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Just got off the blower with Ron Norton, President of Chiappa Firearms. As we suspected, the ignition problems described by Mr. Dumm in his most recent Rhino review are peculiar to the handgun’s internal hammer. “Comparing our gun to a Smith & Wesson or Colt-style revolver is like comparing apples and oranges,” Big Ron tells TTAG. “Their hammer is more than twice as heavy.” Weight for it . . . “We’ve already put in a heavier hammer spring and increased the hammer weight by 40 percent.” Which wasn’t enough, apparently . . .

“We’re getting some heavier hammers in any day,”Ron promises. “We’ll put them in your gun.” So TTAG is sending the Rhino back to its maker for modification two. We will, of course, keep you posted.

All of which brings to mind the Bard’s admonition: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” A little more thrust and the Rhino just much achieve lift-off.

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  1. Yeeesh, what will the trigger pull feel like after a heavier hammer / spring are installed.
    I heard that the double action pull was not that great to begin with..

  2. I’m planning on getting the 4 inch in a year or two once I have some extra cash to burn and all the kinks are worked out. Thanks for keeping us updated.


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