Harley Quinn wielded one bad ass revolver in 2016s hit film Suicide Squad
But was it just a prop or the real deal?
Harley Quinn’s Chiappa Rhino 60 DS revolver review
by Mike Garman
I’m sure many of you saw the movie Suicide Squad. Love it or hate it there were a lot of very cool firearms in the movie. One that peaked my interest was the revolver used by Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn. It looked like a movie prop gun, but it’s not! It is a Chiappa Firearms Rhino 60 DS, which is a 6 inch barreled .357 magnum revolver. After seeing the movie I went to my local Federal Firearms License holder, Joe Luhn of Crazzy Joe’s firearms to see if I could test one. It took a while for the dealer to get one in, as they seem to be fairly rare. With a list price of almost $1000 and a street price of $860, they are not cheap either.
The first thing you notice when you pull it out of the box is that it’s, well, just weird looking and looks like it weighs a ton, but it is surprisingly light. It is though very barrel heavy, and this helps tame the recoil. The other unique feature is that instead of the barrel in line with the top cylinder, it is in line with the bottom cylinder. The intent of this is to put the recoil impulse in line with your wrist and forearm in an effort to reduce recoil. This combined with the heavy barrel reduces recoil and barrel flip to the point where it is barely noticeable.
Some other features that make this a really good shooter is the cylinder release is located high up on the frame by your thumb, which makes it really easy to do quick reloads. Unlike a standard revolver when you cock the hammer it stays back and locks there, on the Rhino when cocking the hammer it goes back to the down position and an little red button pops up to indicate the hammer is cocked. Also unlike a normal revolver, when shooting double action the hammer doesn’t move when you pull the trigger.
All of this makes the trigger feel very light and doesn’t require a lot of effort to run this gun, unlike the S&W revolver we reviewed where Tara couldn’t pull the trigger in double action. Our model Tatiana was able to shoot in single action or double action with no trouble.
Our test Rhino 60 DS revolver was mechanically identical to Harley Quinn’s, minus the embellishments and custom grip, and has a huge vented rib on top with a rail under the barrel for lights or lasers. There is also one on top of the rib for an optic, but there are not a lot of accessories specifically for the Rhino, so you have to use generic add-ons and forget about finding a holster made for this gun.
So what’s our verdict? It’s a pretty good shooter but pretty pricey. It’s also too big to be a carry gun but it would make a really good trail gun. On the plus side it will shoot .357 and .38 Special calibers, both very common rounds, so it’ll make a good gun when everything goes to hell.