MFour-22 Gen III: third generation of the popular Chiappa Firearms .22LR AR style semiauto rifles
The Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 GEN III .22 Long Rifle semi-automatic carbine is a modern sporting rifle, perfectly in line with the demands and tastes of today’s plinking enthusiasts and more demanding sport shooters.
The Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 line of AR little rimfires enjoys excellent sales worldwide, also a great alternative for those Countries that do have bans or heavy restrictions in place regarding centerfire rifles – such as the United Kingdom, New Zealand, or others.
Even in those European and north American Countries where centerfire rifles – including modern sporting rifles – are available to civilians, sport shooters and hunters are often very keen to acquire cost effective training instruments that may be useful to introduce the future generation of shooters to the basics of marksmanship and safe firearms handling, as well as for other purposes such as varmint and pest control.
In most cases, shooters tend to orient their choice towards firearms that will offer versatility, reliability, and – where possible – interoperability with something that they already own and they’re familiar with. And indeed, just like the previous versions of the MFour-22 line, the Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 Gen III is available both as a stand-alone factory rifle and as a rimfire conversion kit, comprised of the upper receiver and magazine, that will fit any MIL-SPEC AR-15 type lower receiver.
The Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 Gen III semi-automatic carbine is entirely manufactured out of polymer – both the upper and lower receivers are 100% matte black reinforced synthetic – and does without any gas system to speak of, opting for a simple straight blowback operation, with the 16” barrel and the bolt carrier group being the only metal components.
The MFour-22 Gen III replicates the look, feel, and dimensions of modern AR-15 variants in almost all other aspects, including the manual of arms. All controls remain the same as in a centerfire AR-15 variant, exception made for the hold open release lever – which is completely inert – and the forward assist button, which is spring-loaded and can be pushed, but won’t have any effect on the bolt carrier group, acting essentially as a mere training aid.
The bolt and bolt carrier group of the MFour-22 Gen III are specific for .22 Long Rifle and for the MFour-22 upper receiver; it comes with its own return spring, meaning that the MFour-22 Gen III carbine doesn’t require a recoil buffer and a buffer tube – although it comes with one as a mounting point for the stock. There is no problem in adapting a folding stock to this rifle and firing it with the stock folded, as one would do with any one of the latest AR-compatible bufferless uppers.
The Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 Gen.III semi-automatic carbines feeds through proprietary single-stack 10- or 28-rounds magazines that will fit any STANAG magazine well, and features a collapsible 6-positions M4-type buttstock and a standard AR-15 pistol grip of Chiappa’s own manufacturer. Both can be removed and replaced with MIL-SPEC aftermarket components.
The MFour-22 Gen III’s monolithic polymer receiver features a quad-rail 11.8” handguard for tactical accessories, and a full-length MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail for optics. The carbine comes issued from factory with a set of black polymer flip-up sights and with a removable steel flash hider attached to the threaded muzzle.
Standing in at 871 mm / 34.3” and weighing in at 2,6 kilograms (5.7 lbs) when empty, the Chiappa Firearms MFour-22 Gen III semi-automatic carbine is compatible with numerous factory accessories such as a dedicated carrying handle and a fake silencer. Affordably priced both in Europe and the United States, it is single-handedly the rimfire training and varmint tool you need to consider if you’re in the market for one.
For price and availability please refer to your local dealer, and visit the Chiappa Firearms website: