Thread: I present to you....
3/19/2008 1:06am, #1
I present to you....
The Smith and Wesson 500
If you've never shot one, it's absurd. The specs on the pistol can be found in various locations. I'll post my observations here.
The pistol is quite heavy. It weighs in at about 4.5 lbs, holds five rounds, comes with interchangeable front sights, and pokes big holes in things from afar. For a size comparision on the round against some others that I was shooting that day, I've included a picture below.
From righ to left, we have a .22, the .17 HMR, the 44, a 500, .308 Win, and a 30.06. The bottomw photo is the 500 next to the .308 Win.
It's considerably larger than the 44. When you pick it up and load it, it has great heft and feels very solid. Overall it is very well made. No frills.
The reviews of the Cor Bon round I was shooting put it at 275 grains at 1665 fps. I've heard some variances in load types have produced faster rounds with more punch. These punch plenty. With the compensator, I did not notice a ridiculous amount of muzzle flip on the weapon. I've heard some complain that it has too much flip. I also seen some shoot it with poor stances and placement of their hands. They wind up with the recoil sending the pistols up and over their head.
That said, it does bump. It feels like you're blocking a decent kick with an open palm. I found the action to be almost straight to the rear. It's jarring.
I fired the pistol from 50 yds on a bench with no support for the pistol. After cocking the hammer back, the pistol is ready to go. The trigger releases smoothly, with no slack. I'm not sure what the trigger was set to, but it was out of the box. The first round when center and high. I forgot the change out the front sight. I corrected the issue with the front sight and placed the remaining rounds close, but not exactly center mass.
Overall, I thought it was a fun, if not absurd pistol to shoot. I'm told it's for hunting big game and it accurate out to 200 yds. I'm also told that the scope that was on the one I fired broke after 10 rds and was guaranteed to handle the recoil from the 500. It was easy to handle, break down the site, and fire. I'm not sure it's good for me for anything other than a curiousity, but it's a fun pistol to have and shoot.
3/19/2008 10:36am, #2
17 HMR is pretty fun to shoot. Especially at varmints. Because they explode."No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
3/19/2008 12:16pm, #3
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I assume the snubnose version has more kick, right?
3/19/2008 12:41pm, #4
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How's the trigger pull? If it's as crisp and clean as the 686 revolver, then that would be a perfect match.
3/19/2008 1:18pm, #5
I thought the trigger pull was pretty crisp. Prior to firing the 500 I was shooting my M14 (M1A) and there was a large amount of take up in the trigger after the rifle cycled the first round. I was kind of surprised to fire the 500. There was no slack in the trigger and it released cleanly. I think it kind of helps since no matter what I did I was unable to not anticipate the shot.
3/19/2008 1:20pm, #6Originally Posted by Cassius
3/19/2008 1:22pm, #7Originally Posted by bad credit
3/19/2008 9:39pm, #8Originally Posted by 7thSamurai"Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks." - Col. William O. Darby
3/19/2008 10:45pm, #9
If you're going to own a pistol like that, you need to grow a bushy mustache.Originally Posted by Cullion
3/20/2008 1:05am, #10