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Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator Six-Shot Revolver

The title of most powerful handgun ever made arguably belongs to the Smith and Wesson Model 500 revolver.

 Updated: 3/30/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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.

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Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator Technical Specifications

Service Year: 2003
Type: Six-Shot Revolver
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Smith & Wesson - USA

Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

Firing Action: Hammer with Rotating Cylinder; Double-Action
Available Caliber(s): 12.7mm (.50 caliber)
Ammunition Count / Feed: 5-Round Rotating Cylinder
Overall Length: 381 mm (15.00 inches)
Barrel Length: 213 mm (8.39 inches)
Weight (Empty): 4.41 lb (2.00 kg)
Sighting Assist: Iron


Muzzle Velocity: 2,075 feet/sec (632 m/sec)
Typical Range: 165 feet (50 meters; 55 yards)

Global Operators / Customers

United States

Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

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