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The Chiappa 1887 T-Series Shotgun


(shotgun firing repeatedly) – [Voiceover] When John Browning was asked to design a lever-action repeating shotgun for Winchester in 1887,
he told the company that a slide- or pump-action shotgun would be better for repeating shotguns. Going by the numbers, Browning was right. Who knew? I guess the moral of the story is that when John Browning tells you something about firearms design, then you listen to John Browning. But this is a Chiappa
T-series lever-action shotgun cleverly named as an homage
to the film Terminator 2, and while impractical, this
thing’s pretty fun to shoot. Based on the Winchester 1887 action, the T-series holds 5+1
shell of 2-3/4 12 gauge and is a non-NFA item as well, which is pretty cool. It has a rubber handguard and grip as well and I wrapped the lever in paracord to make cycling it a
bit easier on the hand. There’s a lot of heavy
metal moving on around inside of a lever-action shotgun as opposed to a small-bore rifle, and I found that running a few boxes without the paracord was not too comfy. But let’s take a look at a
few of this gun’s features. When you pull the lever down, it’s almost as if the
gun is its own cutaway. You can see the vast
majority of the action, and this is pretty cool
for a gun nerd like myself. You can also decock the
gun by using your thumb and placing it on a grooved
section on the hammer. You’ll notice that it
does have a tube magazine but it doesn’t have a loading gate. We’ll get into that in just a second. It does, however, have
a cartridge elevator like any semiautomatic or
manually-operated shotgun although you do have to give the lever quite a wallop to activate it. I’ve found this to be quite a problem and really the only way to circumvent this is be really aggressive with the gun. Shotguns as low-pressure
firearms do not require an incredible amount of locking strength, and you can actually see it lock here as the lever fully locks into battery. You can see right at the
rear of the trigger guard kind of, it slides up into that recess, which locks the action. So the way you load an
1887-style shotgun is you push the cartridge elevator down and push the shells in through the top. This is actually kind of tricky too, because if you do this
even slightly the wrong way you kind of tip the retaining lever, and that ejects all the
shells out the back. You can see me struggling with it here. So you have to do it with some care. And I imagine that
loading this in the field while dove-hunting or
something back in the day was kind of arduous, but they didn’t know any better, of course. Another feature is that
you can of course do the spin-cock thing as
is present in the movie. You’re really supposed to
have a large loop lever to do this, but I made do with it. So let’s do a bit more shooting. (shotgun firing repeatedly) So I’ve got to say that the T-series is a pretty fun and interesting gun to shoot, but it is a bit finicky
and not reliable enough to use for something like home defense. The lever-action shotgun was not in the limelight for very long, and when you shoot one you realize why. It’s a lesson that consumers
learned the hard way, but John Browning knew
before he designed them. That said, sending some lead
downrange with this thing will definitely bring
a smile to your face. Big thanks to Ventura Munitions as always for helping us out with
our ammunition needs, and a special thank you for watching. We sincerely appreciate it.

100 thoughts on “The Chiappa 1887 T-Series Shotgun

  1. I have the original Winchester 1901 shotgun in 10 gauge with the 20 inch barrel. I make up my own handload of 18 pellets 00 buckshot. That's twice the 12 gauge 2 3/4 inch buckshot load.

  2. I'm playing far cry 5 and they have this gun and the description reads "while impractical this things pretty fun to shoot" looks like your quoted in a game

  3. My Aware Mind: "Holy fuck! That recoil! I mean come on now Aiden, you can't shoot that thing with your flabby, in-puberty Soyboy arms! Ya gonna break! And your fingers are gonna get stuck in the moving parts! And you're gonna fuck up at some point, you've never fired a gun in your life! You're either gonna go falling back or accidentally or accidentally shoot someone! Stop thinking about being cool and firing it, it's not gonna happen that way!"

    My Unaware Mind: "Ooh I like that gun from Call of Duty. I wanna shoot some brown people from Desertstan like in Cock N Dooki"

  4. If you work with it and I mean work with it. Its perfect. You can one hand reload no spinning. And it's fun and real nice for home defense. If you work with it and are fast and aggressive with reloading.

  5. How deep are those those holes for the scope that are drilled in the barrel?

    Lol i always want a barrel as thick as possible not a barrel that has some holes tapped in it that weaken the barrel.

  6. sad that with today's engineering, metallurgy and processing ability we still couldnt get the 1887 work as it intended

  7. I am a homeless student.I need financial help.Will any generous kind heart person kindly help me with only 4,50,000 us dollars please?

  8. You spin cocked it without live ammo in it? Thats good because gun safety i wish they added this into bf1 as a vehicle crewmember weapon

  9. Well this design is good for some places like Australia where there are restrictions on pump action shotguns. Apparently these made a comeback of sorts in Australia because a lever action shotgun gets around those restrictions

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