June 10th, 2004

lobo sam

.500 Magnum report

So this is what it's like to shoot a .500 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver: it's really, really fun. Also, ow.

The .500 Magnum Smith & Wesson is, at the moment, the most powerful handgun in the world. If there is ever a more powerful handgun, I do not want to meet it. Well, I do, but I'd be a little afraid. The .500 Magnum is not a gun that anyone in his right mind would call "practical." Smith & Wesson built this thing because a) they could and b) gun nuts love this stuff and c) there are people out there who are actually crazy enough to want to hunt Cape Buffalo with a handgun. It's pretty much the firearms equivalent of a 1967 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible, hot pink, with whaleskin hubcaps and all-leather cow interior and big brown baby seal eyes for headlights that gets one mile to the gallon.

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