Range Report: 500S&W revolver

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    Range Report: 500S&W revolver

    Yeah, that's right, I said 500 cal!

    Not a lot to report. I only shot one bullet. But BOY HOWDY was it fun!!!

    We went to the indoor range on Sunday; ASSA9, Mlong623, and myself. While we were there, there was a guy on the far end of the bays shooting something that went BOOM really loudly. Me, being the friendly (nosy) bunny that I am, I just had to hop on over there and see what was making the cool noise.

    So it turns out the guy had a revolver, 500s&w caliber. He's also an NRA instructor, which comes in in a moment. He said it's his "concealed carry gun." Yeah, right. Unless he's concealing it in his pet elephant, I don't think so ;) But anyhow, he asked me if I wanted to try it out.

    HECK, YEAH!

    So being an NRA instructor, he wanted to make sure I could shoot. (Why else was I at the range?) Which I showed him, and then we went over stance and some dry-fire for a while, and then I got to shoot the thing. It was freaking sweeeeeet!!!!

    ASSA9 has the video on his cell phone somewhere. But no, I did not end up whacking myself in the head from the recoil. I doubt I'll ever get the chance to shoot one again, but I get like 10 hardcore points for trying it out, right? :)

    I brought home the brass casing to Bunny Jr. His eyes got HUGE and he said "cooooool! are you going to buy one?" Um, no. Then he asked what you would use that caliber bullet for. I have no idea -- zombie buffalo hordes or low-flying aircraft, maybe?

    That's it, that's the report. Oh, the guys made fun of my obsession with manicures and hand lotion, but they eventually stopped.

    All in all, an incredibly fun time. And I found a beautiful 1911 that made me drool! Wish I remembered to get a photo...
    Don't frisk me, I am the weapon.


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    That is a big gun and one that can rattle your teeth if you let it.

    So...did you hit what you were aiming at?
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    Um, I hit the paper...but not the actual silhouette target. I was about 6" directly to the left. Teeth still firmly in place ;)
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    I've hinted to a guy I do a lot of work for who has a HUGE gun collection, old and new, for a test run with his 500 to no avail. Seems he likes his guns unfired. Lucky Bunny!
    Ain't no fun when the rabbit has a gun!

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    I would like to get one. Just to have.

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    I have one....it's a ton of fun.

    Personally, I find most of the loads for it pretty managable; mainly because the 500 weighs a bit over 5 pounds...

    Stoke it with hot 440's or a 500 grain bullet, however...then you know you've touched something off...

    If you've ever shot a bowling pin, you;ll know that most handgun rounds just knock them over, maybe send them skipping backwards a ways...

    A 440 grain hardcast will pick up a bowling pin and throw it about 20 feet.
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    I've done a similar thing, fun as heck to shoot.
    Sadly when the guy does reloading, do not let him put his hottest load into the weapon....especially after firing 200 rounds of .45acp already.
    5 shots, all on the target. One in the 10 ring. Then the guy let my dad shoot...5 out of 5 in the 10 ring.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    double post sorry folks.
    Last edited by TerriLi; July 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 AM. Reason: somehow it double posted.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

    Honing the knives, Cleaning the longguns, Stocking up ammo.

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    Sounds like a great experience to me.

    BTW .. Love the "BOY HOWDY". Makes me want to cook up some grits.

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    Glad you enjoyed your hand cannon experience.

    I have not seen the need for the 500 S&W personally, but I bet they would be a hoot to shoot for a short time. Hot .44 Mags will kill whatever I need to kill.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I too shot one this last weekend, holy cow what a firearm! I hit a life size Ram silhouette at a100 yards and it fell without hesitation. Awesme!! On another note it is EXPENSIVE to shoot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    A 440 grain hardcast will pick up a bowling pin and throw it about 20 feet.
    Cuda, VIDEO -- PLEASE!!!! This sounds great! I'd love to see it in action! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndsupporter View Post
    I too shot one this last weekend, holy cow what a firearm! I hit a life size Ram silhouette at a100 yards and it fell without hesitation. Awesome!! On another note it is EXPENSIVE to shoot!
    I'm still all endorphined-out from it, I think

    Re: expense -- yes, the gentleman said the bullets ran about $3 or $4 each! I offered to pay him for the round he let me shoot when he said that, but he declined. He said it was worth the $3 for the amount of fun he had showing me how to shoot it and watching me not whack myself in the head. lol!

    Next time, I vow to actually hit within the silhouette on the target, not just the paper background. That was the only downside for me, was really not being in control of where the bullet went. I'm perfectly happy with the little 9mms for now. At least I can reasonably predict where they will end up :)
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    Fun to read your experience. Good for you to take on the brute. I've never tried one but would love to do so.

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    Well now,since you have shot the .500 I guess theres no need for me to bring my two and a half in barrled .454 casull the next time we shoot.
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    Now with VIDEO!

    Don't frisk me, I am the weapon.


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