About the Handgun:
The new Chiappa Rhino barrel is aligned with the bottom most chamber which is the key component to Rhino’s tame characteristics. Due to the lower position of the barrel, the Rhino’s appearance is abstract from any other revolver design. The position of the barrel lowers the center of gravity and yields a centerline of the bore more in line with the shooters arm allowing for the most natural “point ability” while engaging a target.
The natural “point-ability” is only the start of where the Rhino stands alone, this characteristic drastically reduces both recoil and muzzle flip which insures subsequent shots to be on target faster than ever before. The reduction of the recoil allows for the use of ultra light alloys to be used in the construction of the Rhino minimizing any adverse effect. The flat sided cylinder design of the Rhino reduces the typical revolver profile allowing greater concealment.
About the Manufacturer:
Ezechiele Chiappa founded Armi Sport in Italy in 1958. Over the years the company grew and eventually developed into the Chiappa Group in the late 1980's. The Chiappa Group has expanded to several industrial locations in Italy and the United States. The Corporate headquarters are located in Brescia, Italy.
January 1, 2007 Chiappa Firearms began re-structuring their distribution program for North America. Factory representation was based in the United States allowing direct communication for their customers. In addition to the direct North American representation, was the development of a service support center conveniently located in the United States providing warranty service, repairs, as well as Custom Shop service.
In 2009, Chiappa Firearms, Ltd., located in Dayton, Ohio expanded the North American operations moving to a new facility, and began manufacturing products specifically for the US market.
About the Cartridge:
Smith & Wesson introduced this cartridge for its heavy-frame revolver. Ammunition was developed by Winchester in cooperation with Smith & Wesson. Using a lengthened and strengthened version of the .38 Special case, the .357 Magnum was rapidly accepted by hunters and law enforcement. At the time of its introduction, it was claimed to easily pierce the body panels of automobiles and crack engine blocks. While it has less power than the .44 Magnum, it compares favorably to the 10mm Norma and .45 ACP, but with better armor penetration. Today factories offer over fifty different loadings in this caliber.