.500 S&W Special

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.500 S&W Special
Type Handgun
Place of origin  USA
Production history
Designer Cor-Bon/Glaser
Designed 2004
Parent case 500 S&W Magnum
Case type Semi-rimmed, straight
Case length 1.274 in (32.4 mm)
Overall length 1.733 in (44.0 mm)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
350 gr (23 g) FMJ 1,100 ft/s (340 m/s) 941 ft⋅lbf (1,276 J)
350 gr (23 g) JHP 1,250 ft/s (380 m/s) 1,215 ft⋅lbf (1,647 J)
Test barrel length: 8.375 in
Source(s): Cor-Bon[1]

The .500 S&W Special is a large high-powered revolver cartridge. It was designed and produced by Cor-Bon/Glaser (at Smith & Wesson’s request) in 2004.[2] It is a shorter version of the .500 S&W Magnum with a drastically reduced load, much as the .38 Special is to the .357 Magnum. However, unlike the .38 Special and .357 Magnum, the .500 Special came after the .500 Magnum.

The purpose of the .500 Special is to be able to shoot less punishing loads, with a muzzle energy closer to that of the .44 Magnum cartridge, in firearms chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum. It is possible that firearms chambered for the .500 S&W Special only will be developed.[3] Smith & Wesson has been urged by John Ross to produce their largest "X-Frame" in a shorter version to handle this cartridge.[4] Ballistics are slightly superior to the .480 Ruger.[3]

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  1. ^ "Cor-Bon/Glaser". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  2. ^ .500 S&W Special, 2007-01-07, retrieved 2007-08-23 
  3. ^ a b Christian, Chris (2007-05-01), "New loads for '04", Outdoor Life, retrieved 2007-08-23 [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.john-ross.net/pdfs/maghist.pdf

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