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.