This is a discussion on Concealed S&W 500 4" within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by puncho Anyone carry a S&W 500 in a 4" barrel? I'm thinking about getting one as my primary carry gun. I hope ...
The S&W 500 may make a good backup to have if you're hunting grizzly's with your 458 rifle, but a poor choice for ccw.
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At 56 OZ unloaded in the 4" barrel version...it's pretty heavy firearm.
And then...what is the weight loaded?
The cartridges are quite heavy and the other thing to consider is that the cylinder is a full 2" wide.
If stopping power is all you are worried about, than a 500 should have you covered. But I think ever one here has demonstrated that its just not a practical choice.
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If you can shoot it and are willing to carry it, I say go for it brother.
Here in Oklahoma we are restricted to.45 cal. or smaller.
Have you ever shot one before? I shot a non-ported full size BFR and was worried about dropping it between shots. The recoil wasn't going to knock me down but it torques the muzzle back fast and hard. My first shot was in the 9 ring at 25 yards. My follow up, which took a good 6-10 seconds since it was single action, completely missed the paper since I was worried I would drop my friends gun after almost doing it on the first shot.
Hey man, I have thought about toting a .50 Desert Eagle if I ever get one.
IF you can shoot it well,
IF you can conceal it well,
IF you can carry it well,
THEN why not carry it?
[QUOTE=natticarry;1255170]Have you ever shot one before? I shot a non-ported full size BFR and was worried about dropping it between shots.QUOTE]
No I have not shot one, however I'm a husky guy that can handle the recoil. I plan on getting a ported one for the recoil and to reduce the muzzle flash at night time. Can someone give me a ball park percentage change in the recoil compared to a S&W 642 with .38+P ammo?
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Puncho, let me tell you about my experience. I decided to carry a 4" S&W 500 and had a OWB holster made for it by Black Hills Leather. I open carried it for about a week and my back started to hurt. I was only able to practice with it using reloads because factory ammo is beyond belief cost wise.
The recoil is severe, about twice a 454 Casull. The barrel doesn't rise that much though, thanks to the ported barrel. Follow up shots are slow. As others have pointed out, the danger is significant to anyone within 100 yards, even if you hit the BG. I came to my senses, sold the gun, holster, ammo, etc. and am now carrying a S&W 3913 with Remington Golden Sabers. My back feels a lot better,
I can afford to shoot again and my wrist has healed.
These guns are nice conversation pieces and fun to shoot at junked cars with, but are impractical for CC.
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Puncho says: "No I have not shot one, however I'm a husky guy that can handle the recoil. I plan on getting a ported one for the recoil and to reduce the muzzle flash at night time. Can someone give me a ball park percentage change in the recoil compared to a S&W 642 with .38+P ammo?"
Take the difference between a .22 short vs a .44 magnum, multiply by 3, and hang on.
Can't use a gun bigger than a .45 in Oklahoma as a CCW anyway...
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It's not just the size of the bullet that matters as has been said.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you should carry the largest caliber handgun you can 1. COMFORTABLY Carry, 2. Shoot WELL.
You've already mentioned that it is a bit heavy, which indicates that it won't be comfortable for long term carry.
As far as shooting WELL, that means multiple shots in quick succession. As was also previously mentioned, You can't count on only one shot doing the job, and if you need to fire a second shot, but it's going to take a bit to bring the gun back on target, it may be too late.
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Probably not enough gun. I'm thinking maybe a .416 Rigby in a TC Contender.
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