Chiappa Offers Little Badger in 17 WSM

Little Badger

Chiappa Firearms announced the company is now offering its Little Badger rifle in a new caliber: the 17 WSM. The Little Badger is a single shot rifle designed with a minimalist look. Until now, the gun was only available in the .22 LR, .22 WMR and 17 HMR. All of these rounds have much lower chamber pressures than the 17 WSM, so I am happy to see the company was able to make this safely work.

The Little Badger might be described as a survival rifle as it is relatively simple in its looks, is lightweight and folds for compact storage and carry. Folded, it is only about 17″ long. It has a wire stock and a break open design. A backpack is included with the rifle to make it easy to carry about. A small rail in the stock allows you to store extra ammunition.

For those not familiar with the 17 WSM, this is the rimfire cartridge introduced in 2013 that offers 3,000 fps with a 20 grain bullet. WSM stands for Winchester Super Magnum. In addition to Winchester, Savage also helped to develop the cartridge in addition to designing the first rifle for it: the B.Mag. Since then, Ruger also introduced a rifle in this cartridge. Additionally, Franklin Armory developed a semi-automatic rifle for this cartridge.

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  • codfilet

    I’m going to have to get one of these, sooner or later.

    • Bigbigpoopi

      It’s VERY quiet in .22lr and canned.

      DISCLAIMER: I tested this in Indiana, not Illinois, okay Anal-To-Facial?

  • ATman

    what is the msrp?

  • Tim

    I wish it folded up in some kind of *useful* way.

    • Theo Braunohler

      Yeah, that is my only complain about these things. The way they fold is kind of dumb and doesn’t really make it much smaller. They should just put a removable pin in the hinge so you can just take it apart.

    • ozzallos .

      It’s like they wanted it to be a Sub2000, but only got halfway done and said fck it.

  • Dracon1201

    Not gonna lie, my .17hmr is really awesome.

  • Tassiebush

    That’s a very good weight to power set up. I remember holding a box of. 17wsm in one hand and. 22lr in the other and the former weighed the same or less than the latter. Given that it hits harder than a .22mag I reckon it sounds really handy.

  • Nashvone

    It’s ugly and I have no use for it. So, where can I buy one and how much is it?

  • Cal S.

    I ran across an almost identical firearm at a gun show recently. It was a skeletal pump-action .22lr with a magazine about as long as the barrel; and old, with just rudimentary iron sights. The tag just said something like “Survival .22” or something. Wanted like $150 iirc. Wouldn’t have been too bad of a deal.

    My point, though, is it was insanely light and almost indistinguishable from this. So why doesn’t a company like Chiappa offer something that’s not a break-action?

  • HenryV

    When are they going to produce an over and under in .22lr ? I have know idea why I would want but the idea appeals………….

  • jerry young

    I’ve wanted to pick up a survival rifle and have been looking at the AR7 and more recently this, what I like about the AR7 over the little badger is it takes down and stores in the stock and it floats the little badger doesn’t, what I don’t like is how bulky the AR7 is, another feature I like more about the AR7 is it’s a semi auto instead of a single shot, the AR7 use to come in .22LR and .22mag and at one time .25 from the original manufacturer Armalight now only .22LR, the Chiappa covers .22LR, .22mag and .17, both seem to be reasonably priced I’ve seen the little badger go from around $170 and up with the AR7 ranging from $200 to $250, so my question is why should I buy a single shot rifle over a semi auto when both have pros and cons

  • mike

    This gun reminds me of the gun from “Day of The Jackal”

    • MrFN

      Have an old paperback next to me. Love that book!

  • Ratcraft

    I just love these odd little guns. I buy them, bury them deep in nether regions of my cavern. Only to find years later and rub myself all over them once again. Clarisse? is that you dear…..