Chiappa has been importing the 1886 for a while in a couple of configurations. Earlier models sported long (26″) octagon barrels or full round barrels in a carbine format (22″). Both have color case finish and blued parts. The latest installment is a short barreled 45-70 (18.5″). One advantage to these new 1886 levers is that they are made to handle full power modern ammunition. With a six shot magazine the 1886 Kodiak Trapper would make a handy rifle in bear country.
The Trapper model has walnut stocks that are over-coated with a rubberized finish, making it a great choice for wet climate hunting. Design of the stock has been reworked to make the butt-stock more inline, the comb height has been increased too, reducing felt recoil.
Brushed electroless nickle is the finish on the metal surfaces. Detachable sling swivels come standard on this model. The sights are “Skinner” express sights.
The cost of Winchester and Browning versions of the 1886 have driven most shooters away from making custom rifles out of them. These high quality rifles from Chiappa will allow anyone who ever dreamed of having an Alaskan Thumper to afford one. Z-Hat Custom Inc. can convert these new rifles to 450 Alaskan, or 50 Alaskan for anyone who thinks the 45-70 does not pack enough punch. Also these rifles will handle any 348 Winchester wildcat variation with very little modification.