Chiappa Firearms announced a new line of 1911-type semi-automatic pistols: manufactured in Italy, they will be distributed in the US under the Charles Daly brand
Entirely manufactured out of steel, with machined frames and slides, the new Chiappa Firearms 1911 semi-automatic pistols follow the company line of providing the public with cost-effective products that would go "above and beyond" market standards and leave customers with a positive impression. And indeed, well over 120 years after the first launch of the platform, 1911-type pistols are still successful enough to warrant this kind of effort from a dynamically-oriented manufactured.
Chiappa Firearms showcased its line of 1911-type pistols to the specialized press and market operators in Europe back in March, at the 2022 edition of IWA in Nuremberg, Germany, to generally positive reactions. The lineup is vast enough to be affordable for any and all shooters – mostly – and yet not enough to be dispersive and to get confused and eventually fall out of sight when so many similar designs are available.
All the Chiappa Firearms centerfire 1911 semi-automatic pistols – not to be confused with the Company's own, well established line of .22 rimfire 1911 clones for plinking and training – offer a set of common features such as high visibility or adjustable sights, 5" barrels, front and rear slide serrations, ambidextrous manual safeties, anti-glare top slide machinings, and a single-action trigger system with a skeletonized hammer and trigger for faster operation.
The only partial exception is the Chiappa Firearms 1911 "Field" model, whose classic configuration – matte blued finish, standard trigger and hammer, left-side only manual safety, low-profile military sights, walnut grips – makes it an almost perfect replica of the M1911A1 pistol as it served with the US Armed Forces up until the late 1980s.
The baseline "Field" model is 21,9 cm / 8.63" long, weighs in at 1,11 kg / 2.45 lbs, and will be sold at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of €674,00 in Europe and $547.00 in the United States.
The other entries in the line – dubbed the "Empire" and "Superior", respectively – are considerably more elaborate, and available both in matte black or chrome.
The Chiappa Firearms 1911 "Empire" pistols come with a set of Target sights – fixed front post, fully adjustable rear – and feature thin front and rear slide serrations, front and back strap checkerings on the grip, and a good set of ambidextrous G10 grip panels; they all weigh in at 1,16 kg (2.57 lbs) and are priced at €1,024.00 for the black model and €1,124.00 for the chrome model in Europe. In the US, they're priced respectively at $934.00 and $999.00.
The Chiappa Firearms 1911 "Superior" pistols come from factory with wider front and rear slide serrations, a set of low-profile Novak sights with high-visibility inserts, diamond checkered walnut grips on the black model and checkered rubber grip panels on the chrome models.
The size and weight for both "Superior" models are just the same as the "Field"'s; the manufacturer's suggested retail price for the black model tops €799.00 in Europe and $934.00 in the United States; the chromed model will cost €899.00 in Europe and $999.00 in the US.
All models come from factory in a rigid, padded ABS case with two single-stack magazines – holding 8 rounds in .45 ACP or 10 rounds in 9mm Luger – as well as with a cleaning kit and user manual. Some models are also equipped from factory with a takedown tool.
In the United States, the new Chiappa Firearms 1911 pistols line will be marketed under the Charles Daly brand.