You may remember a while back when I put up my initial review of the Chiappa Rhino as a rental gun. Namely when I explained that it didn’t work and we had decided to ship it back to the factory.
A couple weeks ago the Chiappa Rhino came back from the factory. They fixed it, or something, I think. They could have cleaned it. At least it came back really quickly?
In Chiappa’s defense it worked better for almost a week. The gun was firing .38 Special rounds no problem, it could run .357 magnums single action almost 80% of the time and was even firing .357s double action almost 60% of the time. (Too bad 60% is still a D-.) It might not be so bad to fire the gun in single action mode except the lever to do so is extremely difficult to pull. For the longest time I had to use both my thumbs to pull it into position, now I can do it with one thumb but it’s still not easy. (Maybe that’s what Chiappa fixed?)
After the Rhino’s streak of “reliability” yesterday happened. The GSG-5 stopped firing, the PS-90 stopped feeding, a grip screw went missing from the Nighthawk, and the Chiappa Rhino’s reliability with .357s plummeted even further in both single action and double action.
The Rhino is an innovative design. I appreciate the way the gun shoots, I appreciate the concepts used to design the firearm. I fear that the Rhino will go the way of the Judge: a mostly useless novelty item. I hope that either this Chiappa is a lemon and the rest of their guns work extremely reliably all the time or that someone takes the core concepts that make this revolver innovative and apply it to a gun that actually works.