The Chiappa Firearms line of “Wildlands” lever-action rifles brings the quintessential 1886 and 1892 rifle design straight to the 21st Century hunting and sport shooting market
First introduced in 2020, the Chiappa Firearms Wildlands line of lever-action rifles was conceived to modernize two tried and true, reliable designs – the Winchester 1886 and 1892 lever-action rifle platforms, specifically – in order to meet the ever-evolving needs, tastes and demands of modern-day hunters, particularly when it comes to hog hunting in the harshest woodlands.
Given the intended reference market, the 1886 and 1892 design had to be reimagined under the modern-day canons of effectiveness, ruggedness, and versatility: the rifle should remain manageable in close-quarters and still deliver respectable levels of stopping power at longer range; it should be easily and quickly brought on target for a positive acquisition; be able to mount red dot sights and optical sighting devices; and withstand long, intense hunting trips in the thick brush.
And all of this, of course, without sacrificing aesthetics for modernity – not to mention that the rifle should remain a viable option for uses other than hunting, including plinking, target shooting, training, competition shooting, as well as home defense and property protection.
Quite a remarkable list of requirements, to which the Chiappa Firearms company answers with the 1886 Wildlands rifles – chambered in .45/70 Government and featuring a partially octagonal 419 mm / 16.5” or 470 mm / 18” barrel – and the 1892 Wildlands rifles, chambered in .44 Magnum and featuring a tubular 16.5” barrel.
The set of shared features common to all variants of the Wildlands series include a raised red fiber-optic front sight and a rear Skinner-type peep sight with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail for optics; additionally, all variants feature a protected thread at the muzzle, allowing the use of flash hiders, muzzle brakes, sound suppressors (where legal), and other muzzle devices.
The .44 Magnum caliber 1892 Wildlands rifles feed from a 5-rounds magazine tube; capacity for the 1886 Wildlands rifles in .45/70 Government falls to four rounds. All models are top-ejecting, will accept an additional round in chamber, and load through a side gate.
The trigger on all Chiappa Firearms Wildlands is the standard single-action that you would expect from a lever-action hunting rifle. The hammer can be moved manually to a half-cocked position, dubbing as a manual safety.
The Chiappa Firearms 1886 Wildlands and 1892 Wildlands rifles are built around CNC-machined receivers, and available in two distinct variants: Black and Dark Gray. The Black models feature a full embossed matte black finish on all outer metal surfaces, a wooden stock and handguard with a full black Soft Touch finish, and a wide charging lever with a convenient Paracord wrapping.
The Dark Gray models sport a matte gray Cerakote finish all through the receiver, lever, hammer, barrel and magazine tube, accented by the elegant looks of the laminate stock and handguard. All variants feature a sturdy set of sling swivel studs underneath the handguard and stock.
The overall length of the Chiappa Firearms Wildlands rifles varies from a minimum of 864 mm / 34.5” to a maximum of 972 mm / 38.3”, depending on the variant and caliber; that, matched to the relatively low overall weight – from a minimum of 2,85 kg / 6.28 lbs to a maximum of 4,3 kilograms / 9.4 lbs, once again caliber and variant dependent – makes the Wildlands rifles particularly convenient to transport and easy to embrace and brandish, even when fully loaded and accessorized.
For those shooters and hunters seeking for an even compact package, the Chiappa Firearms 1886 and 1892 Wildlands lever-action rifles are also available in takedown variants: a simple lever located at the front end of the magazine tube allows the rifle to be stripped in two parts for easier and safer long-term storage, and for additional peace of mind – both in terms of safety and legality – when transporting the rifle, be it in a backpack, or on a vehicle.
For decades – almost a century – lever-action rifles have been considered a quintessentially American product, both in terms of manufacturing and main reference market. Things have long since changed, as European shooters and hunters grew more and more fond with the lever-action rifle design and the Italian gun industry became a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of this type of firearms, often acting as a supplier for the biggest and best-known American names. Chiappa Firearms is today at the forefront of the Italian industry’s dominance over the lever action rifles market – and one would just need to take a close look at the Wildlands rifles to see why.
For price and availability please refer to your local dealer, and visit the Chiappa Firearms website::