Emilio Ghisoni


Date of Birth

January 1, 1937 (assumed)

Date of Death

April 24, 2008 (aged 71)

Associated Companies




Famous Works

Chiappa Rhino, Mateba autorevolver

Emilio Ghisoni was an Italian firearms designer.


Ghisoni's father founded a company named Mateba, which Ghisoni himself later led in 1956 after his father's death; to do so, he had to drop out of high school. Ghisoni led the company for some time, producing unusual and unconventional revolver designs, which stemmed from his wanting to improve accuracy in rapid-fire competitions; and accomplished this by aligning the barrel with the lower chamber of the cylinder instead of the top, in order to lower the bore axis and minimize the effects of recoil for the weapon. After a battle with a bone tumor, he died in 2008 at the age of 71.


He was known for his work on the Chiappa Rhino, which was his very last project and design before his death.


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