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Old February 11th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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Old February 11th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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Cool idea, with a low bore-axis revolver... too severly reduce muzzle flip

I problem is with the EXTREME complexity of the trigger/hammer mechanism. The beauty of a revolver is in its reliable simplicity. These buggers are a nightmare of moving parts on the inside. The hammer you see isn't a hammer. It's a "single action activation lever", which runs a swiss-watch-looking mechanism inside...

In attempting to solve ONE problem, they've created 10 more...

Also, you just created a 1" plus sightline/bore-axis offset, like an AR. Your point of aim will be 1-2" higher than point of impact at all practical distances!

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Old February 24th, 2011, 07:10 PM   #4
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It has the ergonomics of a hairdryer.
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Old February 25th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #5
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^^^ What he said
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Old February 25th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #6
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Thoughts: It looks like someone tried to make the next cool thing and failed. I wouldn't buy one unless it was $30 with a lifetime warranty. Even then it would probably just sit in the safe as a "Hey check this out" gun...
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Old February 25th, 2011, 01:23 AM   #7
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Apparently I'm the only one who thinks this thing is one sweet looking piece.

I haven't shot, held, or even seen one personally, so I can't speak to its ergos. There's a vid review on UTube and the dude said it felt good in hand. Maybe, maybe not. Until I can put many rounds though a rental somewhere, I wouldn't consider it as a purchase.
Old March 13th, 2011, 09:28 AM   #8
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Ugliest thing i've ever seen, however it's a great concept, but the complexity of it kind of bothers me. I've never had an issue with a Good ole S&W, so i'll continue to cling to those.
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- Tames .357 Magnum recoil to .32 levels (according to everyone who has actually shot the thing)


- Uglier than a mud fence

- Vastly over complicated design

- Price is far too high for what it brings to the table
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Old April 21st, 2011, 08:37 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Red-Leg View Post

- Tames .357 Magnum recoil to .32 levels (according to everyone who has actually shot the thing)


- Uglier than a mud fence

- Vastly over complicated design

- Price is far too high for what it brings to the table

I've shot one, and am not that impressed.

The concept is a decent idea in that it directs the recoil of the firearm into your lower palm. The muzzle climb is not that noticeable. I would classify it as a .380 Auto, recoil wise.

As for looks ... well I have seen prettier revolvers, and I think it was a big mistake on Chiapa's part by turning this into a production gun. In my opinion they should stick what they know best. That being movie props, reproduction firearms for reenactors, and high end cartridge rifles.

After firing it I decided that I would rather have a Ruger or S&W for the money paid.
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Old April 21st, 2011, 09:08 PM   #11
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I've handled one and it felt good in the hand. I can see how the muzzle flip would be reduced and it probably would be a good shooter. When you open the cylinder, you realize this is definitely not a S&W. I wasn't sure if there is a way to de-cock it once it is "set to single action mode", as the "hammer" immediately falls back and a little red button comes up telling you its cocked.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 06:33 AM   #12
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Saw/handled one for the first time at a gun show about a month ago. Don't know how they shoot or hold up, but it felt pretty good in my hand. Not nearly as cumbersome as it looks.
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While the Chiappa is not exactly comfortable to shoot, due to the odd wrist angle, it does reduce recoil significantly. You may need an engineering degree to detail strip it.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the Chiappa is beautiful (less ugly anyway) compared to a Mateba's bottom chamber auto-revolver.

Notice where the the trigger sits in relation to the bobtail, compare that to the Chiappa and you'll see what I mean about wrist contortions.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 10:19 AM   #14
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I haven't shot one yet, but did handle one at Fuquay Gun & Gold. I also spotted a White Rhino on the latest episode of Nikita. It showed up in the last 10 minutes or so of the show.
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Originally Posted by bralko85 View Post
Apparently I'm the only one who thinks this thing is one sweet looking piece.
I think it looks awesome, and it also comes in longer barrel sizes that look even more awesome, IMO, than the snubbie. But to each his own, I guess.

Now Chiappa needs to rework the mechanics of it to be a fun and reliable shooting gun, not just a great looking design.

My own personal wheel gun is a Ruger 3" stainless steel piece, and that's the standard Chiappa should aim for in reliability.
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