Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Southern Connecticut
Purchased one 4 years ago. When I got it home and out of the box I was horrified at the poor finishing. Mill marks, file marks, the sides of the receivers had ripples in them, and also a deep line that looked like a crack in the receiver. Four scope holes were drilled but not threaded. Sent gun back to Chiappa with letter pointing out the flaws, asked for a new gun. Chiappa threaded the holes and returned same gun with note that screw holes were 6-40.Tried 6-40 screw but it was swallowed up by the hole. Called Chiappa and asked them to check with gunsmith on screw size.They said he said it was 6-40, I said that's impossible and asked to speak with gunsmith. Was told no, he never answers the phone ( wonder why). Finally found a screw to fit and realized holes were off center by 20 degrees and useless anyway. Next problem was .22 firing pin was so long it would crush the shell after firing. Had to use pocketknife to remove shell as extractor could not remove. Also, to remove shells you need to take the safety off before opening with the lever. There have also been cases where rounds have gone off when gun is closed because firing pins had not retracted. Also real problem with parts availability, Chiappa does not list parts (with prices) for this on their site but states you need to call for parts. They refuse to sell many common parts but demand that you send gun in for repair as only their old world master craftsman can work on this gun. I've seen glowing reviews on YouTube of the Double Badger but, they are always shooters who just purchased it and have not used the gun much. It's a shame because the basic design is good and it could be a neat little gun. Would love to see Henry manufacture these.