.600 Nitro Express from a Revolver

The .600 Nitro Express is the one of the largest of the Nitro Express rounds ever developed, second only to the .700 Holland & Holland Nitro Express. Originally meant for big-game hunting, its a round so powerful, it dents common handgun steel targets. As such, someone decided to build a handgun for it.


The .600 Nitro Express Zeliska Revolver is a single-action revolver from Pfiefer Firearms in Austria. The handgun can fire a 900 grain slug at 1,950 ft/s, making over 7,500 ft/lbs of muzzle energy. According to Wikipedia, the handgun costs about $17,000 and each .600 Nitro Express round costs $40, making this far and above more expensive than even the .50 BMG.

When someone has to wear a helmet to fire the revolver, I think the loading is just a wee bit too hot. But, equipped with gloves, helmet and a huge muzzle brake, a dare-devil goes against all better judgement and pulls the trigger. The results (and proof of his courage) is posted on YouTube for all to see.


Title photo courtesy of Operator Chan

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    What ? Do they have Dinosaur or Bears with a laser on the head to justifies this monster in Austria?

    • M.M.D.C.

      There is a threshold somewhere between the no-nonsense, utilitarian guns and the fantastically outrageous guns where a gun is so crazy it becomes its own justification.This gun is way past that point.

  • Ron Fox

    That revolver is as silly as that guys helmet. Good for them for ma king it though.

  • Burst

    Doesn’t a 40mm MGL technically make for a larger revolver?
    40mm= 1.6 caliber

    • CrankyFool

      The MGL is a larger revolver but, I’d argue, not a larger handgun because with the foregrip, and shoulder stock it’s much more a longarm than a handgun.

    • Paul Epstein

      Along those same lines, there are some 12 gauge revolvers which are, although not more powerful, technically larger. Also revolving autocannons like the Rheinmetall RMK30 which are arguably more powerful.

      This is why absolute statements are unwise when firearms involved, there is almost certainly some gun somewhere which exceeds the one you’re talking about in whatever attribute.

  • MrEllis

    How to liquefy wrist cartilage in one easy step…

  • TheNotoriousIUD


    • J S

      I was thinking the same damn thing. Now I have to rewatch Johnny Dangerously.

  • Jack Morris

    I’ll be sure to consider this as a carry gun when I’m hiking 145 million years ago.

  • Wetcoaster

    Now, someone test this against a level III vest!

    I keep thinking that these dangerous game rounds might not have the right bullet construction to penetrate a vest with rifle plates, but they might just reduce everything between the front and rear panel to jelly.

    • LG

      Use the monometal Woodleigh hydrodynamically stabilized round, same as for ele hunting. In a rifle Taylor observed than an ele hit with a 600 NE in the head while missing the brain will cause unconsciousness for up to 30 minutes. For a mere mortal human, I would expect it to be longer, permanent. The 500-3″-NE in a rifle does a really nice smack down with all thick skinned dangerous game.

  • Vitsaus

    Any guy who owns this gun will NEVER get his endowment questioned.

  • AMX

    Actually, the gun in the video is not the Pfeifer-Zeliska – it’s got some visible differences, and the text clearly says it’s the Kodiak by Joe Peters.

  • USMC03Vet

    To be honest I was expecting far more recoil than what was shown.

    • hikerguy

      My thoughts exactly. I was really expecting a broken wrist as well.

  • Southpaw89

    Looks like something Yosemite Sam would carry, would be impossible for me to suppress the urge to wear a four foot red mustache and a cowboy hat when firing this thing.

  • Josh

    .500 S&W? It’s for wimps…

    • Nashvone

      I’ll happily wear my Little Bo Peep outfit to the range because those 500 grain Hornady rounds are about all I want to pull the trigger on.

      • Josh

        no kidding

  • smartacus

    as long as i can Mexican Carry it :p

  • Alex Nicolin

    At almost 11 lbs it weighs just a bit less than a rifle in that caliber. So the recoil is much softer than it would have been from a single shot or double barrel pistol in the same caliber, that could have weighed half of that.

  • baldeagle91

    Ok now shoot it one handed.

  • Jamie Clemons

    Nice dent in the metal target. Did anyone notice the fool with a camera who got in front of the business end of the gun snapping pics?

  • Tothe

    It might be semi-practical if reconfigured as a revolving rifle.