IWA 2019 - Chiappa Firearms introduces the CBR-9 ‘Black Rhino’ pistol, a brand-new weapon intended for personal defense and professional activities
Moving from its traditional production line, but following a logic started with the Rhino revolver, at IWA 2019 the Italian manufacturer Chiappa Firearms has introduced a new personal defense weapon: the CBR-9 Black Rhino.
We had announced it days ago, but now we have seen and touched it at the German show in Nuremberg. Not something “just like” anything else already seen around, the CBR-9 Black Rhino is an original project.
The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino (see the official, beautiful brochure...) is a 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol, built around a steel upper receiver hosting all mechanical components and a polymer lower receiver, hosting the ejector and the magazine, inside the grip, which provides a better balance in off-hand operation and shooting.
A blowback-operated pistol, the CBR-9 Black Rhino features a low-weight bolt and an inverted-operation, heavy hammer. This peculiar interlocking system between the hammer and the bolt provides an inertial increment for a superior reliability in all situations and with any load.
The CBR-9 Black Rhino feeds through double-stack, single-feeding proprietary magazines featuring a patented feed lip system that can withstand substantial use and undergo deformation without affecting negatively the overall reliability of the system. Magazines are available in 15, 18 and 30 rounds versions, depending from local laws and regulations.
Featuring a substantially lower barrel axis than many similar firearms on the market, the Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino provides superior controllability in rapid fire. A patented high-effectiveness flash hider drastically reduces muzzle blast for operation in low-light conditions when muzzle flash could impair the shooter’s vision.
The CBR-9 weights 2,2 kilograms, but the barycenter is located in the area of the pistol grip, hosting the magazine, so offering a balanced off-hand operation also. The sliding (metal struts) stock e polymer buttstock, along with the front folding grip provide additional stability and precision shooting.
The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes equipped with low-profile, high-visibility fiber-optic emergency sights. A full-length top MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny rail and two front rails at sides of the front grip offer plenty of room for flip-up open sights, red dot sights or other kind of accessories.
The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes with a set of three safeties: an automatic safety against accidental hammer drop; a trigger safety; and a manual safety, to provide one of the highest levels of safety in a firearm of this class.
The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino has been designed to allow both left-handed or right-handed operations: the slide stop release lever is ambidextrous, while the cocking handle, the magazine release catch and the manual safety are reversible.
The location of all key components within the upper receiver makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze. The weapon strips AR-15 style, easily and without tools, by simply removing the flash hider and the large passing pin located at the back of the receiver.
The Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino comes in a dedicated case with 4 magazines (two 15 or 18 rounds magazines, plus two 30 rounds magazines, depending on local laws and regulations), a magazine loader, a carry sling and a cleaning kit.