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doc540
08-17-2009, 8:05 AM
At the range Sat. when a friend showed up with his truckload of handguns.

Offered me his new S&W 500 to shoot.

I politely declined.

In fact, while he was shooting it I left and stood in the lobby of the indoor range until the concussion barrage stopped. For the life of me I couldn't focus on shooting my HK while that thing was getting torched off inside what's really a big, concrete hallway.

I have no doubts I could've shot it, but with a band gig that night why take the risk of a sprain or injury?

lunde
08-17-2009, 8:09 AM
When shooting anything that is 50 caliber, whether it is 50 BMG or .500 S&W Magnum, the best place to be is behind the trigger. ;)

Standing on the side, even ever so slightly, means that you will feel more blast and shock.

I thought you were debating whether to shoot a NIB revolver, but if your friend offers his to shoot, I'd say go for it.

doc540
08-17-2009, 8:14 AM
When shooting anything that is 50 caliber, whether it is 50 BMG or .500 S&W Magnum, the best place to be is behind the trigger. ;)

Standing on the side, even ever so slightly, means that you will feel more blast and shock.

I thought you were debating whether to shoot a NIB revolver, but if your friend offers his to shoot, I'd say go for it.

maybe next week:cool2:

Some dude at the range asked to shoot it....I swear, he came with an inch of cracking his head between the eyes when it went off.

jammer2k
08-17-2009, 8:18 AM
There is a balance in shooting handheld artillery :)

You have to have a firm and solid hold so that it doesn't smack you in the head, but you can't over do it and try to force it from rising at all.

cineski
08-17-2009, 8:26 AM
I have the same issue when I got to an indoor range. Sometimes people show up with a hand canon and I have to step back because it hurts my ears too much. And I wear double hearing protection @ indoor ranges, both plugs and muffs.

doc540
08-17-2009, 8:32 AM
watch his wrist at 00:14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp2Ig-58P_E

lazuris
08-17-2009, 8:35 AM
500 is not that bad its more of a long push. the 460 hits harder IMO as its more of a quick snap. However, anything shorter than the 8.5" barrel is not fun.

Greg-Dawg
08-17-2009, 8:54 AM
Don't be a pansy and shoot it!!!

stormy_clothing
08-17-2009, 9:02 AM
my dad has one and one of my friends whose a tiny little 110 pound computer software engineer had no problem shooting it with her tiny hands.

It's not really fun to shoot though

it's the 6 in barrel, wouldnt want to shoot it without the compensator

ck867
08-17-2009, 9:43 AM
it's not a big deal at all. My fiance's mom was able to shoot the 4" model no problem. I shoot it one handed a lot of the time for fun.

You wouldn't think this but the sw 500 is a really accurate gun at long distance compared to a lot of pistols. I can hit soda cans at 40 yards no problem and I believe some people hunt with them out at 100 yards.

toadman
08-17-2009, 10:15 AM
It really doesn't kick that hard. With it's X frame heft & compensator it kicks less than my 6" 44 mag.

PEBKAC
08-17-2009, 10:25 AM
Give it a shot, it can't be any worse than a very light 3" barrel .44 mag revolver sans compensator. ;)

rkt88edmo
08-17-2009, 11:29 AM
Outdoors yes, I don't think I'd really want to shoot it indoors, and I own one.

D53
08-17-2009, 11:42 AM
next time you get a chance take a couple shots, I was given the oppertunity to shoot one (thanks to CK867) and it wasnt as bad as I was expecting. The sound on the other hand with just foam plugs in, well that was a nice wake up. I am a small guy and I was able to hadle it pretty well ( please try to ignore the whoa in the video :D ) oh yeah and sorry for the bad video quality

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doc540
08-17-2009, 12:17 PM
Outdoors yes, I don't think I'd really want to shoot it indoors, and I own one.

this

Beelzy
08-17-2009, 1:47 PM
Shoot it.

Unless it's one of these Snub-nose jobs. Notice the lanyard, I call it "training wheels"
If you don't lose the gun on the first cylinder full, the "training wheels" come off.

Standing anywhere near this when shooting 500gr bullets is very traumatizing.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c82/beelzy/SW500A1.jpg

lead chucker
08-17-2009, 1:52 PM
I love shooting my .500... but I shoot at an outdoor range, and I double up on my ear protection.

Z ME FLY
08-17-2009, 2:13 PM
I would have shot it... why not it's a .50

Black Majik
08-17-2009, 2:23 PM
How could you possibly resist shooting it?

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0182.jpg
Ben's (Mr Kubota) .500 S&W goodness

Rekrab
08-17-2009, 2:28 PM
I can't believe an indoor range would even let you shoot it o.O

If given the chance though, I'd fire the hell out of it!

Sick Boy
08-17-2009, 2:31 PM
SHOOT IT!! Or it'll start raining in your living room.

n2k
08-17-2009, 2:35 PM
And he wasn't going to even charge you for the rounds $$ ?......missed opportunity

B Strong
08-17-2009, 5:10 PM
At the range Sat. when a friend showed up with his truckload of handguns.

Offered me his new S&W 500 to shoot.

I politely declined.

In fact, while he was shooting it I left and stood in the lobby of the indoor range until the concussion barrage stopped. For the life of me I couldn't focus on shooting my HK while that thing was getting torched off inside what's really a big, concrete hallway.

I have no doubts I could've shot it, but with a band gig that night why take the risk of a sprain or injury?

It won't hurt you unless you do something foolish, and learning to concentrate on your target and accurately firing while distracting things are going on is good training.

stix213
08-17-2009, 5:26 PM
I actually just saw the Gunny on Lock n' Load shoot one, and it looks pretty awesome.

Just make sure to keep your tongue in your mouth before you shoot :)

mrkubota
08-17-2009, 5:40 PM
How could you possibly resist shooting it?

http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d194/RChang824/DSC_0182.jpg
Ben's (Mr Kubota) .500 S&W goodness


:)

Not mine anymore... but fun to shoot while I had it anyway..... :43:

http://www.daplane.com/50bmg/lc_500sw.jpg

HCz
08-17-2009, 7:14 PM
When you shoot in indoors, it feels like you are getting punched by baby in the nose. I shot 2 shots from long barreled one and 3 shots from short barreled one indoors. Not doing it again.:p

RaceDay
08-17-2009, 7:56 PM
You should have shot it. I took a guy from work to APTS (to shoot the Garand, M1 carbine, and 1911) and there was a guy on the magnum handgun range firing the S&W 500. I was marveling at the gigantic fireball and he asked if I wanted to try it. Heck yes! It kicks pretty darn hard but I hit the target at 25 yards. If I owned one, I think it would be the kind of gun where I shoot a cylinder of rounds and then call it a day.

Anyhow, you should definitely shoot it if your buddy brings it next weekend. Its an experience. And if the owner reads Calguns, thank you for letting me try out the 500 S&W magnum. 2800 ft-lb of energy! :)

locktime
08-17-2009, 8:44 PM
I've shot the .500 snubbie, and that was interesting. It was also outdoors. I think I'd pass on shooting one indoors, and would prefer not to be in the room when someone else touches one off.

Acorn556
08-17-2009, 8:52 PM
What range does your friend go to? My neighbor had that gun before I moved back here and I always wanted to shoot it. How bad could it be right? How many opportunities are you going to get to shoot it?

Now a 357PD snob knows revolver from S&W....THAT'S a different story. Talk about some pain.

TenSeven
08-18-2009, 1:54 AM
I'd like to try a .500 S&W for the experience. I'd also really like to own one in case bears invade Huntington Beach.

The 500's recoil surely cannot be worse than a S&W340PD with full-power .357 loads, can it?

doc540
08-18-2009, 6:42 AM
watch at 0:14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp2Ig-58P_E

Beelzy
08-18-2009, 8:14 AM
I'd like to try a .500 S&W for the experience. I'd also really like to own one in case bears invade Huntington Beach.

The 500's recoil surely cannot be worse than a S&W340PD with full-power .357 loads, can it?

The 500 Mag would make that look like a tiny cap gun in comparison.

Heck, even a .44mag with 300gr. Sierras was a pop gun after shooting the
500! ;)

stix213
08-18-2009, 11:24 AM
Anyone know how the 500 S&W Magnum cartridge compares in kick/recoil to the .50 Action Express? I've fired a Desert Eagle .50 once, before anyone showed me how to properly fire a handgun, and the thing came just a few inches from smacking me in the face (I'm sure I can handle it now).

SCMA-1
08-18-2009, 11:42 AM
The 50AE in the Desert Eagle has little recoil. It's a puzzy cat to shoot.

ironpete
08-18-2009, 11:50 AM
Shoot it.

I'm small and short and it wasn't a problem...although I have confidence in my stance and grip. People who get smacked by the gun or sprain their wrist probably weren't holding it right.

It was an experience...even though I shoot with plugs and muffs. Some guy at the range took a cell phone video of me and the shockwave was tremendous.

It was also surprisingly accurate. 1.5 inchs at 20 yards for five rounds.

-pete

jumbopanda
08-18-2009, 5:24 PM
Shoot it. It's not going to fly back and hit you in the face.

JBird33
08-18-2009, 8:58 PM
The 500 Mag would make that look like a tiny cap gun in comparison.

Heck, even a .44mag with 300gr. Sierras was a pop gun after shooting the
500! ;)

I think you are incorrect. Even the 2" version of the .500 is more tame than the 12 oz. .357 with full power loads. Less power perhaps, but a lot more energy given back to the user. I think I read that even S&W claims that the ultra-light .357 has the worst felt recoil of any of their firearms.

HUTCH 7.62
08-18-2009, 9:09 PM
thats a way to lose your man card

locosway
08-18-2009, 10:35 PM
I used to hold my 12ga with pistol grip straight out with one hand and shoot it like a giant handgun, and I never had any issues.

I'm not sure what a .500 would do, but it can't be that bad.

DCF
08-19-2009, 2:08 AM
I say shoot it. I shot the S&W 500 once and it was right after the first time I've ever shot a gun!!! I went to a gun range the first time with my buddy. I was shooting his 9mm Beretta fs 92 and only put 50 rounds down range because I only bought 1 box of 9mm. Then the guy next to us offered to let us shoot 1 round each from his S&W 500. I had anticipated that the recoil is going to be worst than the 9mm but once I pulled the trigger, the gun went up 90 degree pointing upward and to say I was shocked is an understatement.

Sutcliffe
08-19-2009, 2:21 AM
Anything that big and heavy ought to give the reach of a carbine or rifle. I think they just wanted to recover a bit of prestige and bragging rights with the advent of that one.

boats1
08-19-2009, 2:37 AM
At the range Sat. when a friend showed up with his truckload of handguns.

Offered me his new S&W 500 to shoot.

I politely declined.

In fact, while he was shooting it I left and stood in the lobby of the indoor range until the concussion barrage stopped. For the life of me I couldn't focus on shooting my HK while that thing was getting torched off inside what's really a big, concrete hallway.

I have no doubts I could've shot it, but with a band gig that night why take the risk of a sprain or injury?


Heck.....next time shoot it for the experience and say thanks. At +/- $2.50 a round he's offering up a great deal. I target shoot with the 350 gr. and the occassional 500 gr. just to keep the earwax in check. It is amazingly accurate.

doc540
08-19-2009, 6:27 AM
I have no doubts I could've shot it, but with a band gig that night why take the risk of a sprain or injury?

n2k
08-19-2009, 6:36 AM
Well here is how NOT to shoot a .50 :eek:

VIDEO (http://gallery.me.com/n2khattar/100183)


Notice the double shot.

rkt88edmo
08-19-2009, 6:50 AM
Well here is how NOT to shoot a .50 :eek:

VIDEO (http://gallery.me.com/n2khattar/100183)


Notice the double shot.

With that kind of double shot he could have nearly blasted himself in the face. You can't try to hold the trigger to the rear after breaking the shot, or atleast I can't. Also looks like he got some nice X-thumb.

locosway
08-19-2009, 8:00 AM
I have no doubts I could've shot it, but with a band gig that night why take the risk of a sprain or injury?

I still don't believe that's even possible unless you're a frail person...

Maybe you shouldn't leave the house on band gig days... You know, just in case... ;)

Vacaville
08-19-2009, 8:15 AM
I've never shot one. If given the chance and the guy handing it to me wasn't an idiot, I sure would.

Rob Roy
08-19-2009, 9:08 AM
I wouldn't think twice, of course you ust even.

n2k
08-19-2009, 9:27 AM
Here is the whole video, with the live and slow-mo. (starts at around .11 sec)

It's not funny and dangerous, but I can't stop laughing:

D53iBKkxpCw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D53iBKkxpCw

doc540
08-19-2009, 1:19 PM
I still don't believe that's even possible unless you're a frail person...

Maybe you shouldn't leave the house on band gig days... You know, just in case... ;)

You don't think it's possible to use an incorrect hold on a high recoil handgun?

With what little experience I've had with them, I think it's very possible.

Besides, I didn't even like being in a small, concrete closet of an indoor range when that thing got torched off.:eek:

locosway
08-19-2009, 1:49 PM
Why hold it improperly?

If you don't understand how to hold a handgun then perhaps you should take a class?