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Chiappa Rhino

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by OnPointFirearms, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. OnPointFirearms

    OnPointFirearms New Member

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    The Chiappa Rhino is a lot like a Lamborghini with its exotic Italian design, advanced engineering, and of course: blistering speed. With this snub-nose revolver, you can send six rounds of .357 magnum down range in 1.39 seconds-- with a minimal amount of felt recoil. Kick is mitigated thanks to the bottom chamber firing position. Although the Rhino looks like it came off the set of Blade Runner, the unique styling has really grown on me.

    The first thing you notice about the Chiappa Rhino is the position of its barrel: at the bottom of the cylinder. This form follows function and allows shooters to align the bore with their index finger naturally. The synthetic grips are very comfortable and allow you to get a really high purchase on the weapon. The Rhino's forward-thinking design also introduces radical improvements to the internal mechanisms over a conventional revolver. These features afford the Chiappa Rhino superb reliability, a super-smooth action, and improved safety. Its hexagonal-shaped cylinder creates a flatter profile ideal for carrying the weapon concealed.

    The Chiappa Rhino revolver is chambered for the potent .357 magnum, a perennial favorite. While shooting the video, we fired 100 rounds of Magtech 125gr .38 Special +P. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMhozHQWM8o ) It functioned flawlessly and was a pleasure to shoot. I rarely shoot more than 25 rounds with my S&W 642 during a trip to the range. With +P ammo, it's just brutal. Not so with the futuristic Rhino revolver! However, it does weigh in a bit more than the featherweight Smith & Wesson: 1.58lbs, unloaded. The frame is made of Ergal, an aircraft grade aluminum alloy and although the Rhino is an Italian import, the final fit and finish work is done here in the USA.

    The eccentric design of the Chiappa Rhino is not for everyone, but I believe the weapon will enjoy a cult following for many years to come. It's something different and there are shooters that will appreciate its elegant balance of form and function.

    I hope you enjoy the pictures and video. Special thanks to Crazy Bill and Cisco for their help at the range. Have a good one and God bless.
    -- Evan

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  2. OnPointFirearms

    OnPointFirearms New Member

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    What is retail?...Russ
     
  6. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Senior Member

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    Why is it that every time I see pics of one of these ugly buggers I want one even more? :p
     
  7. Shear_stress

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    It's hideous. I love it.
     
  8. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Senior Member

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    There are 3 of these on Gunbroker at the moment ... prices ranging from 675-725
     
  9. OnPointFirearms

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    See, the look really grows on you. Need beer goggles-- or some sort of impaired goggles to appreciate it. Retail is $775 according to some industry rep info that was sent out to dealers. They're also coming out with some longer barrel versions and stainless with wood grips of the same design. They're handsome and ugly as hell at the same time. We're selling them for $640.
    Evan
     
  10. LawofThirds

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    So yeah...fake wood?
     
  11. Waywatcher

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    I like it.

    I am particularly intrigued by the "ratchet." It looks like it will last forever. Do you have any pictures of the hand/pawl/thingie that turns the cylinder?

    Any idea what the chamber throats & bore measure at?
     
  12. General Geoff

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    I concur.

    I may have to pick one up when a 4" or 5" model comes out.
     
  13. Prion

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    I love it!!!!
     
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    Any chance for some larger pix?

    Highest resolution available'd be nice.

    TIA
     
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    Nice to see it hit the market finally, I think last I saw was a few pictures from SHOTshow.

    It's not a Mateba, but it's got a unique enough look to catch my eye too. Love the Grey.
     
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    Would you please give us the details regarding this?

    Timed how?

    Was it from 1st shot to last, from the holtster, low ready, etc?

    Target distance? Hits (if any)

    Load?

    BTW, how is the DA pull on that beast? I'd heard it's a bit monstrous.
     
  17. MrBorland

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    I assume you mean "muzzle flip" instead of "recoil" and "kick"? There's no way around the physics: .357mags out of a small revolver is going to recoil, so I assume it's all directed directly into he shooter's hand, wrist and arm, no?

    Can you elaborate on this, too? What part of a conventional revolver's mechanism renders it less safe, smooth and reliable, and mechanistically, how is the Rhino different and improved in this regard?

    Will any of the currently-offered speedloaders work with it?
     
  18. Zundfolge

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    Is it possible to order the snubbie with the wood grips?
     
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    how does the rear sight work? Looks like its the hammer? Or do you sight off the groove on the top strap like J-frames and LCR's? Does another one pop up when the hammer cycles back? Not sure what I think of that...
     
  20. OnPointFirearms

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    The "hammer" is really just a lever that allows you to cock the weapon into single action mode. There's some internal hammer that is independent to this lever. So, the hammer doesn't move every time you shoot in double action. However, the little red indicator does. If I was going to get one of these, I would just opt for the 200D-- double action only model. I have no need for the single action mode with the way this mechanism works.

    Also, Chiappa sent me some pics of the upcoming special edition with Nil-looking wood grips. Will post those soon.

    Evan
     
  22. zoom6zoom

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    What you see at the back isn't a hammer, it's a cocking lever.
     
  23. armoredman

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    When is this going into a movie? Some femme fatale HAS to have this in a garter holster...
    I wouldn't mind trying one out, is it a bit bulky for a pocket rig?
     
  24. Marshall

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    It's different. Maybe it will grow on me?
     
  25. nalioth

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    It's progenitor already has.

    "Ghost in the Shell" @ IMFDB
     

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