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Your 2020 Sunday Moment of Zen

A man after my own heart.

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  • mmack December 13, 2020, 3:45 PM

    “Sighted pool, sank same.”

  • Snakepit Kansas December 13, 2020, 4:12 PM

    Nice shot man. I watched the sun set tonight. Brilliant colors on the horizon with an inexpensive glass of Cabernet. All good.

  • Gordon Scott December 13, 2020, 4:47 PM

    I don’t think they make a pocket Derringer in that caliber.

  • ghostsniper December 13, 2020, 7:21 PM

    I held one of them in my hand recently at Rural King and it’s a mostly dysfunctional gun.
    Very little usefulness.

  • Flannelputz December 13, 2020, 7:53 PM

    I don’t know who he is, but I like that guy.

  • RL Homer December 13, 2020, 9:55 PM

    An excellent use of time. He emptied the pool, watered the grass and plants all at once.

  • Wayne December 13, 2020, 10:09 PM

    I have a S & W .500 in 3 1/2″; it is a great weapon when I don’t want to carry a long gun in brown bear country. Shoots great, and works for me.

  • Mike Anderson December 14, 2020, 6:13 AM

    Perhaps 2020’s Smart Alec of the Year. Not what I usually picture when someone says “a gun with a magazine.”

  • Gordon Scott December 14, 2020, 6:25 AM

    At a cost of over $1 per cartridge, I’d think one would not be putting in much range time with one of these beasts. Of course, if you’re bringing it for shooting the odd marauding bear, you’re not likely to be thinking about getting the sight picture just right.

  • Brian_E December 14, 2020, 6:56 AM

    @ghostsniper – I think Wayne’s right, this would be a suitable side-arm for hunting in big bear country, but other than that – I agree with you: it’s a mostly dysfunctional gun, almost what I’d call an oddity/curiosity (as in: I wonder what it’d be like to shoot xyz cartridge in a revolver? Let’s build one and find out!).

  • Jack December 14, 2020, 8:19 AM

    Water pressure is just that and I would bet that a sharp broadhead shot from a bow of any draw weight would cause the same effect on the pool as that hand cannon produced. It the pool fabric didn’t rip and shred, the result would be a major pee stream….likely 50′ or more.

    As for the SW, I’ve never fired that revolver and IMHO it exceeds the max limit of what I’d ever consider practical. In all likelihood I’d pass.

  • Terry December 14, 2020, 8:22 AM

    Bear gun. The S & W .50 is by far the best choice for up in your face Brown bear defense. A fast charging bear will knock your rifle off aim and eat your ass for lunch. Up close you may only get one shot fired.

    My wife and I rented a small camper trailer to a well known Alaskan bear photographer some years back. The photos and stories he had made my skin crawl where Brown bear attack results were concerned. He told us some stories about Polar bear encounters that were even more interesting.

  • greg December 14, 2020, 8:22 AM

    I got my chance to pull the trigger on the 500 smith. I was so nervous about the recoil that I forgot ear plugs. The muzzle brake did help with kick, but, that was the day permanent ringing in my ears became a big deal. What a foolish move that was. Next was the 45 winchester magnum in the LAR grizzly. Since it was a semiautomatic the slide would absorb recoil. Well, double earplugs on that one, but, the gun flipped up and the bill of my cap kept it from my face. Huge unexpected recoil. I assume that’s why 45 win mag is a lost caliber.

  • EX-Californian Pete December 14, 2020, 8:45 AM

    Funny stuff.
    If you like that S&W revolver, then you’d probably LOVE my revolver- a .45-70 that holds 12 rounds, weighs 11.4 lbs (empty), laser sight, angled fore grip, and on a custom closed loop frame, and with all new internals based on the early Colt DA.
    It started out as an SWD “Ladies Home Companion”and after $2100.00 of re-engineering, machining, and upgrades is now renamed the “Large Hand Cannon.” I’d post pics here if I could figure out how.

    To Gordon- Right now that .50 cal ammo goes for about $3.00 per round- IF you can find it in stock.

  • Dirk December 14, 2020, 9:55 AM


    One of those pistols for sale in our local gun store. It and two derringers, is literally all that’s left on the shelf. I held the monster, instantly recognized zero practical application for my needs.


  • Jack December 14, 2020, 11:58 AM

    It is erroneous to make the assumption that folks who would pack that revolver will practice with it enough to shoot coolly, at close range, a dangerous predator that is bearing down on them from a short distance, and be able to turn it or kill it dead right there (DRT) with a single shot.

    There are guys who can do it but I’ll wager that they are few and far between, and for the record, most hunters and guides, even in Africa, don’t want to rely upon a handgun in any caliber as a defense against a dangerous animal in any situation except a last chance, last ditch effort, when nothing else is available. Guides will certainly accompany a handgun hunter after dangerous animals but you can take it to the bank that they are backing the shooter up with (at a minimum) a .375 H&H and most use larger calibers that have proven worth over wide applications.

    There is no question that the round is capable of killing any animal of any size on the planet but there are far better choices of protection when around dangerous animals at very close ranges and none of them include handguns.

  • Phil December 14, 2020, 2:16 PM

    WTF? “Grandpa, where’s your pool?” “Come on, kids! Time to go! Grandpa’s busy and we’ve already stayed too long in West Virginia!”

  • ghostsniper December 14, 2020, 2:31 PM

    Didn’t take much prompting for those with little gun experience to make themselves known.
    That gun weighs more than 4 lbs, unloaded.
    It rightly should have a fore grip for the 2nd hand.
    Even Schwartzenegger in his prime isn’t going to shoot that thing accurately and repeatedly with 1 hand. Up against a charging bear the very last thing you need is an overweight hand cannon to get in your way. Go take a look at some youtubes to see how fast a charging bear is.

    If there is any chance at all that I could become a bear lunch I will single point sling my custom made Remington 870 Marine Magnum with 9 1.5oz sabots and on my hip will be my Beretta 92F with 17 9mm FMJ. I have delivered thousands of rounds down range with both, very quickly and accurately in all sorts of weather and conditions so I am very comfortable with both. The most important part? Have a partner along that is similarly armed and experienced. Short of that, I’ll just stay my ass on the porch. And for that S&W500? I had it in my hand and had the coin in my pocket but I set it back down cause at this point I’m not in the market for expensive novelties that will be little used. I’m done here.

  • buddhaha December 14, 2020, 10:04 PM


    All I can see is apparently some sort of meadow or pond in the direction he fires.

  • Cletus Socrates December 15, 2020, 2:39 PM

    Am retiring in the next few days. Work is giving ne a S&W Wesson 357 Magnum, that I have to go pick up. Probably will be nearly as effective.

  • ghostsniper December 15, 2020, 6:00 PM

    I’m actually sort of shopping around for something like that. Used of course, off the books. Name brand, lightly used, nothing fancy, .38/.357, non-western, non-sub nose.