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Feedback Please S&W 500 3.5 vs 4

Discussion in 'Busse Combat Knives' started by Rob_Mob, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. F'lar

    F'lar Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2016
    ...... :mad: phone :mad:.....
  2. crowbardog


    Oct 19, 2015
    Had a Magnum Research BFR in 500 S&W for over a decade. The round is fun. It split leather gloves at the stitching and that revolver had an 8 3/8" barrel! Sold it to a buddy. It's a ridiculous gun, that's a fact. Kinda want another one. Just not a short barrel. Doesn't do the round any justice unless you want to get looks at the indoor range.
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  3. crowbardog


    Oct 19, 2015
    Rob_Mob, you still got the pertiest edges I've ever seen. And I only shot my BFR in indoor ranges in San Diego. It was fun to see the people say, "What the :poop: was that?!"
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  4. Rob_Mob


    Oct 16, 2013
    I hear ya --- but I see it a little differently. When in Grizzly territory and when surprised by a charging teddy bear, I wanted something quick, short barreled, and devastating as a last resort option. I have a 8 3/8 inch 460 XVR, Mossberg 590, and rifles for long range/distance situations . . . I also have a Glock 20 that I love, but that's not something I would rely on against 900+ pound charging animals

    Also, a short barreled 500 is fun to play with at the end of the range session. To each their own though
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  5. Rob_Mob


    Oct 16, 2013

    Thank you for the kind words brother . . . As for the boom stick--- lol I bet it was fun --- I'm sure they were devastated by the boom noise alone. Indoor shooting for that caliber is brave!! At least 2 forms of hearing protection I would need
  6. crowbardog


    Oct 19, 2015
    Never got to carry one in large, hungry animal territory. I hope to one day. Totally get the point though. Either way...[​IMG]
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  7. Azula Gun Holsters

    Azula Gun Holsters KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 19, 2016
    S&W 329PD https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-329pd
    44 Magnum 4" barrel . Super light at 25.2 ounces. Crazy lightweight and easy to hit the target with full 44 magnum loads. Stings a little but easy to control. The lighter the revolver weighs the more likely you will carry it.
    Still hard to beat a Glock model 20 in 10mm using the 200 grain Buffalo Bore Heavy ammunition. 15 round clip and very easy to control.
    Big heavy handguns tend to get left at home.

    If I was in big bear country I would not waste time with a handgun and would carry a rifle unless you could only carry a handgun with a CCW permit.
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  8. Murman

    Murman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 11, 2015
    S&W has changed ownership since then and SR&Co has changed leadership. Both now make assault weapons and are active in gun rights. They aren't the same companies who did that then just same names. I wouldn't judge them too harshly anyways they did what they had to to survive. Others who didn't adapt such as cobray and intertec went out of business.
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  9. DamascusBowie

    DamascusBowie Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 20, 2016
    From what I understand S&W are now stuck with the locks because taking them off would now be seen as a liability?
  10. zombieassassin

    zombieassassin Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    I sold my short barrel 500 Magnum. I've had 2 500 Magnums. They are cool as can be. And you can beat your enemy to death with it when out of ammo.
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  11. F'lar

    F'lar Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2016
    S&W was one of the big dogs on the porch at the time and you are correct they're undernew onwership now for years. I can't even remember now the names of the transition parties now. I do remember that due to their they lost 40% of the market share, nearly went bankrupt and lost over 100 million in the sale. Take a minute and read this article http://www.chuckhawks.com/smith-wesson_dark.htm

    They are all (gun manufacturer's) stuck some deranged safety regulations due to S&W.

    As I said "I'm a stubborn ol'coot" "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" "Never forget, Never Forgive" and "This is just my 2 cents and 2 cents won't get you anything"

    Old but still relevant https://www.nraila.org/articles/20000320/the-smith-wesson-sellout
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2017
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  12. ScoMa


    Aug 13, 2017
    Semi-automatic rifles are Not "assault rifles". That designation is meant for fully automatic rifles only. To my knowledge, S&W does not sell full autos. We have the anti-gun, left-wing media to thank for confusing so many people into thinking that sporting rifles are weapons of war. I'm going to stop now, before I go on an extended ramble.
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  13. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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  14. PA Trout

    PA Trout Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2015
    If I had a choice between a 3.5" uncompensated and 4" compensated in 500 SW, I'd go with the 3.5.

    I've actually shot both and found the decibel increase to be significant with the compensated 4". To me, the recoil difference is like saying you are getting hit with two different baseball bats, one aluminum and the other a traditional wooden bat. If being asked which is worse, my answer would be "a bat is a bat, hurts either way."

    I had double ear protection when I shot each barrel length, the 4" made my ears ring for a couple of days.

    As an aside I have a 460 XVR in 3.5" (no compensator). It's the perfect bear gun for me when I hunt/fish in areas with potential wildlife threats. I wear it in some Diamond D leather, rides comfortable. I like the flexibility to having three different options as my round choice. 45LC, 454 Casull, and 460SW in such a wide variety of power/bullet grain choices really gives me more flexibility than my 500 SW (although I do love the 500 SW as a hunting option).

    Just my two cents
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  15. FloridaBlade


    Mar 10, 2015
    I like it, Rob. Don't get me wrong—I love my semi autos and magazines—but these revolvers are practically a work of art. There's just something about the feel of that massive hunk of stainless; revolvers can't be beat for the classic cool factor. And my 357 is accurate at the range, too; the weight and mass of metal is a benefit in that regard. Picked up a set of snap caps, and every now and then I just kick back on the sofa and work it. Yep, the wife gives me a few odd looks, but it doesn't bother her too much; I guess she knows Maggie might save her life one day if trouble comes through the door.
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  16. AZTimT

    AZTimT The Stripetition Finish Guy Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 15, 2009
    I can shoot my hot loaded 44 mag all day. I can shoot the 500 a few times and then happily hand it back it's owner thankful that I neither wasted my money to own it nor have to pay to feed it. My experience shows that XXL hands with wide/long thumbs place my wrist lower below the barrel line on the grip than most people, so the recoil leverage on my wrist is amplified more than most and is very unpleasant. The owner with average sized hands feels more of a push straight back with far less barrel flip than I experienced... amazing how much difference that extra inch makes.
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  17. Rob_Mob


    Oct 16, 2013
    That's what she said . . . ;)
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  18. Murman

    Murman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Nov 11, 2015
    I understand and agree with your point in raising awareness in the definition of 'Assault rifles'.
    1. S&W and SRC do in fact make full auto assault rifles for military/leo
    2. I was referencing 'assault rifle' as defined in Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355

    I shot this guy IMG_20170829_001804.jpg this weekend I'm with ya :)
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