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Chiappa Rhino 200D .357 Magnum Review

– Hey guys, James again for TFB TV. I am really excited today to bring to you a full review of the Chiappa Rhino. Today I’ve got the 200 DS which is the two inch barrel,
.357 version of this gun. Let’s get the elephant out of the room or should I say Rhino
out of the room first and that is the fact that this gun fires from the bottom cylinder unlike every other
revolver, pretty much ever. Now, why would Chiappa do that and the answer’s very simple because transfer of recoil. Instead of firing from the top cylinder which tends to bring that recoil from higher access over
the top of your wrist, with the Rhino, the recoil goes directly backwards into your wrist, your elbow, your arm, so that’s supposed to mitigate the effects of recoil, lead to faster follow up shots and just make it an all around easier gun to shoot. It kind of makes you wonder, why didn’t anyone think of this before and the truth of the matter is, it really complicates the
mechanics of the revolver. With the revolver that fires from the top cylinder, the
traditional revolver, you have an exposed external hammer. Now while the Rhino looks
like it has a hammer here at the top, this
is in fact not a hammer but a cocking lever that
cocks an internal hammer. So this is a little bit more complex than your conventional revolver. Firing from the bottom cylinder brings another issue to bear that you don’t necessarily run into all that often in a conventional top
cylinder firing revolver and that is the fact that you want to keep your hands away
from the explosion. (gun shot) Did you get a little? – Yeah. – [James] It’s not that bad. – It tells you it’s there. – Yeah, obviously, you
have a cylinder gap, you have gas bleed off in revolvers. Well typically that, coming
from the top cylinder means that it’s well away from where your grip fingers are going to be. Not so much with the Rhino. The Rhino comes with specific instructions to modify your grip, to keep your fingers away
from the cylinder gap. They’ve got a little thumb shelf here that kind of helps with your dominant hand and reminding you to
keep those thumbs low. The frame is made out of extremely high grade 70/75 aluminum which is top of the line in terms
of strength to density. The aluminum frame also
keeps the weight down on this gun so it only weighs 24 ounces which is a pound and a half. Pretty impressive for a
.357, a six shot .357 Magnum. Your closest competition for this gun is going to be the Smith
and Wesson J- frames that only hold five rounds. It has a steel barrel insert in the frame. It also uses a steel hexagonal cylinder What that means is it’s
a six sided cylinder that’s flat on all sides
to keep the profile low and to keep the weight down. It also has a steel
breach face to the rear of the cylinder for obvious reasons and that is to keep this gun from being beat up too much
firing .357 Magnum loads. It’s got a really nice rubberized grip that has a very high squishy content, I think is the technical term. It’s got some good bounce to it. It’s grippable. It’s not a hard plastic grip
but a very flexible rubber grip and hopefully, that also
helps dealing with the recoil. The cylinder release is this little lever here on the left hand side of the gun. The ejector rod works perfectly. It’s very smooth and as you can see, it’s pretty long too so it will really get those stuck casings out of there. But, it’s a little bit
flimsier than I would like. The cylinder also triple locks which is pretty good. Keeps the cylinder nice and tight and aligned with the barrel. It’s got a little indent built into where the cylinder arm swings. It’s got a locking lug
underneath the cylinder and then, of course, it locks into the rear of the breach face. Chiappa’s ingeniously integrated the rear site into the cocking lever at the back of the gun and the front sight is a fiber optic front sight. A double action trigger is over 12 pounds so I got a no read on my trigger scale. However, the single action trigger is almost exactly four pounds every time. The double action trigger’s pretty smooth. (gun shots) Not a lot of take up, no over travel and consistent pressure pretty
much throughout the pull. It’s a little on the heavy side and a little bit longer than I like but this is a defensive
gun so that’s not really that much of a problem to me. And I’ll also say this, Chiappa has five different trigger packs
available from the factory. Now my only gripes about the gun so far. When you cock the gun, a little red flag pops out of the rear, to the
left hand side of the gun. This wouldn’t be that big of a deal, in fact, it would be somewhat helpful if it wasn’t the exact same
color as the front sight post. So it can be a little
distracting if you’re trying to quickly acquire a target. Another issue I see, is the fact that it’s got a two inch barrel. While it keeps the gun pretty compact and easy to conceal which is really the purpose of this gun. You lose a lot of velocity going from a three inch barrel to a two inch barrel. When you lose an inch, when you go from five
inches to four inches or six inches to five inches, that loss isn’t that great but it’s pretty severe going from three to two. To put it into context for you, if you’re shooting a 115 grain, nine millimeter round
through a three inch barrel plus P, you’re going to get roughly 1,200 feet per second. Whereas if you’re shooting a .357 Magnum 125 grain round out of this Chiappa Rhino with a two inch barrel, you’ll be lucky to break over 1,000 feet per second. Maybe, at most, 1,100 feet per second. So strictly by the numbers, the energy output is
going to be pretty similar between a three inch plus P
or plus P plus nine millimeter and the .357 Magnum coming out of the two inch barrel. So that’s something to consider whenever you decide to
choose one of these guns. I don’t know what the MSRP is on this gun but street price, I’ve
seen them floating around for seven, 750 dollars and that may sound like a bruiser but you can’t compare a .357 Magnum snubby of this quality to something like a .38 Special J-frame that you can get for three
or four hundred dollars. In fact, if you look at other kind of hybrid metal like aluminum, steel blends, that shoot .357 Magnum, you’ll actually find that the Rhino is kind of on the low to average end of that price scale. Anyways, enough talking about it. I really can’t wait to shoot this thing and I may even be carrying it sometime in the future so let’s
take it to the range. – [Voiceover] I mean you got to– (gun shot) get that angle. (gun shots) – [Voiceover] You get way in
the back after that backslash. – I’m at 10 meters, I’ve
got a silhouette target behind me and I am loaded with self defense hollow points. Let’s see how it does. (gun shots) So, a little erratic
and it’s breathing fire but rapid fire double action, to get those kind of hits
at 10 meters, I’ll take it. (gun shots) I mean, this thing, it
performs as advertised, in that you’re getting
recoil straight back into your wrist, into
your elbow, into your arm and it’s surprisingly light and flowing. Very effective design. Another thing I want to note, I did get my thumbs, my secure thumb, right by the cylinder gap whenever I was shooting it and it was unpleasant but that’s how I would describe it. It didn’t burn, I’m not bleeding, my finger didn’t fall off. I mean, I think, in
the heat of the moment, if you were firing this in
a defensive application, you wouldn’t even notice. – [Voiceover] You got it. (gun shot) – [James] All in all, I’ve
been thoroughly impressed with the Chiappa Rhino today. I would carry this gun (gun shot) without hesitation (gun shots). So far so good. Wrapping up my review
of the Chiappa Rhino. I’m having a hard time finding something that I don’t like about it. Now, I mentioned earlier that while it has a two inch barrel and that
can hurt your ballistics, that’s endemic to the sub compact, sub nosed revolver,
that class of firearms, not necessarily just the Rhino so that isn’t really a
problem with the Rhino per se. Also, I’ve read some reviews elsewhere where people have complained about the double action trigger and I’ll admit I’ve felt
better double action triggers and I’m not using that euphemistically, I mean I’ve literally felt
better double action triggers but there’s nothing really
wrong with this one. Especially considering the fact that this is a gun made for
carry, for personal defense so you don’t want
something too light weight and it’s single action. The four pound trigger pull is just fine. I guess the only thing
left to complain about would be the 700 to 750 dollar price tag but then again, you’re
talking premium build quality with the Rhino and it’s going to be comparable if not less than other guns of similar build quality. If there’s something I missed, please let me know in the comments but I’ve been impressed with this gun. I can’t find anything wrong with it. I’m probably gong to end up carrying one if I ever need to carry a revolver. And it works as advertised meaning, they call it the revolver revolution, firing from the bottom cylinder and the reduction of recoil. I’m telling you, it’s the truth. I had never shot a Rhino
before doing this review and I’m going to have a hard time going back to not shooting a Rhino. So two thumbs up. Good job Chiappa with this Rhino and I highly recommend it to anybody who’s in the market for a
six shooter, .357 carry gun. Thanks for watching guys. See you next time. (lively music)

100 thoughts on “Chiappa Rhino 200D .357 Magnum Review

  1. "Let's get the Elephant out of the room… or should I say, get the Rhino out of the room first."

    God damnit, James

  2. An excellent demo really showing a cool little, big gun with minimal recoil. Thank you. Lots of dumb comments below trying to be funny but not so funny. Wake up boys and pull your head out of your Rhino.

  3. I'm thinking a variant chambered in .357 Sig, with a 2.5" barrel and contoured half-shield between the frame and the parts above it might be just what Chiappa Rhino's need to make a comeback. Still, if you're dumb enough to put your hand beside a revolver's gap, good luck. Those things were probably meant to be fired 1-handed in the heat of the moment.

  4. Give me a lighter trigger3/7….and as a big guy. I could use this as a back up, and I just went shooting, I had a chance to shoot a Rhino! All I can say is impressed. I went into the Armory at the range n bought a box of 130 g hp, like you said… damn if I had the entire box gone in 10 min! Pit of 50 rounds I hit 47 center & head target shot. …. the first 3 shots I missed because one has to Position himself differently for direct Lethal target 🎯 hits with this firearm! And after the third shot you see exactly where you’re at and instead of looking at that stupid second read that it pops up I hate that thing my friend took his girlfriends nail polish and paint over it with Black and that made this gone a lot easier to shoot he says, and I believe him. But yeah I want to have this thing dialed in you know exactly where you’re at so even if you put it in the defense of position you probably will miss the first couple but you’ll see where those went in your stance and you will definitely dial in and those last four will be right on the money


  6. There actually has been quite a number of bottom firing revolvers throughout history. Granted, the Chiappa line is arguably the most popular and prolific.

  7. Looks cheap and dangerous! Too involved for a real scenario. Too easy to make a mistake.

    It won’t be around long!

  8. Poor firearm handling skills not keeping count of your spent rounds rookie mistake to much on the I’m a model side get a bigger shirt

  9. Hands out of the way is obvious. Your shooting hand should have its thumb tucked under your support hands thumb and pressing down gently to keep both thumbs clear of any moving parts and expanding gasses. If people are getting burned, it's because they need training.

  10. Shoot one handed, wont get burned. I shoot one handed regardless, just saying. Then you can put another gun in your other hand.

  11. Just a little too cutsie for this old school boy. Also the bbl length makes this a self defense (life or death) weapon. If I'm going to carry a "stubie" revolver for SD, something that HAS to work EVERY time, think I'll go with a totally tride and true weapon, say like a S&W

  12. Don't lie, they put the barrel on the bottom so they could charge more for it. I'm on to this shifty Italians and their Plastic cars

  13. Well, then you wouldn't chamber the thing in .357 mag, unless you like to be blinded when shooting at low light night time and allow your adversary an advantage while you wait for your vision to return.

  14. "Bottom chamber", not "bottom cylinder". Aside from the Mateba, there was that fictional revolver in Cowboy Bebop that belonged to Spike Spiegel – you see it being fired in the opening of each episode.

  15. You should probably do your research before spouting nonsense. The Mateba Model 6 Unica was produced in 1997 by Emilio Ghisoni. That is the original, inspired work of the Rhino. Who was also the co-maker of the rhino as well. Chiappa might be the manufacturer, but the genius goes to Emilio.

  16. The mateba has a barrel at the bottom cylinder years before. Also it’s a semi auto revolver. Really cool design

  17. 380 th taurus veio para corrigir os defeitos das outras pistola que foi doado aos pliciais civis e militar; foi uma tristeza; presidentes: lula e dilma. Kkkkkkkk

  18. Why in the world do you eject the shells with the cylinder pointing up? Asking for bad ejection I’m guessing? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  19. Don't have time to read every comment but in case not mentioned, it fires from the bottom chamber, not the bottom cylinder. Only one cylinder in gun.

  20. There was a revolver manufactured with not only a bottom barrel but also was semi auto, not double action actual semi auto fire, looks great too but quite rare now.

  21. It's named right,,..cause it looks like a Wart on a Rhino's Ass…that's one homely looking pistol,, it's pure Fugly…

  22. great video – I wish the caliber differences presentation had been done not at the shooting range since the noise from the shots fired make it difficult to follow… thanks!

  23. I carry this gun and a horrible shot at 21 feet. I'm now convinced that if my attacker is more that 10 feet out, not shooting it, unless I dont have a choice.

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