Laugo Arms Alien Pistol may have the “lowest bore axis in the world,” it is certainly not the only lowest bore axis small firearms. There is, in fact, a bunch of them, including Chiappa Rhino you see here today. Like the Alien, Chiappa Rhino range of revolvers stood out with its unique design.
Now, the straight edge, minimal design is not for everyone, but I am digging it anyways. Chiappa claims that Rhino is the most innovative development in revolver technology in decades and it certainly is.
Putting the unconventional, somewhat Blade Runner 2049–ish look aside, it is, well, low bore axis. And by virtue of the low bore axis design, the Rhino fires from the bottom of the cylinder as opposed to the traditional top and this result in significant reduction in muzzle rise as well as recoil, which is transferred almost directly to the palm of your hand.
Chiappa Rhino boasts an aluminum alloy frame and barrel shroud, as opposed to modern day norm of polymer used.
It has the usual accessory rails for lights or lasers (on the 4-, 5- and 6-inch barrel models only; not on the 2-inch model, obviously), along with unique features like snag resistant “hammer” which is actually a cocking device, a completely enclosed firing mechanism that allows both single and double action firing, a cocked indicator to indicate the hammer status, a hexagonal cylinder that keeps the width to a minimum, and easy to see fiber optic front sight.
Chiappa Firearms is an Italy-based arms manufacturer. And yes, you totally can find Chiappa Rhino in stateside selling for $1,040-$2,990.
Images: Chiappa Firearms.
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