“Its SIMPLE” – Chiappa Rhino Revolver Internals

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Not content making videos full of common sense on a variety of topics, TheYankeeMarshall is expanding to slightly technical content, if only to dispel the myth that the Chiappa Rhino series of revolvers are technically more complex that “standard” pattern revolvers.

Comparing a Smith & Wesson to the Chiappa, TYM does a bang-up job showcasing that the operation of the Rhino is almost no different than the former revolver. Generally speaking, most components in the traditional pattern handgun have a corollary in the Chiappa with a few features standing out on the Chiappa including a better design for the cyllinder stop.

Outside the fundemental function of the two, I was surprised to see that the hammer to the Rhino was set so far into the frame. I am sure I am like many, being fooled that the spur at the top of the frame is just a pivot point for linkage which connects to the actual hammer inside the handgun.

However, not being an expert on revolvers, the sheer similarity of the names across the internal components caused me to get lost quickly. I had to watch the video a few times to follow all the terms that TYM used to explain the function of the handguns.

If anything, it gives me full appreciation for older gunsmiths who not just understand, but actively work on these centuries-old marvels…



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • USMC03Vet

    Old man guns can still be entertaining.

    • CourtLively

      Exactly. Love how simple revolvers are. They just don’t break and there aren’t as many moving parts as semi-autos. Insert other ridiculous revolver statements -> here

  • TDog

    The Rhino is a great gun to shoot. Very little felt recoil.

  • GearHead

    I have a 5″ rhino and I dropped it(unloaded) about 5ft on to a wood floor. It rattles when you shake it now and I don’t any strikes too primer in double or single action. I’m a fairly handy dude(I can do a complete disassembly/reassembly on a PreB CZ75) , it’s most likely something popped out of place. DO YOU GUYS THINK I SHOULD ATTEMPT A REPAIR or just contact Chiappa and send it off?

    • Some Guy

      I’d see if Chiappa will cover the repair. Sort of like if my car is under warranty I’m not going to do any work on it but as soon as it’s out of warranty I’ll do just about everything but automatic transmission work.

      • GearHead

        I know what you are saying is the reasonable thing to do but I live in Canada and I’d have to ship it to Italy and that stack of paperwork seems daunting.

        • Paladin

          Contact the retailer/distributor, they should handle the return for you.

      • Manfredi1

        The warranty is for me the biggest problem I have with Chiappa products. (Or at least the Rhino.) The guns are not cheap and they put a lame one-year warranty on them AND the customer pays shipping both ways.

  • Nicholas C

    That is cool.

  • Mr. FN

    GG Mr. Mateba.

    One day I WILL have that Unica.

  • “Revolvers are simple”