Industry insiders appeared stunned today when Chiappa Firearms new RHINO .357 Magnum revolver announced its intention to caucus with autoloading pistols rather than traditional revolvers.
“We feel shocked” said an obviously stunned Smith & Wesson Classic Model 42. “When you’ve been around as long as I have you get to expect that the incoming class of freshmen revolvers will stick with tradition and caucus with us.”
Most assumed that the inclusion of a rotating cylinder would ensure the RHINO would remain loyal to revolver policy issues. Few expected it to become a Revolver In Name Only, or RINO. “We’re just tickled pink about the RHINO’s decision” gushed a Smith & Wesson M&P. “Of course, if push comes to shove and a true autoloader wants the job, that RHINO’s outta here.”
An unexpected benefit of the RHINO .357′s decision is a lucrative new prospective base. Political RINO’s including Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Maine Senator Olympia Snow, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter have all expressed early interest in the RHINO .357 revolver. “I was really excited about a revolver that shared my flip-floppy values” commented Specter. “That is until someone told me it was a RHINO and not a RINO. Bummer.”
Company officials would not address rumors that the new RHINO might also choose to caucus with rifles and shotguns.