The Elephant Pistol: .458 Winchester Magnum Encore Pistol …

There are some things I would not wish on even my worst enemy, and I think a pistol chambered in .458 Winchester Magnum is high on that list. The .458 Winchester Magnum is an dangerous game cartridge capable of taking down an Elephant or a Cape Buffalo. Its muzzle energy (from a rifle) exceeds 5000 ft/lbs.

US Shooter blogs about his .458 Win Mag Encore pistol

Here is my .458 Win Mag Encore pistol. 14″ full bull barrel with Hollands Radial Baffle Muzzle Brake and Pachmyr Decelerator grips. So what’s the most powerful handgun? That’s shootable?

I have always loved big bores. I’ve had TC Encores in .470 Capstick, .416 Rigby, .375 H&H Mag, 50 Alaskan, .405 Winchester and the .338 A Square. It’s a great gun. It’s really cool to have a gun you can change barrels on. You just never get bored with it.

The recoil, noise and shockwave from this pistol must be a horrific experience. After you have shot this you will never again complain about the recoil from snappy .40 S&W sub-compacts.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • SM

    …You’ve gotta ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?

    • Matt Ware

      More like “Do you feel lucky to still have functioning wrists?”

    • wetcorps

      Did he fire one shot or none?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself.

  • M.

    The muzzle blast from that alone would destroy most small game

  • Edgar Castelo

    From a certain point onwards, a Pistol becomes a Cartoon prop, where a Rifle would be a natural.

    • percynjpn


  • noob

    hmm. what does the law say about mounting this on a towed carriage?

  • bbmg

    Surely the pistols chambered in 50 BMG are the most powerful? Like the Triple Action Thunder:

    Aside from the considerable muzzle brake the action also appears to be mounted on a hydraulic piston in order to manage the recoil:

    Judging from the video, even a relatively small statured individual can fire one without being knocked to the ground.

  • Pete Sheppard

    .500 S&W is for sissies…:p

  • BryanS

    Is that artillery in your pants or are you REALLY happy to see me?

  • Cpl. Ivan

    In RUSSIA is pocket pistol for small children or old women. Perhaps suitable for shooting American poodle dogs.

    • Poh Huai Bin

      Cheers for the morning laugh

  • Ron Ruiz

    Several single shot pistols have been chambered in .460 Weatherby Magnum!

  • gunslinger

    making the obrez look like a cap gun since….??

    • Anonymoose

      The Obrez at least has quick follow-up shots, which are important for most things (including elephants that have just been shot once with a .458 Win Mag).

  • derfelcadarn

    Gotta get me one of these !

  • Anonymoose

    How about one in .577 T-Rex? 😀

  • kimbershot

    omg! this is a wrist breaker and a wall hanger for me.

  • jpradana

    chuck norris is calling, he wants his daughter bb gun back…

  • Player_L

    I guess this is for someone with:

    A- A fascination with cartoonish guns.
    B- No real understanding of ballistics.
    C- A very small penis.

    Or all of the above.