.500 S&W Special
Type Handgun
Place of origin 22x20px USA
Production history
Designer Cor-Bon/Glaser
Designed 2004
Case type Semi-Rimmed, Straight
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
350 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) FMJ1,100 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)941 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
350 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) JHP1,250 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)1,215 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Test barrel length: 8.375 in
Source(s): Cor-Bon[1]

The .500 S&W Special is a 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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