.500 special

.500 S&W Special
Place of originUnited States
Production history
Parent case500 S&W Magnum
Case typeSemi-rimmed, straight
Case length1.274 in (32.4 mm)
Overall length1.733 in (44.0 mm)
Ballistic performance
Bullet mass/type Velocity Energy
350 gr (23 g) FMJ 1,100 ft/s (340 m/s) 941 ft⋅lbf (1,276 J)
350 gr (23 g) JHP 1,250 ft/s (380 m/s) 1,215 ft⋅lbf (1,647 J)
Test barrel length: 8.375 in
Source(s): Cor-Bon[1]

The .500 S&W Special is a large high-powered revolver cartridge. It was designed and produced by Cor-Bon/Glaser (at Smith & Wesson's request) in 2004.[2]


It is a shorter version of the .500 S&W Magnum with a drastically reduced load, much as the .38 Special is to the .357 Magnum. However, unlike the .38 Special and .357 Magnum, the .500 Special came after the .500 Magnum.

The purpose of the .500 Special is to be able to shoot less punishing loads, with a muzzle energy closer to that of the .44 Magnum cartridge, in firearms chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum. It is possible that firearms chambered for only the .500 S&W Special will be developed.[3] Smith & Wesson has been urged by author and gun rights activist John Ross to produce their largest "X-Frame" in a shorter version to handle this cartridge.[4] Ballistics are slightly superior to the .480 Ruger.[3]

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  1. ^ "Cor-Bon/Glaser". Archived from the original on 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-24.
  2. ^ .500 S&W Special, 2007-01-07, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-08-23
  3. ^ a b Christian, Chris (2007-05-01), "New loads for '04", Outdoor Life, archived from the original on 2004-12-04, retrieved 2007-08-23
  4. ^ "The Development of the Powerful Big-Bore Revolver in General and the .500 S&W Magnum in Particular and the Development of the John Ross/Performance Center 5" .500 S&W Magnum" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-01-26.

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