22Plinkster takes on a double layer of thick, bulletproof glass with the most powerful handgun in the whole wide world, the Smith & Wesson .500.
Remember that famous line Dirty Harry Callahan utters in the first Dirty Harry movie? The one about the .44 Magnum being “the most powerful handgun in the world”?
Well, Harry would have to modify that statement a bit if he was on the job today.
The Smith & Wesson .500 is the current reigning champ of biggest, baddest hand cannons available today. The mere sight of this thing would probably cause a bull elephant or Frankenstein’s monster to turn tail.
But can it go through two sheets – that’s 2¾ inches – of bulletproof, ballistic glass? As 22Plinkster says, “Let’s let this dog bark!”
Woo-hoo! That was some demonstration of power. There was no doubt that the .500 would go clean through the first sheet of glass, but when Plinkster examined the second sheet is where things really got interesting.
The slug went in, he estimated, a 1/4 to 1/2 inch into the sheet, where it remained stuck in a frame-worthy display. I was betting that the .500 would have gone through both sheets. That says something about the strength of ballistic glass.
22Plinkster shot a Federal 325-grain slug at around 1,800 fps. That’s not stopping power, that’s knock-it-back-into-the-stone-age power. The S&W .500 weighs in at a wrist-fracturing 4.5 pounds, empty. Even with a strong grip, the recoil was something to behold.
22Plinkster has plans to start a whole series on “What will a .500 go through?” Stay tuned, because this is going to be fun!