I got to fire the Chiappa Rhino revolvers today at the SHOT show’s Media Day at the Range. This review is short because what I wanted most to experience was Chiappa’s claim of “drastically” reduced recoil. I mean, really, to refer to a .357 magnum revolver as “tamed” is quiet an assertion. Here are pictures of the guns I got to shoot and if you want to find out how the Chiappa actually shoots, I’ve written my short assessment below.
My experience supports Chiappa’s claims. In fact, I found myself looking at the pistols in wonderment, trying to figure out how they got the recoil out of the gun. While certainly louder than a .22, I have to admit that the guns are actually comfortable to shoot. Yes, I said that: “comfortable.” I own and regularly shoot .38 snubnose and a .357. Somehow, Chiappa has drastically reduced the pain and and muzzle flip. Their site describes the engineering theory and you can click here to get all of that detail. The pistols are accurate, the ergonomics are very good and you should be able to shoot one all day long.
Yes, the profile is flattened by the unusual cylinder–which is of course no longer a cylinder at all–and the guns’ appearance is unique. But, that characteristic I most wanted to feel for myself–was hardly there. MJM is impressed. You may, indeed, upgrade to .357 power in a snub-nosed revolver.