Eddie sent us these great photos of his S&W revolver chambered in .500 S&W and his Magnum Research Desert Eagle chambered in .50 Action Express. The muzzle energy of a .500 S&W is about twice that of the .50 AE.

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  • Marcus Toroian

    This is definitely related, but also an observation/gripe of sorts. Am I the only one that encounters people who think that anything “fifty cal”, including AE, GI, Beowulf, Five Hunnerd Essendubya, and even muzzleloaders with half inch diameter projectiles, all possess the same magical super powers generally attributed to .50 BMG? Even people familiar with firearms seem to think this fairly often. Non-POTGs have even asked me how that huge round (BMG) fits into the “Deagle”.

    • Nandor

      As the owner of one of those listed, I’m not going to be the guy to tell them they’re wrong. 🙂

    • Well, just the same way people believed myths about anything .45, or .357, or .44, when you think about it.

      I personally don’t mind this kind of discussions – for people who aren’t “of the gun”, like you mention, it’s an occasion to (calmly and respectfully) teach them that no, a round designed for a heavy machine gun is not designed to fit in this pistol, and that there are multiple “fifty cal” rounds.

      For the others, well… Let ’em believe the myths and the Fifty Cal Manstopper Supreme stories if they desire, who’s gonna stop them after all? You don’t teach the unwilling.

    • Keith

      .50 is a bridge between gun and supergun.

      • Giolli Joker

        Or between Sporting and Destructive Device. 🙂

        • SM

          Guys, I found the lawyer.

          • Giolli Joker

            Actually you fished an engineer, sorry. 🙂

          • SM

            Same difference, right?

          • Zachary marrs

            So are you saying we can’t tar and feather you?

    • justme

      All .50’s are magical sniper-killer death ray machines. Just ask an anti-gunner.

  • Andrew

    Somebody’s compensating for something…

    • Dan

      But my woman says she’s the biggest she’s ever had!

  • Ben

    Just out of curiosity… what’s it like to dual-wield those pistols?

    • Sulaco

      I had one in .44 magie and it was a chore to hold out even with two hands for any length of time. Still hitting plate size targets at 100 yrds was 8 our of ten…

      • Blake

        I just can’t get enough of this video:

        At about the 4:25 mark, watch Geoffrey Boothroyd shoot his Ruger Blackhawk one-handed!

    • Blake

      Probably similar to trying to catch Cal Ripken’s baseball bat in mid-swing with both hands…

  • carter

    You can have the other stuff, after owning just about all of it I picked up the 500 Wyoming Express and it is everything I wanted then some. As a matter of fact, I have not had any problems with Grizzly or Polar Bears since getting it, nuff said.

  • johngalts_brother

    About 20 years ago I decided I just had to buy a .44 mag so I bought the Smith Mountain 4 inch handgun. After shooting a half of a box of Proload 240 grain I felt like I had been slugging a concrete wall all day. I cleaned it, boxed it back up, put it in the closet for 5 years and sold it. Haven’t missed it at all. Shooting 50’s is for masochists.

    • Blake

      Normally I’d agree with you but my Dad has been loading up a bunch of cast gas check 44 mag cowboy-style loads from a bucket of old brass he had lying around. More info: http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/reloading-education/tips-and-tricks/low-recoil-loads

      I’d say that the recoil of these loads from his Super Redhawk feels about the same as .40S&W; not bad at all.

      • johngalts_brother

        Super RedHawk has a much longer barrel doesn’t it? 6-8 inches? Plus Proload when they were in business made some real hot rounds.

        • Blake

          Yep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_Super_Redhawk

          7.5″ of brushed stainless steel. Kinda like a muscle car: totally impractical & really heavy, but definitely looks the business & a hell of a lot of fun :-). At least the weight tames the recoil.