SOLD FOR: $1305
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 500, Product Code 163500
Serial Number: CHS8407
Year of Manufacture: 2004 (fired case envelope)
Caliber: .500 S&W Magnum
Action Type: 5-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Hand Ejector Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “500 S&W MAGNUM”, the right is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the left side of the frame has a S&W monogram (found again on the sides of the grip) and “L” with arrow for frame lock indication, the right is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas and the sideplate has “S&W 500”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number. The butt is marked with the serial number. The yoke and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: The barrel is 8 3/8″, measuring 9″ to the end of the ported compensator.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black Patridge blade that is fixed to a rise in the barrel’s solid rib; the top of the rib is serrated and matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched and white outlined leaf in a micrometer-click adjustable base. There is an additional front sight blade included.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a one-piece pebble textured black rubber Hogue Monogrip with finger grooves and S&W medallion logos at the top on each side which fully encloses the grip frame. The grip has no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grip is in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few little nicks, most noticeable on the trigger guard and on the left side of the barrel at about the front sight. There are a few scattered minor scuffs and handling marks, the cylinder has a thin, faint turn line and the hammer and trigger have minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup produces barely perceptible play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a blue plastic Smith & Wesson case with an assortment of factory paperwork not including the manual, keys for the fame lock, and the additional front sight blade. The case’s labels have been removed, but they are included in an envelope in the box.
Our Assessment: The S&W 500 is built on S&W’s largest frame, the X-Frame, which was developed because none of S&W’s existing double-action frame designs could handle the muzzle energy and pressures generated by the .500 S&W cartridge. It is one of the most powerful production revolvers in the world today, and it is being marketed as being “the world’s most powerful handgun” by S&W. The Model 500 can fire a bullet weighing 350 gr (22.7 g; 0.8 oz) at 1975 feet per second (602 m/s) generating a muzzle energy of over 3,030 foot-pounds force (4.1 kJ) and a momentum of 13.7 Newton second. The Smith & Wesson .500 Special is a shorter cartridge that is fully compatible with this pistol. This revolver looks to have been used infrequently, if at all, and stored properly. If you’re looking for your next hunting handgun, this one should take just about anything in North America, and probably the rest of the world. Please see our pictures and good luck!