Gil Sengel wrote about this ďmarvelĒ in this December issue of Handloader Magazine.
He was factual, but it seemed he wasnít at all thrilled with it.
He suggested that the whole reason for it, was one-upmanship over other beeg bore handguns, for marketing purposes. (To keep the new management of S&W, afloat.)
And, if I understood, correctly, that it was inaccurate, at least with the top loads, because it was difficult to shoot accurately, due to tremendous recoil.
In my own case, most of the handgun cartridges beyond 44 Mag recoil far beyond what I feel, I can manage, so thereís no chance Iíll spring for one.
Nonetheless, Iím curious, as to why folks buy them.
Are they just impressed with the POWER?
Do they think they are needed or even, highly desirable for Bear Defense? Or Hunting?
Maybe, some just like the CHALLENGE? (Reportedly, Amazing things can be accomplished with beeg bore handguns, in spite of the downsides.)
OR, are they just gullible, and susceptible to Marketing Hype? (I think that we ALL are, to some degree, buying guns that Look Good, but maybe are not really practical, all things considered.
So, ďWhy a 500 S&WĒ? Are you happy with your purchase? Have you been able to ďMaster ItĒ?
Do you consider a 500 S&W to be MORE than a NOVELTY?
Smitty of the North