Chiappa Rhino

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Post by OnPointFirearms » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:11 pm

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" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ) 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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Post by utf59 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:37 pm

When I first saw the design, I thought about the improvement that having the barrel on the bottom would have with recoil. My next thought, though, was about the distance between the sights and the barrel. I realize we're talking about a snubby, but did you notice any accuracy issues?

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Post by OnPointFirearms » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:03 pm

Oddly enough, we were shooting high left. I think the sights have some issues because as you can see, the rear sight is built into the hammer.
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Post by psignore00 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:16 pm

$700 (lowest price on GB) seems pretty expensive for a snubby! If the price was aroud $300-$350 i would probably buy one, but if it's more expensive than a S&W or Ruger, i see no reason to buy one.

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Post by Echo Reverb » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:17 pm

Any word on where these guys will be available and price?
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Post by OnPointFirearms » Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:34 pm

I've got these for $640... still expensive, but it's built like a brick ship house. Solid and exotic.
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Post by Echo Reverb » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:40 pm

Maybe tax time :-k
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Post by IDPAMASTER » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:47 pm

Thanks for sharing and as always,a terrific write up and superb pictures. The best, almost on par with Rug357 [smilie=033.gif]

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Post by lakelandman » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:22 pm

Very sexy gun thanks for the review and pictures...
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Post by One45 » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:54 pm

Evan, sent you a PM. Thanks.
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Re: Chiappa Rhino

Post by Memphis » Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:44 pm

That thing is HORRIBLY ugly! I don't think I've ever seen such a ridiculous looking fire arm in my life and that's saying something.


With that said, when I buy my next snub, that will be the one I have to have. Been wanting one since I saw it in the 2010 buyers guide so thanks for the review.
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Post by confedneck » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:14 am

is that a bushing in the front of the barrel?
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Post by speed_racer » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:18 am

Nice writeup, unique gun!

Maybe try some airblaster before pics next time, that thing looks like it has polka dots!
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Post by Ironman » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:37 pm

I held the same one when I visited Evan this week......its different. So different that i want it.....but only when I have all my other wants.... :-k

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Post by One45 » Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:39 pm

Need opinion please. I sent Evan a PM on Thursday as I would like to purchase a Rhino from him. As he has not replied to my PM; question is would anyone else just wait 'til he replied and would anyone consider a non-reply over 2.5 days to be acceptable. I was hoping to actually drive to St. Pete today and make
the purchase. Obviously, that ain't going to work. You know you have an itch for a new gun and a day seems like a long time. I'm just trying to figure if I should look elsewhere or to await contact from Evan and keep trying from him as he is a sponsor. Opinions would be appreciated.
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Post by mjmensale » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:26 pm

One45 wrote:I'm just trying to figure if I should look elsewhere or to await contact from Evan and keep trying from him as he is a sponsor.
Just to clarify - FSN does not have any corporate sponsors.
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Post by ipscscott » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:37 pm

I really want to shoot one of these. Very intrigued.
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