By Kate Krueger
Mostly referred to as that ugly little revolver the Chiappa Rhino 2” 200D is also one great little shooter. Its design started out in Sci-Fi/Action Thrillers such as “Serenity” or “Gamer.” Its heavily modified predecessor, the Mateba auto-revolver, was featured in films like these. The look and feel was so unique they were ideal for Sci-Fi shows. This lowered-barrel, flat-cylinder and unique-profiled handgun was designed by Italian Mateba founder Emilio Ghisoni. You can see the resemblance to its Semi Auto cousin the Model 6 Unica aka Mateba Auto Revolver.
Ghisoni sold the Mateba Company and its designs around 2000, but continued to design firearms. He knew that his low barrel design was sound and cut the recoil of defensive caliber. He collaborated with competitive shooter and founder of the FAR cartridge system, Antonio Caduzzo. They worked together on some minor design changes and upon Ghisoni death in 2008 Caduzzo found a partner in Chiappa. Chiappa made a snub design and sent this ugly little gun to our shores…
This little revolver’s low barrel design makes shooting it an absolute pleasure. Weighing in at only 24 ounces I had no great expectations when I had the opportunity to shoot it a couple of years ago in Las Vegas. But I was so surprised by its handling, light recoil, low muzzle flip and accuracy. It wa
s very surprising in a 2” snub and certainly not
something I’ve grown to expect in a 357 Magnum. As many folks know the handy little 38 short barrel that tends to conceal so well are not generally known for being conducive to having a fun shooting experience. They have a role in our defensive package but not as a pleasure shooter. We were shooting CCI 158 gr 357 magnums; the light recoil was so unexpected that I had to check the ammo to make sure I was not shooting 38 specials.
When I finally got another opportunity to shoot this little sweetheart again I tried 38 specials and it was amazing. You could comfortably shoot this at the range for pleasure. Except that it was too darn cold again at the range to really spend the day. I went back to 357’s and enjoyed the shooting experience as much as I did the first time. This is definitely a firearm that is great for self-defense AND shooting on a regular basis. So in my book it’s a win all the way around.
Kate has a strong firearms and martial arts background. She is
an NRA Instructor and a certified Arizona Concealed Carry instructor as well. Her thirst for knowledge has led her to training facilities around the country, Smith & Wesson, Lethal Force Institute (now Massad Ayoob Group), Chapman Academy, Gunsite to name a few. Kate is very passionate about the United States of America and all it stands for particularly the 2nd Amendment and our Constitution. Today she brings all that passion and skill together for you with Talking Guns. You can listen to Kate, Sundays from 12-2pm on 1100KFNX Radio www.katekruegertalkingguns.com