The Magnum Research BFR S&W 500 is a powerful, American made single action, five round cylinder revolver designed to fire off the presently largest caliber cartridge designed for a handgun; the .500 S&W Cartridge.
Designed and manufactured in the United States by Magnum Research, Inc. and its BFR acronym stands for Biggest, Finest Revolver, though there is a tendency for gun enthusiasts to replace the Finest and in place nickname it the Biggest Fucking Revolver!!
According the magnumresearch.com, it is the first and only revolver ever offered by Magnum Research and carefully crafted in the U.S.A. The all-stainless steel BFR is built to close tolerances to handle the pressure of true big-bore calibers – .45/70, .480 Ruger/.475 Linebaugh, .450 Marlin, .500 S&W, .50AE, .444 Marlin, .30/30 Winchester, .45 Long Colt/.410 and the new .460 S&W Magnum – as well as .454 Casull, and the .22 Hornet.
Presently coming in at well just above $1,050.00 suggested retail, its weight ranges between 3.6 and 5.3 lbs (1633-2404g). Depending on whether you choose the standard or short cylinder, it ranges in lenght from 12.75 inches to 17.5 inches (324 – 445mm), and the short cylinder measures 6.5 inches (165mm) while the standard barrel lengths come in 7.5 or 10 inches (191 to 254 mm). All are 1.75 inches wide (44mm) and 6 inches high (152 mm).
While capable of handling a variety of large caliber cartridges, the Magnum Research BFR is one in a very short list of revolvers that have been built to handle the .500 S&W Magnum. This cartridge itself was developed by Cor-Bon and the Smith & Wesson X-Gun engineering team. It was introduced at the SHOT show in 2003 in an attempt for Smith & Wesson to recapture the big gun market they started with the S&W .357 in 1935. The S&W 500 is currently the most powerful production handgun cartridge available.
I’ve long read about the 500 S&W and always wanted the opportunity to fire off a round. The Magnum Research BFR has the respect and very real capability of handling the caliber, and I was excited to have at it. I’m usually quite confident with my accuracy and skills with handguns, even the large calibers, but I’ll admit that I had concerns over this one. Towards the second portion of this video, my wife decided to stand waaay back to film the shot; probably over-concerned with its recoil. As usual, I gave the firearm its due respect, concentrated heavily on the target, and after a few moments of deep meditation, fired off a powerful round that successfully met at the bulls eye. I am a pretty amazing shot, and this is a pretty amazing firearm. It’s fitter rubber grip, stainless steel body and well executed and planned design helped absorb much of the recoil, but it takes certain skill, talent and confidence to get control this badboy. The Magnum research BFR 500 S&W is one Big F*ing Revolver!!