Chiappa Rhino 60DS, a Short Review – If I started talking about “a weird, futuristic looking revolver” you’d almost immediately know I was talking about the Chiappa Rhino 60DS.
This .357 variety (at least mine) is a pretty odd gun, but it covers all the bases and its signature look isn’t only for form though, it’s also functional. It’s probably one of my favorite revolvers in the rotation at the moment, however, it’s not a revolver you absolutely need to buy right away.
There are plenty of reasons to get it, but it’s definitely a “buy it when you have a good chunk of change to spend” gun.
Read on to find out more about the Chiappa Rhino chambered in .357 Magnum.
Chiappa Rhino 60DS: The Specs
The pistol looks like it was pulled straight out of the year 2080. It has hard edges and an angular cylinder, something I’m personally a fan of. The hammer is almost entirely shrouded by metal when forward. My pistol came with wooden grips that were nicely stippled and fit my hand well. You’ll also find that there are weight reduction holes cut out of the top where your barrel would normally sit.
This brings us to the defining physical aspect of the Chiappa Rhino: the low bore axis barrel. This changes things significantly.
Chiappa claims that the lower barrel aligns it with the wrist, hands, and arms giving way to virtually no muzzle rise. While this isn’t true, it does considerably reduce recoil, even for .357 magnum, which isn’t particularly soft shooting. I was extremely impressed. If the smaller version has anywhere near the same recoil reduction, it would be a worthy carry piece if you like revolvers.
The accuracy is acceptable. It’s not blowing every other revolver out of the water, but it’ll get the job done for sure. Shooting at 25 yards gave me pretty tight groups, even with iron sights. If you want to throw an optic on the top picatinny rail, you can probably get some much better shots than me. I didn’t end up vigorously testing out to long distances but I took a few shots. They all landed on the target. I didn’t get any fliers so I’m happy with it.
I think its mix of accuracy, caliber, and lack of recoil would make this a great “in the woods” gun. It might be a little big for an open-carry gun, but I don’t really recommend open carry in general if you can help it.
The Chiappa Rhino 60DS is a weird gun, but it proves itself with some excellent design choices like the barrel that reduces recoil and solid accuracy that’ll get the job done in any situation that calls for .357 mag. The only problem is that the Rhino is going to put a pretty big dent in your bank account. The Chiappa Rhino 60DS retails for nearly $1300 which is a pretty steep price to pay even if it is awesome.
So yeah, buy the Chiappa Rhino 60DS with caution. It’s a fantastic weapon and I’m glad I have it in my collection.
Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.