The Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver was designed around .500 S&W Magnum cartridge.  This Model 500 is a five shot, double action revolver built on their largest frame – the X-Frame.  This frame was the only one that was capable of handling both the muzzle velocity and the pressure that was created by their own .500 S & W cartridge. 


The Model 500 is the definition of power.  In fact, some it is considered by many as the most powerful revolver ever produced.  This revolver is mainly used as a hunting gun and has an effective 200 yard game range.  Though this weapon has considerable recoil, its advanced design helps to counter some of the effects experienced by the shooter. 


The Firearms and Ordnance Gallery at the Armed Forces History Museum will take you back in time with its extensive display of authentic weapons from around the world.   The oldest piece on display is a very rare bayonet from the Revolutionary War.



Features and Specifications:

The basic S & W Model 500 Revolver has a number of features:

    • Rubber grips
    • Forward Balance
    • Compensator
      • On some models have a full muzzle instead of a compensator

Specifications of the Model 500:

  • Designed:  2002 – 03
  • Production Run:  2003 to present day
  • Weight – 56 ounces
  • Frame:  Stainless Steel
  • Cylinder:  Stainless Steel
  • Velocity:  0.8 ounce bullet at 1,975 ft/second
  • Muzzle Velocity (using above bullet weight):  3,030 foot-pound force



A number of Model 500 variants have evolved since its inception, but all have stainless steel barrels and cylinders.  One of the main differences is the size of the barrel.  The Model 500ES – which is no longer available – had a 2 ¾” barrel and considered an emergency survival model.  Other Models for the 500 include a 4 inch barrell, a 6.5 inch barrel/half lug with an integrated over-barrel compensator, an 8 1/8” barrel with an interchangeable compensator and a 10” Lother-Walther custom German rifle barrel with a matte finish stainless steel.  The Model 460 version is chambered in the .460 S & W magnum cartridge.


The Smith & Wesson’s Revolver Model 500 – despite its weight and intimidating size – is a remarkably accurate handgun.