What’s My Favorite Gun?

"I'll take guns with ridiculous muzzle blasts and recoil for 1000, Alex."

I get this question a lot. I also hear it a lot. I hear customers ask it to the person behind the gun counter quite frequently. I see it posted on social media and forums. I hear it at the range. I suspect it really is just a conversation starter, but it is really a hard question for me to answer.

It’s like asking a mechanic what their favorite tool is. Or asking an artist about their favorite color. And I guess some people may have a clear favorite and may find it an easy question to answer, but I tend to be a practical guy who responds with, “well what will I be using it for?”

“What’s your favorite gun?”, is just such a vague and ambiguous question in my opinion. And I don’t even know where to begin. So I’ll attempt to answer it by sharing the firearm that I find to be most exhilarating to shoot. And that would have to be the Smith & Wesson Model S&W500 revolver.

I find shooting big bore handguns to be extremely exhilarating. And this particular revolver is about as big as they come. I really enjoy managing the heavy recoil and the ridiculous muzzle blast. I will admit that I’m not very good at shooting this powerful cartridge. I still only load one round at a time in the revolver as I still sometimes pull the trigger twice as I manage the recoil from a fired shot. Also, I can’t shoot more than three rounds or so before my hands and wrists are done. Every round fired through this revolver gets me grinning from ear to ear.


    1. Yes. Quite a few people have done that. After the first round goes off a combination of the recoil impulse and natural human reaction can result in an unintentional secondary trigger pull which usually happens when the firearm barrel is pointed closer to straight up instead of down range.

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