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I don't know how this will go over. I just thought it would be cool for owners who appreciate their Matebas to know that there are others out there, maybe even in their area. I thought an Owners' Club could be especially useful for guns as rare as these in helping folks troubleshoot problems or find new guns to add to their collections when another member is ready to part with theirs.

Ideally, I'd like to have a table of data featuring details like: first name (optional), type of Mateba/Rhino, as much of the serial number as you're wlilling to provide, other relevant details (caliber, barrel length, etc.) and the owner's state of residence. I may try to develop a forum here where Mateba owners can discuss the guns, if interest is shown.

So, if you'd like to help me establish an online community of Mateba and Rhino owners, please send me an email with the above information!

Looking for a Mateba gunsmith?

Mateba Grifone owner and club member Curtis has found a skilled gunsmith willing to work on these exotic guns! Ask for Eric or Waco at US Firearms Co., located in Sunnyvale, CA. Click here to visit their website.

Here is the Club so far:

NameLocation Model Caliber SerialNotes
Bryan San Antonio, TX, USA MTR-8 .38 spl 00221 Previous owner lived in Western Canada, near Washington State; included AWA cloth sleeve
  " " " 00133 With original box, manual, sight adjustment tool, loading clip pouch, spare loaders
" " MT1 .22lr 002229 None
" " 6 Unica .44 mag 001509 4" barrel with compensator
" " 6 Unica .44 mag   4" and 8" barrels with compensators; nickel finish; barrel shrouds marred by idiot previous owner; optic mount included
" " 6 Unica .357 mag 001110 8" barrel, 6" compensated and standard barrels, 4" compensated and standard barrels; holster; 38spl spring
" " " "   6" non-compensated barrel; blued finish
" " 2006M .357 mag 001082 4" and 6" barrels; medium-sized grips
" " " " 001196 6" barrel with barrel weight; large-sized grips
" " Chiappa Rhino .357 mag d40640 2" barrel; black finish
" " " .357 mag ~~ 4" barrel; chrome "stainless steel" finish
Chris Flagler Beach, FL, USA Grifone .454 Casull 0001961 13" barrel; barrel had jamming problems due to a bulge and an 18" replacement was sourced from AWA in Florida
" " 6 Unica .44 mag 0014xx 7" barrel. Owner is looking for a 6 Unica in .454 Casull and MT-1. If you have one for sale, let me know.
" " " .357 mag 0018xx 3" barrel
" " " .357 mag 0023xx 4", 6", 8" barrels; blue
" " " .44 mag   Nickel finish
" " Bianchi Cup .357 mag 0012xx Limited edition competition version of the Unica with an interesting nickel finished handguard and other unique features. Click for photos.
" " Super Sport Utility Pistol .45 ACP MATR 0023x Very rare Mateba based on the 1911 design. One of 10 in the country.
" " Grifone .44 mag 00187x 18" barrel
" " MTR-8 38 spl 00022x ---
" " Chiappa Rhino .357 mag RH053x 4" barrel; black finish
" " Chiappa Rhino " RH049x 6" barrel; black finish
Giorgio Genova, Italy 6 Unica .454 Casull --- Unusual 9.5" barrel; bought onsite directly from the company in Pavia
Michael St. Louis, MO, USA 6 Unica .357 mag 002286 3" barrel; blue finish; bought from JBG Corp in Florida
Julian Portsmouth, UK Grifone .357 mag 001234 13" barrel; new muzzle brake to prevent lead buildup
Ryan Fort Pickett, VA, USA 6 Unica .44 mag --- 8" barrel; grips broke, replaced with some Jim Glidden purchased and resold
Josh Washington, US 6 Unica .44 mag 00167x 6" compensated barrel; blue
--- Dallas, TX, USA 6 Unica .357 mag --- 6" barrel; blue; 38spl spring; speedloader; bought from CDNN Investments for ~$800
Tod Helena, MT 6 Unica .357 mag 009xx 6" and 8" barrels; blue
Shawn Fairfax, VA 6 Unica .44 mag 0014xx 8" barrel with compensator; nickel finish
Cody NE Ohio 6 Unica .44 mag 001697 8" barrel; nickel finish
Alessandro South Africa 6 Unica .44 mag --- ---
Curtis Santa Clara, CA Grifone .357 mag 00124x 18" barrel
Chris Tampa Bay, FL Grifone .454 Casull 0016xx Blue finish; MTR-8 sights, which appear factory; scope mount made from Mini-14 rail
" " 6 Unica .44 mag 0019xx Blue finish; 6" barrel; timing issues
" " " .357 mag 0009xx 8" barrel; Blue finish; both springs, no issues
" " " .44 mag 0014xx 6" Nickel; replacement grips; high round count
Robert --- 6 Unica .44 mag 001482 6" barel
Lisa Michigan Chiappa Rhino .357 mag --- 200DS
David Canada 6 Unica .357 mag --- 6" barrel; later added 4"; 2 speedloaders