The Smith & Wesson name is synonymous with quality revolvers, and with good reason. We got a chance to get a close-up look at Smith & Wesson’s booth at the 2014 SHOT Show and were treated with a huge wall of Performance Center eye candy. An unassuming wheel gun caught my eye that could get just about any job done.
S&W chambered the 460 XVR in the hugely powerful .460 S&W Magnum. Its highly stable X-Frame was a wise choice, and it shoots as good as it looks. It features a 3.5-inch barrel and an oddly attractive non-fluted cylinder. A HI-VIZ fiber optic front sight makes target acquisition easier in low light and the rear sight adjusts easily. Since this is a Performance Center firearm, the highly tuned action is so smooth, you almost forget it’s a revolver. The gun is hefty enough at 59.5 ounces, that some say it’s easier to shoot than some lightweight .38 Specials. Overall the gun measures 10 inches and would suit a hunter well while searching out dangerous game.
The fit and finish is excellent and feels very comfortable in your hand. The huge .460 caliber shoots flat enough for long-range shots, while the shorter barrel makes drawing down on close-up game a breeze. The smooth action makes target shooting more than a possibility. This tough revolver is made in the USA and boasts a powerful pedigree behind it. Why I don’t already own a pair of these is becoming a mystery. Like all Smith & Wesson’s in the category, it’s backed by their lifetime service policy.