the upside down revolver

Take a look at this video. It’s some footage of the Chiappa Rhino .357 revolver. If you take a close look, the barrel is at 6 o’clock on the cylinder instead of at 12. That means that the recoil is directed almost straight into the arm instead of cranking upwards on the wrist. Muzzle whip is reduced and follow-up shots faster to acquire. Very interesting. I wonder how well the concept will take on?

An interesting vid that shows how the firing mechanism in this bad boy works:

What makes this video interesting is that it shows just how much of a precision instrument a revolver really is. While the set-up here is unique, most revolvers have more going on behind those grips than many realize.

The common lore regarding revolvers focuses on how reliable they are..they dont jam, all you have to do is point and pull the trigger, etc. etc. All of that is true, but that is not due to simplicity of design. Revolvers have many precise parameters they have to meet to function. Cylinders need precise clearances, they need to rotate to exact positions, springs and levers need to join trigger to hammer to cylinder, etc. A wheel-gun’s reliability isn’t necessarily due to the KISS principle.



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