Smith & Wesson 500

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In 2003 the gunsmiths and engineers at Smith & Wesson wanted to deliver maximum power for serious handgun hunters. The power they sought required an entirely new frame, the massive "X-Frame™," and was the basis for the new Model S&W500™, the most powerful production revolver in the world.  This ushered in the era of the "big gun" and was only the beginning.   For ultimate power and velocity there's nothing even close to an X-Frame model handgun. Fixed Compensator • Most powerful production revolver in the world today • Massive .500 S&W Magnum® cartridge with 2600 ft/lb. muzzle energy • A hunting handgun for any game • Recoil tamed with effective muzzle compensator • Internal lock

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Smith & Wesson 500 Specs

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Technical Data


.500 Smith & Wesson Special


Single/Double Action




Stainless Steel

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72.5 oz





Barrel Length


Smith & Wesson 500 Features

The Smith & Wesson Model 500 is the most powerful revolver on the planet.  It is available with a 4 or 8.38 inch barrel and its rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation.  This hand cannon uses a 5-round cylinder that opens to the left and fires from a double-action / single-action trigger.

Smith & Wesson 500 Ballistics

.500 Smith & Wesson Special Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Smith & Wesson 500 Capacity

The Smith & Wesson 500 is chambered for the powerful .500S&W cartridge and has a rotating cylinder with a capacity of 5 rounds.

Smith & Wesson 500 Ergonomics

The S&W 500 has a very smooth trigger pull and its hogue grip gives a decent amount of control.  The trigger, hammer and cylinder release lever are all well placed and easily reached by most hands.  The kick from this gun is immense, so be sure to physically train your arms so you can maintain control.

Smith & Wesson 500 Fit & Finish

The S&W500 is offered in a brushed stainless steel finish.  The joint between the receiver plate on the right side of the gun and the frame can often be easily seen, however the metal components themselves are incredibly hard and don’t easily scratch.
Fit and Finish

Smith & Wesson 500 Concealability

Even in its 4-inch setup, the S&W 500 is nearly impossible to conceal.  This gun is most easily carried in a more open-carry setting and kept in the holster until that grizzly bear is running at you full-tilt.

How much is a Smith & Wesson 500 worth?

In 2024 a new or used Smith & Wesson 500 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Smith & Wesson 500 and most handguns. The Price for a Smith & Wesson 500 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Smith & Wesson 500 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $1,114.74 $1,457.74 $1,714.99
Excellent $1,028.99 $1,371.99 $1,543.49
Very Good $943.24 $1,371.99 $1,543.49
Good $857.50 $1,286.24 $1,457.74
Fair $600.25 $1,114.74 $1,371.99
Poor $428.75 $857.50 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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