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Old 12-20-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Hey guys, check this out. It's butt-ugly but, it shoots very impressively. The Barrel is at the six o'clock chamber instead of up top. Watch the video of the guy shooting the 2" version w/full-power 357 loads before you pass judgement. It's certainly different.

http://chiappafirearms.com/product/728
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I saw one of them at the NRA show this year.

A very interesting concept that's been done before although, for the life of me, I can't remember who right now....
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It's different but, with that kinda control I can get over butt-ugly. Wonder what they're going for?
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And it's got a rail !
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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Which one Walt? Top or Bottom! That's one big vent rib!!!
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I saw one of them at the NRA show this year.

A very interesting concept that's been done before although, for the life of me, I can't remember who right now....

Mateba?
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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Bingo...
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Which one Walt? Top or Bottom! That's one big vent rib!!!
Optic on the top, light on the bottom; the Rhino is destined to appear in a sci-fi movie.

I'd sure like to shoot it, maybe CP can get them to send him one...
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:46 AM   #9
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I've shot it. My gun club had one for trial and I was able to put most of a box of .38's thu it.
Fit was very good. The timing was bank vault solid and precise. The cartridges loaded and ejected smoothly. But, keep in mind that the ammunition was Fedral .39 specials, non +p. Visually the chambers looked good, no roughness or weird spots.

Accuracy was acceptable, off sand bags 6 shots into 2" at 25 yards, single action. Double action off hand, the gun pointed well and cycled well, no hesitations or grittines in the trigger pull. But it was a bit stiff, double taps took some doing. Recoil seemed a bit stiff for .38's but it just may have been that the recoil was straight back into the hand.

For the price mark, (about $650) it is a solid, accurate shooter. It should holster and carry well. It appears to be about the same overall size as my 1911 Commander or Browning Hi-Power. Both, of which, carry very well for me. Will the Rhino replace either of these carry guns? No, and it doesnt fill a niche in my revolver stable.

"an interesting solution to a nonexistant problem"?


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Old 12-21-2010, 05:49 AM   #10
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Make that a .38 special. I tried getting a .39 into the gun but it wouldn' chamber.

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If this RHINO revolver has a slick action and proves to be durable and reliable - that's a big "if" - I think it will be a winner.

(That big vent rib looks like it would be a good place for the factory to integrate a light or laser . . . )
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There are three different factory installed trigger-pull kits for it. Found this out on Grant Cumminghams' blog.Supposed to really drop the pull.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:35 PM   #13
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Here is a very good evaluation froma fellow that bought one.

Can you tell he liked it?

http://singleactions.proboards.com/inde ... hread=5017

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