The Chiappa Rhino may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it sure is unique. It’s odd look comes from the fact that it fires from the bottom chamber to help reduce felt recoil. Earlier this year fellow TFB writer James Reeves reviewed the Chiappa Rhino 200D chambered in .357 magnum and .38 special with a 2 inch barrel. In the review it seemed to do pretty well, that said no gun is without it’s occasional problems. A catastrophic failure, or a kaboom, is quite the problem as you can see in the picture above.
I stumbled upon the above pic on r/guns where a poster shared a picture from a friend of a friend who had their Chiappa Rhino 200DS blow up in their hands from a suspected squib load. Apparently the gun was brand new and they only put 70 rounds down range when it happened. The shooter was injured and had the tip of their finger blown off.
We’ve shared quite a few kaboom pics over the years here at TFB. There was that epic RG-31 .38 revolver kaboom last month. There was also that Palmetto State Armory AR-15 that blew up in Southern California because the owner tried to pound a live round out of the chamber with a cleaning rod. Stay safe out there kids.