You know, when the Chiappa Rhino was first announced, I wasn’t really enthusiastic. We haven’t seen the
revolver advance significantly in terms of function for 150 years, and I honestly couldn’t see how the Rhino was going to change that. Then at SHOT SHOW Media Day, I actually shot one and all of a sudden bells went off in my head. The lower bore axis really does reduce, and by a lot. Because of the way the gun is set up, the bore axis is actually lower than the top of the shooter’s hand. Unlike a traditional revolver like my 686, that means that the majority of the recoil impulse is driven straight back, instead of torquing the mass of the cylinder and barrel back and up.
The trigger on the Rhino I shot was actually pretty nice; I understand from speaking to the Rhino guys that it was their competition trigger, and was set up for lighter work. According to Mr. Chiappa himself, the Rhino will also be available soon in a .40 S&W chambering that uses moonclips. I immediately thought “USPSA” when I heard that, and here at Gun Nuts we’re going to be trying to get one of the .40 S&W Rhinos as well as a standard .38 Special Rhino as soon as possible. Actually shooting the gun at SHOT took me from skeptical to curious, and I’d like to spend some serious trigger time on a Rhino and see how it shakes out vs. my traditional revolvers.