posted on Jul, 1 2014 @ 06:07 PM
Just picked up a Chiappa Firearms
Rhino 60DS in .357 Magnum/.38 Spc. Got to fire it last Sunday and am very happy with
it. The 6 shot revolver fires from the lower cylinder at the 6 o' clock position, rather than at the 12 like most revolvers. The Chiappa Rhino was
designed by the same man who designed the Mateba Autorevolver. The Rhino has an internal hammer to accommodate the lower barrel axis. The cocking
hammer that is exposed on the weapon is only to cock the weapon for single action use. When the weapon is fired the exposed cocking lever does not
The design of the weapon greatly minimizes the felt recoil when fired. The .357 Magnum round feels more like a subdued .38 Spc and the .38 Spc feel
very much like a .380 ACP. Over all this weapon is very fun to shoot. It is very accurate for being a revolver. I believe this will make an excellent
open carry and home defense weapon, which is what I intend to use it for.
The Rhino comes in 2, 4, 5, and 6 inch models. I chose the 6 inch for both accuracy and aesthetics.
For the first couple of years Chiappa made this weapon they ran into some production issues that affected reliability. Those issues have been tooled
out of their production line for the most part. When the weapon was introduced in late 2008 I became very interested as it was a weapon designed by
the same man who designed and built the Mateba Autorevolver. Mateba weapons in general were designed by Emilio Ghisoni. His weapons also inspired
designs found in Japanese anime such as Ghost in the Shell SAC and Trigun. But I was skeptical of Chiappa. Mateba had established itself as a designer
of functional and useful firearms. But Chiappa was new to the game and I had no intention of buying a new weapon from a company that hadn't worked
out its kinks. After waiting 6 years, I believe the Rhino has been fine tuned and evolved enough as a weapon to be worth my money.
Below are images of my weapon: