460 Smith and Wesson Magnum
Even after all of these years, the mere mention of the name Smith and Wesson just seems to be a catalyst for a debate. Once the darling of the US military and natural firearms selection for almost every police department in the United States, Smith and Wesson seemed to have everything in place.
That was until they just seemed to take their eye off the ball. From an almost unassailable position of the darling of the gun trade having sewn up most major contracts at some point, to a company that is more like a hot potato, with a bad public relations department to boot. It all seemed so very negative.
Well, it does until you mention Smith and Wesson new hand guns, or as they are more aptly named the King of the Hand Cannon. In particular the 460 XVR and its 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridges first introduced in 2005. Smith and Wesson have always excelled in hand guns, they’ve also always been in the race for the “most powerful hand gun in the world” title. It’s not a bad title to aspire to. In fact, the 460XVR won the coveted “2005 Handgun of the Year” awarded by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence.
What you should know is that owning and maintaining a handgun of this nature is that it should only be taken on by experienced shooters. It should most definitely not be junior’s first hand gun. Besides, you may find the cost of the 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridges a little inhibiting at around $3 a round. It could be considered a little unnecessary to be firing 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridges at your local firing range. Although, deliciously decadent.
Instead of 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridges, most experts recommend 45 or 454 loads for the firing range. These are available in most outlets and will not break the break either.
So does this monster of a hand gun innovation from Smith and Wesson deserve it’s accolades? Quite possibly. As has already been mentioned, there is something about a Smith and Wesson Magnum that is permanently etched into our nation’s consciousness. Long may it be that way. Just watch your wallet when it comes to those 460 Smith and Wesson Magnum cartridges.
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