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Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator

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The title of most powerful handgun ever made arguably belongs to the Smith and Wesson Model 500 revolver.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 3/30/2017
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Year: 2003
Manufacturer(s): Smith & Wesson - USA
Roles: Close Quarters Battle (CQB)/Personal Security; Sidearm;
Action: Hammer with Rotating Cylinder; Double-Action
Caliber(s): 12.7mm (.50 caliber)
Sights: Iron
Overall Length: 381 mm (15.00 in)
Barrel Length: 213 mm (8.39 in)
Weight (Unloaded): 4.41 lb (2.00 kg)
Muzzle Velocity: 2,075 feet-per-second (632 meters-per-second)
Effective Range: 165 ft (50 m; 55 yd)
Operators: United States
The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every built. The Model 500 was introduced in 2003 into the Smith & Wesson line of 'X-Frame' (Extra Large-framed) handguns.

The Model 500 features a satin stainless steel finish, Sorbothane recoil-absorbing rubber grip, an adjustable rear sight and interchangeable front sight and fires the massive .50 caliber round. Smith & Wesson reports that the Model 500 is the most powerful handgun ever made.

Variants / Models

• Model 500 - Base Series Name
• Model 460XVR - High muzzle velocity model
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