So I’m watching upcoming movie trailers on my iPad the other night when I notice something crazy. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biels star in the 2012 remake of the 1990 weirdo classic, “Total Recall.” Well in the official trailer I see Farrell take out a squad of LEO of some sort then they pan to a close up of the gun he’s holding and it LOOOOKS like a tricked out (or not) Chiappa Rhino revolver. I got to shoot the new .40 S&W Rhino 40DS at Media Day at the Range for SHOT SHOW 2012. The Rhino is special because the barrel is lined up with the bottom half of the cylinder on the pistol lowering the bore axis all the way down to create a straight line from the muzzle to your elbow. Supposedly this increases accuracy and felt recoil substantially for the shooter allowing faster follow up shots and greater confidence with heavier rounds.
Take into consideration that the Rhino allegedly has a tracking chip built into the grip, it really brings into question whether this gun is worth the trouble whether or not you can deactivate it by putting it in the microwave. I generally make it a rule to never put any of my guns in a microwave. This gun did have an upside though. The trigger whether in double or single action was a pleasure to pull, and though it looks awful the grip is very comfortable and ergonomically friendly. Even though it’s a super cool looking revolver, I think the closest look I’ll ever get to doing a gun review on one will be watching Total Recall 2012 when it comes out in August.