Watch what happens to this unfortunate shooter when he decides to shoot a .600 Nitro Express handgun.
Designed in the late 1800s, the .600 Nitro Express shoots a 900-grain (approximately two-ounce) bullet at around 2,000 feet per second. This is a textbook example of the perfect cartridge for an elephant gun.
The brutally powerful .600 Nitro delivers around 8,000 foot-pounds of energy, which is more than twice as powerful as the .500 S&W Magnum.
Watch what happens when this shooter attempts to fire a pistol chambered in .600 Nitro Express.
As you can imagine, the .600 Nitro delivers a punishing amount of recoil (even in a rifle) and is rarely used these days outside of the occasional wealthy hunter or by professional hunters who need to quickly stop a charging elephant or buffalo at close range.
This particular handgun was a custom-built Thompson Center Encore. Who knows what possessed somebody to design a handgun in .600 Nitro. As you can see, it doesn’t look very practical or very much fun to shoot.
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