Munition of the Week – The Smith & Wesson Model 500

Smith & Wesson Model 500
Greetings, fellow weapon enthusiasts, and welcome to my first article in this venerable publication. I must admit I had quite the difficult time selecting a weapon for such an auspicious occasion. I spent many hours deliberating the kind of impact I wanted to deliver (no pun intended) with this article. Should it be an explosive? Should it be a battle rifl e? Should it be a vehicle? Or mounted on one? After much deliberation, the choice became clear. For you, dear reader, I have selected one of my very favorite weapons. I have been fortunate enough to fi re this wonderful device on a few occasions, and it has been well worth the price of its formidable ammunition. Today I present to you the most powerful handgun currently manufactured, the Smith & Wesson model 500.
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Munition of the Week




Designed by Vladimir Simonov and incorporated into the Soviet Union’s arsenal in the 1970’s, the APS underwater assault rifle improved upon the stopping power and range offered by the SPP-1 underwater pistol. The rifle weighed 7.5 lbs loaded, had a length of 32.4 inches with the stock extended and a magazine size of 26 rounds. The effective range of the APS varied depending on the depth at which it was fired (For example, at 16 ft under the surface, the rifle was able to reach distances of 98 ft). The rifle fired needlelike 5.66 mm cartridges from the unusual magazine, the shape of which was designed to best accomodate the longer than normal ammunition.

The APS was used by Russian “guard frogmen,? the SPN PDSS, a unit created to guard naval bases as the threat of underwater sabotage from “attack frogmen? increased in the 1970’s. The APS proved effective in submerged combat at penetrating reinforced dry-suits and breathing apparatuses. In addition, it proved a worthy tool for deterring anti-frogmen dolphins, which are equipped with a nose mounted device that is capable of injecting large amounts of carbon dioxide into divers. Since discontinued, the APS was an important step in the process of designing a reliable underwater assault rifle.

Munition of the Week


20061013-munition.jpgDesigned by the Belgian firearms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale de Herstal, the Project 90 (P90) Submachine gun entered service in 1994 to satisfy NATO document D/296 which called for the creation of a new personal defense weapon (PDW). The P90 weighs 6.6 lbs fully loaded, has a total length of 19.7’’ and a 50 round magazine that loads into the top, parallel to the barrel. It has a maximum range of 220 yards. FN Herstal’s submachine gun bridges an important gap between handguns and rifles. This is because of its ability to accurately deliver a special 5.7 x 28 mm cartridge that is capable of piercing standard Warsaw Pact body armor while remaining small enough to be utilized in close quarter battles. The P90 has been incorporated into several different organizations, including the United States Secret Service, the Peruvian Navy special Forces and the Singaporean Commandos. The P90 has been dubbed the “forerunner? of the PDW concept that has emerged in the last four to five years.