Chiappa Rhino

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Chiappa Rhino
TypeRevolver
Place of origin Italy
Production history
DesignerEmilio Ghisoni & Antonio Cudazzo[1][2]
Designed2009[3]
ManufacturerChiappa Firearms
Unit cost$775-$980 MSRP (depending on version)[5][2]
Produced2009-present[3]
Variants20D, 20DS, 40DS, 50DS, 60DS
All variants in Black or Hard Chrome finish.[3][4]
Specifications
Weight20D/20DS: 700 g (24.7 oz)
40DS: 850 g (30 oz)
50DS: 895 g (31.6 oz)
60DS: 936g (33 oz)[1][6]
Length20D/20DS: 164mm (6.5 in)
40DS: 215mm (8.5 in)
50DS: 240mm (9.4 in)
60DS: 266mm (10.5 in)[1][6]
Barrel length51 mm (2.0 in)
102 mm (4.0 in)
127 mm (5.0 in)
152.4 mm (6.0 in)

Cartridge.357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 9×21mm[1][6]
ActionDAO or DA/SA revolver[1][6]
Feed system6-round hexagonal cylinder[1][6]
SightsFixed open sights[1]
 
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Chiappa Rhino
TypeRevolver
Place of origin Italy
Production history
DesignerEmilio Ghisoni & Antonio Cudazzo[1][2]
Designed2009[3]
ManufacturerChiappa Firearms
Unit cost$775-$980 MSRP (depending on version)[5][2]
Produced2009-present[3]
Variants20D, 20DS, 40DS, 50DS, 60DS
All variants in Black or Hard Chrome finish.[3][4]
Specifications
Weight20D/20DS: 700 g (24.7 oz)
40DS: 850 g (30 oz)
50DS: 895 g (31.6 oz)
60DS: 936g (33 oz)[1][6]
Length20D/20DS: 164mm (6.5 in)
40DS: 215mm (8.5 in)
50DS: 240mm (9.4 in)
60DS: 266mm (10.5 in)[1][6]
Barrel length51 mm (2.0 in)
102 mm (4.0 in)
127 mm (5.0 in)
152.4 mm (6.0 in)

Cartridge.357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 9×21mm[1][6]
ActionDAO or DA/SA revolver[1][6]
Feed system6-round hexagonal cylinder[1][6]
SightsFixed open sights[1]

The Chiappa Rhino is a revolver produced by Chiappa Firearms of Italy chambered for the .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, and 9×21mm cartridges. 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][6][5][7]

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Design details

The frame is made of Ergal (an aluminum alloy), while the barrel, cylinder, and other vital parts are made from steel. For models other than the 200D (double action only), 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 blued, as well as a version in electroless nickel finish referred as the "White Rhino."[1][6][5]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Modern Firearms article
  2. ^ a b "Chiappa Firearm’s Revolutionary Rhino .357 Magnum Revolver" by Ammoland.com
  3. ^ a b c 2009 catalog page 3 (PDF)
  4. ^ The first digit in the model number indicates the barrel length, in inches. If this is followed by "DS", the action is DA/SA; if followed by "D", the action is DAO.
  5. ^ a b c "Chiappa’s New Upside-Down Revolver" by ShootingIllustrated.com
  6. ^ a b c d e f g 2009 catalog page 57 (PDF)
  7. ^ Mann, Richard (April 20, 2011). "Anything but Ordinary: The Chiappa Rhino", American Rifleman

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