use one as a starting point for an integrally suppressed shotgun due to being able to shorten the mag tube (it holds +2 instead of +1 like most guns).

        EDIT: but yeah, I’d like a stock on it.

  • Amplified Heat

    I forget who the interview was with, but it was an actor recalling The Arnold idly wandering around the lot of the Terminator set practicing his one-handed reload flip for hours at a time. I’ve also read that the first time John Wayne tried to do this, he was knocked unconscious.

    • Bill

      I’ve been trying to figure out how to do it with a lever action rifle. And practicing with a balisong. I’m gonna hurt myself real bad eventually.

    • CoastieGM

      Yea he would practice with a prop gun with an oversized loop. Apparently he tried it once with another of the set guns with a regular loop, and him having the giant hands that he does he almost broke his hand.

  • Martin M

    Natural shooting at it’s finest. Good job on not loosing any fingers, Alex.

  • zaqzilla

    Yes! Now I have something to help fight those pesky T-1000s.

  • Dougscamo

    The best example I’ve seen of this shotgun was used by “Shorty” in “Monte Walsh” with a full length stock and a sheepskin recoil pad; the TNT version with Tom Selleck. Not to mention that Selleck is an NRA member and supporter whereas “AHNOLD” was the governor of Calif….aw, never mind….

    • mazkact

      One of my all time favorite movies.

      • Dougscamo

        Yep, every time it comes on I just stop everything else and watch….and I’ve got in on DVR….kind of like Lonesome Dove….’I God”…

  • Treyh007

    Old school shotguns never get old, looks like fun. Can u please start giving MSRP prices on your reviews tho.

  • El Duderino

    Your clothes and your bike not included.

  • Tassiebush

    I have the IAC chinese made version in riot gun configuration. It can be fired without completely closing the action. It certainly will/would shoot fast but as shown in the video they’re especially easy to shortstroke. They’re also very fussy about ammo. There’s definitely a reason they didn’t catch on. Fun though!

  • hikerguy

    Well, it is tempermental and highly impractical, but does have a certain coolness factor to it. John was right, however.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    If it had a shoulder stock I could put up with it, but pump action is still superior. Im very grateful for 130 years of firearm innovation.

  • Anonymoose

    I could probably find a use for the full-size versions as hunting shotguns, or maybe even clays, but this is just silly. Also, Arnie almost broke his hand trying to flip-cock the one in T2, which was also a 10 gauge, not a 12.

  • gunsandrockets

    That rotating action reminds me of a Remington Rolling Block.

  • Robert Kruckman

    AC: I love your Vids. keep them coming. Wish I could shoot all the guns U do.