The Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino was first announced during IWA 2019 exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. Next year, during 2020 Shot Show a slightly modified “US legal” version was announced in USA. Sales of the Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino are planned for 2020.
Nominally, as designed, Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino is a semi-automatic pistol caliber carbine, which is based on experimental Tanfoglio TCMP submachine gun, designed in Italy circa 2016. In some countries Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino can be legally classified as a “pistol” / “handgun”, due to its relatively short barrel. For US market is is further modified with removal of a forward pistol grip and replacement of the shoulder stock with so-called arm brace of telescoped design. It can be used for recreational or sport shooting, as well as for home defense.
Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino is a semi-automatic weapon (pistol or carbine), which uses simple blowback action. Bolt (breechblock) of the gun is relatively light, and to reduce its recoil speed its hammer arranged “upside down” inside the upper receiver, and bolt acts upon the hammer near its rotational axis, in the roughly same manner as in Austrian Mannlicher M1901 pistol. Gun is also equipped with internal polymer buffer that cushions bolt impact at the end of its rearward stroke. Upper receiver of the CBR-9 is made from aluminum alloy. Lower receiver, along with pistol grip and trigger guard, is made from polymer. Trigger is of single action type, with ambidextrous safety levers. Folding charging handle can be set up on either side of the gun.
Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino uses proprietary double stack, single feed magazines of unusual asymmetric design. According to the company literature, such magazines intended to improve reliability of the feed system. Magazines are inserted into the pistol grip. In ist standard configuration, Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino carbine is fitted with retractable shoulder stock and folding forward grip. As said above, US version will have different arrangements to confirm to legal definition of a “pistol”; otherwise, with barrel of roughly 11 inches long, Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino would be considered as restricted Class III “short barreled rifle” in USA. Gun is equipped with integral Picatinny rail on the top of the receiver, and has back-up iron sights with fiber-optics inserts.
|Full text name||Chiappa CBR-9 Black Rhino pistol caliber carbine (Italy)|
|Caliber cartridge||9mm Luger - 9x19 Luger / Parabellum, 9x21 IMI|
|Overall length, mm||630|
|Length, folded, mm||430|
|Barrel length, mm||225|
|Weight empty, kg||2.18|
|Magazine capacity, rounds||15, 18|