Julianna had the opportunity to test fire the Rhino at SHOT Show 2013, it was a fun gun to shoot for sure!
Italian gun maker Chiappa designed the totally revolutionary Rhino Revolver to significantly reduce recoil and muzzle flip. The Rhino fires from the bottom chamber of the cylinder (6:00 position) and not the conventional top chamber (12:00 position). The lowering of the barrel aligns it more with the shooter’s arm and greatly reduces flip and shifts recoil back rather than up. Additionally, bullet torque is better controlled. Bullet torque is the result of the bullet screwing itself though the barrel on the shooter’s hand.
If early-era revolver designers had something different from single shot muzzle loading (top shot sight aligned over the barrel) pistol designs they might have considered the superior Rhino design. But back then the recoil of their large and heavy revolvers firing relatively light lead ball (projectiles) the recoil was very low. Additionally, gun makers of that era did not have access to light alloys the Rhino uses to keep the sight rib and overall weight low. So, traditional revolver appearance was recently shattered by the revolutionary Rhino design. But the thing works! Anyone firing a Chiappa Rhino quickly discovers it turns the hottest .357 Magnum load into the felt recoil and muzzle flip of a .32 or maybe.38. This makes the Rhino seriously fun to fire and incredibly quick for fast and powerful follow up shots. Actually the recoil and flip of the .357 Magnum Rhino is less than a 9mm semi-auto., but the power is much different.
The Rhino is equipped (not 2-inch version) with a Picatinny rail for LASER or white light and features a flat-side cylinder for a lower-conceal carry profile. The unorthodox looking Rhino grips (stocks) makes one wonder how well it can be held, but once you hold a Rhino, you quickly realize they work very well!
The Chiappa Rhino is a highly-effective platform and is currently chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special and now the 40 S&W (moon clip). The Rhino comes in blue, polished nickel and 6-inch version in a polished anodized gold finish and in barrel lengths of 2, 4, 5, and 6-inches. The 2-inch Rhino comes with an open top Italian made pancake holster. Chiappa plans to debut a new light-weight composite-poly frame Rhino in the near future.
The Rhino is a premium level revolver and has an MSRP from $980.00 to $1325.00