They don’t call these bad boys hand cannons for nothing.
S&W Model 500 Revolver .500 S&W
This is definitely the granddaddy of all big honkin’ revolvers. Smith & Wesson says it is the “most powerful production revolver in the world today.” I asked the guys around the office if any of them have shot the .500 S&W and of course, CTD Mike speaks up: “Yes. I held on very tightly.” I have no shame in saying that I have not tried the Smith & Wesson 500, although I haven’t had the chance anyway. Historically, S&W pushes the envelope in developing big handgun calibers, but since the 1960s, the .454 Casull overshadowed them. S&W unveiled the .500 S&W in 2007 and Cor-Bon made the round. They designed it for North American heavy, dangerous game. A hunter reportedly used a .500 S&W to shoot the controversial “Pigzilla.” As the story goes, 11-year old Jamison Stone shot the pig nine times before getting a kill shot.
Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk .44 Remington Magnum
Outdoor Life named the Ruger Super Blackhawk one of the 50 Best Guns Ever Made. The movie Dirty Harry made the S&W Model 29 and the .44 Remington Magnum calibers a hot commodity in 1970s. Ruger’s Super Blackhawk was the more affordable answer to those who didn’t want to fork out the cash for the Model 29. Ruger released the original single-action Blackhawk revolver in 1955, with the .44 Magnum versions becoming available in 1956. The “new model” Ruger revolvers incorporated new safety features and started production in 1973. In 2000, Ruger introduced a new action and steel injector housing to the Ruger New Super Blackhawk. It has a ginormous 10-1/2 inch barrel, making the Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk a whopping 16-5/8 inches overall. It holds six rounds with Western-style rosewood grips and a ramp front and adjustable rear sights.
Taurus Model 608 .357 Magnum
The .357 Magnum caliber isn’t as a hard-hitter as the .44 Magnum or the .500 S&W, but it ain’t no wuss either. The Taurus Model 608 holds eight rounds of this massive caliber as well! The 608 revolver features an eight-inch ported barrel. The porting helps reduce recoil and muzzle climb. The Taurus Model 608 has a large steel frame and black rubber grips for comfortable shooting. There is a fixed front and an adjustable rear sight.
Magnum Research BFR .45-70 Gvt
A caliber usually found in lever-action, big game hunting revolvers, Magnum Research’s BFR (Big Freakin’ Revolver) is a stupid big anti-bear cannon. Originally made by Springfield Armory, the .45-70 Government has been around since 1873. The .45-70 Government is an excellent North American big game caliber, as it the round has a somewhat low velocity. It has also been popular with hunters who have the opportunity to hunt in Africa. The Magnum Research BFR in .45-70 has a 10-inch barrel and an overall length of 17.5 inches. It comes with a scope mount and a fixed front and an adjustable rear sight.
S&W Model 29 Classic Revolver .44 Magnum
Originally, when I started this post, I purposely was going to leave out the S&W Model 29. However, I concluded that it wasn’t fair to exclude the one revolver that started the whole stinkin’ big revolver thang. So here it is, Dirty Harry’s “go ahead make my day” S&W Model 29, .44 Magnum revolver.
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