Looking for feedback on Chiappa Rhino


September 12, 2011, 06:30 PM
Any of you own and carry one? I'd like to know what you think.

I'm interested in form/function/feel comments, not hate for chips.

I saw this video today and it looks impressive.

So how about it, any real experiences with the Rhino?

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September 12, 2011, 08:38 PM
I never carried one, but I have handled one a few times. I'm very curious about the gun myself.

I can say, that it feels much lighter in the hand than one would expect. The trigger seemed to be pretty good as well.

September 18, 2011, 10:52 AM
I've seen two personally, and was quite torn between this (5" version in White) pistol and the S&W TRR8 I ended up with. The first was a black 4" with ergonomics that really impressed me. I'd not owned a revolver before, so I was a blank slate as far as gun configuration goes. The cylinder release was awesome, the lever pulls down like a cocking lever (way easier than a push S&W type) and the high ride of the hand on the grip allows your shooting index finger to push the cylinder out.

The downsides on this pistol (and brand, I guess) is that quality seems hit or miss. The first pistol felt great on both DA and SA, but there were unpolished band saw striations where the forcing cone meets the cylinder, an area where tolerances of .001 or better MUST be maintained to prevent excessive gas release. Not good.

The second pistol I held (a 5" black) had a much easier DA trigger pull, but when pulling the cocking lever back for SA, I felt something binding up inside pretty bad, such that I worried I would break something before the hammer finally latched. This one had a very creepy SA trigger, too.

Personally, I will hold back until a 2nd generation comes out (would probably be fantastic) or Chiappa changes their production QC such that reports of consistent quality start coming out. For now, their quality seems Taurus-like (.03" tolerances most places) but at a much higher price point.

September 18, 2011, 11:07 AM
I don't own one, yet, but a friend oine has one and I did get to put 100 rounds through it.

Originally I was a bit put off by it. I had my performance doubts. I thought that having the barrel below where it is on a traditional revolver would throw me off. This is not the case. I was pleased with the accuracy, and the overall maneuverability of the gun. It is on my list of 'will own' guns. If its in your price range and it's available, buy it. I seriously doubt you will be let down. The only complaint I had was with the holster he was using, it was not meant for this gun specifically so it didn't sit or draw from the holster well but that was due to the holster not the gun. I recommend one built for the rhino

September 18, 2011, 09:34 PM
I am still on the fence about the Rhino. I really really wanted one when I saw the first prototypes roll out at a euroarms trade event in Ukraine about 7 or 8 years ago. But now that it is finally here all I really want is some of the other russian designs like these...



Then again if they brought the Mateba back I would jump on that thing in an instant.

September 18, 2011, 11:13 PM
We rented a 5" one at the range. It was different to be sure but it had issues with light striking .357 magnums and, to the range's surprise, even with some .38 specials.

Nice trigger, quite accurate.

I'll give version 2.0 another look.

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