SHOT Show 2020 – Chiappa Firearms introduces the CBR-9 "Black Rhino" pistol, a brand-new design intended as a personal defense weapon for civilian users and professional operators
First showcased a the 2019 edition of the IWA expo in Nuremberg (Germany), the innovative Chiappa Firearms CBR-9 Black Rhino personal defense weapon made its debut on the US market at the 2020 SHOT Show. The CBR-9 Black Rhino 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 grip-housed magazine for 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 weighs barely 2,2 kilograms in its baseline configuration, but the center of balance is located around the pistol grip which hosts the magazine, thus offering excellent off-hand operation capabilities. The sliding metal strutt or polymer buttstock, along with the front folding grip, provide additional stability and shooting accuracy.
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, jurisdiction-dependant), a magazine loader, a carry sling and a cleaning kit. Versions with a fixed stock or an armbrace, versions without a folding foregrip, and a carbine variant with a 18.6” barrel shrouded in a faux suppressor are also available on the US market.