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Chiappa Rhino Range Report

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Havok7416, Dec 16, 2012.

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  1. Havok7416
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    Hey THR!

    I recently purchased a Chiappa White Rhino 60DS (6-inch) at a local gun show. This gun has been a must-have for me for quite some time but this was the first time I was able to find one.

    The first thing I noticed about the Rhino is how light it is. It looks like it should weigh twice what it actually does (I believe the offical weight is 33oz or so). There are fiber-optic front and adjustable rear sights that provide an excellent sight picture. Top and bottom rails are provided although I have no use for them.

    At the range I used a reactive target that jumps and moves every time it is hit. Normally I would test a gun using a paper target and measuring groups but the situation did not allow for that. The target was placed at 7 yards and gradually bounced out to about 25 yards before being retrieved and reset. For comparison I also brought along my Colt King Cobra 4-inch. More than 250 rounds of PMC .38 Special were fired as that was all I had on hand.

    I found that the Rhino has a surprisingly crisp trigger in single action. I had no problems hitting the target in single action. The only downside to firing the Rhino in single action seems to be the cocking lever, which feels almost fragile. The lever comes back very easily for the first 3/4 of its travel but then seems to stop. I found the best way to overcome this issue was to use my shooting thumb to aggressively pull back on the tab. Failure to pull the lever fully to the rear results in the cylinder turning one position or partially turning but the hammer not cocking. I was able to keep almost all the shots fired in single action on the target although I had to make some minor adjustments to the sights.

    The trigger in double action also seemed lighter than my King Cobra. There is a fair amount of pressure required to initiate the trigger movement initially but I found the pull lightened significantly 1/3 of the way through. Although I have never been particularly skilled at shooting revolvers in double action I managed to put all rounds fired this way on or near (within 6 inches) the target. 6 inches may not seem like good accuracy to some but I found it acceptable considering the weather (rainy and 35) and my own inadequacies shooting double action.

    I only fired about 200 rounds out of the Rhino but I will be sure to provide updates when I can get some .357 loads to run through it.

    Overall I was very satisfied with the Rhino and it will likely become one of my main range guns. I am pleased with the accuracy and handling although it does take some getting used to.
     

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    Thanks for the review!

    I love "different" guns, the Mateba has always had a special place in my heart, but the Rhino at least is affordable for me... eventually.
     
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    I may look into getting one of these some day........ maybee........ when they are more proven....... and I actually have the $.
     
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    It we gracious of him to provide range report for us and we should be thankful, but the inner works of that gun are like inside of spring driven mechanical Timex. No thanks.
     
  5. Havok7416
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    I understand the gun is not for everyone but for those that are somewhat interested or on the fence it's nice to find someone who can relate their experiences. I happened to have the money available for this purchase and I was willing to take the risk associated with a new product with admittedly watch-like internals.:uhoh:
     
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    Yep, I am grateful.
     
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