50 Caliber USPSA Match

David Starr has some fun shooting a USPSA match with a 500 S&W and a .50ae Desert Eagle. His reloads are decent. I am curious how he did shooting the 500 S&W. The recoil and muzzle jump is tremendous. His runs were solid looking though. In comparison, the desert eagle looks like a breeze to shoot.

Look at the fireball coming out of the S&W. It is like a flame thrower.


Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

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  • BattleshipGrey

    Love the blast vortexes. Did he have an ice pack ready for his wrist at the end?

  • Xtorin O’hern

    i’m really fighting the urge to say he is compensating for something.

    • Kelly Jackson

      Your fear of weapons is an indication of your own sexual frustrations, just saying.

      • Xtorin O’hern

        i have zero fear of weapons, i just don’t understand why someone would feel the need to shoot a mach with such a ridiculous choice of firearm

        • Anonymoose

          Well why the f— not?

          • Xtorin O’hern

            i suppose that’s a valid enough reason

        • Nicholas Chen

          Because he can. It is like why would anyone need 1,000 HP in a street car? Because they can.

        • Edeco

          One could call sports in general a chest-pounding alpha-person thing, but there’s more to it… Like challenging limits of performance. Some enjoy coloring outside the lines.

          • Xtorin O’hern

            that is probably why i don’t understand them. I am far from a chest pounding alpha person and the only reason i like shooting competitions is because i like guns.

        • TVOrZ6dw

          No need- Just plain fun. You must know these people came off the firing line with a huge grin. Then the pain, to both the wrists and wallet, set in.

        • Kelly Jackson

          Because it’s different and not everything has to be super serious operator stuff all the time.

          I’d love to go to a three gun match with an Enfield Mark IV, Webley .455, and a Winchester 1897

        • Nicks87

          I’ve wanted to do it just to troll the rest of the competition. Show up with a Ruger Alaskan with full power loads and take my sweet old time reloading.

  • Paul White

    jeez. at the cost per round on those, how much did he spend on ammo for this? even reloading those isn’t cheap

    • Kevin Harron

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Would love to know a round count and cost.

  • Billie

    My wrists hurt just watching that.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    That was cool, even if unnecessary.

    Seems like the “Deagle” malfunctioned a few times. I’d still love to own one though.

    • anon

      Might be underloaded ammo.

      • Don

        That’s the excuse that everyone always falls back on… I’ve had a DE .50 for over 12 years and I’ll tell you that the only thing that typically causes that to happen is that the shooter isn’t holding the DE correctly, 90% of the time. And as you can see in the video he is rushing his shots due to it being a competition, hence poor grip on a big firearm.

  • tts

    I could totally do that….if I was using “special” handloads to reduce the power down to something I could handle!

    Guy must have incredible hand/wrist strength. Or lack pain receptors in that region of his body jeez

    • Nicholas Chen

      If he used the loger barrel variants, I would think the muzzle jump would be reduced a bit.

    • Dan

      He went to his doctor and said hey doc i need a double dose of morphine before my match

    • Holdfast_II

      Yeah. except the DEagle won’t cycle with weak loads. Avoid Freedom Munitions .44 Mag rounds – they’ve more like .44 Special.

      • Don

        So why would he want to use .44 mag rounds in his .50? I must have missed the “including .44 mag DE” in the title somewhere…

      • dltaylor51

        You can use reduced loads in an eagle if you install weaker mainsprings but full house loads are not that hard on the hands with a pistol that weighs around five pounds.

  • Ben

    In before “revolvers are so much more reliable than pistols”.

    • Nicks87

      Soon it degrades into “revolvers are pistols, bro!”

  • Nebelwerfer

    At least you know you’re scoring major power factor when the muzzle blast almost tips over the target stands.

    • Paul White

      IF the muzzle blast knocks over your target is it a hit?

  • dltaylor51

    My desert eagle 44 mag is much nicer to shoot and reloading is way faster but i would like to get a 50 S&W someday.One thing about the 50 once it hits something it stays hit.

  • jcitizen

    One thing about those shooting the Desert Eagles; they made remedial action look like an art – probably ’cause they are used to it. I didn’t realize they were so unreliable!