Chiappa Rhino

Chiappa Rhino
Chiappa Rhino
Type Revolver
Place of origin Italy
Production history
Designer Antonio Cudazzo and Emilio Ghisoni[1][2]
Designed 2009[3]
Manufacturer Chiappa Firearms
Unit cost $775-$980 MSRP (depending on version)[4][2]
Produced 2009-present[3]
Weight 720g (24 oz)[1][5]
Length 164mm (6 in)[1][5]
Barrel length 2, 4, 5, 6 in

Cartridge .357 Magnum[1][5]
Action DA/SA revolver[1][5]
Feed system 6-round cylinder[1][5]
Sights Fixed open sights[1]

The Chiappa Rhino is a revolver produced by Chiappa Firearms of Italy chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge. Its most distinctive feature is that the barrel is on a low axis compared to most other revolvers, since it fires from the lowermost chamber of the cylinder, rather than firing from the topmost chamber. This is intended to reduce muzzle flip by directing the recoil into the shooter's wrist, rather than over it. Another distinctive feature is that the cross-section of the cylinder is hexagonal instead of cylindrical (though with rounded corners); this is intended to lower the weapon's profile in concealed carry applications.[1][5][4][6]


Design details

The frame is made of Ergal (an aluminum alloy), while the barrel, cylinder, and other vital parts are made from steel. The trigger may be used in either single-action or double-action mode. The external cocking lever is not actually a hammer, as on most revolvers. Instead, it is used to cock the internal hammer and then falls back into place, minimizing the number of externally moving parts, but making the revolver more complicated internally. The gun is available in blued and stainless versions.[1][5][4]

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