Chiappa Rhino Revolver

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Italian firearms manufacturer Armi Chiappa have developed a very cool looking .357 Magnum snubnosed revolver called the Chiappa Rhino Revolver.

It sure does resemble its namesake

Its angular design and the fact that it fires from the bottom chamber, unlike most other revolvers, gives it an appearance that closely resembled the legendary Mateba Autorevolver. Having a barrel fire from the lower chamber is supposed to help tame recoil and reduce muzzle flip.

Caliber357 Mag.
Capacity6 rounds
Rate of twist1:18.5″
Weight24 ounces

Gun Holsters and Gear spoke to the company and found out that they may be available stateside at the end of the year.

Mateba Model 6 Unica autorevolver. Production of this pistol has ceased.

UPDATE: Daniel points out below in the comments that the Rhino and Mateba were both designed by the same person, Mr Emilio Ghisoni.

From the Rhino Patent.
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Subase Subase on Jul 15, 2011

    You now what would be useful and very easy to do with this revolver? A covered cylinder of sorts that would prevent the cylinder from being held in a gun grab thus enabling the revolver to fire.

  • Durboraw Durboraw on Jan 14, 2012

    Let us not only work on the outside beauty of our self but let us work on the insides as well. Beauty is indeed wellness to the body. Considering a stable and healthy living is one factor to defy age..