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Rhino revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dmancornell, Apr 20, 2011.

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  1. dmancornell

    dmancornell Member

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    Anyone own a Rhino revolver? I'm interested in the 4 inch model and would like some user feedback before spending the cash.

    inb4 it's fugly, I only care about function and performance.

    Link for those who haven't heard of it: http://chiappafirearms.com/product/725
     
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  2. Walking Dead

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    It seems to me it's such a far departure from revolver design theory it looses all revolver reliability benefits. The cutaway views show more moving parts than a 5 speed transmission.
     
  3. dmancornell

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    Not sure if I agree in regards to reliability via simplicity. The modern semi-auto pistol can't be more complicated than this:

    http://www.dnmsport.com/SW/SMITH & WESSON REVOLVER CUTAWAY.htm

    Pretty sure my glocks are simpler.

    My specific interest in the Rhino (or maybe even a Mateba) would be having the barrel inline with the web of my hand, which no gun on the market can match.
     
  4. Shmackey

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    I must be the only person who doesn't think they're ugly. I mean, the snubby is, but not the larger ones.

    Then again, I think actual rhinoceroses are really cute.
     
  5. Walking Dead

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    My point exactly. Glocks are reliable and simple. The more moving parts you add the more potentials to failure you have.
     
  6. Red Cent

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    There is a review in the latest American Rifleman. The interesting and obvious point of the architecture of the handgun is the lack (not totally lacking) of muzzle rise and felt recoil. The author, Richard Mann, speaks to the ubiquitous 125gr JHP is rather mild in the awkward looking handgun.

    He speaks to the attraction of the revolver competition crowd. And, I am sure,it should interest those who pack revolvers for self defense.

    "Felt recoil from .357 Magnum loads is almost non-existant."
    http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2011/02/21/chiappa-rhino-review-2/

    Can't find the full name. Richard is his first. May be the same guy. If they prove to be reliable after a few months, I would get serious about getting one. It actually would qualify for PCCA.

    Mr. Mann also commented about the hesitant acceptance of the "plastic" pistols some thirty years ago.
     
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    Don't know much about these revolvers, but doesn't the Rhino Logo on the side of the gun look like a demented Pac Man?
     
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    It looks like a solution lookking for a problem!
     
  9. Red Cent

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    The internal layout does look like a memorial to Rube Goldberg. But I reallly like the platform. Straight line recoil. I also wonder why they went to such lengths to retain the single action mode. I believe I would have marketed the first with DAO.
     
  10. dmancornell

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    +1

    Not really, shooting full power 357 loads out of a snub nose or even a 4" has never been comfortable for me. Ditto for 44 magnum.

    I'd buy both models if it works as advertised.
     
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    Those pistols are in my "top 3 ugliest pistols" category. Horrible. I wouldn't buy one simply out of principle and I don't care if I get ripped for that.

    I am a S&W guy to the bone. Therefore, I say, "Get one of those!"
     
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    Got a bunch Deacon. Might want one of those.
     
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    It's mechanical "Timex' movement on the inside. I would pass if I were you. Simpler is better as there is less to go wrong.
     
  14. WardenWolf

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    Ever held a Makarov-style handgun (Makarov, P-64, PA-63)? The barrel is barely above the web of your hand and it recoils pretty much directly into it.
     
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    Haven't held a Makarov but looking at pictures the bore seems to be offset as much as any modern semi-auto.
     
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    It's an interesting premise, and the physics of it probably makes sense. It's kind of odd, however, that there aren't a bunch of enthusiastic people coming to it's defense, like on the Hi-Point threads. I wonder how many they've actually sold, so far?

    I hope they do well with it...I know it must've cost a fortune to tool up for something like that. I certainly don't want to see the company fail. I suspect the only way it can succeed, however, is for the public to see it as something more than a curiousity, and given it's looks, that may be a tall order. And it's a lot of money for a curiousity.

    On the other hand, I suppose it's possible that in 100 years every revolver will look like this (and the original ones from 2011 will be worth $100,000.)
     
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    Have you seen inside a GP100 yet? I bet the flintlockers are rolling over...

    Always with the negativity, Moriarty...
     
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    Semi auto revolver. Recoil turns the cylinder and cocks the firearm.
    Mateba
     

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    Check out new copy of american rifleman...






    I have a rhino and you don't...
     
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    Also, the "American Rifleman" May 2011 issue stated they had 3 malfunctions in 200 rounds of firing. Plus, there was ejecting problems where the ejector star jumped the rim of a case and left them partially extracted. Like all new inventions, you have to work out the bugs.

    Believe, I'll put my money in a proven revolver. I don't want a Rhino.
     
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    It is only money..which is devalued daily
     
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    you do know that revolvers are much more mechanically complex than semi-autos, right? simplicity of design has never, ever been a revolver benefit. the benefit of a revolver is that they're much less sensitive to ammo than a semi-auto.
     
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    I am really interested in acquiring either a 4" or 5". I love how "ugly" it is, I think the stylistic departure makes it unique in a sea of nearly identical designs. I just haven't seen or heard word of any but the snubby being available yet.
     
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