I saw a couple of guns at the show this weekend that I REALLY LIKED. I believe one was a .460 (forgot the name after it) and a 500 smith and wesson, both around $800-$950. (STICKER PRICE, I DID NOT INQUIRE ABOUT THE "GUN-SHOW" PRICING.) I really like the 500, but I didnt want the 14" Barrel. Is a barrel this long a necessity for a weapon with this much power behind it? The 500SW that I looked at had probably.... a 5 or 6" barrel, which I liked 'cause you could just about concealed carry it. On the other hand I was concerned about it, never shooting this caliber first off, and second, about the size of the barrel, wondering what kind of recoil and flip i'd be looking at vs a longer barrel . I realize that a 500 s/w is probably not the best self defense round, as it seems it would CERTAINLY exit whatever it was shot into. I DO NOT plan on carrying it for concealed for any reason. I just like the weapon.
So Here's what Im asking everyone.
1) What do you think about the 500 S&W?
2) What is a reasonable price for said weapon?
3) Do I need a longer barrel than 5-6" to control the pistol better?
+++++ - any experiences any of you have had with a 500 S&W
Your opinions about my concerns, general thoughts about the weapon, ammunition, recoil, muzzle flip or anything pertaining to this thread are appreciated in advance.