Rhino Bottom Barrel

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Kestral, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Kestral

    Kestral Member

    Just received a catalog from Chiappa ( Italy )showing they are still retailing the 38/357 2" to 6" bottom barrel revolver.I hope to order one, the 4" if I can get around the freight problems we now have..
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    I've seen/read about them and while I think they're ugly as sin, I'd still love to get my hands on one to shoot. Function and purpose comes before eye appeal in the case of a firearm, I'd like to see for myself how much of a difference the offset barrel makes.. I haven't seen one in any of the LGS's yet, but I'm sure it won't be long.

  3. Dutchboy

    Dutchboy Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    I've only held one. Never shot one. It's a butt ugly gun, but it does feel very comfortable in the hand. The price tag was over $700. Kind of steep.
  4. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    I think they are "neat" looking - nice concept - kind of a simplified MATEBA???
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    They had a good write up in the American Rifleman this month. I agree that is it a very ugly gun, but I too would would like to fire one.
  6. AmmoForSale.com

    AmmoForSale.com New Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    I got to handle one at a local shop but it was just purchased before I walked in. The new owner was nice enough to let me check it out. There was a bit of a line to get some hands on.

    It is ugly as sin but I like to support advancements. I own a Bullmastiff so ugly is good for me.

    38 spl ammo for sale
  7. 45Auto

    45Auto Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    It looks alot like the discontinued Mateba Model 6 Unica (also Italian). For this reason, I would be concerned that, like the makers of the Mateba, the manufacturer of this revolver will not stand behind their warrantly.
  8. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Active Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Florida
    IMO, the 2" is fugly but the 6". I don't know what's wrong with me, but I could own the 6" stainless:

    .357 Magnum Chiappa Rhino 60DS 6 inch Barrel.jpg
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