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OK – OPINION – TAKING AIM: The big handgun

“Being that this is a .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do ya, punk?”

With that quote, Clint Eastwood, aka Dirty Harry Callahan, almost single-handedly began the big handgun craze in America. That was in 1971, and the firearm was about the largest caliber around at the time. There were a few larger single shots, but as far as the public was aware, the N-frame Smith and Wesson .44 magnum was the boss hoss. The movie raised the .44 magnum from obscurity to a craze and the firearms sold well across America. Dealers report that each time “Dirty Harry” was shown, demand for the .44 magnum skyrocketed. Today, however, is another story. We have handguns out there that make Harry Callahan’s S&W look like a peashooter. Here are a few you could depend on to kick like a mule. THE SMITH AND WESSON 500 – Talk about spooky! This hand cannon with a slug half an inch in diameter is your preferred companion when facing angry grizzly bears, charging lions, or other deep woods adversaries. Its 50-caliber punch is nothing but knockdown power. THE SMITH AND WESSON XVR 460 MAGNUM – XVR is for extreme velocity revolver and lives up to its rep. It boasts the highest claimed velocity of any large bore production handgun. It can send a large chunk lead downrange at 2,300 feet a second! That is faster than some hunting rifles. It comes with a stand and scope to make shooting it somewhat more enjoyable. THE MAGNUM RESEARCH DESERT EAGLE .50 CALIBER – As an attractive semi-automatic pistol, this big boomer has caught the eye of movie producers. You can see it in, “Predator,” “Snatch,” and other action flicks. It isn’t as high velocity as revolvers of the same caliber, but it boasts top power among semi-automatics.  [full article]


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