The Chiappa Rhino was introduced in 2009. In an age where polymer frame striker firearm pistols are the rage, it is amazing to see a revolver with such a unique design. Shooting a Chiappa Rhino is unlike shooting any gun you have ever shot.
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The Chiappa Rhino is a double-single action revolver that shoots from the bottom cylinder unlike most of its rival counterparts. This is unique in the sense that most revolvers normally shoot from the top cylinder. The bottom cylinder fire mechanism takes away the normal recoil that you would get from shooting a normal revolver, giving the Rhino increased accuracy and aiming stability. The muzzle rise is a lot lower than your standard revolver, which is exactly what Chiappa was going for.
The revolver has hexagonal flats on each of the cylinder faces which makes the Chiappa Rhino a much more narrow firearm. The gun has a 7075 T6 aluminum frame, a steel barrel insert, steel cylinder, steel ejector rod, and a steel recoil plate that all add to that sleek rhino look.
The fiber optic rear adjustable sights and fiber optic front sight are an added bonus for this already unique revolver. The grip is made out of walnut and is laser engraved to give off a good feel while firing. The hammer has a cock hammer indicator that shows when the gun is cocked in single action. This is very useful because the hammer of the Chiappa Rhino goes back up towards the frame after it is cocked instead of staying in the cocked position when in double action.
The trigger is very light in single action and needs a little more pressure when firing in double action. The gun has a very simple cylinder release right near the hammer to allow for simple reload.
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The Chiappa Rhino comes in a number of different barrel sizes starting at two inches and going as long as six inches. The two inch model is double action only, mainly due to it being used solely as a self defense firearm. The Rhino comes in both 9mm and 0.40 caliber variants which offer two different styles of firing. The gun is very lightweight, weighing just a little over a pound, compared to the Smith & Wesson Model 19 which weighs over two pounds. The accessory rail on the bottom allows for added attachments like flashlights and laser sights.
When firing the gun, the Chiappa Rhino showed great accuracy with no muzzle rise. When pulling the trigger in single action the pull is very smooth and in double action it is very similar with only a few vibrations due to the linkages within the Rhino. The trigger pull weight in double action is 6 lbs 4.0 oz, while in single action it is a light 2 lbs 6.8 oz.
The Chiappa Rhino is a unique revolver that’s looks can be surpassed after taking it to the range. The revolver is both stable and accurate and can be used for a number of purposes due to the large amount of options that are available. It really is a great choice if you are looking for something different in the revolver category.
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