Every trip to the gun store is a chance to see something new and different. Although I’ve seen the Chiappa Rhino a few times before, the design of this self-defense handgun has been stuck in my mind for the past few days.
One of the first things you’ll probably notice about this gun is that the bullet is fired from the bottom of the cylinder, not the top, and that the barrel is therefore located lower than you would expect from a revolver. This design, according to the manufacturer, helps to reduce muzzle flip, recoil, and increases “natural point ability.”
I haven’t had a chance to try one of these at the range, but next time I do I’ll be sure to try out all three available calibers (.357 mag, .40 S&W, 9 mm).
My only concern with this revolver is that the grip seems more artistic than practical. I like to have a solid grip when I’m shooting, and at a glance I’m not sure I would. Does anyone have any experience with the Chiappa Rhino?