Taofledermaus Reviews The Chiappa M1-9 Carbine

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

The M1 Carbine is certainly one of the most iconic American small arms of all time; historical photos chronicling everything from the storming of D-Day to Malcolm X depict the gun in action. It’s therefore no wonder that gun companies are eager to introduce replicas of the famous Carbine. One such replica introduced recently is the Chiappa M1-9, an unusual replica in that it fires 9mm Parabellum ammunition, rather than the more common .22 LR or the .30 Carbine of the more faithful reproductions. In a recent review, YouTuber Taofledermaus doesn’t seem too impressed with Chiappa’s Carbine, however:

In the review, the rifle demonstrates inconsistent functioning with factory ammo, suffering from several failures to feed and eject, and Tao notes the rifle has an exceptionally strong return spring despite firing a fairly mild round. Besides these problems, the rifle isn’t a faithful replica to the original. A prominent bar connecting the operating rod to a counterpart on the other side of the receiver betrays that the rifle uses a simple blowback mechanism, instead of the tappet gas system and rotary bolt of the original Carbine. Unfortunately, this (for me, at least) significantly hampers ability of the Chiappa Carbine to “look the part”, and with the inconsistent functioning Tao experienced, that makes it fairly hard to recommend.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Taofledermaus Taofledermaus on Aug 12, 2015

    I hope other channels will take the time to review this too. I was going in blind when I bought this since the only videos of this gun were some short clips of people shooting off a few rounds. One of the problems with (some) gun reviewers is they have an obligation to post favorable reviews and omit any negative issues since they would burn their bridges to get more guns to review.

  • Jim Jim on Aug 13, 2015

    Too bad as I would really like to have had this M-1 replica in 9mm. I wonder how the model in original .30 cal. if it is reliable then I would certainly consider buying one as this is an iconic firearm.

    • JarHead JarHead on Aug 14, 2015

      @Jim Jim, I have a new one that is made by the original manufacturer...I have only taken it to the range so far, and not hunting yet, but so far it is an awesome shooter! And the ammo isn't all that expensive here (US) either...