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S&W Model S&W500
by Kemon P Date Added: Saturday 13 June, 2009
Truly a wonderful gun. No picture really does justice to how big the gun really is. Seeing it in person is the only way to go. At 72oz it's a heavy gun, and it can be hard to keep it stead shooting one handed. Two handed it's a little challenging as well but once you get a feel for it it's a joy.

The gun is very accurate shooting all types of rounds, though the sights came poorly set up from the factory, shooting 7" high and 6" to the right at 25 yards. The groups ended up at those exact spots. Shooting free hand standing I was getting between 1/2" to 1" groups at 25 yards with the iron sights.

Recoil can be from mild to wild. It varies depending on the round, some rounds snap and have a lot of muzzle rise, while others have less muzzle rise and more of a push that would be associated with a big bore rifle. Shooting reduced recoil rounds/lead cowboy rounds the gun felt like a firm 44 mag. The full house loads are manageable but extended shooting sessions can become wearing on the hands. A good pair of shooting gloves makes things great, though not needed. I found the key is to have a firm grip on the gun, but not locked shoulders/arms; when the gun starts to rise you can let the gun rise in a controlled manner.

The noise is something else though; STRONGLY recommended to pairs of ear protection.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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