In this week’s Wheelgun Wednesday we will walk you down memory lane with a short synopsis of TFB’s coverage of the Chiappa Rhino over the past 11 years it has been in existence, and also cover Chiappa’s NEW Charging Rhino Gen II 60DS revolver chambered in 9mm. Chiappa Firearms and their lineup of Rhino revolvers are somewhat overlooked by the wheelgun community, but definitely not by TFB. This could be contributed to a series of factors from them having their one model – the Rhino – being their lone prominent, claim-to-fame. It could also be due to potentially less advertising in the United States being an imported revolver. Nevertheless, TFB has 11 articles covering the Chiappa Rhino revolvers that you can review and are listed below:
Once you have fully reviewed all of our prior coverage of Chiappa’s Rhinos, let us then introduce to you the NEW Charging Rhino Gen II 60DS! Your first question likely is… What is new with the Gen II?… and that is a very fair question. Chiappa dove inside the Charging Rhino’s internals and separated certain components to allow for more adjustment by the user. Hopefully, this affords shooters a more pleasurable shooting experience. The complete specification listing for the Charging Rhino Gen II can be read below as presented by Chiappa:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Action: Double Action Only
- Barrel Length: 6″
- Capacity: 6
- Grips: Laminate
- Front Sight: Fixed Fiber Optic
- Rear Sight: Adjustable
- Safety: Internal
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Length: 10.5″
- Material: Ergal Frame, Steel Barrel & Breech Shield
- Finish: Cerakote Slate
- Additional Notes: Improved Trigger, Includes 10 Moon Clips + Removal Tool
Chiappa will have 2 different variations being offered to the public – a standard Charging Rhino and a Cali-compliant Charging Rhino – both with MSRPs of $1,624. This is an admittedly expensive revolver, but the creativity, ingenuity, and more controllable recoil impulse makes the asking price very understandable. Being that the Charging Rhino is chambered in 9mm, it is great that Chiappa gives you 10 moon clips and a spent-casing removal tool to keep the good times rolling when you are at the range. Chiappa goes on to explain some of the other upgrades that make the Charging Rhino Gen II worth owning in their press release statement below:
The Charging Rhino Revolver Gen II is equipped with additional features that give the shooter the ability to fine tune their shooting experience. The hammer spring and the trigger return spring have been separated for individual adjustment or replacement. In addition, the trigger travel stop is also adjustable. The Charging Rhino Gen II is dressed in a Kobalt Kinetics Slate Cerakote finish that compliments the finger grooved Charging Rhino grip. Topped with fiber optic sights on a 6-inch target barrel, this double action only revolver is chambered in 9mm Luger and includes 10 moon clips with removal tool.
As outlined above, Chiappa has reconfigured the internal components of the Charging Rhino Gen II into more components, instead of less, in order to actually allow for more individual adjustment and customization by the owner. If you want to get an improved Hammer Spring, Trigger Return Spring, and/or both you now have that option. Also, you can hand-configure the Trigger Travel Stop to your personal liking for an improved trigger travel and reset experience. If you want to replace/upgrade any components you have in your Rhino revolver you can do that directly by ordering parts from Chiappa Firearms.
If you have any questions or are authentically unsure what you need to order to upgrade your wheelgun you can always contact Chiappa Firearms directly for their knowledgeable guidance. I would honestly suggest that because they could give you tips, tricks, and directions as to how you can improve your Hammer Spring, Trigger Return Spring, and Trigger Travel Stop to achieve the best results possible. For those who have not had the ability to polish up and improve the trigger mechanism on a revolver, it can be an absolute game-changer for the accuracy you are able to achieve; and thus, your confidence in your firearm.
I personally have not had the opportunity to review a Chiappa Charging Rhino, but every time I have tested one at a firearm industry event or trade show I have enjoyed firing them. Maybe 2021 will be the year TFB gets some more hot coverage of the Charging Rhino Gen II as well as other variations within the Chiappa Firearms portfolio. As always, let us know all of your thoughts in the Comments below! We always appreciate your feedback.