Why do people absolutely hate the Chiappa Rhino?

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  1. KarateHottie93

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    It's a great shooting gun. I've rented them at the range a few times and I'm always impressed. My left arm is mostly paralyzed so I do everything with the right one, including shooting one handed. Point being...I don't really have to worry about blowing off my thumb from the cylinder blast.

    Outside of that one issue that can be fixed with practice though, why do people dislike this gun so much?

    They have amazing triggers. The SA is about as light as you're gonna get on any revolver from the factory. The DA is perfectly smooth.

    The grip angle is weird but it's a fair trade off. 357 doesn't feel snappy out of it to me, but more like a slower thud...if that makes sense at all.

    It looks weird, and it definitely feels weird. From a functionality standpoint though, it's pretty hard to beat.
     
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  2. ThomasT

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    shooting one might change a few minds. But you are correct. Its ugly. I would still like to shoot one. And I don't hate them. I just don't want one. I think its kind of silly to Hate an inanimate object.
     
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    I was not aware folks hate it. Other than the appearance of them. I have a Chippa 1911 22. For a 200.00 gun it's fine. I did not have to mess with the front sight either on it.
     
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  4. KarateHottie93

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    Eh "hate" may be a bit of a dramatization. I feel like most consider it a bit of a novelty though because of the crazy looks.
     
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    The one gun I regret selling is the Chiappa 30ds I had. Currently searching in earnest for another one.
     
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    I think people just dont like different, and things they dont have experience with.

    I had a 40DS and it was a great shooter. I always laughed and called it the ugliest gun Id ever bought, but it would shoot. Good DA trigger, and the gun handled well.

    While it doesnt really look like it would be comfortable to shoot or natural in your hand, it really is.

    A couple of things you had to watch were where, one, where you put your off-hand thumb when shooting thumbs forward. With the barrel gap being on the bottom chamber and having that expansion chamber in the frame, it will bite if your thumb gets near it.

    Two, the hammer is internal, and what looks like the hammer just cocks it, and doesnt stay back as you'd expect. It has a little red indicator that pops up to let you know the gun is cocked in SA. Wasnt really an issue for me, as I dont shoot SA, but I could see that maybe causing a problem if you werent paying attention.

    The recoil impulse was different, and more straight back than usual, and the day after I got it and put a couple of hundred rounds through it, my shoulders felt it the next day. It does have less muzzle rise because of it too.

    While I liked mine, it just wasnt my thing and I swapped it for something else that I just had to have.
     
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    I've been wanting to try one for some time, but they aren't produced in 10mm or 44RM. And they're proud of 'em.
     
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    They are odd (in my mind) but not in a bad way. As a big .357 fan the only thing that has stopped me so far is the price and finding one in the configuration that I wanted. I want the longer barrel with light rail.

    They are a bit of an odd gun but I would not hate on them for that.

    If it works for you go for it.
     
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    Part of that may be because many think that if you threw one in a lake you could skim ugly for a very long time. :)
     
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    An acquaintance let me shoot a few rounds out if his. It was okay. NBD.
     
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    I've never been a fan of goofy guns.
     
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    They had several at 2018 IRC, but the rep wasn't always at the table and there wasn't an opportunity to shoot it. Too bad they didn't make an effort to have every shooter hold and shoot one.
     
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    Taste is a funny thing.



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    The public is highly normalizing, change is upsetting. Too much change and baby pukes it out.

    Obviously the Chiappa revolver appearance is too far advanced design wise to gain universal acceptance I am sure the ergonomic advantages are real, but, where you hang the flint, and the pan?

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    i think gun lovers are much like guitar lovers in that they tend to have the greatest regard for the classics and there will always be the biggest market for those: 1911s, BHP, SW and Colt revolvers. they will always sell more Les Paul and Stratocaster guitars than anything else.

    having said that, i really think the Rhino is an instant classic, or at least, will always be a strong cult item. i think they look great and would love to shoot one!

    but you can't go by me. my daughter says i'm weird because i think Hillary Swank is really good looking.
     
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    That looks like Ward and June Cleaver by the Edsel.
     
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    I saw an amazingly nice Edsel ragtop in Havana a couple of years ago. It was by far my favorite car of the whole trip.,

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    And yes, everywhere you go it’s like a car show…

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    As for the Rhino .357… I’m sorry, I just can’t do it. They may be good shooters and tame the .357 recoil to pusdycat levels, but IMHO they’re as ugly as a mud fence. :barf:

    Stay safe.
     
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    No hate for the Rhino, never touched one. I have seriously bad feelings/hate for Chiappa from a terrible customer service experience with a defective rifle. That alone leaves Chiappa out of my discussion. Having said that, I just recently saw a thread (another forum?) referencing frame cracking at the forcing cone :what: on several (i.e. more than one) Rhinos.

    -jb, no mas Chiappa para mi :thumbdown: IMHO
     
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    "As for the Rhino .357… I’m sorry, I just can’t do it. They may be good shooters and tame the .357 recoil to pusdycat levels, but IMHO they’re as ugly as a mud fence. :barf:"

    Lots of mud fences around here...:p
     

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    As do I. :D:cool:



    I have never had the opportunity to shoot a Rhino, but would like to. I picked up and handled a couple at a gun show. The longer barreled one seemed front heavy and the grip felt like a plow handle. The shorter barreled gun, I am guessing a 3”, seemed okay but I wasn’t in the market for one. I was seeking a normal looking S&W revolver, which I didn’t find.
    I wouldn’t buy one unless o got to shoot one. I am not laying out a grand on a “might be okay” gun.
     
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    Why? Cuz it ain't a 1911!:neener:
     
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    I don't dislike them because they're different or "advanced". I dislike them because they're puke ugly and that ugly serves no useful purpose. The design is intended to increase rapidity of fire by directing recoil more straight back than up into muzzle rise. No thanks. I have little use for .357's in general but those I do play with shoot just fine. They don't make a big bore but then I don't want 'more' .44Mag and up recoil into my palm. Again, no useful purpose. For what those hideous Rhinos cost, I could have that really nice 8 3/8" model 27 I've been eyeballing and have money left over.

    People think the Super Redhawk is ugly but this ugly serves a purpose. Not only does it have a better action than the Redhawk but also a better, more comfortable grip configuration. That extended frame that people poo-poo serves as the perfect platform for mounting an optic, which I prefer versus on the barrel. You also get to keep your iron sights. Its beauty is in what it does. Nice grips go a long way to alleviate the ugly. The Rhino cannot be helped.

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    I don’t care for the looks at all. Rino politicians suck also. There is apparently a market for them though.
     
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    Shot one. Loved it. Wish that I had one.
     
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    The gun will gain popularity when
    a new movie anti-hero such as Dirty
    Harry comes along: " Seeing as this
    is the weirdest revolver you've ever
    seen, you got to ask yourself, do you
    feel lucky. Well, do you?"
     
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    Its not the barrel that is ugly, its the grip. I would take function over beauty, but have never seen one up close let alone fired one.
     
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