Smith and Wesson 500 Review

Smith and Wesson 500

The Smith and Wesson 500 is a beast of a revolver. It is chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. This is the most powerful production revolver in the world. It is built on Smith and Wesson’s massive X-Frame. The Model 170231/A is California compliant.

smith and wesson 500

Smith and Wesson 500 History

The gunsmiths and engineers at Smith and Wesson  wanted to deliver maximum power for serious handgun hunters. In 2003, they accomplished this with the Model 500 which was the most powerful production revolver in the world. They created this pistol from the ground up. The pistol was hand cut and fine tuned into this masterpiece.

Smith and Wesson 500 Features

Barrel and choke compensator

smith and wesson 500 barrel

The Model 500 has a 10.5 inch barrel. The front sight is an orange dovetailed ramp and the rear sight is a white outline. The rear sight is adjustable. There is also a choke compensator. This will assist in dispersing the gas and lessen the muzzle lift.

Cylinder and hammer


smith and wesson 500 hammer


The cylinder is constructed of steel and holds 5 rounds. The hammer is a chrome tear drop style with a pinned sear. The revolver can be fired in single or double action. Many shooters prefer to shoot in the double action mode. The gun is so big that you have to break your grip to pull back the hammer.


smith and wesson 500 trigger


The trigger is chromed and features a trigger stop. The trigger stop  assists the shooter with the proper follow through. This is essential for target grade accuracy.

Rubber Grips

smith and wesson 500 grips

The Hogue grips are large and made of rubber. The finger grooves and textured surface allow for a firm hold.

Rail Mount

smith and wesson 500 top viewThe Smith and Wesson 500 also features a  Weaver integral rail mount. This allows you to attach telescopic sights and other accessories.

Smith and Wesson .500 Ammunition

smith and wesson 500 ammunition


The .500 S&W Magnum was designed as a hunting cartridge. Smith and Wesson wanted a cartridge that could be used to hunt any animal in North America. They did it and more. This cartridge can put down any animal on the planet. It can be purchased in a variety of grains (350-700).  The .500 S&W Magnum is the biggest of the handgun cartridges.

Smith and Wesson 500 Ammunition Comparison

smith and wesson 500 ammo comparison

Smith and Wesson 500 Specifications

  • Model: 500
  • Caliber: .500 S&W Magnum
  • Capacity: 5 rounds
  • Barrel: 10.5 inches
  • Overall Length: 18 inches
  • Front Sight: Orange Ramp
  • Rear Sight: White Outline/ Adjustable
  • Action: Single/Double
  • Weight Empty: 79.3 ounces
  • MSRP: $1,599

Smith and Wesson .500 Conclusion

The Smith and Wesson 500 is the most powerful revolver in the commercial market today. This large framed revolver is chambered  in the devastating .500 S&W Magnum. It can stop any predator on the planet, man or animal.  This is a great gun for hunting or protection in bear  country. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.