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Old July 20, 2018, 05:59 PM   #26
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Seems a lot of internet talk without many first hand experiences.
I relayed two first hand experiences but folks who believe these are a high quality product seem to think that Chiappa products are only shoddy on the internet.

Outside of the Rhino and it's extremely complicated and convoluted inner design, what do the masses think about OTHER products from Chiappa?

It's been my observation that Chiappa offers two grades... total crap for low money and overpriced crap for high money.

I still want to own a Rhino. If I could find a 4 or 6 inch for $400 or under that isn't broke before I touch it, I am a buyer. That's how impressed I am with the bottom chamber concept.

By and large, judging Chiappa on their products, I am actually shocked they are still in business this far. Shocked.
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Old August 13, 2018, 05:19 PM   #27
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After reading mostly negative things on the internet, I talked to two people who actually did own and shoot them, and both had good things to say. I was interested in the concept and eventually did buy a Rhino 60DS with the 6 inch barrel. Took it to the range last week to see what all the fuss was about. Yes... UGLY gun, yes... doesn't exude quality like my Sigs or my little Beretta Tomcat, but after putting about 30 rounds through it, have to say it truly does turn a 357 Magnum recoil into a 9mm recoil, no question. Especially in the 6 inch model I have which is a bit heavier. As far as quality, time will tell. Fit and finish were on par with most of my other handguns, but then I'm not that hard to please.

Bottom line, the concept WORKS. Based on my first range time with it, I can foresee firing full 357 loads through this 60DS all day long and not go home with a sore hand/ wrist. My SP101, probably because it's so light, I only put 38 SPL through it because after a few cylinders of 357 my hand starts to hurt.
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Old August 13, 2018, 06:40 PM   #28
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Old August 15, 2018, 10:10 AM   #29
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I want one Rhino too. Most likely the 50D or the 40D. They also added a "race" version of the clockwork to their catalog developed for IDPA et similia competitions.
It is just too expensive for me at the moment but I would love to get one sooner or later.
As far as quality of Chiappa product is concerned I have been shooting one of their Win '92 lever action for four years now, and I think it is a great gun. Works great in CAS matches and it had withstand flawlessly a couple of thousands rounds per year. There are better designs for CAS by I wanted something capable to run also "bear loads" (not that we have bears here...). I also had great support from the factory always providing me with the small spares I needed for free (mainly the port gate spring get soft and the best is to replace the part). I live a two hours drive from the factory so it is easy for me to get there and have everything fixed and set up by them and tested in their range. Anyway they have always been very supportive and kindly to me.
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Old August 15, 2018, 08:42 PM   #30
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"They also added a "race" version of the clockwork to their catalog developed for IDPA et similia competitions."

What is this you speak of? I'm interested.
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Old August 16, 2018, 04:20 AM   #31
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Andy, I took a look but from the company network I cannot access "weapons" websites due to "ethic restrictions"...
Anyway the model is named "Charging Rhino". Look for this in Chiappa's website.
It was developed by one of the Chiappa guys I had the chance to meet and speak to in a couple of matches. He works at Chiappa and used to compete for them and they worked on a competition (as opposed to defensive) version of their revolver. He said it came out very well. I had the chance to shoot a cylinder but not being an expert in IDPA cannot compare it to other brands. It just felt nice in my hands and recoil was negligible.
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Old August 17, 2018, 09:51 PM   #32
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Dang-it. It's only in 9mm with a 6 inch barrel.
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Old August 18, 2018, 03:23 AM   #33
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I'd get the 6" barrel.

Would have an EXCELLENT thump factor rating and accuracy should be incredible.
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Old August 18, 2018, 04:04 AM   #34
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I decided to pick up the 325 Thunder Ranch instead.
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